We arrived back in Bangkok via a mini bus for 400b. We decided this was the easier option for a few more quid! We got to Khoasarn Road and tried to find a guesthouse. Just off the road we came across this lovely and popular place called at home! We booked in and this was our digs for another 3 nights. We'd completed a full week of travelling and to be honest we still felt like tourists even thou we had done a fair bit of travelling already. It did felt good to be back in familair territory especially after being in Pattaya. We headed straight out to Koasarn road and for the cheapest bar we knew on the strip, had a few changs and some grub. We found this street stall seeling pancakes for 30p which over the next few days became pretty addictive. We both wanted to visit the floating market so we arranged a tour and headed back to the guest house for an early night.
The bus was picking us up outside our guesthouse at 7am. This was a shock to the system getting up at that time in the morning! On the bus we met an American couple from North Carolina well the guy was from there and the girl was Latin American. His accent and voice at 7am was going right through us! Lovely guy though. We had a good chat as they had been travelling for 3months which helped along the hour and a half bus journey. The floating market was quite random. We had a few young Indian couples on our boat and they wanted to stop at all the stalls...it did get really annoying! Anyway we floated around for 40mins or so dodging other oncoming boats. Some of the drivers are in a world of their own quite scary at times. We then went on a long tail speed boat to see how the locals lived. They all lived on river huts, incredibly basic. It does make you think about the contrast in lives compared to back home. They're all seem to have no care in the world. One lady was washing her daughters hair with a bucket outside. They were laughing and giggling, waving to us as we went by. The next stop after the floating market was a cobra snake show as it was a fiver to get in we decided to dodge it as we were close to our budget. You could peer through the tanks where 2 of the snakes were and the condition of the habitat of the animals was terrible. We saw a pretty big aligator that only had about 2 foot to move around either side of him...poor b*****. This turned us off the show also. The American guy went in and told us it was pretty brutal so we're glad we didn't see it. Final stop was to a wood carving exhibition/shop, there were guys in there working and carving as went round. Some of the work was out of this world, the detail was unreal...They must have lots of patience (neither of us would be good at that!). The bus dropped us off back at Khoasarn road and guess what we went back to our favourite bar and had a few beers and watched the F1 qualifying.
Later that evening we decided we deserved a good night out and after sitting in the same bar we always seem to we decided that must get out of our creatures of comforts habbits and explore around a bit more so we headed over to the street next to Khoasarn road. The atmosphere there was just as buzzing. We had a lush Thai meal then went to one of the bars where we met a lovely couple who were on holiday from Portsmouth who bought us far too many drinks as they we're jealous of what we were doing. We spent the rest of evening with this couple, not for the free drinks but for the company. There was also some good reggae music being played live which just added to the atmosphere we stayed until late at night and were quite drunk Zara couldnt remember having her kebab the next day. Sunday then was a right off we didn't do anything apart from watch the Grand prix and feel bloody rough all day! But it wasnt that bad we'd seen most of the things Bangkok had to offer and needed a day off site seeing before we headed north the next day.