Country number 3! Thailand

Trip Start Nov 30, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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S2S Boutique Hotel

Flag of Thailand  , TH.40,
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Well - 3 months down and onto our thrid country. Very quick and easy flight from Chennai to Bangkok, just enough time for a quick meal, our first glass of wine in months and then suddenly a huge big modern airport and we were in Thailand.  

Finding our bearings and getting a bus into the city was pretty straight forward, finding our way from the bus drop off to our hotel was an entirely different story!  After 30 minutes of walking in 35 degree heat with our backpacks on and we were fit to drop.  With still no sign of the hotel we resorted to asking at another hotel and eventually after more wrong turns got them to put us in a taxi to take us there (which then turned out to be only 5 minutes around the corner of course!)  They have an impossibly complicated road address systems, with strange plot numbering followed by slashes and then the address including the name of the main road it is off plus the name of the side turning – All we needed after an overnight flight and no sleep!!

We made really good use of our three days in Bangkok, ticking off a lot of the main sights including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, which were breathtaking.  Apologies now for the number of temple and Buddha photos that are likely to feature in the coming weeks!  They're far too photogenic to resist! 

We bought ourselves an all day ferry ticket and had a great time hopping on and off the boat at the various sights.  Even managed to squeeze in a sunset cruise by taking it the full length of the river as the sun set, hopping off and then catching a return one back down the river to see all the lights come on.  

We decided to try something a little different and give our hard working feet a treat by sampling a pedicure with a difference.  We stepped into a little spa and then after removing our sandals, placed our feet into large fish tanks full of little feet sucking fish!   Ahhhh!!  I must confess that the first 5 minutes were quite horrible, very tickly and really freaky to look down and see your feet covered in little fish having breakfast on your toes!   Kev’s face was a picture!  I couldn’t manage to look at my own feet without freaking out and thrashing my feet around which then sent all the fish swimming off the corner of the tank.  I was fine watching Kev’s tank but couldn’t bear looking down into my own!  After 15 minutes we were all "done" and were given towels to dry our feet – which felt as soft as a babies bottom!  Maybe it’s something I can introduce to the therapy centre when we get back – I wonder where I can buy skin eating fish?

After all of the sightseeing of our first 2 days we decided to rest our soft little feet and chill out in the park for the afternoon.  Proved to be very entertaining – with free public aerobics at 5pm – with all sorts of people turning up after work to join in.  An English guy arrived mid way through and treated everyone to a very flamboyant display of aerobics / dancing.  We couldn’t quite work out if he was on his own, or had friends near by who had egged him on.  I kind of like to think he was on his own and just decided to let rip with some moves!

One of the best meals we had in the city was at a small pavement stall, selling all sorts of fish and seafood.  We sat and ate our meals at a table by teh kerb, and during our meal one of the cooks came behind us to prepeare more fish for the BBQ.  This involved catching the live fish from a wooden crate attached to a bicycle, breaking the fishs neck with his hands and then thrwing it into a basket where it thrashed around for a few minutes.  He then took huge thick stalks of lemongrass and put them into the fishes mouth before hammering them down the length of its body with a wooden stick!  Talk about fresh fish, some of them were still moving while they recieved their lemongrass "seasoning".

On our last night in Bangkok we decided we should treat ourselves to something memorable and so found a nice swanky hotel with a top floor bar and sipped cocktails while the sun went down.  Nice to forget about being backpackers for a couple of hours (yes we managed to make our drinks last a long time!)  and a brilliant way to get a birds eye view of the city.    
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