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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 13th 2017

The minivan from Cambodia eventually made it to Bangkok and we were dropped off at about 8.30pm somewhere near Pratunam market where the company's office is. We then found ourselves unable to get a taxi prepared to use its meter. The price they wanted, and the tuk tuks too, was about three times what the meter rate would have been. We walked away and eventually found a driver prepared to take just twice the price. Meters in taxis are supposed to be used by law so we were not happy. Less so because the drivers used the excuse "it's busy!" The Retroasis turned out to be a great choice of hotel. Its rooms are all nestled around an inner courtyard with a lovely pool. We felt very happy there. The next day we went to a ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 27th 2017

Woke up after a crazy night with Michelle drinking and ogling the guys on stage and we are having a much quieter one today, mainly doing tourist stuff and recovering from beer (why does beer make you feel so shitty the next day, posh vodka didn’t do this?!). We got an Uber to go and see The Grana palace and The Emerald Buddha Temple, both absolutely stunning places to visit – well except for the millions of tourists. The Grand Palace is a lovely mix of ornately tiled building in the swopping, jagged and curved architecture you would typically expect from Thailand. Their buildings here are quite literally iridescent as they shine and sparkle in the sunlight. The gold coatings gleam and twinkle across the rooftops, domes and edges of these well thought out and constructed ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 25th 2017

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521Bus arrives at Mo Chit bus stationat 06:00. Instead of just getting a taxi to the guest house we walk across to the departures area and buy a ticket for our return journey tomorrow night. Cant think why we havent done this before as it will save us a return taxi journey to Mo Chit later on today. It is also a whole lot easier to get a taxi from this side of the bus station whereas we normally have to fight with all the arrivals to get one.Our room at New Siam Guest House is ready when we arrive not much after 06:30. Quick trip to 7/11 for coffee and croissants then stretch out on the bed for breakfast.Stay in the room till about 10:00 then go to change some GBP into Baht ... read more
I do love the noodle broth in here ...
Noodles even have the local monks approval
Phra Sumen fort ...

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 24th 2017

Khao San Road.... it's interesting. As you know from my last post I was nervous about coming here, but I'm pleased to report I am alive!! It's a street littered with random market stalls selling everything from t-shirts to deep fried scorpions. Whilst we didn't buy anything it was good fun to look at. There are bars and restaurants and Thai massage parlours offering a 15 minute foot massage for 110 Baht. There are also men women and children walking up and down the road selling random wooden things, random light up things and laughing gas. We sat in a bar and had a few cocktails whilst doing one of our fave activities... people watching! There was a guy dancing with fire, an old man and what was quite clearly a lady boy enjoying a nice ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 23rd 2017

Always stop at the top... Now our AIDA pax vacation is already over and we spend the last day just relaxing in the sauna and going out to pattaya at night for dinner and some drinks at the Hilton rooftop bar with our favourite FOH Crew Henning & Pierre. The first time we were here seems to be months ago although it was only two weeks ago. I guess that is a good sign, as so much has happened and we now feel really relaxed. I can actually understand the pax much better now as I kind of showed the same stupid behaviour sometimes that I was always thinking "stupid people, can't even read on the screen how to print their final balance." *lol* The next day we left early at 8am. Nicki with her MCM ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 23rd 2017

Up and out of the hotel for 8am, metro train is bound for the airport and Bangkok, looking forward to Thailand as I have not been here for around 10 years. Nearly nailed the train but went one stop too far in the airport – I don’t agree its my fault because the signs are confusing (that’s what I am sticking to!). Yet to have breakfast as I decided against the traditional Subway salads of the past few days, mainly because McDonalds is here and it is traveling law (in my book) to have a MacD’s (any excuse!) and I blow away any goodness gained from salads as I have pancakes and a big breakfast. Seriously I really can’t drink caffeine because it makes me twitch like I have Tourette’s and this is not good when ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 22nd 2017

Cab rides here are fun... not! You're lucky if there is a seatbelt, if not just hold on for dear life! You're told on all these travel advice websites to only get in metered taxis, but apart from going from Bangkok airport to our hotel, we've not come across one, it's easier to tell them "I'll pay you this much" - "Ok, hop in". We visited the Grand Palace today, which was unfortunately closed - so we actually visited a temple instead. Funny story, we had read online about random people telling you an attraction was closed, and then trying to guide you to a gem shop. When we stepped out of our taxi a man in a military type outfit came up to us and asked where we were headed, we told him and he ... read more
In Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park
Weird statue in Siam Discovery Mall

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 22nd 2017

What people don't really tell you about travelling is the stress of finding somewhere to stay. Maybe it's us, maybe spending too much time reading in depth reviews on Trip Adviser and judging a hotel on its wifi availability and cleanliness star rating isn't helping the situation, but hotel hunting is not fun. We're not those people that can just turn up and find somewhere, we are planners, we like to know where we are going. But after three hours this morning and lots of 3am googling the last few days (jet lag is still very much real) we have finally decided staying in Phi Phi isn't for us, instead we are going to Krabi and will day trip to Phi Phi. Sorted... ok now to find a hotel in Krabi. Ergh. I mentioned that the ... read more
Jackie Chan at his movie Premier
Outside Siam Paragon Mall

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 21st 2017

I'll be honest, I didn't have very high hopes for Bangkok, I'd been given a lot of the same reviews and advice before we got here. Maybe because of my low expectations, that's why so far I don't hate it. Sure there are a lot of negatives, for one thing the place stinks, but honestly after the rudeness and abruptness we've encountered whilst being in Dubai, it's actually so nice to be greeted with a friendly smile, to have someone go above and beyond to let you check in 4 hours early... those things to me make the difference between enjoying myself and walking around with a face on. The place is scary busy, there are people constantly under my feet! We went into the MBK Mall which is a 5 minute walk from our hotel, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 21st 2017

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