I wake up to the view of Bangkok as in the photo, the crips and bottle of water were eaten/drank last night, the remains of the crips are all in my bed. Feeling ok, I got in the shower, and dressed. After drinking the complementary water from the hotel I started to feel a bit rough, but the pain killers that I had just taken sorted that out. I had down to breakfast, and meet some of the others groups, there were 6 different G Adventure tours starting that day. We all got talking and of course the ping pong show was the main topic of conversation. I then find out we got back about 01:30, I thought it was a lot earlier than that...
We had to check out, and leave our bags in reception before exploring Bangkok for the day. A group of about 14 people had a river boat tour around the canals, we're we saw these massive lizards, for Thai people seeing these is lucky, and we saw 4. However you find out later that maybe they are not so lucky.
When arrived at the end pier we crossed the river on a public boat, which cost us 6p each. The temple of dawn, also known as WAT ARUN. We entered and climbed up the 70 stairs to the top, overlooking the city, it was a great view. The stairs were pretty steep. Going up was ok, going down was entertaining, all I could think about is if I fall, a) it will hurt, and b) I will take everyone out that is climbing down below me! It was starting to get really hot, with the blue skies over the city. We crossed back over to the other side, and had lunch in one of the street side food stalls, the fried rice and chicken was good!
We had to be back at the hotel for 5, as we were getting the night train south to **********, so we jumped on a tourist boat that would take us back as close to the hotel as we could, then had about a 10 minute walk. On the way we had a great view of the Hangover 2 movie hotel tower were the film had taken place. Shame I didn't get chance to go up it, but I think I've been up the highest building in Bangkok already!
Arriving back at the hotel I got straight into my swimming shorts and spent the next few hours just chilling in the swimming pool. The before I knew it, it was 5, and we got our rucksacks on and started walking to the central train station. We had planned to arrive early so we could all have dinner before hand and then board the train that was leaving at 19:30. However... Overnight trains and I don't seem to go well together, first my Chiang Mai train derails, and this one was cancelled. It was cancelled due to 3 accidents that have happened on the line we were due to travel on. (One of which we knew about a cargo train, completely derailed and set fire!). Anyway, so once we had arrived back at the hotel, our guide teamed up with another trip that was effected, and arranged us a coach to take us. Of course not as nice as the overnight sleeper, we wouldn't have beds, but the journey time was a lot less. We left at 9, on this coach. Had a beer, and watched a movie. It wasn't to bad, not the best night sleep I've ever had, but it was made more interesting when the coach driver was pulled over by the highway police, I was thinking we are never going to get to Koh Phangan.
I drift in and out of sleep during the 8 or so hours on the coach, but it had leather seats, and I was wearing a vest, so I kept sticking to the leather! Everytime I moved it felt like I was ripping the skin off my arms!