Phnom Penh to Bangkok, what a flight! a little on the bumpy side to say the least, at one point it just dropped and Lil cried. Well rather that than the 15hr coach ride!
Bangkok airport is huge, quite fast at checking passports and bag collection, and easy to find your way around. I got us to the right bus terminal and we got the express bus to Kaosan rd.
We got to Kaosan rd about 8pm and we needed a bed fast, I was almost asleep on my feet! We found a place called New Joes down a dark alleyway, this was to be our home for the first three nights.
On the Thursday it was our mission to find ourselves a netbook, we set off for a shopping mall called MBK. This place sells everything, apart from net books! so we were off to another mall called Pantip Plaza which is completely dedicated to computers and software. We looked around for a couple of hours and eventually bought a Samsung N150, in red. This should now help us update photos and blogs more regularly.
On the Friday we decided that we needed somewhere with WIFI so we could use the netbook to its full potential. We went all round the block and eventually found out that the place next door to New Joes was cheaper and cleaner and had WIFI. We moved the next morning as we had already missed checkout time for New Joes.
Friday night was the second England Game in the World Cup. We stayed up until 3AM watching it, but wish we hadnt bothered as it was a proper let down.
Saturday, after moving to Kawin Place we headed to the famous Chatuchak weekend market. This place is rediculous! Its huge and sells everything, from Souvenirs to Pets. The souvenirs section was realy usefull and we stocked up on some bits for certain people, but were not saying who, Ha! The pet's section got Lil all soppy and at one point she had 2 puppies in her arms and was ready to run off with them. They had a huge clothing section which soon made her put down the dogs, and she was distracted for hours. She bought only 1 top though which is rather good for her, but she did buy a noisy frog, a hat, a hand sewing machine, and some earings. They have food stalls all the way around the outside of the market, so we had some lunch there. We had Fried Chicken and rice with an Iced Tea to cool us down, shopping is thirsty work. The Chicken was KFC style but 1000 times better it was amazing, and so very cheap.
Saturday night we met up with Sam Wicks and went for some food and a couple of beers. We told him and his German friend Johannah about our day at the Market, they said that they might go the next day, Instantly the fried chicken popped into our heads and we were agreeing to go back with them.
Sunday we set off on the bus again for the Market. This time Lil bought an Elephant, a Sticky rice steamer and a paper parasol. We also bought a Thai Sim card, but weve not used it yet. We went out for a few drinks that night and went back late, Lil sat up and watched Thundercats on Youtube.
Monday and Tuesday were both very lazy days, we got up late, uploaded photos, and wandered around Kaosan rd. Tuesday night was Sams last night before he flew back to the UK. It began to rain very hard, next thing you know the water was up to our knees in the road. We waded our way to the restaraunt and had a few drinks and a Pizza. By the time we had eaten and decided to go back the water level was lower, and just covered my ankles. We made our way back to Kaosan Rd through the water leaves and drowned cockroaches, and saw rats running along the side of the road, pushed up from the drains by the water no doubt.
Wednesday we went to Chinatown and did the Walking tour. The distance was 4Km and took us from 1pm to 4pm. We started by Memorial Bridge and made our way through Phahurat (little India), then through Sampeng lane, which is a massive market street selling fabrics, hair acressories, hello kitty stuff, and allsorts of other junk. Next was another market street called Trok Itsaranuphap, but this sold all sorts of chinese herbs medicines and foods. We then headed to a large Chinese temple called Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. Another two temples were on our agenda next, The Golden Budha Temple and Wat Traimit. We finished of at Marine Department docks and caught the river ferry back to Banglamphu near Kaosan Rd.
After all that walking we deserved a good feed and some beers, so we stopped at the Irish bar near our Guest House. We stayed to watch the 3rd England Game. This one was much more worth the viewing. During half time Lil darted off, that woman can shop like nobodies business, she appeared again after 20 minutes and had bought a bikini and a dress.
Thursday night we had a overnight bus to Chumphon, where we would then get the boat to Koh Phangan the next morning. However after all this shoping Lil could hardly lift her bag, so we thought it best we send a box home. We got the River ferry to the main post office and sent a box weighing 17KG. Feeling much lighter we got back, scoffed a fallafal and hopped straight on the bus.