A couple weeks of luxury
18.12.2010 - 03.01.2011 35 °C
We arrived in Bangkok after a relatively easy journey – the bus was good and apart from border control not believing my passport was mine (most probably due to my beard) it went without a hitch. I met a Kiwi, American and a Welsh girl on the bus so we all headed to Kho Sahn road to find some accommodation.
That day we headed off to Chatichuk weekend market – it is huge! Not full of all the junk that is usually sold in Bangkok either. It was worth a visit but I walked away empty handed as usual as I have not room what so ever in my backpack. I did enjoy negotiating with the taxis however, one piece of advice – never take a tuk tuk in Bangkok – always take a taxi they are a lot cheaper and never pay more then 80Thb for a ride in town.
We had a night out on Kho Sahn Road which is crazy – the place is open all night. Liam and the American guy started to buy silly souvenirs which attracted all the night sellers which was only slightly annoying lol. The next night we decided we had to go and see one of the famous ping pong shows in Pat Pong. There are so many places just trying to rip you off that you have to be a bit careful. We managed to get a good deal and watched a show… It was more like a freak show… Im not going into details on here but there was ping pong balls, darts, cigarettes – one even wrote my name on a piece of paper! Needless to say I burned it!
We stayed at D&D’s in Kho Sahn Road which has a roof top pool – worth every penny! The next few days were spent chilling by the pool and buying t-shirts, eating, drinking oh yeah and got some more nail art on my toes with Shona. It wasn’t what I call a relaxing few days in Bangkok but I had a good time. I met my mum and sister at the airport and we headed to Ko Samet the following morning for 8 days of rest and relaxation on the island for xmas. Its a really nice island – very touristy but name me an island in Thailand that isn’t? It ain’t that cheap either – I would almost say it was English prices, but I had a bit more to spend as the accommodation was paid – thanks mum!
It was a really good week and it was great to see the family again. We did a tour around the island and I tested my new camera out underwater – and it worked woop woop. No more broken cameras due to water! I went fishing one night on a squid boat which was also pretty cool. I caught about 10 squid and an octopus!. It was pretty chilled out in the evenings, I did have one big night out which I cant remember much about the night apart from trying to negotiate with a taxi when I couldn’t remember even where I lived.
So it was a really good time in Ko Samet with my mum and sister and we headed back to Bangkok for New Years Eve – we visited a few markets and headed to an Irish Bar in Kho Sahn Road for new years eve which was an experience!
So the family headed off and I had to decide what to do next… China was off the agenda due to it being minus 6 in Beijing and I was thinking about going to India but the visa would take over a week to get due to it being new year so I decided to just go to Cambodia and then decide. So Thailand was good but it was a little bit of a disappointment – its more expensive, more touristy and everything is to easy to organize – god I miss South America! So in spite of being able to get a bus from the door to Cambodia I decided to do it myself and set off on my own to the bus station and the border.
Next stop Cambodia