We left Chang Mai in budget mode and hopped on another overnight bus that Mr kenn had organised, it cost us seven pounds and took around 11 hours . Not exactly comfortable, and the seats barely reclined, but it was cheap and got us back to Bangkok. We arrived in Bangkok at about 6am and headed toward the kohsan road area to find a cheap guest house. The kohsan road is backpacker central with plenty of rooms available at £10 per night. After trying and failing in many guesthouses we finally managed to get a room at the'happy house guest house' . We had forgotten just how hot it was in Bangkok having been in the pleasantly warm chaing mai region.
We got our head down and had about 5 hours sleep
. We spent the day exploring. Firstly we went to China town which was the craziest place we had experienced up to this point. The streets and roads were packed with people getting ready for the Chinese new year . We ate at an interesting street market , i didn't notice the cockroaches until i was taking the last few mouthfuls of rice. After the madness of china town we headed back to koh san road to wonder the streets and markets . At night time we stayed on koh san road and witnessed the colorful nightlife . Bars , markets and street vendors covered every inch of available space . Live musicians played acoustic music , drink was cheap and so was the shopping.
We decided to be all cultured and walk to the grand palace. The grand palace is a myriad of temples that belong to the royal family..... or something along those lines. As you can probably tell we did not take that much notice as we had seen enough temples to last a life time, and Jones was particularly grumpy and hot this particular day. The day was overcast but sweltering, and to add to the unhealthy heat we had to wear long trousers and t-shirts as there is a no knees or shoulders on show policy!! We basically ghosted around the palace and left within the hour and half a stone lighter to enjoy some rice and chicken from a toothless food vendor
. We were on our way back from the palace, about 1km up the road when the purse felt familiarly flaccid........that's right folks, its the flip flop dash again!! This time its was about 1 km in 35 degree heat. I made it back to the palace in quick time only to be stopped at the gates and told to put my trousers on! I made it back to the ATM where i left the card and had to look through over 100 cards that had been left by tourists that day! (SEE I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!!!!). With the disaster averted and my relationship saved, i walked sheepishly back with more than a little flea in my ear. At this point i am actually beginning to seriously worry about my mind, I'll probably go home to a shed load of abercrombie and fitch clothes i forgot i ordered! Anyway i attributed it to the heat and being sleepy. That night we had a few drinks in a bar and walked around kohsan. Interestingly jenny, and not myself, kept being offered tickets to a ping pong show (Note to mum - I'm not telling you what a ping pong show is google it ...... actually, dont google it). We capped off the night by eating a fried cricket, it actually tasted a bit like bacon , bacon with wings ....... would go well with oatcakes and cheese (god I'm missing oatcakes) the only thing they had though was a scorpion or a grub to go on the side. Jen says she swore she could still smell the cricket on her hands days later.