HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHERINE - Bangkok

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
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Trip End Jul 23, 2013


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

First day in this chaotic city. A taxi picked us up at the airport and took us straight to the hotel; about an hours drive in distance; which I had booked from the UK. After coming off of a main road the Taxi took us down a really dodgy looking street and we both thought the same thing - had I made a mistake......

We were greeted by a lady who took us in, first impressions of the Sourire; very teaky and colonial looking; lots of greenery inside and outside. The lady owner straight away asked us for 600 Baht to pay the taxi; I thought pick up was free but didn't argue ( didn't want to get off on the wrong foot); Terry said we were bound to be 'screwed' for the first couple of days, but when we worked out that 600 Baht was only £12, we felt better.

We ventured out in the evening and wandered down the infamous Kao San Road, which we both thought resembled Soho/Chinatown in London. We stopped at a bar and got talking to a young couple who were returning home to Texas tomorrow; having been travelling for 7 weeks. The girl of the couple ( we didnt catch her name) said she had eaten all sorts of gruesome insects, animals and birds over the past few weeks; including Scorpions; which were constantly being offered to us, deep fried on sticks; as we sat in the bar. Cut a long story short; Terry bought one for 100 baht (£2) and commenced eating it after thoroughly examining it, not quite sure why. After gnawing the head and claws off; he offered the remainder to our new friends (who finished it off) as he said that apart from a crunchy 'crisp' like texture, the thing was tasteless.

We moved on from the bar to find something a little more fulfilling to eat - there are so many bars; small and large restaurants to choose from; eventually we found one that we liked the look of. Terry ordered Chicken and I chose a veggie dish. Whilst we were eating we noticed that the staff kept taking down the tables that were on the road and then putting them back up again; a lot of effort it seemed, but then we realised why; a couple of Policemen were walking up and down the road, taking photos of the restaurants that had tables on the road, so we guess that's illegal.

We were really tired so headed back to the hotel. Fancying something a bit sweet, we stopped at a stall and bought this little sweet called a Coconut Egg. Watching the vendor; the ingredients seemed to consist of a pancake type base which she spread with a mixture of egg and coconut and then rolled up - they were delicious and only 10 baht ( spot the mistake in the photo...) each.

As we were both paranoid about getting Malaria, Terry had bought some Mosquito coils from the UK but we hadnt got any way of lighting them so sought a shop which sold a lighter. We tried to give the cashier a 100 Baht note to cover the cost, as we thought she said 60 Baht, but it was only 16 Baht - bargain however........when we got back to the Hotel and read the instructions on the coils, they can only be used outdoors. I said we could light them anyway, but Terry read that the smoke shouldn't be inhaled and we would have to open the window to let the fumes out, which would defeat the point as we would be letting the Mossies in.
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dad on

nice picks terry, you look tired, enjoy yourselfs mum sends her love

Karen Tiller on

I can even smell it!!! Looks fab, still snow here!!

natalie.clarke
natalie.clarke on

See you are straight into bush tucker trial, Terry!!!! Loving the blog. Lots of love guys x

Chris on

Just to keep Tel up to date. Boys at the Falcon last night. Themes for the evening:
Richard's battle with HMRC
Chris's inability to lose weight
Jo's smashed up car (not his fault)
oh and the perennial theme of political correctness gone mad
Avoided the local delicacies being sold from vans on the way home, no deep fried scorpions on the menu

Keep safe you two!!

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