Back in Bangkok (28th February to 6th March)

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Dec 29, 2008


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New Road Guesthouse (Jysk)

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Our 4th visit to Bangkok this year - it is beginning to feel like home!  The first thing we noticed upon arrival in the city is how well behaved the traffic was when compared with Saigon (at least no one actually tries to run you over here!

Our first night was spent at the Swan Hotel which is a small hotel (our first with a pool) by the Chao Praya river, just behind the Oriental Bangkok's most prestigious (and expensive).  One night here was cheaper than the breakfast at the Oriental! \
As we walked out for dinner that evening, we passed by the New Road Guest House which was own by the same Danish outfit, Jysk, as the place we stayed in Hanoi, so we decided to change hotels the next night as it was cheaper and we were planning to stay a week or so.  Being Danish owned it was frequented almost exclusively by Danes and it was odd being the only non blonds in the place!  Good food and reasonable rooms and a great location by the river and the ferry to Wat Po massage school, where we went just about every other day and by going to the school rather than the temple itself, we have had the best (and most painful) massages ever in all our visits to Thailand.

There are lots of good restaurants in the area ranging from the ultra expensive China House, to great street food and everything in between, including many "famous" restaurants like Harmonique, Himlai Cha Cha and Tongue Thai and Gallery Cafe (distinctly underwhelmed by TT and GC, both of which where great places 10 years ago but sadly no longer).

The reason we were staying so long this time was that we have quickly come to realise that with traveling for so long it really is necessary to plan in advance, so it was good to be close by some cheap, Internet facilities, particularly at the General Post Office where we were almost on first name terms with the staff.

We seemed to be hitting places just at the "wrong" time.  This time is was election time and no alcohol was being sold for a day and a half anywhere.  A major problem!!

We went to see Atonement at the Cineplex in Siam Paragon quite a good film, but an amazing cinema complex. Later we decided to dine in the basement food hall of Siam Paragon.  What an amazing place. One of the widest selection of "street" type food from all around the world all in air con comfort.  Ideal, if, unlike us you are a bit nervous about eating food from the stalls actually on the street.  Highly recommended for anyone visiting Bangkok, especially as you can round it off with a beer at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Finally, it was time to think about moving on so we took a walk along to Huamlampong station to reserve our seats on the sleeper train to Trang in the south where we where heading for Hat Yao and onwards by boat to Koh Libong.

Could this be our last visit to Bangkok?
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