Trip Start Feb 16, 2010
21Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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On the morning of our first full day I located a cheaper guesthouse. Due to the protests we had a line of army men stationed at the entrance to our hostel, so it was more than safe. The Khoa San road is literally a world in its own in Bangkok. Two roads down the streets our full of protestors camped out in the street, but yet the Khoa San road is buzzing with activity. The temperature in Bangkok was around 38 degrees, and with no breeze it is pretty uncomfortable. We spotted a fish massage shop so we headed straight in as Laura has wanted the fish to eat her feet for a while. I wimped out as I did not fancy being ticked by a pool full of little fish. Laura though had a great time, although struggled to conatin her laughter as they started tickling her feet. I eventually plucked up the courage and dipped my finger in, and then my whole hand. Its definately a weird sensation and its funny to watch people being tickeld by the fish. After the fish we made a half hearted attempt to visit the Grand Palace but got there too late. It was St Patricks day also, so we met with Zee again, got some cheap food, then went to the Irish pub and got some 3 litre jugs of beer and settled down for the night. The local Thais seemed fascinated with all the Irish people singing and generally being merry. All in all it was a very goodnight
That night we went to the MBK centre in Bangkok. This is a massive shopping mall that houses the usual array of shops, restuarants and cinemas. Again we went with our ducth friend Zee and watched Alice and Wonderland in 3D. Its a weird experience going the cinema in Thailand, as before the film begins you must stand for the national anthem in respect of the King. They certainly love their King over here. The film was also very good. On our return from the film our tuk tuk ride was also pretty entertaining (and scary for Laura). The army had sealed off many roads on our way back, so our tuk tuk had to pass through a couple of checkpoints. After having the torches shined in our face, our little tuk tuk then plodded of through the no mans land to the other military checkpoint
Being in Bangkok was a weird experience, while on the Khoa San road you have no idea what is happening only a few streets away. Its a great road just to walk down and soak up the atmopshere. The street sellers are not pushy and would rather have a laugh with you than try and force something on you. Everyone we spoke to before arriving said Bangkok is great in small doses. This is definately something we would agree with. We had a great time there but after three nights we where ready to leave. Our next destination would be Kanchanaburi to see the bridge over the river Kwai aswell as ride the 'death railway'. Trying to get to the train station summed up quite nicely the bad part of the Khoa San road, the people who just want to fleece you for your money. We must have tried over ten different taxi and tuk tuk drivers before we found one who would just take us to the station. All the others said we had to go to a travel agents and buy a ticket first, others said there was no train, whilst others just lied in general. Knowing that we could buy our tickets at the station, and that the train was leaving in 50 minutes, we kept walking till we found an honest driver who simply took us where we asked
We settled down on the train hoping Kanchanburi would provide us with a quieter place where we could relax in peace.
Disclaimer - The internet is a rip off here (Koh Tao), so I have typed this quickly and I have not bothered to check any spellings or read over it, so any rude words created by my mistypes are unintentional and will be corrected another time.