Tuk Tuk Ping Pong Pedicure

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Sunday, July 10, 2011

Woke up this morning with grand plans to visit the grand palace and wat po, or to tackle the mega market, chatunak, but what actually happened was that i woke up, felt dreadful and moped about the place for ages. i should have known that i would not escape the dreaded jetlag, to put it simply, i felt like shit.

i dragged myself downstairs to get some food in the hotel, but that was as far as i made it in the day today, i then dragged myself backupstairs, and fell asleep. adem also fell asleep. i woke a little before him and sat on the roof for a little bit,it was super humid today.

we both felt better after a sleep so we decided to actually leave the hotel for the evening, but got a little bit waylaid but the internet suddenly working super fast and a mega monsoon storm, and as i am an internet geek, that excited me somewhat, so i happily uploaded pictures, we skyped our families, and i did a bit of general internet browsing. then i thought,oops, i am in thailand i am sitting here on the internet,so i roused myself from my stupor and got ready  to face the world.

We decided to stay local and try and find the Kho San Road. and we did! we found it! we are idiots basically, and had just never walked far enough, and by far, i mean we had always stopped one street short.

I really wanted to hate the Kho San Road, but i didn't. it is a complete tourist trap, catering for westerners, with all the usual suspects, burger king, subway, starbucks. But actually it is a really fun road, one thing that does annoy me though is a particular breed of western traveller.

they all have some sort of braid or dreadlock or a random shaved bit and are all draped in floaty bits of cotton, 'ethnic' jewellry, ankle tattoo's etc, i just don't really understand it? i know loose cotton is nice and comfy, but most of the trousers just look like a baggy nappy, and there is nothing, and i repeat nothing, cool or adventurous about seeing how long you can go for without washing. smelling is never cool.

i know travelling is a great time to 'find yourself', a phrase i hate, because i suppose it gives you oodles of time to examine yourself, beautiful varied and cultural settings to do it in, and lots of opportunitites to push your boundaries....but why why why oh why do you need to wear stupid trousers and have expressive hair to do it? i am quite sure i will be able to 'find myself' (not that i'm looking to really) in my hennes shorts and vest thank you very much!

did a little bit of shopping, got a cute vest with little tiny zebras all over it, as i ruined the one white vest that i bought with me on my first day. clever that.

also got some flip flops , which are just like walking on a bed. brilliant! i only bought one pair of shoes with me, and they already stink from tripping into far too many stinky dirty puddles, so now i have a pair of wet weather but not walking boot shoes! 

also we found a boots, as in the chemist, and asked about the advice i had been given about my malaria tablets for vietnam as i had a feeling that it was the wrong info about how long to take them for, i was right, so we got lots more, so hopefully we can stay malaria free, but we have to take them for 2 months.

we then decided to get pedicures, those ones where little fish nibble away at the gross bits of your feet. we found the place we were looking for, just off the kho san road, as i decided that perhaps they might be cleaner? i have no idea of my rationale. it made sense to me?

we go in, and have our feet washed in a little back room and then are led to the fish tanks, where we dit down and are told to put our feet in. i put them in,yanked them right out, in , out, repeated this process for a few minutes, and then gave up, it just freaked me out. im not a big fish fan at the best of times, but to have them swarm all over my legs and feet, was just too much for me,. and the little buggers tickled like made. so i gave up. and paid some more money (1.50), for a traditional pedicure. which was great! got chatting to a nice guy from milton keynes whose girlfriend was getting some treatments done in another room, he has been away for almost a year and we had a good natter about places adem and i should visit, not visit. i now have pretty turquoise toenails and feet as smooth as a babies bottom! i think i could get used to all the treatments available over here.

Adem fishy feet experience - Was quite weird at first felt like walking through seaweed then it tickled a bit then i just got used to it, hadn't experienced anything like it before so was glad i tried it, have a couple of mates back home who run a few places that do it so at least i can say i know what it's like now, was meant to have 15mins but they pretty much left me to it so i just sat there for longer til i decided to get out, my feet felt pretty good after and was glad to have my first experience of street food along with a nice beer!

after our fishy foot fiesta we were starving, having slept through most meal times of the day, so went to the first street food stall we found and devoured some super filling pad thai and spring rolls whilst sitting on little stools, adem drank some chaing beer, and i had some chaing water. i tried some of adems beer, so tasty, almost temped to give up my teetotalness for it.

popped after dinner to get a thai sim card so that i can make some cheaper calls home.couldn't get it to work,despite the kind lady in the shop setting it all up for me, but the hotel staff sorted it for me when i got home. now i can call home for 9p a minute, which makes me happy

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Karen and Bob on

Danielle, carry on going into full detail, it is great. I am really enjoying reading it.

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