After a 14 hour night bus from the Laos border we arrived in central Bangkok...again. Having had a recommendation of a guest house we headed straight to it, which was far more comforting than our original turn up and wander around approach. The guest house was lovely, located by the river not far from the infamous Koh San Road- after breakfast and a nap we went exploring.
Koh San Road is mental. There are no other words to describe it! Its a physical impossibility to walk down it without being approached by someone trying to sell you anything from an italian suit to thai boxing tickets- but we loved it. The market stalls, food stalls, street performers, bustling bars all help to create a great atmosphere, however nearly every stall has something pretty or shiny so Craig had to practically put me on a leash! After a full days batering we had a lovely dinner amongst the chaos and headed back.
The next days weather was awful so we caught a river taxi to Hualamphong to try and find a train to take us down to Suratthani, Southern Thailand. After disembarking from the boat in the wrong place, we ended up in the middle of the very dense Chinatown. We were totally lost and on top of that it was raining so everyone had umbrellas up... Now normally this wouldnt be a problem, however Craig is about a foot taller than the average Thai person, meaning Umbrellas are at eye and throat level for him- lethal! We struggled out of Chinatown after about an hour and arrived at Hualamphong, only to find that not only was it a public holiday, but it was only 2 days until the next full moon party in Koh Phangnan so there were no seat on any kind of train available. We eventually found a night bus to take us down- but ended up paying almost double because of the full moon party. Having spent most of our budget on travel we found a small Thai cafe, had a cheap Pad Thai dinner and waited for the 6pm bus, which naturally was over an hour and a half late!
On reflection, were glad we made the effort to return to Bangkok, we can now move on knowing we fully explored all Bangkok had to offer!