Bangkok Dangerous

Trip Start May 27, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Temples and a dash of budha.

Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

So after all the fun of NZ we travelled up to SE Asia for the more "relaxing" leg of our journey.  The place to relax and take stock, maybe actually read a book or two.

When we got to Bangkok the city was on flood alert and the businesses and homes around our area (the Khaosan Road backpackers district - made famous by The Beach), were all building walls up to 4 ft high to keep out the impending floods. But you see, it wasn't raining, just very very hot - and the hostel staff said people were panicking for nothing.  "Donnn werry - they are seilly, no pwroblems!"

For 3 days we relaxed, shopped for knock off t-shirts, visited temples and ate eye wateringly hot curries. But, most importantly of all, watched the All Blacks beat France & win the Rugby World Cup. There we met a cool Kiwi couple called Bec & Andrew whom we went to dinner with. It was at a place Bec's brother had recommended called 'Cabbages & Condoms'.  The reason for this unique name is it is run by an organisation called the PDA who help promote AID's awareness - apparently 4m people are currently carrying the virus in Thailand. So this restaurant, amongst many other projects, helps raise awareness & money. So we were eating and drinking for a good cause, yay!!  Please look at the mannequins in the photos - their outfits are made entirely of multi-coloured condoms!

So we were settling into Thailand nicely and loving the cheap tasty food & the ultra friendly people. But then - late one afternoon - the floods arrived. Well they sort of bubbled up through the drains really, and within an hour the road outside our hostel was a foot under water and rising fast.

It was at that point we decided to change our plans very slightly, much of Thailand was impassable because of the flooding and some of Cambodia was affected as well. Soooo, we decided not go to China and Japan at the end in Jan, when it would be very very cold anyway, we would go there right away! We booked flights and flew out that night - first destination - Japan!  You can just imagine our excitement... and confusion as we hadn't prepared ourselves at all.

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