Good Morning Everyone,
Sorry it has been a while since my last blog, been struggling to get decent internet access to update the blog.
We have now succesfully completed are stay in Bangkok, and travelled north to Chaing Mai, after an 11 hour overnight bus journey, this to be fair was a luxury nights accomodation after the place we stayed for the last three nights, the Overstay hostel, this cost us 80 thai baht a night which in English money works out at about 1.75, and it is that cheap for a reason. We were drawn to the hostel because of it's cheapness and the fact that it said it had a pool table and swimming pool, however the swimming pool was just a kids inflatable paddling pool leant up against the front door and the pool table was out of use as there was cats living inside. Our bunk beds were made from wood and had a wafer thin matress and an ants nest just down the way. The place used to be a ex=brothel, dodgy chinese casino and two murders took place there and the bodies are said to haunt the place but we never experienced any spooky activities so I guess things are on the up for the building. We didn't know what to make of it on the first night and wether we would last the 3 nights which we had booked, but after a few beers with the other guests we quickly found our feet and it didn't end up being too bad, will be nice to have a proper bed tonight though.
Anyway I'm sure you are not just reading this to see what our s***ty accomodation was like so let me update you on our escapades. We must have gone to the world's largest market - chatuchak, which was decent, then went to the MBK shopping centre which has 7 floors of shops, so pretty good for anyone who likes their shopping. We then went to Phram Pong in search of a burger challenge which Earl had found on the internet, however when we found the place, it was shut down, so we made do with a curry and a cheeky few drinks at pub called The Penalty Spot. We were pretty gutted we couldn't get to do the challenge.
The next day we went to the snake farm, where we looked at various snake, how they extract venom from snakes, how they handled snakes and we each held a python. (This is not metaphor for anything ladyboy related!). It was from here we went too the luxury accomodation I have previously mentioned, and it was here I had my first experience of trying Seaweed, this I found suprisingly tasty, tasting just like spinach.
The next day we got up fairly early, partly due to a poor nights sleep on the wooden beds and partly because we wanted to crack on and see some temples, we were first advised by and elderley thai man to go and see the Standing Buddha, so we did and then our tuk tuk driver began to have a personel sales drive taking us too two suit shops, a gift shop, a tourist information centre and a jewellery shop, we have since found out that they do this so they get free gasoline vouchers from each place, anyway we managed to get back en route and went to see the Grand Palace and followed this by taking a short walk to the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, that night we went to Kao San Road for a cheeky beverage and decided to have a proper night out the next day as we were both pretty knackered.
The next day we attempted to go and see the Sirraj Museuem or as it is know to tourists the museuem of death, but this was closed due to a Buddha holiday, so from there we decided to go Dusit zoo, where we watched an impressive Seal show, entertaining Kenyan acrobats, an Elephany show and a Wild show where I got to hold my second python! This was a good day out and it turned out to be a bonus that the musuem was shut so we had more time to explore the zoom se the shows and the look at all the animals. We then went down to the grand palace where we expected to see some fireworks for Buddha day but instead were treated to a monk giving a public religious speak in Thai. We then had a belting night out Kao San Road, where we will stay next time we head into Bangkok, this ended up being a bit like The Hangover 2 and we had to look through Ear;'s photos the next morning to see exactly what went off the highlights being:- Eating scorpion, meeting a crazy German man called Daniel who kept buying us Mai Thai cocktails, Earl angering some woman buy touching her hair and some Thai man wanting to swap his Bayern Munich top for Earl's Blue adidas top, which Earl refused.
The next day after a much needed lie-in after the events of night before we eventually got to see the Museuem of Death which was pretty good, they had exhibits of real dead humans and body parts which had been injured in various accidents, it also had a section with different murder weapons, where there were such things as hguns, knives, and strangely a dildo?? Unbfortunately I could not get any photos as cameras were not permitted.
That night we got the night bus to Chaing Mai, and our courier was the most obvious ladyboy I have ever seen, it freaked me out a bit, the night bus was pretty decent we got some free food and drinks and now we are experiencing our first morning in Chaing Mai, we have already had our first full english since being away, (boy how I am missing baked beans) been to see the Wat Chedi Laung temple and now we are going to head back to the hotel to chill out, before heading out to the night market later which is meant to pretty good. Tomorrow our plan is to move from our current hotel to a cheaper hostel we found this morning, which looks good too and then visit Tiger Kingdom. Then have a few beers and watch the Man Utd game. The next day we are going to do some Treeking, ride some Elephants (Again no metephor) and do some bamboo and white water rafting. We are also looking at doing a Thai cooking course, so things are shaping up for a very good couple of days.
Sorry I can't upload any photos this time, the computer I am on is not capable, so I will upload when I can
Hope everything is good back home and the weather is not too bad, we are having our worse weather day today it is only 26 degrees as opposed to the usual 34 :)