Trapped in Bangkok. Thailand doesn't want us to leave.
20 minutes after sitting down in a Internet cafe relatively close (but not close enough in the end) to our accommodation (New Siam II – Highly Recommend) the monsoon starts. Its 32 Degrees Centigrade and there is hail falling out side. Locals are crowding under what little protection is given by the shops awning. And the food stalls set up along the street have become swamped.
Our flight tonight leaves at 00:20 hours. that's 12:12am tomorrow *joy* :p. We have packed our bags and expertly weighed them using the scales I was surprised to find in our room.
Phil has managed to reduce his check in bags weight so should make it in under 23 kilos and I've got approx 20 kilos. Just do weigh my hand luggage! I am just lucky that Macpac's are such sturdily made bags ;).
So since I'm not planing on leaving the dry sanctuary of this Internet cafe for a time yet (read: until rain stops or i run out of toilet paper) I thought i would post up a summary of our time in Thailand.. or more or a review of the locations and attractions, what i would recommend, and what I have on my list to do "next time" the opportunity arises.
So lets start where we end, like the snake eating its tail.. its all very zen. 😉
During this trip we stayed in Bangkok on three separate locations, all upon necessity of travel transfers and on each occasion have stayed in the vicinity of the infamous Khao San Rd. The haunt of budget backpackers trying to hold on to their cash and local trying to relive them of it.
We stayed on Rhambutti Rd, the sight of THE BEST FRUIT SHAKES IN THAILAND (when hes there he is situates in the back of a truck/ute with the floor removed outside the 7 eleven). hehe.. Also the Shark cheap bucked combivan come bar is at the end of the street closest to Khao San all in the shadow of a temple/monastery.
Other Highlights of Bangkok:
The Paragon food court – the only reason we didn't go back today was that it was closed due to what the locals call "meetings" and what the international news has been calling "Tens of thousands of Thai protesters have marched through Bangkok's central shopping district" . http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4846578.stm . But all is well and no violence has so far been reported..
The massage place in the shopping centre just off Chitlom Station. 2 hours of bliss (well Phil's oil massage was apparently a tad more blissful than my 2 hour Thai massage).