It's really hard trying to remember what happened since I last posted one of these. I'm writing my own diary (although not too well, diary writing is very similar to revision, in that I'm finding myself avoiding it at all times) but don't have it with me so I'll try to remember...
On the night of Elephant day we went out, drank a lot of rum and coke, went to a reggae bar and stumbled back into the dorm in the early hours. The next day was mostly spent in bed and we had dinner in the Irish Pub to have a highly anticipated meal of pie, mash and gravy :) We also took a trip to the market and got a few bargains, I much prefer shopping here to shopping at home- I'm actually enjoying clothes shopping!
On Sunday we got a flight to Bangkok and checked into our new hotel (note the lack of 'S'). It is incredible. A porter took our luggage off of us and took it to the room, a security guard opens the door for us everytime we want to go in and out of the hotel. We have a pool and a gym, an amazing buffet breakfast with everything you can imagine and our room has a TV, kettle and free bottles of water everyday! This may not sound like much but after dorms for over a month it's incredible. The rest of Sunday was spent generally just walking about, exploring Bangkok.
Monday morning we did a "City and Temple" tour. This is not a good description as it turned out to be "Three Temples and a Trip to a Gem Factory Where the Guide gets 50% Commission" tour. It was disappointing to say the least. Luckily this is all stuff that we pre-booked months ago, the nice hotel was actually so that we could ease into life in Asia as it was supposed to be our first stop. But natural disasters and such got in the way. We had another walk around one of the big markets in Bangkok and I've ended up buying some new headphones along with all the other crap I've bought! I may need to send a box full of stuff home soon... We went out to a few bars, buying a bottle of rum from the 7Eleven and just buying coke in the bars- it works out a hell of a lot cheaper. Due to every bar and restaurant continuously showing sport we've now got into football and found ourselves becoming immersed in the Utd v Everton game!
Today we had a cycling tour of the city. This was much better than yesterday's "tour", we actually saw a fair bit of the city, and felt good afterwards for doing some exercise, after spending a bit too much time in our nice hotel room, watching films. We saw a couple more temples, but actually had our guide explain things to us and make it seem interesting. Saying that, I've definitely seen enough temples now to last me a lifetime. A lowpoint of the tour was our guide getting a bucket of fish food and throwing it into the river where hundreds of fish proceeded to jump and flap about all over each other. It was pretty disgusting.
We're now going to have a chilled night, making the most of our last night in luxury before returning to dorms, bunk beds and a fan that doesn't really work...