03.06.2008 30 °C
Oh my it's so hot in Bangkok ! We've now moved from the plush hotel with elevator, rooftop pool and a/c to a cheaper one down this side street off Khao San Road and it's very STICKY. There isn't even a ceiling fan, just an electric one strapped to the wall. But it's alright. Cheep cheep.
Last night we went to Lumpini park because some random thai guy told us there was a festival there but turns out there wasn't....and our tuk-tuk driver ended up being a bastard and charging us 400baht for the ride because we wouldn't stop at all his 'stops' where he wanted us to shop for him so he could get a petrol coupon. But i suppose everyone get ripped off at least once in Bangkok...!
We had a really nice tuk-tuk driver today though that took us to the river to get a boat ride, waited for us for an hour then took us to some temples and back to khao san road all for 60baht! That's around 1 pound!
The ride on the river was in a longtail boat which took us down the khlongs (canals), loads of people live along there and some little old ladies in canoe boats came up to us and sold us a paper fan and a singha beer, floating market style.
Still eating yummy food all the time - the banana pancakes are soooo amazing. We've not eaten any western food since we've been here which is nice. At least I don't have to try hard at all to avoid Pasta and Pizza and bread. Shane had a really hot Thai green curry last night even though green curry's not really supposed to be hot, is it? I guess it is in Thailand.
We walked around and wanted to go to the Grand Palace but apparently it was closed because the King's sister has died or something.........not really sure if that's true or if the guy who told us was just drumming up business for the tuk-tuk drivers.
Also I've just about got used to taxi drivers everywhere on khao san road going 'Ping pong? ping pong show?? Banana show??!' NO THANKS ! Then they make the 'pop' noise.....NO !
Hopefully meeting up with Josh today cos apparently he's in Bangkok too.....then meeting up with Rob and Mimi on wednesday. On thursday the plan is to go to Pak kred Babies Home to donate lots of babies clothes and toys (which henrietta & andrew donated!) and hopefully volunteer for half a day. Then from there we'll go to Kanchanaburi and go to the Tiger Temple I think. Also going to book our sleeper train to Chiang Mai soon because I sort of want to get out of the city !
There's loads of little tiny weeny skin and bones kittens everywhere and I just want to put one in my bag and take it back to our guesthouse and keep it as a pet......but I can't can I ? It will probably give me a disease. Shane was squirting hand sanitizer all over me after I'd been stroking one of them in a cafe haha.
Also people just drive around with babies around Lochie's age in front of them on their motorbikes, it's crazy!
There's so much great stuff to buy on Khao san (also a lot of crap though..) i wanted to get a fake mulberry bag but they're about 50 quid..! also there's loads of nice jersey dresses and shorts and moccassin boots and leather bags.
Anyway we're off to get some banana pancakes from a street stall and try and find josh. We tried to put some photos on facebook but it was taking TOO long so we're going to try tomorrow when there's less people in the internet place.