Darren and Vicki's Travels
Hi all, How have you all been? Well we've been a bit busy the last few days. We are now in Bangkok, this is now our third day here. We arrived on Saturday by plane - it felt like by the time the flight attendants had served the refreshments on the plane we were getting ready to land. The flight was just over 1hr 15 i think- compare that to the 13hr journey we would have to had taken by rail or bus and a sane Vicki at the end of it - well as sane as she can get:). It was worth it. So when we arrived it was pouring it down - so we made ourselfs comfy in the hostel - which is decent enough - except the beds - are a touch on the hard side for my liking- but who wants to complain about a hard bed - only for a few more days anyway. So as i was saying, it was raining - so we decided to go to the cinema to see Superman, which is excellent - you should all make time to go and see it - can't wait for the next one to come out - although no too keen on Lois Lane, no one can replace Terri Hatcher in my mind - but Kate Bosworth does not do too badly. Before the film started they played the national anthem and everyone in the cinema stood up for it - hmmm Couldn't see that happening back at home - and the chairs were well v.comfy. Got back to hostel just in time to see the extra time of the English match - poor wee Beckham. Again drifting from the point. One last drift Go Schumi- well done the man -looking more and more hopeful for an 8th world title. So Sunday we slept late (thanks to the beds being so uncomfy) and went a wander in the afternoon - typical Darren and Vicki we get lost so a nice local helped us - marked a few things on our map which weren't there and then hailed a tuk tuk for us at way reasonable price- which is good as tuk tuk drivers are renowned for ripping off foreigners - but much cheapness. Our first stop of the afternoon was to see the Happy Buddha at the Wat Thewarat Kunchorn temple (i think thats right) - it's well cute - pictures in the album.The temple was absoutely stunning - when you walk up into the temple on the wood stairs it just feels so luxurious - then your feet sink into the immaculatly kept red carpet. We were both stunned at how goregous the temple was, the attention to detail was 1st class not only to the Buddha, who was stunning, but to the decoration of the whole temple inside and out it does make you wonder a lot about Scotland and it's religious scene. We went to the tourist office and arranged some outings for the next few days (which will keep us out of trouble). then we went to see the giant Buddha we aren't 100% sure wether it's 40 or 45ft but somewhere in that range. Massive and stunning at the same time. So today no such luck as getting a lie in - we got picked up at 6:10am to go to the floating market. Our first stop of the day was to a coconut sugar factory, well a open hut. Coconut sugar is kinda like tablet, but it's a bit coco-nutty - v.yummy - i think is has about the same amount of calories as tablet as well. We then headed on to the floating market. We get to go on a speed long boat - which is well cool except from the fact your a bit close to the water. then we get to the market and transfer to a paddle boat to see the rest of the market. Unfortunately it's just the usual stuff geared towards tourists. So that brings us up to date. I hope you are all still reading this otherwise I could have been playing spider solitaire. I need the practise. Oh while we were wandering on Sunday we came across a market - selling food and flowers and such like, now in one of the picture i took ( you might have to enlargen it to see it) i think they had fried grasshoppers and other way gross stuff - and before you ask no we didn't try any - eurgh. Right well Darren wants the laptop to play some games, so i'd better get going. love to all - hope you are all well. D&Vx p.s.having a bit of trouble with the photos- hopefully we should be able to fix it tomorrow. tons still to go on.