We had planned, similar to last night, to actually do something today. We failed, on the whole! We got up late, having arranged late check-out. We ate breakfast. We watched some films.We read some guide books to gather ideas!
At about half 1 we headed out successfully though! We went to a really cool place called Cabbages and Condoms. It is literally an oasis of cool in the city! It has the name because it serves food and condoms basically! The condoms are in aid of promoting sexual awareness, women's rights, education and post-tsunami charity. It's an interesting place, very big - it obviously gets busy! I don't think we chose our meals well - the food wasn't horrid but it wasn't the yummiest we've chosen yet! However, we did both choose things we had never had before - Sara's looked slightly like sperm in fact!
We followed up Cabbages and Condoms with a short ride on the BTS Sky Train to the city to find a particular souvenir shop we'd read about in a 2007 Lonely Planet book at the guest house. It wasn't there. Literally. There was a huge flat expanse of ground where the shop had been. An ever-so-helpful tuk-tuk driver explained it had gone 6 months prior and had moved about 1km round the corner to a different premises. 30 baht bought us a ride roudn the corner to a Gem shop. We had been dun. Little w***. The lady in the gem shop seemed to know of the shop I was asking about but we could only find a Thai carpet dealer, so got back on the BTS Sky Train, went 2 stops in the wrong direction, came back to where we started and headed back to the guest house. Only a slight waste of an hour, but it filled in the time before having a foot massage and re-packing to leave for the airport.
At which point the heavens rumbled, the light show started and the rains began to fall in a tremendous fashion. This flight could be fun! It does make finding a taxi a little harder and we were cutting it fine by the time our taxi driver was hailed and squeezed down the alley to our hotel. And what a funny fellow he was! Constantly talked to himself, slight tics, lots of murmers and singing and other weird noises coming from the front seat... and lots of giggles from the back! The roads get incredibly busy in such weather, as impressive as it was, as everyone rushes home and we were cutting it fine to the airport - thank goodness for online check-in and bag drop queues of just 2 people!
We ate pizza for dinner and boarded the first of our planes at 9.25pm. We were to land in Heathrow at 7am on the 28th and get back to Plymouth at 1pm.
An amazing holiday that felt weeks longer thabn it was - always a good sign!