We checked out from Harmony beach at 11:30am. We got a taxi into Thongsala and got a cheap boat and bus deal to Bangkok, the only problem was that we had to get to the boat in half hour, and had to get food! Lil went to the shop and got water and pringles for the journey, then we headed to a Cafe for some cheap fried rice, Done!
There were hundreds of people at the docks all waiting to get onto boats off the island. Once we had fought our way through the crowds of westerners, we managed to claim our seat on the express boat to Surathani. Two hours later we docked, the trip went quite quick with a short stop over in Koh Samui. We claimed our bags from the heap on the floor then got a transfer bus to the coach station. We had to wait two hours until we boarded our coach to Bangkok. The trip took 12 hours and we got into Bangkok at 5:30am. We hardly slept, even after a Valium.
We were dropped off at the familiar KhaoSan rd. We headed straight to our Guest house called Kawin Place. Unfortunately no one had checked out yet, so we had to wait a while. We went to 7/11 and got ham and cheese toasties, and watched the monks doing their morning rounds.
We went on the internet and Lil had a message from little Miss Boddy, asking how did we enjoy the festival??? and we had been tagged in a number of photo, we were proper confused!!! When we saw the tagged photos of our faces on sticks being carried around the festival Lily began to cry, it was a touching moment for us, especially for Lily as she was a little sleep deprived and missing the festival, and more to the point our friends!
Once the room was available at 9am we went straight up and we slept for about 7 hours. We went for some dinner later that night but soon were back in bed, sleeping off the last few days.
Thursday we did Laundry and went to MBK shopping centre. We had to get Lils I-Phone fixed, as a speaker jack had snapped off in her I-phones headphone hole. They took the whole thing apart and completely replaced the headphone component. It cost 14 pounds which is cheap compared to how much it would cost at home, but a large expense for us.
We went to MBK's food court for lunch, its amazing! All sorts of foods all realy well done, and it was very cheap. I had crispy fried Chicken and rice, and Lil had soup followed by Grilled pork and noodles with wontons, We then followed it all up with fruity waffles. Later that night we had some food on the street parallel to Khao San, at a stall selling traditional Thai foods. It was all very good especially when chased down by a Singha.
Friday we went to The Royal Palace. There is a special palace dress code, we had to wear closed Shoes, long sleeves and long trousers. It was a very hot day but the palace was superb, Much better than the palace in Phnom Penh. It was just as Zoe had told us "Its so very very Shiny". It was shiny and grand, and had lots of different buildings with amazing murals. Lil is a magpie so she was happy, I was impressed by their extensive weapons collection. We sat on the floor and did some meditation in the main temple, although I think Lil was just sat giggling at the ladies builders bum in-front of her.
We had to catch a bus to Chiang Mai overnight and left at 6:00.