Bangkok nights

Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Thursday, July 30, 2009


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). As we arrived there was a typical rainy season downpour so we got stuck. Ended up having to have a Starbucks as we watched the rain fall and fall. When it had eased we made a move and headed off in what we believed was the right direction. It was, it just took us through downtown and along the Khlong San Sap river where we saw non touristy Bangkok, you can see from the pictures.

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. There was a free English tour led by a lovely couple in their 60's who obviously loved the Thai culture and knew boundless amounts about their religion. It was intereseting but 2hrs in I did have a few glazed moments. The man was doing a research paper about Thai ceremaics and got a little carried away over some pots. Saw Thailand's oldest Buddha statue and some amazing carriages.

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.

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vanessa5694 on

Of course!!! I am prepared to blow a whole day going in search of the infamous BK.

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