I didn't get a wink of sleep on the bus which was awful and so annoying! I had some t*** behind me who kept banging my chair and the bus was so bumpy and rocky it was just impossible to sleep. We were both knackered when we got to Bangkok- we arrived earlier about 5.30am. We first stopped at a bus station in Bangkok and everybody but one Thai woman got off. I kept asking the driver if this was the right station for us but he didn't really understand! When I asked about Kohsan Road, near where we were staying, he told us to get off the next stop which was 5 mins away.
It most certainly wasn't 5 minutes anyway! We drove for about 20 minutes to what looked like far away from the city! We didn't have a clue where we were going and if we were going to the right stop- we just kept looking at each other puzzled! But it was too late anyway, we just had to wait and see!
When we got off the bus we were targeted by taxi drivers asking where we were going. We told one of them and he said it was 20km away! Whattt?! He told us it would 300 baht so we thought what the hell and got in. He rang the hotel to get right directions and we set off swerving in and out of all the busy rush hour morning traffic, with no care to other cars at all! Welcome to Bangkok!
The hotel wasn't 20km, but it was about 20mins away- we still don't know if we got off at the right stop or not or even which station we got off at!! We got to Tim House, where we were staying and it looked pretty nice! The woman at reception told us that we could pay an extra 200 baht to check in now at 6am or to wait and check in at 2pm- so obviously we paid! We were both so knackered that we dropped our bags in our room and had a nap for a couple of hours!
The room and accommodation was really nice. It was very clean and had a fully functioning toilet- the bed was also very comfy! After our nap we headed out to explore the area and after noting all the tourist points and sights on a map, we started to walk to them. We were very close to the Golden Mount, which was only on the street behind. There were also many other temples close by. We paid to go to the top of the Golden Mount, which was a temple where you could see over all of the city. We tried to spot some of the other sights on the map, but we didn't really have a clue at this point!
We then headed down to the canal towards the golden palace. Again, we were constantly asked where we were going and if we wanted a taxi- it was mainly tuk tuk's here which looked ace, or normal metered taxis. On the way down we saw other monumental sights such as the giant swing. On the way down to the palace we were stopped by a Thai man who told us that you weren't able to go to the palace with shorts on and you need to be covered up. He also said that it would be too late to go now, it was about half 2-3, and we wouldn't have long enough there. He started to tell us where we should go instead and took our map and started circling sights and saying we should go on a river boat around to see how local thai people lived. He seemed very helpful and said that he was not after any money. Before we knew it, he had flagged a tuk tuk down and was ushering us in saying it would be only 20 baht down to the pier where the local long tail boats went from.
We thought it was very helpful of him and we enjoyed the tuk tuk ride down to near where the palace was at the pier. When we got out of the tuk tuk the taxi driver got out and showed us to where the boats were and said it was 1400 each for the boat for an hour. The tour sounded brilliant but we didn't fancy it at that time and plus didn't have the money on us to do it so enquired and then left. When we were walking away the taxi driver asked us why we hadn't got the boat and wasn't very happy at all. After been stopped in the street after this about tuk tuk's and someone again trying to show us where the good sights were (just to be nice), we realised that the first lovely guy that stopped to help us was also trying to help out other local people such as the tuk tuk driver and that the tuk tuk driver would then have a deal with the boat people and that's why the tuk tuk only cost 20 baht and he wasn't impressed that we didn't get a boat. We then just started ignoring everyone who tried to stop us in the street and just said no to whatever they had to offer.
For the rest of the day we walked around taking in Bangkok and seeing all the sights and the different streets of markets and shops. It wasn't what we expected Bangkok to be like at all. We thought it would be all hustle and bustle and people everywhere but it wasn't like that at all. There were always cars on the roads and the roads did have like 6 lanes of traffic, just going in one direction, but there wasn't as many people walking around- probably because they are all driving!
Later on in the day we went and found the famous 'Kohsan Road'- apparently the lively street in Bangkok, perfect for travellers. When we got there it was a bit more like what we imagined Bangkok to be like and the street was full with people, shops, bars and street venders. It was a bit like Bangla Road but smaller and not as wide. We had a walk up and down looking at the different stalls for a while and after Nath bartering for about an hour, he bought two pairs of shorts. I also got a pair of hippie trousers with elephants on.
Later we got some food from a street stall and got some beer from the shops and watched the street fill up the later it got. We went for a walk after dinner with a beer and found a little alley way off kohsan road, which then let to another pretty busy street with lots of bars and restaurants. It was like a secret alley way! This street wasn't as busy but was still lively and had some really nice looking restaurants- it seemed like it was more a place to sit and chill and have some nice food, rather than a night out.
We made our way back to kohsan road and found a bar, which had an upstairs overlooking the street. When we got in the bar it was pretty busy and there were no seats overlooking the street. We stayed here for the rest of the night until late, having a laugh and a drink and listening to the brilliant live singer who was singing all well known English songs. At the end of the night we got a tuk tuk back and got a takeout of rice from the 7/11! Just like home!