After ANOTHER long boat and bus journey, we were back in Bangkok. We arrived at our hostel (after getting ripped off in a taxi! Should know by now to always get the meter put on) and it was so nice! We were all in the same room which was really big, the beds were comfy and it was so clean. The shared bathrooms even looked like something you would get in a really nice hotel! After a long day travelling we were all pretty tired, so we had some food in our hostel and had an early night.
The next morning we were up early for shopping!!! I was so excited to be back in Bangkok to have a look around the markets and shops, it's is such an interesting place to shop. We got the skytrain to a big market that had been recommended to us. Apparantly it is where the locals shop so it is extra cheap. It definitely was cheap, but it was so over crowded at times it was hard to shop. I bought a few fake perfumes for 20 Baht each (40p) and some souvenirs everyone else got some good bargains too. We also bought a bag of fanta each like Alan off the Hangover. After seeing most of the market we made our way to MBK shopping centre (my third visit here) and spent a few hours looking around. It wasn't long until Colettes flight was due to leave, so we made our way back to the hostel to put our bags in then got a tuk tuk to Khao San Road. The tuk tuk's in Bangkok are really built for only two people but the driver was willing to let us all squeeze in - it was hillerious! We had three on the back, then Jane was half on Katharine's knee and half on the floor and Helen was on the floor. People on the streets, in other tuk tuks and on bikes where giving us strange stares, which I was quite shocked at considering the much stranger things I have seen in Thailand than an over packed tuk tuk!
We had a nice dinner back at our hostel then it was time for Colette to leave for the airport. Even though we didn't see her for long we will be spending lots of time with her when we go to Japan :)
We were up very early the next morning as we had booked at trip to visit the floating markets. I had been excited to do this tour since we first visited Bangkok. It took a few hours to arrive at the markets as they were 100km outside of the city. When we did arrive it was exactly as I had imagined it, lots of boats selling fruits and other vegetables and stalls selling all sorts of things lined up along the river. We got on a boat and it took through the canals that surround the market, it was strange as there were lots of houses set along the river - I was suprised that people actually still lived in places like this. The houses were basically huts made from wood with no road access only the river to get around. There were even people washing in the river, it sort of felt like you had gone back in time.
After getting back to Bangkok it was now time to say bye to Katharine :( so it was only me, Jane and Helen left. We booked our bus to Cambodia for the next day, so after six amazing weeks we would finally be leaving Thailand. We could have spent even longer in Thailand as there is just so much to see and do, I hope the next countries we visit are just as much fun!