Bangkok... Not quite what we expected. This was the largest city I think either of us have been in, and it was crazy. People were every where, and alot were very rude. We had great food, saw cool sights, were yelled at, were conned, and as whole walked away having a great time. All said and done I don't think we will be going back any time soon, however we had the time of our lives.
I think that confused feeling is a common side effect of too many days (4) spent in this city. Our first day we arrived at night and were dropped off by Tuktuk at Khoa San Road. This is a street shut to cars, and is the #1 back packers area. Imagine a whole street so filled with shops, food, and partying people that you cannot even walk down it with out touching people and things every step of the way. When after alot of searching and stepping foot in some dodgy (to say the least) rooms we finally found a clean and reasonably priced one, it was time to drop off our bags and join the rest of them.
We found that rather than going to a bar the usual thing to was to buy cheap beers at 7-11 and walk the streets eating food as you go and meeting other wandering back packers. It was amazing, and for a few days this is nearly all we did.
We did however visit a few temples in the city. We saw a 5 ton solid gold buddha statue that blew away every expectation we had. It was huge and very shiny and people were praying to it while others like us were trying to respectfully snap as many pictures as possible. Another temple housed a Buddha statue laying down that was 45 meters long. The statue had a 5 meter wide smile!!
On my birthday I told Dean that whatever we were to do was his decision, he knows what I enjoy so it was bound to be a great day. He exeeded expectations by waking me up from our hostel, where I was sound asleep at 11, and said we were checking out and into a much nicer hotel with a pool on the roof. As soon as we got there he let me go back to bed for a few hours while he watched tv (too much birthday celebrating the night before).
When I woke up he gave me my favorite chocolates and new earings, given that we spend every minute together I have no idea how he found time to get them. We got a Tuktuk to a really big aquarium in the basement of a shopping center. They had everything, from manta rays to penguins, even hammer head sharks! A highlight however has to be Dean trying to refuse to enter the reptile and spider room (I got him in, but he was really squirming).
From the aquarium we got food and drinks and played card games for a few hours, before heading up to the pool. When we got there it was closed... Though the sign said it was open for a few more hours. We asked reception about it and they said the signs were old (the ones on every floor, elevator and at the pool), and that if you read the small print on a paper we didnt receive it said the new times. Dissapointing but not the end of the world.
In the morning we booked our train to Lopburi, a city over run by monkeys!