We arrived in Bangkok and my rucksack was missing from the carousel in the airport! Far too tired to get stressed, I left it to the friendly Thai people who worked in lost luggage to find it. When we found a hostel near the famous 'Khaosan Road (the hub for all travellers passing through Southeast Asia), our receptionist kindly contacted the airport and they had already located my bag - it was put on the flight from Mumbai to Bangkok that arrived just hours after ours. My bag was returned direct to the hostel about 5 hours later! Phew!
Our week in Bangkok was great. We shopped in the hippy markets, made out way to the city center and saw Bangkok's skyscrapers and shopping malls, travelled along the canals, caught the 'Chao Phrayer Express' and the skytrain, drank lots of Thai beer and ate lots of street food. Ed even ate a deep fried scorpion on a stick!
One highlight day in Bangkok, we found an inner city park. It was extremely well kept and very picturesque and the trees provided some shade from the blistering heat (it frequently reached over 40 degrees whilst we were there). From the park, we ventured to a nearby snake farm where we got to see over thirty venomous and non-venomous snakes. They also put on a snake show where cobras, pythons and other snakes danced around just feet in front of us! It was great!
From Bangkok, we embarked on an 11hour overnight bus journey to Chiang Mai. The bus was luckily air conditioned, had comfortable reclining seats and even played a film! Unfortunately, due to the air con, I caught a cold which made the next few days in Chiang Mai hot and stuffy due to my temperature and blocked nose!