A totally new experience
25.05.2009 - 29.05.2009 35 °C
We were thrown right into the deep end of Bangkok: arriving on the Khao San road with no Lonely Planet (our bible) to help us find our hostel. First impressions of Thailand? Loud, busy and a little bit smelly.
Our first night was spent in a hostel just off Khao San, which compared to the wonders of the Japanese hostels was extremely scary (cockroaches and rats included). Despite all this, we had a great first night sampling various street foods and local beers.
We hastily checked out the next morning, and quickly checked in to the Grand President Apartments (kindly booked by Sue and Mick, we love you) which was utter luxury in comparison. A pool, our own room, our own living room and bathroom, towels and toiletries and a washing machine! Heaven.
We loved relaxing and taking in the city at a slow pace, getting used to the heat and chilling out after the hectic 10 days of Japan. We loved the night bazaar, the wats (temples) and the Grand Palace, riding the uber-modern and air conditioned sky train and visiting the IMAX cinema in Siam.
We took a fun boat trip up the river to see the main historical and architectural sights. In particular the reclining Buddha and the emerald Buddha were great.
We spent a fantastic last night in Bangkok with Sue and Mick, eating tasty pizzas and lovely wine. We felt truly spoilt but weren't complaining at all!
Overall, Bangkok was a brilliant place, and once we had got over the initial shock of Khao San road it was a fun place to explore. It will be interesting to see what the rest of Thailand is like...we suspect that Bangkok is quite unique.