First stop - BANGKOK
Trip Start Oct 13, 2008
5Trip End Apr 2009
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Bangkok is very hot and bustling with tons of people. Stupidly busy place! Bit of a crazy town really. We stayed on Khaosan Road, right bang in the middle, where there is plenty to do. The street is filled from side to side with so many market stalls and little 'hole in the wall' styly shops that you just don't know where to start. The locals love to try capture you and squirrel you off into their own little shops, and annoyingly hand everything you happen to momentarily glance at over and tell you how authentic and wonderful it is. They can always give you a "good price" and funnily enough, it was always specially for us (awwww sweet). All the shops sold pretty much the same things! So once you'd seen one section of the street, you'd seen most of them.
We bumped into a really great Austrian (I think) couple who were here on some business, and we all mooched up into an upstairs bar with a bit of live music. All the little bars here are really weird - you have to go through closed cafes and everything just to get to them, they're dotted all over the place! Eventually we managed to stagger back home and sleeeeeeeeeppppp...ahhhhh so nice!
The rest of the time in Bangkok was mainly going around all the stalls and so on. We did visit a massive shopping complex - MBK - which was a bit strange being in the middle of all the dust and poverty you see in main Bangkok streets. There were plenty of places to eat - little stalls dotted all round the streets selling noodles - and of course Leah got to eat in her obligatory McDonalds!! Woo.
Overall we would describe What we saw of Bangkok as hot, overwhelming and not very H&S concious! Hehe. I would love to go back again, but to see more of the beautiful aspects of Thailand, not so much the bigger cities.
Onward and upward to Singapore next - CANNOT WAIT!!
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