Back in Bangkok
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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Originally we had planned to spend those days on one of the many Thai islands off the coast but in the end decided to stay put in Bangkok. We have been on the move so much recently that we basically couldn't be bothered to go anywhere else! Plus we like Bangkok and its food and our nice comfortable room with high speed wi-fi at Sunflower Place! Sad I know but you miss these things when travelling. We saw it as a good opportunity to recharge our batteries and do some planning for India.
Apart from the incredibly cheap and wonderful street food, Bangkok is an expensive city so we kept our activities here to just a few relatively cheap things. One of the best things we did was visit the Snake Farm at the Thai Red Cross Institute. Here they keep an extensive collection of venomous and non-venomous snakes for the purposes of venom extraction for making anti-venom and to educate the public. As well as the snakes themselves there is also a brilliant and very informative exhibition about snake biology. We also watched a demonstration of venom extraction and then the highlight of the day was when the snake handlers brought out some live snakes including a King Cobra and a large python which we could hold (the python, not the king cobra!).
At the weekend we visited the Chatuchak market in the north of the city which covers a huge 35 acres and contains over 8000 stalls! We had expected just the usual fake sunglasses and clothing brands and were pleasantly surprised to see a vast range of stalls selling all sorts of things, including lots of high quality stuff. I fell in love with a particularly beautiful metallic dragon like creature and was tempted to buy it but unfortunately the cost of shipping it home was prohibitively high.
This morning we returned to the Indian visa centre and collected our passports complete with visas inside! Tomorrow we fly to Mumbai and then on to Trivandrum in the far south of the country. We have 10 weeks in India. Let the adventure begin!