Pete & Pam go Travelling
Its Monday 3.30pm in Bangkok. We had a good flight over and when we arrived in the hotel we found one of many restaurants which was called the Rio Grill. Its a Brazillian restaurant that does a set menu. We started off with cream of sweetcorn soup, then a salad buffet for second course, the had the most fantastic mains of eight different meats on a skewer that are brought to your table one at a time and either pushed off the skewer onto your plate or carved. You then get roasted pineapple carved onto your plate before ending with a piece of ice-cream cake. We had a bottle of wine with dinner that cost more than the meal for both of us!! Total price was 38pounds of which the wine was 20pounds! Yesterday we bought a day ticket for the skytrain and hopped off at a couple of stations. We ended up walking round a shopping centre for hours! Pam bought a very comfy looking pair of walking sandals for 15pounds. The weather here is unbelievably sticky. The whole place stinks of poo poo and nobody speaks english. Often when were are ordering food or beer random things turn up when they have mistranslated our order. It is a good oppurtunity for us to sample different things we woudn't normally. I even ate local Sushi yesterday! We went to a Japanese restaurant for dinner and had two different set menus with beer and cocktail. The whole meal cost 9 pounds including drinks!! This shows the difference in prices between hotel food & drinks & local places. Today we had braised duck with noodles, fried rice with something and something & two large cold drinks from a food court. Total cost was 3pounds for both of us! We ended up in the afternoon in a very local eatery. All we wanted was a beer as we were so tired and hot and deserved one! So we sat down and these two little thai girls came over and we asked for beer, although having to make the sign language for drinks at the same time! One of the girls reeled off a list of different drinks she had, so I saw a sign for Chang beer and asked for two. We then got given two 640ml bottles of this local tipple which only cost 55baht each - 75p! However after having consumed half a bottle each we soon discover that they were both well over a month out of date! Probably keep the out of date stuff for unsuspecting tourists! It does explain why all the waiting staff kept pointing and laughing at us. The more confident we get the more off the beaten track we venture. We have ended up down some dodgy side streets. Pam is on constant Lady Boy scouting but so far we haven't seen any however obtaining 'company' for the evening is not a difficult thing to do. We took the skytrain down to the Central Pier this afternoon to see what kind of boats and tours you could go on. Needless to say when we saw the colour of water (which is poo brown) and the found out the reason behind this (that poo gets pumped straight into the river) we decided to give that one a miss and just opted for watching the dodgy boats go up and down! It was much smellier there than any other part we have been in yet!! Overall it's culture shock tastic! Some of the weird things that you see are just a little too surreal. But we are having a great time!