Thais, Ties and Thighs
Trip Start Nov 07, 2004
55Trip End May 20, 2005
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The 'cultural quarter' is found on the east bank of the Chao Phrava river. The Grand Palace and the associated Wat Phra Kaew are stunning examples of Thai buildings, all of which have been recently and painstakingly renovated
The ledgendary 'sin city' side of Bangkok isn't really much in evidence, at least for those like us, who weren't looking for it ( Mark; quite right dear! ). The once infamous Khoa San Road is now a 24 hour backpacker market selling cheap T-shirts and knocked off CDs; not a lap dancer in sight. All the naughty stuff is packed into 2 side streets, Pat Pong 1+2, which look like they saw their hey-day about 10-15 years ago, and tragically they are about as erotic as eggy burps.
Getting about Bangkok could be a little easier. There is a fast and efficient Sky-train but its 2 lines only cover a tiny section of the city, similarly so the underground. This leaves you at the mercy of the nose to tail traffic and the tuk-tuk / taxi drivers for most journies, but at least they can be persuaded to turn on their meters here.
The city centre has been over-run by the multi-national food and drinks chains, but the place still retains a very individual and Asian air, far more so than Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Our race through has left masses out, but the good part about that is there is still plenty more to see when we return to Thailand. We've already planned our route!
Caroline and Mark