Published: June 8th 2012June 8th 2012
Our first night in Bangkok went without a hitch, the street we stayed on was very busy and i massively wussed out and got a margherita for dinner whilst Jord was much braver and had the traditional Pad Thai (Noodles, egg and usually some meat.)
The lampu guest house where we stayed was relatively nice, although we upgraded to aircon after the first night with just a fan, as whilst cooler then Dubai, Bangkok is clammy and the air makes you feel sticky.
The hussle and bussle of Koh San road occupied the entire morning of our first full day. We had a quick breakfast before Jordan bartered away with a couple of the thousands of stall owners to get himself some flip flops and swimming trunks. Everbody wants a piece of you and whilst we initially welcomed the attention by continuing to chat to various tuk tuk owners and shaking thier hands etc we soon realised if we wanted to get anywhere without wasting 2hrs we had to be blunt. No eye contact/handshakes and a brief 'no thank you' is the only way to navigate the markets.
The locals love Jordan as he is so tall and
the frequently stop us in the street to ask for his measurements. We soon learned from some of them that it was a Buddhist Holiay and today we could get into the Temples for free. Whilst we started out determined to walk it was so hot and we were advised it was too far. We eventually ended up getting a tuk tuk tour of the city. The Tuktuk stayed with us while we entered the various temples all of them impressive and ended up being a bargin @2GBP for about 3hrs.
However the catch was being ushered into several suit mancfacturers offering you low cost tailor made suits and a couple of tourist style tour organsiers. The second one of these tour organsiers ended up selling us travel to the north. We were so paranoid of being ripped off that we were uncertain whether to trust him but the deal sounded good and the locals had mentioned the place so we went for it not knowing whether we had done the right thing.
This is the main problem with Bangokok aside from the smells and dirt, its like a maze and you end up feeling a little lost
and confused at first but its gets easier.
That night we ate from a street vendor, which is really cheap, had a massage on the street which was gooood! then went back home. The street was quiet early and no drinking was allowed because of the Buddist holiday so it was an early night in prep for the next day.
Quote of the day: Oh My Buddah! (One of the Locals, A teacher)
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