Afternoon all, once again theres been a big gap between writings, and that is the reason that I'm going to skip explaining my saturday to you, otherwise, I'd be here for about a year so!!! I'll give a quick summary, We got up late, got breakfast, starting walking along the street, saw a moped rental place, after mucking them about a bit we rented too, I drove to fast, Jade didn't listen to where we were going, or follow me. I bought far too much petrol, I probably put about a tank and ahalf in, I mean how am I supposed to know how much 100 Baht in petrol is in a hairdryer on wheels???
I drove about saw some temples, tried to find the Night Bazaar a touristy, night market, got lost, was given poor directions by a Thai man, and ended up at the airport south of the city!!! A nice security guard pointed me back in the correct direction, wokle Claire up in the UK to call Jade, I find out my phone doesn't allow the caller to be heard. We meet up, everything honkydorey!!!!
Ok so Sunday, we rented our mopeds again, and had a late morning of chores, find out transport prices and the lark. So long distance driving! We stuck together this time though. Bus station first stop, find out prices of buses to Khao Kaen I believe its called, in the North East of the country so that we can enter Laos, agree the price is ok, try to book and they tell us we can't book untill tomorrow, FINE we'll come back tomorrow then!!!
Next stop train station, Jades lake of awareness not to be able to see the train station from across the road astounds me!! She also may have fallen off a little bit!!! well not fallen she klind of ran off the bike and left it in the middle of the road, much amusement but fear of injury, but everything ok except a wee bit of shock!!! Get to train station, and find out contary to what those at the Bangkok train station have told yus that it is not possible to book a train from South of Thailand to Malaysia from that station. We need an outward bound tricket for when we come back to Thailand, otherwise they won't give us a second visa!!! So much annoyance, consequence, we have to go back to bloody Bangkok just to book a train, and then go back up to Khao Kaen, the other way. So thats an 11 hour bus journey down to Bangkok, and then however long back up, I'm going to guess about 9 hours!!! I struggle tpo put in words the annoyance, however, it's travelling so get over it its only about a 5er to get to Bangkok!!!!
Next we check out prices for treks that we had planned to do while up here in the capital of the North, after consider our options (there are alot of establishments selling basically the same thing, for different prices). Our top two were one place that seemed also to be the Tourist information Centre, and our hotel, Our hotel was 100 Baht cheaper, but only had two people booked in, the other place had 7. So numbers of people won over numbers in monetary terms, I mean I wanted to meet people, Jade felt the same, and we needed an oppotunity to be bought together with different people!!!
So we booked up our trek for the next day it was 1500 Baht for three days, including all meals other than the fiorst breakfast and the last dinner. Accomodation, basically homestays in Bamboo hunts, just like Nam for me (thats Nam said in your best Vietnam veterns accent), two dsays trekking and a day of elephant trekking, white water rafting, and bamboo rafting. A bit of a bargin in anyones books I believe, if 1500 Baht means nothing to you, thats 60 Baht to the pound.
After our organisation of our lives, which had only had one high point, that of handing over money!!How does that work??? We headed for the city park, I'd spotted it while driving around the city the day before and Jade had suggested going there. It was a small place but a very pleasant one, we read our books in the sun. I got biten by a huge red ant on the back of the neck, and some Thai kids fed the huge amount of pigeons and then ran at them, so they basically flew at us sat close by, not so funny haha for us, as ummm not funny!!!
Afte ra good old hour and a half or so of our books we headed back to the hotel to get changed before the big Sunday Market. And this thing is huge. An intire road, I couldn't give you real distances, possibley a kilometer, possibly not, filled with stalls, back alleys working as food courts, and others as further expansises of stalls. It was packed, but more with the locals than all the tourists, I mean of course there were alot, but they were so much more the minority, it was nice to see. The market starts at 5pm and finishes at 11pm, and must be seen if your in the city. We went a bit crazy, having agreed to send a parcel home full of stuff from Chiang Mai, rather than just waiting for Bangkok again. We got in at around 10 and just chillaxed really.
Must run I 've got people waiting to go for lunch bibi