Saturday - 31/05
Vietnam to Bangkok
We flew from Hanoi to Bangkok feeling rather delicate from the festivities of our last night in Vietnam. Laurenz (who we met in Ho Chi Minh and had motorbiked the whole way up the country) had joined us in Hanoi for our last night and we had to celebrate our reunion.
We had not yet found a place to stay in Bangkok but luckily we had made friends with two British brothers from our backpackers who conveniently were on the same flight as us and attached ourselves to them.
Sunday - 01/06
|Oom Bill and "the girls"|
Monday - 02/06
Unexpected Cultural Day
|Roxy in front of the Phra Sumane Fort on the walk to the pier, which is one of only two forts remaining that were built to protect the city from invasion|
|Joy at the pier dock - unfortunately it took us a few missed boats to figure out how to board them and which side of the dock allowed us to travel in which direction, but we eventually got the hang of it|
|Outside one of Pier N15 (one of our wrong turns) we found a school of holy catfish, which the locals would feed and we were told that it would be a sacrilege to ever catch one|
Our first legitimate stop was Tha Chang Pier (N9) where we hoped to see the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. It usually is 500 Baht to enter the Palace but since it was a special Buddhist celebration that day, we hoped we could get in for free. This was not the case and as such we took a sneak pic from the outside.
|DO NOT TRUST THIS TUK-TUK DRIVER!!!!|
(Roxy being the very superstitious type took this pic of the tuk-tuk driver before the trip as insurance in case anything did happen).
We headed back to the Pier and headed to China Town which is off Ratchawongse Pier (N5). We found it to be just like any other market, but bigger.
Later in the day, we decided to take a different canal boat which is only really used by the locals Pantip Plaza (a mega electronics store). It took us ages to get to the little boat 'station' with our map that only showed 60% of the streets and asking many locals for directions to a boat station we often doubted even existed. In the end it was really cheap and effective - only 20 Baht one way, and speedily got us to where we needed to go.
|Pantip Plaza was five stories high and had all conceivable types of electronics.|
|Impressive selfie on one of the many escalators.|
|Roxy on the ride back on the canal boat - not everyone can get a seat - especially red-heads.|
|The high speed canal boat.|
We jumped off at the last stop and navigated our way to the main river and happened to stumble upon the Golden Mount. We were completely spent from the day's activities and did not feel like climbing the 344 stairs to get to the top - but since we are completely self destructive humans, we just did it!
|Posing at the golden-leafed tree|
We had heard many whispers in the dark about a fabled pink Fanta that is only available in Thailand. We couldn't believe our luck when we found it half up the Mount - what a spiritual journey of note - we had to try it!
|Unfortunately even though Joy was clearly super excited to try the new flavour, it did not live up to her fuss-pot standards.|
|so many stairs............|
It was quite a rush to get back to the tourist boat before it closed - especially since we couldn't find a reasonable tuk-tuk and we were too stubborn and stingy to pay any extra- so we walked the ENTIRE way instead (idiots!!) However, our delayed departure proved worth it as we were rewarded with the most spectacular sunset over the river.
Tuesday - 03/06
Last day in Bangkok
Before Joy had to do the deed she decided to line her fragile stomach with the tradition Thai dish of Pad Thai, which was amazing as it contained noodles, cashew nuts, veggies, bean sprouts and chicken.
Joy did complete her scorpion-eating challenge, with some help here and there. Check out the 'Scorpion Eating Challenge Post' for the details.
We had booked a night bus to the island of Koh Tao, so we said farewell to Oom Bill, headed for the station (along many dodgy alley ways - which ignited visions of horror films in our minds) and popped our sleeping pills in preparation for the 17 hour journey ahead of us.
|Last glimpse of Bangkok from the seat of the night bus|
|Joy all smiles at the START of the journey :)|