We are online! We had a bit of trouble getting the site up and running but that is sorted now.
Bangkok is so busy and polluted. Our hotel is an oasis of calm in comparison, so it is nice to laze by the pool after a hard day exploring. About 50% of the hotel guest seem to be old western guys with young thai girls, I didn't realise so many men did that kind of thing. They look ridiculous and seem to spend their time together sat in an uncomfortable silence. On our first night we were using the pool on the roof and a thunderstorm began in the distance it was like a scene out of blade runner, with the neon skyline and lightning flashes behind the clouds. We have had a couple more spectacular thunderstorms since then but for the last couple of days we have had clear blue skys.
We went to the Grand Palace yesterday and it was damn hot. We got a longtail boat down one of the canals to the golden mount and then decided to walk to the palace. Thai blokes kept trying to get us in a tuk tuk but there is no chance we are getting in one of them. The first tuk tuk we saw was going down the wrong side of the road skidded to avoid a lorry, glanced off the lorry and ended up on the pavement. We are sticking to a/c taxis, longtail boats and walking.
Discovered a rock pub across the road from our hotel, that has a live band playing oasis, radiohead, snow patrol and stuff. It was very bizarre as the lead singer was this little Thai guy with a strange accent who wanted to buy my primal scream t-shirt.
We are getting a night bus to Phuket tomorrow, as the guy in the tourist information told us we should go there first as there is a vegetarian festival over the next few days. We had walked to the tourist information which took about 45 mins in the searing heat, in our exhausted state we agreed that the vegetarian festival was a good idea even though I don't like vegetables. I won't be happy if someone trys to force me to eat broccoli.