One night in Bangkok

Trip Start Nov 02, 2005
Trip End Apr 30, 2006

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Thursday, November 3, 2005

Hi there everybody, hope you are all OK.

We are sure most of you know, but in case you didn't: we're travelling around Asia for six months, yippie!!!

We have decided to keep you all updated (bored) with our stories and pictures using this new Travel-diary-thing, so hopefully you can all figure out how to use it. The way it works, is that every time we write something on it or upload some photos you are automatically sent a link. When you click on the link you can view it and also reply with your own messages which means we get to hear back from you and catch up on all the latest gossip from back home.


Had a bit of a hectic last week in the UK. Finally got the house packed up and put in to storage, so thanks to Leach and Trev for helping us with that. Spent a night at Darren's Mums and headed down to London on the train, with Lotta carrying all the bags as Darren had done his back in. Met up with Natalie at Euston who we used as a baggage porter, helping us with our bags on to the tube.

Flew Kuwait Airways to Bangkok (via Kuwait). They were not bad, apart from having to fly over Basra, not having any alcohol on board and the flight entertainment system being broke for the entire journey, but what do you expect for 450 quid?

In Bangkok it was difficult finding time to eat all our favorite food, but eating five times a day overcame that problem.

Khao San Road, where we stayed, is an institution in itself and has to be experienced first hand. In a short sentence; it's a massive street, packet with bars, restaurants and shops where you can buy anything from a fake degree to a special "body-to-body" massage, full of characters including "normal" people like us, local lady boys and 70 year old pony tailed acid heads.... more on this later.

Sightseeing so far has included a visit to the Grand Palace, an enclosed complex of temples built in 1782 for King Rama I as the Royal residence, but it also contains government offices and a throne hall amongst other things. Next to that lies "Wat Po" the reclining Buddha, which does exactly what the title suggests.

Also visited another Royal residence, the Vinanmek Mansion in the Dusit gardens. This impressive house was built for King Rama V who lived there until 1906. It is the "worlds largest golden teakwood mansion" and now poses as a museum where you are allowed to snoop in it's 31 exhibition rooms, including the King's bedroom, bathroom and throne room maintaining the atmosphere of the Tahi past.

We have also been to the National Stadium where there was a football match on and even better, outside there were some lads playing an amazing game of foot-volleyball, check out the film. Darren was going to show them how it's done properly, but was still carrying that back injury...

This was followed by three hours of hell (for Lotta) heaven (for Darren) at the MBK Eight storey shopping centre, jam packed with shops, fast food joints, cinema, bowling alley.... and millions of people.

Spent our last night in a bar watching Man U beat Chelski live. It was great watching Darren become more and more agitated and loud, turning in to the biggest Chelsea fan in the world in the hope that Man U might lose. (Sickening...)

The next morning, extremely hung over, we flew to Hanoi in Vietnam, where we are now and from where you will get the next update - watch this space!

Don't forget to reply by posting a comment. Hope you are all working really hard and are wrapping up warm for what we have heard is going to be the coldest winter in a loooong time. Lots of love/ Darren and Lotta

Almost forgot; HAPPY BIRTHDAY in November to:

- Dad - I love you!
- Nicki Millington - a year older and still only 18.
- and CONGRATULATIONS to Micke and Kristin on the birth of their gorgeous baby daughter Mirabelle!

8th - Nat - Good to see you. Hope your new little friend showed you a good time...

16th - Howie - Enjoy Ginger boy!

- Mikey B - Happy birthday, Bro.
- Christophe - Allez Totoffe, encore plus des cheveux gris....

30th - Emma - Oh dear, the big 30...we'll celebrate when you get to Goa, can't wait to see ya.

...and anybody else we might have missed off.
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karitnaye on

We are Jealous
Hi Scouse and Lotta,

We are very jealous about your latest adventure. We will keep track via this Travelpod thing. It looks quite interesting. We have just returned from Lithuania and Belarus, and are off to Krakow soon.

Nick & Bev

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