Adam and Charlotte's Great Escape.
Well we made it to Bangkok safely and have been exploring parts of it for the last 5 days. Our guesthouse called New Siam II is actually really nice for ten pounds a night and even has a swimming pool, which is really useful in this heat. Last Saturday was our first fall day here and what do you know we got as far as the end of our road and got pursuded to go for a tour in a tuk tuk!! On our 1 & 1/2 hour tour we saw a total of 3 sights and 3 shops, two which were suit shops!! All the tuk tuk driver wanted was for us to buy something or spend 15 minutes looking round getting pestered to buy something so he got his petrol voucher, well Adam ended up purchesing a cord handmade jacket which made the driver very happy!! In the evening we met up with a couple we met at the airport for drinks, a bite to eat and a stroll down the hectic Khaosan road. On Sunday with the same people who were called Kate and Jim, we took a taxi to Chatuchak market. This market has 8 thousand stalls and you can grab some real bargins, although we managed not to buy to much as space is limited in rucksacks. We took a tuk tuk back which was a bit of a squeeze with 4 in the back. That evening all 4 of us eat together, it was really nice having some other people to talk to but they are heading a different way to us so we said goodbye and we might see them back in England. On Monday we went to visit the Grand Palace but was told by a thai man that it was shut for prey time until 3pm, we later found put he was telling porkies and he just wanted us to take another tuk tuk tour to free attractions and more suit shops. After escaping this we kept on walking and went to see the Reclining Budda (Wat Pho) which was pretting impressive. Yetserday (Tuesday) was take two on going to the Grand Palace, on walking towards it we still had people telling us it was closed but we were determined to look for ourselves and suprise suprise it was open. This complex was very decorative and vibrent and the main attraction inside is to go and see the Emerald Budda. After we got back to the guesthouse we took a swim and eat at a busy resturant where we had fresh bbq fish and boiled rice which was quite nice. Today we took the riverboat down to Chinatown and after making our way through the bussle of crowds of people and market stalls we went to see the Golden Budda. This was made of solid gold and it was 3 metres high. We are now waiting to get our bus to Chiang Mai which will take us 12 hours and this is something we are not looking forward to. So as you can see our days in Bangkok have been a bit of an adventure. The pictures will be on there way soon. Bye for now Ad and Charl xx