Enjoying Bangkok (1st to 8th January)

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 29, 2008

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Years Eve travelling started well, Mum and Dad took us to Cockfosters - the very end of the Piccadilly line on the London Underground -  where we said our goodbyes.  We trotted down the steps and found our train waiting to take us to Heathrow, right at the other end of the line.  Going through the West End of London on New Years Eve was busy (and some great night views along the Thames), but at the airport, it was strangely quiet.

We watched Sydney see the New Year in from the airport lounge at Heathrow and raised a glass with them, then wathed the BBC tell us at what time various countries would be seeing in their own New Year.  The BBC kindly informed us that the New Year would be at midnight for the UK ! 

At Bangkok, we sped though the airport to our hotel and managed to grab a ice cold beer in the 30degree weather, before the tiredness hit us.

Some tourist sights are compulsory and for us that includes a visit to (via the skytrain and a boat)  to Wat Po for a massage  -   the very  best place in whole of Thailand to get a proper Thai massage.  The Grand Palace area was heaving with Thais as it was a public holiday and it seemed all had come out to give thanks at the temple.   Caught a boat across the river to Wat Arun  -  an old ceramic temple which we climbed up to get a good photo of the river, along with the Grand Palace roof across the river in the background.   

Back at the hotel e were upgraded to a suite. Not bad for Bt1000 a night.  Especially lucky as it is my Birthday and Clive treated my to a fabulous meal at our favourite buffet restaurant in Bangkok at the Conran Hotel  As ever it was fabulous -  sushi, oysters, prawns, salads, asian & international fare and food cooked to order etc.  Was able to take a few photos of the desserts to "show my mum" as a special birthday concession.   Price of the buffet over 3 times the cost of our nightly hotel room rate, so not something we will be doing often.

Got bac to the room and found we have Star Movie channel  -  pure bliss.

Breakfasting most days here consists of visits to "our Duck Man"  for lovely noodle soup breakfast most days.  He speaks not one word and wears a vest, but we love it here.  Decided the the slices of liver that we thought we were eating, were actually squares of blood.  

The Christmas decorations in Bangkok are spectacular.  The atmosphere around Central World and Siam is really Christmassy with (actually very nice) Christmas music piped out on to the square.

Of course, cannot come to Bangkok with popping into The Hard Rock Cafe (Clive's spiritual home) for a beer.  Sat at the bar in the area dedicated to Clapton and listened to all Clive's favourite bands while we downed a couple (well, it was Happy Hour). 

Decided to move out of the usual tourist spots and follow a Gourmet Walk around Bangkok to find "the best of Street Food" and had a great lunch en route one day.

Most days we have enjoyed lovely massages at the Wat Po School -  the best known training school for Thai massage. 

We have managed to travel by taxi, tuk-tuk, tourist boat, express boat, skytrain, MRT, Train, bicycle and by foot all in the first week here in Bangkok.  
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