We arrived in Bangkok at about 2.15pm. Ryan had been to Bangkok before so decided to take me back to his traveller days and went straight to khaosan road. When we arrived with our back packs we were greeted by taxi drivers and tuk tuk men, people selling scorpions on a stick, everyone wanted ryan to buy a suit, and then there was the smell I didn't mention this for a while as I wanted the back packing experience!!
We checked in at the Pannee lodge ,which was quite pleasant the guy on reception looked like chow from the hangover!! That night we decided to get some thai culture and headed straight for Patpong! This was an experience! We were bombarded with people trying to get us into their ping pong show! With so many to choose from we did, 'ip dip' and went for one! When we got up the very sticky stairs there were 3 or 4 older women dancing around a pole! We bought some drinks and sat waiting for the show! The girls came straight over to ryan and I, as they realised we were the only customers in the room! They would do a little wiggle on the pole and ask for a drink of coke, naturally ryan agreed to buy them a drink! One girl lit a cigarette and decided to smoke this from her .....nou nou! another opened a bottle with her ....eh humm! Again we agreed to buy them drinks! After seeing no ping pongs we were just about to leave when we were delivered the bill of £40! ..... We were not happy! This was in a space of about 10 minutes! Quickly learning from this we paid up and left! .....Patpong 1 the Grunts 0!
Ryan sulked for about 12 hours after this!!
The next day in Bangkok we went to the Grand Palace! We hired some clothes (trousers and a top) that smelt kind of funky after being used by everyone else! The palace was amazing and we got to see the Emerald Buddha (which is actually made of jade) within the palace was some interesting buildings such as museums etc. we saw where the king sat in many of these buildings and a gun museum! It was a trifle hot so we decided to go for a walk outside the palace, following a walk mentioned in the lonely planet! We went through a lot of Thai Markets selling trinkets and other traditional items! We also saw false teeth being sold on the market.... I'm not sure how this worked? Maybe you had to try the teeth on for size!.....we didn't stop to ask! We saw fruits and other Thai dishes being sold.
This was going swimmingly until.....Ryan bent over holding his stomach saying.....'something doesn't feel right here, I have to find a toilet'
After some serious power walking we found an air conditioned restaurant and ryan darted for the loo!
After returning from his 30 minute loo stop sweating but with a little more colour in his cheeks we decided to carry on with our walk! We were shortly stopped by an English speaking Thai lady with a husband in Nottingham who suggested we take a river tour where we would see a lot of temples etc! We were shoo'd into a taxi and shortly arrived at a harbour where we paid nearly £20 each for a boat trip up a canal! We saw a lot of shanty houses and kids swimming in the canal! The floating market had disappeared by this time, and there was one guy left with a boat full of beer and wooden elephants, Ryan made the most of it and bought a beer and we continued with the boat tour! Towards the end of the boat trip ryan saw a 6ft monitor lizard (ryan wanted me to put that in)
That evening we decided to see yet more Thai culture and headed over to Asiatique in Riverfront, a swanky new shopping/eating venue a bit like Gunwharf! We went to Calypso bar which was a lady boy show! We LOVED it! Ryan sat there the whole time with his hand over his mouth saying he was 'feeling confused' I sat there criticising their dance skills! After picking out the hottest lady boy we were then invited to have our photos taken, naturally we picked out our fave and got right on in there! After the lady boys we decided to get some grub! After eating a pad thia on the first night I was all Thai fooded out and NEEDED some 'Proper food' so we headed to a pizza restaurant! Food was pukka and the service was great, our waiter was called 'Byron' we bigged him up on trip advisor! We then headed back to the hotel for our last night sleep before heading off to Khoa yai National Park!