. They had the best banana shakes ever and cheap tasty breakfasts. The area we were staying in was close to a main road, so we were able to catch buses to anywhere, but our guesthouse was far enough away from the road that you could never hear any cars and the air was a fresh as it gets for central Bangkok. There were many great places to eat and we tested most of them out. Our favourite was a delicious vegetarian restaurant run by a wonderful Thai lady. She was totally adorable and taught us new thai phrases.
The first day we actually did something other than eat food, we took public transit out to the MBK, Bangkok's largest shopping centre. The trip was about 45 minutes and it only cost us 7 Baht (23 cents each). MBK is beside the IMAX theatre and wanted to go see 'Avatar' in 3D. The story line felt vaguely familiar, similar to 'Dances with Wolves' and 'The Last Samurai', but in the future and on another planet. The computer graphics and 3D were amazing and we had a great time. We would still recommend going to see it in 3D while you still have the chance.
The next day we took the bus out to the train station and again it only cost us 7 Baht. On the bus, we met a really nice German girl, Heide. We all booked tickets to Laos on a "second-class" train. If that is second-class - we will never take third-class. Our seat seemed to be the only one in our compartment that was not fastened down properly
. It had about 2 inches of movement backwards and forwards, and also left and right. So whenever the train would go over a little bump in the tracks (which was often) or turn slightly, our seat would start sliding around. Amazing that we got any sleep at all. And let's not forget about the cockroaches, little ones were scurrying around everywhere. At first Ryan was going crazy, trying to kill every one he saw, but after a while gave up and just tried to sleep. The train ride only cost 330 baht each, which is around $11 and we got from Bangkok all the way to the Laos border. So lesson learned, spend the extra money and you might be lucky enough to not get an insect infested and very bumpy ride.
We only meant to spend a few days in Bangkok, but it turned into a week. You know when you get a tickle in your throat and your nose starts to feel funny, you're hoping it's just the air or something you ate, but you know... it's a cold. We both ended up getting mild colds, not fun in 30 degree and very humid weather, especially while you are on vacation. We just took it easy for the first few days and drank lots of fluids. Luckily, food here is inexpensive and fresh, so we stocked up on fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh chicken noodle soup. We also found a street vendor that sold home-brewed fresh ginger. This was no ordinary ginger tea - it was wildly strong, almost painful. We knew if we drank a few cups, no bacteria could survive such an onslaught. We were right, after the second day of brutalizing ourselves with the ginger tea, the colds were gone and we were feeling much better. It wasn't all bad though, as we were staying at a great little guesthouse with free wifi so we were able to catch up on emails and other things