So our adventure began at Gatwick as we waved an emotional goodbye to the families. The plane was delayed by 45 minutes (typical) then we were off! We watched monsters university & the internship whilst the bloke next to me managed to get through 5 small bottles (roughly) of red wine during the first part of the flight and then continued to laugh rather loudly at the film he was watching before falling asleep, which made us both laugh. We then stopped off in Dubai for a few hours before boarding the second plane to Bangkok. On this plane we watched cockneys vs zombies & Parker (well Hannah watched half of it after nodding off - surprise surprise).
We arrived in Bangkok around 10am and got our transfer to the "Viengthai Hotel". Whilst waiting for the room to be made we ventured outside to get a drink and tried a fruit shake from one of the local street vendors (yum). We then checked into our room around half 11 and crashed out for a few hours after only a few hours sleep on the plane "zzzzzzzz".
Around half 4 we woke up and checked out the local area, also spotting the first ladyboy (that didn't take long!) we tried the local Chang Beer and had our first meal - pad Thai for Hannah (you will notice this being a common choice!) and Chicken & cashew with rice for me. We then skyped Hannah's parents & brother before heading out for another beer and heading back to the hotel for the night.
We woke up around 2:30 am last night wide awake (jet-lag) then fell asleep about 45 minutes later to then be woken by the maid banging on the door asking if we wanted the room cleaned! Erm surprisingly not but thanks for the wake up call as we have lots of things to do! We decided to try and view a few of the temples and avoid approximately 50-70 shouts of "TucTuc" and "where you wanna go" as we wanted to find our bearings. We spoke with a few of the locals for directions who explained that the temple was closed today (we later found out that this was bulls*** - we believe they say it to stop "tourists" visiting them).
Feeling defeated we headed back to the hotel and next door to us was the famous "Koh San Road" where we stopped for a drink. We later went out for dinner - Hannah (chicken & noodles with gravy sauce & veg) ((very weird was her verdict)) Adam - teriyaki chicken & rice. We also ordered a tower of Chang beer to wash it down with which was enormous! Feeling rather drunk we stumbled (literally) across another bar with a Thai band which were comical yet quite talented. After a few more Changs a young beatboxer (about 15 years old) was on stage and was amazing! This got us in the vibe for more drinks so we headed to another bar where a toothless lady passed and offered us the famous scorpion on a stick. In our drunken state we obviously accepted this challenge and it actually tasted quite nice!
We woke up feeling groggy and this lasted the whole day and also put us off alcohol for the foreseeable future. ("You've only got yourselves to blame" I know I know!) Still we wanted to find/view these temples so off we went....
After being told by a few more locals that it was closed p****) we arrived at the "opened" Grand Palace and took lots of photos, the palace was beautiful and well worth the walk!
Around 6pm we headed out for dinner - Hannah (pad Thai) "ooh theres a surprise" Adam - (Tom yum soup) I should say "the famous Tom yum soup" and you will understand why in the next minute or so...
So we are sitting down in this restaurant enjoying our meals, recovering from the hangover from hell and reminiscing about the adventure so far. As I then go to take a mouthful of the Tom yum soup (with shrimp I may add) hannah catches me off guard with a question. I then kind of inhale the soup, choke and spit the contents in my mouth all over Hannah's pad Thai dinner, face and hair! I don't think she knew whether to laugh or hit me! Luckily she saw the funny side (as did I!) and laughed it off! Phew!
We then headed to a bar for a drink (definitely non alcoholic this time) before retreating to our hotel for an earlyish night.
We woke up still feeling a bit groggy and weren't sure if it was due to jet lag or the copious amount of alcohol we had drunk on day 2 (probably the latter). We felt that our time in Bangkok had come to an end. Its a nice city but being a capital it is rather noisy/busy and there were quite a few scammers around. We got a taxi to the train station having arranged accommodation for Chiang Mai (our next stop) and purchased a ticket for the sleeper train. We now just had to wait 5 hours for the train to turn up! The time surprisingly went quickly, although there wasn't a whole lot to do and we boarded the sleeper train around 6pm. This train was pretty cool - it has 2 seats opposite each other and then around half 9 a guard walks down the aisles and works his magic to turn it into a bunk bed! We had a rough nights sleep and then arrived in Chiang Mai about 9am (15 hours later)...