Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
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Where I stayed
Firstly the rain in Bangkok seemed to be never ending, great pools of water gathering on the roadside and sudden downpours caused tourists and Thais to flee for cover but more importantly it meant that walking around to discover the local area was not very pleasant!
We were staying in Sukhumvit, a modern area with plenty of upmarket bars, restaurants, hotels, shopping, markets, Thai massage etc. Having previously stayed at Khao San Road on my last trip, which is well known for being the budget backpackers' haven, the change in atmosphere and comfort came as a welcome surprise.
The first day Caitlin and I became familiar with the local area
The sky train was just minutes away so we used this as our main means of transport. We had intended to do allot of exploring on foot, visit temples and take suggested walking routes, but of course the rain put an end to this plan! Instead we spent our time in Siam which is a mixture of quirky little clothes shops, colourful boutique shops and cafes and large modern shopping malls.
On the second night we floated down the Chao Praya River on a dinner cruise. We feasted on Thai food whilst watching the river sights go by, accompanied by live Thai music and dancing. I even got a Thai dancing lesson!
Our last day we wasted allot of time haggling with locals on taxi and tour prices, only to come to the conclusion we were being ripped off. So we spent the rest of the afternoon in the light rain at Lumphini Park, the equivalent of Southampton common (for those of you from my home town of Southampton). We fed the fish, fed the cat, saw two giant amphibious reptiles of some sort and took lots of photos.
Back at the hotel waiting for our taxi I introduced Caitlin to her first Pad Thai, a delicious noodle dish with prawns, sesame, eggs, spring onion and ground peanut. Shortly after, we headed to the train station to board the overnight sleeper train to Surat Thani. Next stop Koh Samui, I hope the sun is shining there!