our trip to Nonthaburi
07.06.2008 32 °C
So we kept meaning to get up early every morning to go to Pak kred Babies Home and find the place where the free minibus goes from but we just couldn't get up that early (probably something to do with getting to bed at 3am every morning......)
Anyway on our last day in Bangkok we found out you could get a boat there so we headed over to Pra ArThit Pier and got on the Orange Flag Chao Praya Express Boat to Nonthaburi (last stop. 15 baht each)
It was a really nice ride actually cos there was a breeze and sometimes i got sprayed by the water which was refreshing.
When we got to Nonthaburi we didn't see one other westerner all day ! So it was quite hard to get the taxi driver to understand where we wanted to go, even when we showed him the road name in Thai. In the end we had to get Mimi on the phone to tell him we wanted to go to an orphanage, not a hotel!
When we finally got there (Taxi about 80 baht from the Nonthaburi Pier 3) we walked down this long road past various institutions like the home for the blind ( i just wrote bling), young womens home, home for the handicapped etc. and finally got the Pak Kred Babies Home. We walked to the reception and donated all the toys and clothes that Henrietta had given us and they seemed happy, we asked if we could stay and play with the children and have a look around and they agreed although they looked quite suprised to see us at first ...
A guy took us to this room where he said the 4-6 month old babies were. We went in and they were all in a sort of enclosure. some of them lying on the floor some of them sitting up, some poking each other lol. They had some toys in the corner but not many. He asked whether we wanted boys or girls, then plucked out a girl for me and a boy for Shane and we carried them outside (he said they are grateful of volunteers because the babies don't get to go outside much because they don't have enough people to take each baby outside every day)
They gave us some bowls of sticky rice and baby bottles of water to give them. So we sat down and fed them and gave them the bottles then walked around with them outside for a bit and just generally cuddle them and played with them. They were very calm and didn't cry at all, although when the girl baby was first given to me she looked at me like I was an alien - I suppose they aren't all that familiar with western faces.
She was very wriggly, and kept sticking her feet up in the air but Shane's little boy was very calm and was just lunched out in his arms.
We couldn't stay too long because we had to check out of our room by 6pm and we were leaving Bangkok that night. So we made our way back to the Pier (again difficult to tell the taxi driver where we wanted to go, had to use Mimi as a translator again!) And arrived back at our guesthouse just in time to check out.
Then we met up with Rob for dinner in a place called RCA which had loads of VIP, plush clubs along the street. Had a discusting ham and cheese toasted sandwich because we were in a hurry but Shane had a really nice banana and vanilla milkshake.
Had a really funny taxi driver from cambodia on the way to the train station who kept saying we should get him to drive us to Chiang Mai instead and then when we got to the train station he said "10,000 baht!! " and laughed his head off!
It was sad to see so many babies that didn't have parents but good to know there are places like that to look after them....it was also very sad - at the train station we saw a little girl, must have been only a year old crying her eyes out on the platform and the only person who was looking after her was her little brother who must have been about 5 or 6 years old. : (