or How To Live In Bangkok On 2000 Baht a Day
03.11.2009 33 °C
We arrived in Bangkok after a long day’s journey via ferry and bus from Koh Phangnan. We decided to get a Tuk Tuk to my friend’s house on the other side of town which was a slightly hair-raising experience as the driver zig-zagged in and out of the traffic at top speed whilst laughing hysterically! Loza and Pun greeted us with a good old chicken roast which was delicious and just what we needed after more than 12 hours on the go.
Gerald and I spent a good while in a state of awe at the place they live in… it is a 5 storey house with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms – one of them a Jacuzzi for 4 people, a pool, roof terrace, sprung floor gym complete with mirrored wall and ballet bars and a lift!!!!!!
It was great to see them as it had been over a year since I last saw them in the UK and Lorraine has since had her very cute twins – Felix and Siri who are now around 6 months old. They are chalk and cheese from each other both in looks and personality. Jaiya their eldest (3 yrs old) took a while to warm to us but once she did was a regular visitor to our bedroom to hang out with us.
Loza and I decided to catch up over a manicure, pedicure and hairdressers session. All that kind of stuff is so much cheaper out here so it is too hard to resist!
Gerald and I spent time exploring Bangkok, we hit the Khao San Road one night and had a wander round and a few drinks before joining the others at a Halloween party and rolling in at around 3am slightly drunk!!! We visited Chatachuk market which is absolutely enormous (more than 10,000 stalls) and sells just about everything you can imagine – the good, the bad and the ugly! There is definitely a big market for animals out here and you can buy just about anything you want as either a pet or to eat, we found it a little distressing at times.
We also had a full on day’s sightseeing at Jim Thomson’s House, The Grand Palace and The Reclining Buddha which was pretty tiring but there was no rest for the wicked as it was Loza’s birthday so we had a night out on the town beginning in a very posh bar on the roof of a very tall building in Bangkok. The bar has 360 degree views of the whole city: we got the ear-popping lift to the top of the building (59 floors) and then had to walk up a few more flights of stairs to get to the bar! After drinks there we headed to the notorious Pat Pong area to one of the famous girly bars. Loza and Pun felt that it was a must do whilst we were there. It was certainly an experience but maybe one that we are not in too much of a hurry to repeat – well I speak for myself maybe Gerald thinks differently!!!!
Yesterday we had a bit of an admin day including a trip to the hospital. Gerald got a blister whilst diving which seemed to get infected shortly afterwards. Seeing at it had been over 10 days and it was still swollen, weeping and sore to bend we decided to get it looked at. £40 later we discovered it is not infected, the dead skin was removed and creams and bandages were issued with strict instructions to change the dressing twice a day for the next 2 weeks. Hopefully it will heal up without any problems.
Our last night in Bangkok coincided with the festival of Loy Krathong, a festival of light. It’s all about releasing the bad stuff that has happened during the year and getting a fresh start. So everyone buys or makes a Loy Krathong (made out of flowers, candles, incense and other stuff) adds a few hairs/fingernails (???) and sets it floating down the river saying goodbye to all their worries. We took the SkyTrain into town and wandered about by the river watching all the festivities.
Anyway this morning we set off to our next destination – Kanchanaburi. This is the location of the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. We are booked on a day tour tomorrow to go and explore the area so watch this space!