Bangkok - Third time lucky!

Trip Start Feb 04, 2008
Trip End Jan 19, 2009

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

We arrived back in Bangkok - again! - this time with very excited feelings in our bellies.  Only a day to go until Anna, Laura, Chris and Craig arrive - so excited!  

We arrived at the bus station then hopped straight on another bus back to the Kho San Road, which by now, was pretty familiar territory! When we arrived, Will sat and watched the bags while I found us a slightly scary looking, but pretty cheap, room in the back of a tattoo parlour!  Can't complain for 200 BHT a night!  We mooched round in the evening and it felt pretty weird being surrounded by white faces again.  Also, we noticed a huge difference in the amount of people that hassled us for things.  Compared to when we first arrived in the country, we didn't seem to get half the amount of tuktuk drivers and shopkeepers hounding us.  Is it the tan or have we mastered that famous travelers 'thousand yard stare'?!  Who knows but it was nice!  

That night we ate cheaply in a guesthouse restaurant - tofu and rice for me just to feel at home!  This fairly big built Asian guy with big teeth and long hair wearing a leather jacket matched with a leather cap strolled over to us and sat down. We definitely could not have predicted what he was about to ask us!  He said that he was working on a Bollywood movie that was shooting in Bangkok at the moment and they were currently looking for western extras and would we be interested! Also, get this, he was going to pay us... 1,700 BHT each! That's just under 34 quid which, on our budget, was awesome news! The only downside was that it was only for one day, tomorrow, and it was from 5am until 10pm - long day. We told him we couldn't do it as we were meeting the guys at 8pm and had no way of contacting them now! It was a shame but definitely a story to tell and we had much more exciting things to think about - we weren't going to miss seeing the guys for anything in the world! Only 24 hours to go!     

On Sunday morning we caught the bus to Chatuchak market - one of the largest markets in the world with an estimated 15,000 stalls that run down narrow alleys in a maze like space crammed with up to 300,000 visitors each weekend! Phew! Statistics aside, it was an awesome place to see. In 8 hours we only managed to walk around about 5% of it at most - mainly the clothes, homeware and pet section. The latter was soo random with everything from teeny tiny puppies to mice to baby squirrels(!) for sale - you'll be pleased to hear that all of them seemed pretty happy and healthy..... they kept the large reptiles in a different section of the market which we never managed to find! Probably best with all those puppies and kittens running around!  

We headed back with sore feet, glad to be in an open space again - by the afternoon it had gotten pretty claustrophobic in there! We moved house, back to the Rambuttri Inn where we had stayed all those weeks ago, showered and changed, scoffed down some street stall Pad Thai and sat ourselves down at a bar to wait for the guys.  

Every conversation we had after that seemed like small talk, we were just waiting with butterflies... rather impatiently - the time went so slowly, we were happy and nervous and excited all at once! We had our first beer in a month - since Chiang Mai(!) - to calm our nerves and make the time go faster.. it didn't!  

Finally, just before 9.00pm, a taxi pulled up and these 4 ghostly white faces peered out through the glass. After getting over the shock of realising that these were, indeed, our friends and not just apparitions we all screamed and shouted and cried and hugged eachother! It was awesome to see them again and crazy to think that they were actually here, in Bangkok, experiencing what we were experiencing!   After they'd settled into their rooms and showered we ventured back out again, they got some food and we just chatted the night away until it was apparent that we were more tired than they were!  Yes, they had jet lag but we had been used to going to bed at 9pm every night with the kids!  We crashed out - the boys in their pad and us girlies in ours.  

We only had one full day to see the sights with the guys before heading down to the islands so we managed to fit it a trip to the reclining buddha and a few hours checking out Siam Square, where all the rich kids go to shop!  We got a couple of tuktuks to and from Siam Square which was hilarious, although we did fear for our lives as it seemed the boys driver was racing the girls driver - red lights don't seem to mean anything here!  That night we went back to Hemlock - the restuarant Will and I found on our first visit to Bangkok and ate far too much as usual. 

Note: Special Guest Editor Entry next time........ 
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