Our Final Hours in Bangkok
Trip Start Jul 09, 2013
30Trip End Feb 15, 2014
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Bangkok is an odd place. At present many of the major city streets have been blocked by anti- government protestors. Unlike many worldwide protests which can often be hostile; tourists are perfectly welcome to wander on foot easily around the protest zone. In fact the protestors have started capitalising on the sheer volume of western tourists by setting up market stalls selling souvenirs to help raise money; they even sell t-shirts which state the slogan ‘shutdown Bangkok, restart Thailand’.
Bangkok is famously known for having some odd nightlife which is specifically confined to several streets around the city
Not far from us was a noticeable bar named ‘Cockatoo’ – you guessed it, a Ladyboy bar. Sat outside the bar are numerous ladies which almost look attractive, you just know there is something odd about them! We went into this bar to have a look around and also had a quick drink here. It was certainly funny and one of the things you just have to do whilst in Bangkok.
During the next day we went to have a look at the Grand Palace and Khaosan Road (the main backpacker area). These places are quite hard to access so we took a free ferry along the river to get there. We think you are probably meant to pay for this ferry but it was so busy it was quite hard to tell. It was a little challenging getting around with Rachel’s arm in a cast, but she did very well! Both of these sights were unfortunately a little disappointing; outside the Palace some man was very persistent in trying to get us taking a photo of his snake, while in Khaosan Road the vast number of fake suit tailors started to annoy us.
So that is our time in Bangkok; and on the whole we do not really think much of Thailand. To be perfectly honest we thought this would be the case before we even entered the country, but Bangkok is a big Asian transport hub almost impossible to avoid. There are too many western people and too many bars selling drinks which are overpriced for Asia. It also feels quite fake; not like the real country we saw out of the train window when we first arrived, but instead more focused on tourists.