Hi Everyone, well here we go on the first stereotypical cliche ridden travel log entry! Please bear with me, I promise to keep to a minimum phrases such as 'life altering' and that kind of rubbish! I'm chilling out tonight in a little guets house in Ayutthaya, which is a historic city that formerly served as the capital of Siam, and so the modern town is built around hundreds of dramatic ruins of temples and royal buildings that are now placed in well landscaped public parks. The ruins themselves are beautiful but haunting and in honesty I prefer them to the "picture perfect" temples in Bangkok.
I spent two days / nights in the capital and had a good time meeting an assortment of travellers on the Koh San Road. I made some friends with some cool Dutch people and a few other very average Englishmen! We were drinking with buckets of cocktails for a quid for a while then went onto a very questionable trance club called "The Club". I was quite critical of the tunes, and for some reason decided to film a little report of the club on my camera in a mirror saying how mediocre I thought it was, you should see it, it's hilarious! I left pretty late and was lazy so got a cab home 500 yards to my hotel. I was short of change so the taxi driver asked a lady on the pavement if she had any (change) and she started talking in a very deep voice (sort of like a bloke!) and so I said to keep the change and ran away into my hotel in fear! The next day I did a little sight seeing including the Swing of Death (Jess knows!) and also went to the Grand Palace (Thiland's premiere Tourist attraction) which was good although I'm still adjusting to historical Thai architecture which is a lot more colourful than the austere English style that I'm more used to!
The second night out in Bangkok was a little dull as it was rather too similer to the first. I was meant to meet the Dutch guys back at the beer stall from the previous night but they showed up 2 hours late! In the meantime I got chatting to some Thai fellows who were out on the lash and learnt some of the language and bought them all a bucket of cocktails. They wanted to up the ante so insisted we neck the drinks so I obliged but then 10 minutes later while I was fine (not a lot of actual booze goes into the buckets, it's a canny Thai trick!) but two out of three of my drinking comrades fell clean off their stools. I decided it was best to leave before thay got me arrested because they were really ruined, so made my excuses and walked off. One of them, a fellow called Sunny, ran after me and dramatically declared " Where you go bar, I go bar". I replied:"Where I go bar, you go home". He got the message, eventually, ten painful minutes later. As soon as I saw safe to return (they were promtly told to leave 10 minutes after I did apparently) I went back to the beer stall where the Dutch guys (Mike & Henk) had finally surfaced. Later, unsuprisingly back in "The Club" I was not really feeling another night of remixed 90s Trance so sloped off early at around 2am. There was a bizarre moment when I was getting some substitute kabab (amazing noodles) from a street cart when we all had to hide bacause the Police came along. I didn't need to hide apparently because I was just eating noodles (not a crime in Tailand), but got completely caught up in the moment! The issue was about the vendors serving grub after hours incidently.
So that's about it for now. After 2 days of pretty nasty hangovers it was nice to hop on the train and get out of Bangkok and on the road north to Chiang Mai. The plan is to make another 2 or 3 stops on my way north and then fly south for the legendary Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan a week today on the 18th. I'm missing you all terribly (especially someone in particular!) and hope that you are all well. It would be great to hear from you to let me know what you're up to. 'Till next time....