Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
17Trip End Jun 30, 2010
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Well, I've been in Bagkok for 6 days now and I am feeling ready to leave. The city has the Chao Phraya river running through it and many other waterways, because of this it is apparently known as the Venice of Asia. I'm going more with the Las Vegas of Asia in the sense that by day it is a dirty, ugly city but by night it takes on a vibrant new life and very much comes alive.
What have a I seen, well, I visited Jim Thompson's house who was a famous architect responsible for brining Thai silk to the western world. His house was beautiful and made without any nails, just wood carefully carved to slot together. Not only was that tour good but getting there was an adventure. We took the river boat and then the sky train into the Siam district. Both were brilliant and cheap ( 70p for both threre and back)
Next day took the river boat again to China town. A good morning out but just your usual China town, full of markets selling all sorts of foods/animal parts/medicines etc.. Interesting though. When I got back I decided to book a tour to see the floating markets, something that the last time I was here I missed due to jet lag. I set off in the minibus believeing I was heading off to see Thai people going about their everyday life selling and bartering for fruit, veg and other food stuffs. When we arrived we were led through a river house on to a narrow boat. At that moment it was tranquil and a great anitdote from the city. Looking good. The boat gentle cruised along the canal and all was peaceful with the world for 20 mins until we turned a corner. Suddenly I saw about 8 boats all doing the same crammed along the water. All full of western tourist, wearing silly hats and drinking from coconuts. My vision of hopefully seeing real Thai life was shattered as a Mancunian man asked me to take a picture of him and his wife holding some tat they had bought. As you can see from the pictures the market we were taken to was just full of Thai people trying to sell us touristy tat. Not impressed so had a beer when we got back and booked my overnight bus to Chiang Mai for 6 pounds.
As a consequence of my Floating Markets experience (Floating Meerkats would have been better!) I tootled off to the museum today
Of course been out at night, as I'm staying just of Khao San Road it is pretty easy to got out alone. Each night I have met up with other people. There are some good bars with great live music and with beer being 80p a bottle it's cheaper than water! The fact they have the local beer in a 'light' version is a god send!
Food is wonderful and there are some great little restaurants. Mainly eating from street stalls, with Thai green curry for 50p, can't complain! Went to a plave called Ethos last night which appeared a little bit 'beards and sandles' but was so tranquil and I had a tofu burger and watermelon shake, I know, I know but I just needed a little chilli break!! Common dishes are pad thai, red and green curry, noodle soups, fruit shakes and various fried things. All tasty tasty tasty!!
Going to try and upload my pictures now and then go for a massage and lunch. Feeling in the mood for a red curry. Off on an overnight bus to Chiang Mai tonight and I'll try to uplaod more pictures later.