1 week in Bangkok
Trip Start Nov 12, 2007
49Trip End Mar 28, 2008
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At the time of writing this we have spent 1 week in Bangkok (mainly because we had to wait around for our visas for Vietnam and Cambodia). Well it was an interesting week. We were staying on the Khao San Road, right in the heart of the action.
First two nights we stayed in The Buddy Lodge...50 euro per night (and definately not worth it!). Fair enough it had a swimming pool and was on the main street, but it was really old. Richie found some "bugs' crawling on his bag one morning...nice :-)
We moved onto the D&D Inn, 14 euro per night for the room. It was pretty basic, also on the Khao San Road, but exactly what you would want. Bed, tv, shower and toilet. On the 7th floor there was a really nice open air swimming pool and a hairdressers and a beauticians...all you could want to pamper yourself. Our advise to anyone staying in Bangkok who wants to stay on the Khao San Road...definately go to the D&D Inn (no problem to walk in off the street, you will definatley get a room without prior notice. This goes for anywhere in Banglamphu). All of the surrounding roads of Banglamphu have plenty of cheap accommodation also and most seem fine. We meet with a Canadian couple who moved to Krabi (southern Thailand) and they showed us their room on Soi Ranbutri called the Roof Garden (Sun) Guest House which cost less than 10 euro per night and was perfectly fine.
Lots of stalls and shopping and crazyness around the Banglamphu area and never a dull moment to be had.
Needless to say by the end of the week we were sick of the haggling and being pestered to buy crappy souviners from locals.
We went to see the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho "Reclining Buddha"
They were both well worth a visit but unfortunatley Ruths new camera decided to break at the Reclining Buddha, so we only have one photo (the big gold head on the right!)
That said, the following day we took a taxi to the shopping centre MBK. We decided to give the tuktuks a miss for this journey as its about 45 mins drive and even though the tuktuks are great fun, the pollution here is incredible. Even some of the tourist have begun to wear face masks driving along in them!
(Generally metered taxis are the same price as tuktuks - ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE METER IS ON IN BANGKOK - we were ripped off on our journey from the airport - 600 Baht, but by meter the same journey back to the airport was around 290 Baht. This airport journey includes an airport tax of 50 Baht and also an express way fee of about 50-65 Baht plus the fee on the meter )
The MBK was HUGE. Even Ruth was intimidated by the number of shops here. We bought ourselves a lovely Sony Cybershot camera T20 plus 1gb card for around 195 euro. Generally the cameras weren't that cheap here. What ever the price they give, always knock off about 1500Bahts and fight for a good deal. Endless shops of mobile phones so if your looking to buy one wait until you get here. You can get the phone unlocked here also.
Next stop Chiang Mai!
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