Well we arrived from Ko Tao late on Saturday night after another long bus journey to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. After some debating! with the taxi driver for him to put his meter on and not charge us over the odds for a five min journey we arrived to an unfriendly welcome at Bella Bella Guest House just off the Kho San Rd. Despite the welcome though it was clean and reasonably priced so decided to stay and put our heads down for the night.
The next day we decided to do some touristy things so headed off in the direction of the Grand Palace. After being missinformed by a teacher!? that is was closed for lunch we managed to get a tuk tuk to take us around a few sites for a mere 30 bht, around 50p. So we went off to the standing Budda and lucky Budda and pretending to look at some suits to give the poor driver some commision we had managed to pass a few hours and got dropped off for some lunch. As the day was almost over then we decided on a quick look around the National Museum to learn a little about Thai history and culture, then on for some dinner and a few drinks on the Kho San Rd.
On the monday we did eventually make it to the very Grand Palace and spent our time looking around the amazing buildings as well as the beautiful shrine to the Emerald Budda. Then it was a lovely walk to the Golden Mount for lovely smoggy views accross Bangkok, which turned out to be a strange mixture of old and new, rich and poor. We then decided to see a different side of Bangkok so took at Taxi down to the CBD to see the posh hotels and shops, but as this was like pretty much any asian city centre we had a quick coffee then headed on back to our guesthouse. Decided on a bigger night out that night so after some drinks and a little pub crawl we headed to Guillivers to witness the strange mix of clientel, with backpackers, business men, prostitutes all happily being in the same place. We did notice however that we seemed the only western females without bf's in the whole place but there we felt no threat at all and were almost some kind of tourist attraction with everyone coming to talk to us to ask us where we were from etc, including the prostitutes ( who were all actually very nice)! After meeting up with a Spaniard and a guy from Belguim we headed off in a Tuk Tuk (yes four in a tuk tuk - as the little one i ended up on the floor!) to some random club. Was a little expensive but had good music had seemed to go on all night-we left about four in the morning!
The next day we were very tired but had free tickets for Vinamek Palace so headed down there. This was actually an interesting mix of buildings of all different styles as well as exhibitions on different aspects of the royals. They do love there King and Queen in Thailand! It was then off on the night bus for an 18hr journey to Krabi!
ps. sorry no photos. managed to leave my card reader in Ko Tao. Its getting sent back to UK but means i wont be able to put any photos on for a while!