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Published: January 13th 2013
Well door to door it took 26 hours to get to Bangkok! The plane from South Africa to Singapore was full with South African Australians returning home after spending Christmas with the family so lots of families and babies. Even though the seatbelt sign came on and the crew were told to stop serving hot drinks there was no turbulence to speak of and no one could have been happier than me. Singapore Airport – Changi is so beautiful as airports go they even have a botanical route indoors – that’s right you can go to different areas and see all sorts including the orchid area which of course I just love to bits. There are loungers like at the beach to wait for your plane and you could definitely fall asleep on one of those and miss your flight and free foot massage machines – only in Asia!
I arrived at the new Bangkok Airport whose name I am sorry to say cant pronounce and certainly cant spell and don’t have my book with me to check! Very spacey and efficient and found my way outside and in a taxi quite quickly and on my way to Baan Dinso
klong - canal
next to the hostel look how clean it is
Hostel. I was keen to stay here as it had won the Hostelling International best hostel in Thailand award and once there I could clearly see why. It was down a side street and the house was a real old Thai wooden house lightly painted the wooden floors so beautiful and the welcome very friendly. My room was upstairs and I just loved it. The bathroom was spacious and the tiles so pretty with frangipani’s in relief. The room had a big tv, a fridge and aircon and was light and roomy. I had a shower to wash the travels away a little nap for an hour and then out to explore the area. Only around the corner from Koh San Road and yet there were very much less travelers. If anyone know Bangkok it was near Democracy Monument. Down the side streets and along the klong (canal) were food shops and market stalls and lots of life.
After a very good nights sleep I was up and walking to the nearest Wat for a walk around. I always find these Wats a quiet and beautiful space and there was hardly anyone here. I gave thanks for
a safe journey and then made my way to the Golden Temple. I could not believe that all my times here I had never been to this Temple. It is such a good place to see just how big this city is and the bonus is the higher you get the better the breeze. Bells, chimes and gongs are the songs floating around in the air. Lots of special nooks and crannies that are filled with statues of gods a river flows down from somewhere – trees with beards hang over the water all making it very enchanting.
On the way home I stopped at a sidewalk café and ordered a soup – I don’t think you can have a bad meal here on the streets. If the locals are eating there stop and try. My parents taught me a lesson when I first went travelling – never go into an empty restaurant and I have lived by that during all my travels and it’s never been proved wrong.
I caught a tuk tuk from my hostel to the hotel Vienthai on Soy Rambuttri to meet Terry only to be stood up on our first night together but
baan dinso hostel
My lovely bedroom
he gave such a good case – going out with the boys for the night! That I realized he was right and it was really not my scene even though I was given the chance to go with them. One or two drinks are enough for me and then what??? So I took the opportunity to a vegetarian eatery that I had been given a slip for and had one of the best dinners ever. It was a delicious Thai green curry and I chose to have tempeh instead of tofu. A bowl of crunchy veg and brown rice in a delicate green curry sauce. Very yummy indeed. On the way home I met up with the boys and had a beer with them and then left them to make their hangovers.
So we took the next day slowly after some shopping in the morning and once Terry had surfaced we made our way downtown on the river taxi and then the skytrain to the MBK building to have lunch and see a movie. The Life of Pi in 3D in the freezing cinema was a good way to spend the afternoon. I loved the special effects and seeing
have a look at the poster in the window and you can see the doggie sunglasses - ok who in the Friday Afternoon clubg wants them???
it on the big screen is a must. Even with my long sleeved top on I was cold and it took awhile after coming out the movie to warm up.
Today we went to the weekend market and once again I bemoan the fact that I don’t have any of my girlfriends here to go shopping with. Please someone come with me oneday!!! It is sooooooooo huge it boggles the mind. I only bought what was necessary not what I wanted. I asked the question Do I need it??? And NO came up quite often.
Another thing that is so over the top are the dog shops not only selling fluffly lovely cuddly dogs but accessories that I never knew a dog needed. Along with clothes and boots and shoes there are even sunglasses – I kid you not – night apparel along with day wear. Luckily for Leni she only got a not so boring collar or two!!!
There was a Spanish chef making Paella in big pans bopping away to some very cool tunes – an older lady spinning the disks very impressive – would really have liked some of that music but it was
for that special occasion dont forget the tux! Nicolas?? Hamish???
not for sale. We split a plate of paella and listened for awhile. Eventually the heat of the day got to me and after a coconut ice cream we decided to head back home. The question was do we go home the way we came via boat and skytrain or taxi door to door- well I am sure you guessed right the taxi won!!! And for our endeavours we got the coolest taxi driver who used to have a band was a real crooner we even got to hear some Elvis and Engelbert Humperdink on the way home.
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