We arrived in Bangkok and experienced a new kind of heat as soon as the airplane doors opened. Wowzers! We got chatting with a cool guy called Jake, all 6' 7” of him. We shared a taxi to Khoa San Road (400b including expressway toll - £8), which is the backpacker mecca. We found our hostel, Lamphu House, easily enough. The hostel was on Soi Rambutri, so a little bit more chilled out than the hostels on the Khao San, but just a short walk away. We got a double a/c room for 600b (£12) a night. There are plenty of cheaper options (Jake's single fan room cost him 100b - £2 a night) but we were after something with all the mod cons.
The Khao San is usually heaving with backpackers, but not at the moment. There are plenty of people around, but nothing like the numbers you would usually see. I know there is a lot of trouble in Bangkok at the moment, but apart from an increased police/military presence, everything seemed safe.
Did I mention it was hot. Oh my. I was sweating like a fat girl in the Primark sale! Even under
a fan we were sweating. Must have been 35c, with humidity off the scale. After dropping off our bags we went down the Khao San for a couple of beers, which turned into a few, which turned into a few buckets. For those who don't know, a bucket is, well, a small bucket filled with booze. You can get cocktails, or go for the cheaper (and most popular) Thai whiskey, red bull and coke. They usually cost around 300b each (£6) but there's enough for 3. We did get a few 2-4-1's at 390b each, so a cheapish and drunken night was had. Bangkok, the Khao San in particular, is a relatively expensive place in Thailand terms.
Because of the trouble in Bangkok (the rest of Thailand seems fine by the way) we couldn't really leave the backpacker area. It simply wasn't safe. So we didn't really do anything of interest. I didn't take any photos because of this, plus it was too damn hot to carry a bag around. We're going back to BKK in July to meet Gill (w00t!) so hopefully we'll get a chance to see the sights all being well.
Things are quiet, we
Hostel lounging area
Very pretty, with monster fish.
really need to start bargaining harder (or at all, hehe) with guesthouse owners.
Yesterday we got a taxi to the northern bus terminal (110b) to and got a bus to Ayuthaya (50b - £1), which is a small town north of BKK (about 1.5 hours). We've found an amazing guesthouse called Baan Lotus. It's great here. Hopefully I'll be able to load up some photos. We plan to stay for a couple of days and then move on again. Later for now peeps x. Louise's Section
Not much more to add, Bangkok is nuts. Very hot and humid and I simply gave up trying to look like I wasn't dying in the heat.
Had to go shopping as advised even as a tourist the yellow tops I have were not a good idea, so once again I was off trying to squeeze myself into a pair of shorts in what I can only assume is a Thai size for obese ladies and they still didn't bloody fit. What a waste of time putting on a weird ankle length cloth skirt over my linen trousers to take then off and try the impossible shorts on
Hostel lounging area
I tried this, not very gracefully though!
underneath whilst standing at the stall with most time my arse in this poor ladys face and Chris trying to help peel of my trousers which were stuck to me. All this effort and then having to say I think I'll pass on those. So vesty tops next, yep you guessed it, can only fit in mens! So now wearing a lovely vest with a panda on. May have to resort to boardy shorts now as no other option.
So after one dire morning of mega hangover, finally surfaced to end up having a wonderful mexican meal for tea then back to the hostel ready for Ayuthaya.
Arrived off the bus and were completely lost and the heat was worse than BK. Then a lady pulled up in a car with her 2 kids asking if we need help and ending up driving us to the street we needed all for free and her kids saying english to us to practice. She then gave us her card and said call or email if we need anything and drove off! All the people are lovely here and I think really happy that westerners are still coming but everywhere is
Guess what Lou thinks it looks like?!
Did a bike ride today around some Wats which were lovely but the heat made it unbearable to stop, so now chilling out back at the hostel. Off to Sukhothai tomorrow to help break up the journey to Chiang Mai so hopefully a blog on it's way there.
Oh yeah one more thing, our hostel owner nearly made me wee myself with excitement on arrival. It is custom to take your shoes off here entering someones home and she asked we put them up on a shelf as she has a baby (she hesitates to find the right word)...elephant! My smile was immense, then she said... oh sorry I mean dog!! Lovely dog but so not the same!!
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