Ok so its been awhile since the last entry so I'll keep it short and sweet, well I'll try!
We went to the museum in Denpasa and, I think its the first time, a local saw us coming! We were walking to the museum and you pass a temple to get there, we thought it might be the entrance so we showed interest and BAMM we were a target!! A guy came over and in very broken english said we had to see the temple before the museum and we couldn't get to the museum without going tp the temple! ( We did try and double check with him but he coincidently lost his english tounge!) He tied a sarong around us coz our legs showed then charged us 40,000rp! ( the museum cost ou 1400rp!!) It took us 5 minutes to walk around the temple which looks like all the other temples we've already seen! Ed was not happy and wanted to tell him he's made bad calmer but thought better of it! The museum was good but hard to take everything in when its in Balaniese!
We went back to Kuta the next morning and spent our last 2 days doing the last minute shopping and sent even more stuff home - finally our bags seem light again! There was a bit of a mix up with the flight times and we ended up waiting 2 hours before we could even check in! The flight to singapore was fine and I don't even know where to start with that airport! For those who have seen it, you know what I mean and for those who haven't, the 3 hours wait flew by ( pardon the pun) and we didn't even see the cinema, gym or swimmingpool! We arrived in Bangkok at our hotel at middnight. The Hotel is lovely - very smart and we had a bath - I really miss having a bath!! ( now I really miss toilets!! - they don't do toilets as we know it and thats all i'm mentally able to say!)
Our first day we wondered around in a bit of a daze, trusting no-one, including each other!! Its a dangerous world after all! We walked through the main shopping strip and bars, along the river ( when i say river i mean moving sludge ) and to the museum. This time we met a guy just around the corner from the museum and he said " oh its closed until 2 , let me show you something else and i'll bring you back when it opens . . . "! YEAH RIGHT!! 2 minutes later we'd bought tickets and we looking at old rocks! Cheeky monkeys! The museum was full of names of places and people we couldn't read let alone pronounce, but we did enjoy the air con! Seriously though the stautues and culture was really interesting. We went out for dinner and I watched Ed struggle with his Thai Green Curry!! He'd asked for mild and the waiter ( or waitress, we wern't quite sure ) and he'd just smiled and made a understanding noise but if that was mild then I want to see ed eat a hot one!! But give the boy his due, although we had to take out a bank loan to pay for the water and naan bread to soak it up, he did finish it!
Next day we took it easy as I was suffering with the dreaded Bangkok Belly but we did manage to get to New Town and see the massive shopping centre's. We also went on the sky train for a good veiw of the city and took a boat up the river. Feeling a little worse for wear after dinner ( and a few cocktails which i thought might settle my stomach - honest!!) Ed took me home and put me to bed. He said he'd be half an hour on the internet but met some Isralie guys looking for a bar and thought he'd join them!! How's that for caring! mind you i can't sayi noticed he'd gone!
Saturday we met up with one of my mums school friends and wentÂ toÂ the Royal Palace, it was closed because the king was due to arrive but we did get to go around the Emerald Buddah temple next door. The buildings are amazing, you've never seen so much decoration and gold leaf in your life! We went for lunch in a place by the river, it had lots of atmosphere but couldv'e dropped in the water at anytime! We went and saw another temple made of smashed up plates, which was way more impressive than i just made it sound! Some more people joined us and we headed into China Town markets where we were bumped and bashed all over the place but there was some amazing stalls selling things so cheap that I had to buy stuff - well you do don't you! That night we went for some drinks in the very busy koah san road and were offered all manner of things but coz i know my parents are reading ou'll have to work it out for your selves!
Yesterday we took a trip out to the west and saw ww2 cemtery and museum, its strange seeing it from the other side. We also walked across the Bridge over the river Kwai and took a train along the tracks the POW's laid. We had lunch on a floating platform then travelled down the river on a bamboo raft that I didn't think would make it! It was really beautiful scenary though and very peaceful ( except for a really anoyying german!) We then went elephant trekking!! It was really fun but very bumpy!! Ed and I both sat on the elephants seat while the boy lead us into the jungle, then he got off and let ed ride on its neck! He nearlly fell off! Our elephant was a bit naughty and kept running into trees for the mangos! I had a moment when sat up there going " hummm and elephant ear is flapping on my foot!" not eveyone can say that! We got back around 7 ish and had an hour before checking in on another trip down to Ko Tao. It took 12 hours on the overnight coach and catamaran butÂ the island seems very beautiful - well the little we've seen of it! We were really tired so we went to bed at 9am for a couple of hours then laid on the beach soaking up the sun. ( its been stormy since we got here but hopefully things will pick up at bit - although its chucking it down now!) Eds doing his PADI diving course for the next 4 days so i'm a free spirit, well i would be if i wasn't having to shelter from the heavens!
So that short and sweet one didn't really work out but we've only got another couple of weeks so you won't have to read the jibberish much longer!!
Â Love always!! x x