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  • Day83

    When Whitney and I arrived in Bangkok, we headed straight to the airport to unite with our New Zealand friends Paul and Arnetia. Because of flight times and stopovers in various airports, Paul and Arnetia had been travelling for about 23 hours and looked exhausted! After greeting them at the arrivals gate, we rushed them to our airbnb near the tourist district of the city for a much needed shower and some rest.

    During our time in Bangkok, we spent one day visiting Wat Pho, a large temple complex housing a 100m long reclining Buddha statue; an hour 'sampling' at an upmarket award-winning grocery store (free dinner anyone?); as well as an evening partying on Khao San road where we met other travellers, convinced each other to eat insects (fried crickets), and visited an infamous ping pong show!

    After three days in Bangkok we had had our fill of big city chaos. Next we fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia to visit the Angkor Wat temple and its surrounding ruins.
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  • Day17

    Thursday 6th July
    Everyone a bit doughy after a short night and Ross was taking the chance to relax his legs which had come out in a rash.
    Justin's friend Colin met up with us while we had breakfast and planned a catchup on Saturday.
    Then we caught some trains (cool, modern and fast) to the river, changed to a river ferry alighting at the Royal Palace pier. As they had been before, Justin & Louisa stayed behind & drank coffee while Sue, Therrie & Peter joined the massive crowds going into the Royal Palace. There was security checking bags and hand-scanning each person and the at the gates the guards were turning away anyone not appropriately dressed (modest). This got us into the palace grounds but then we had to buy tickets to get into the palace area and temples (500 Baht). That done we joined the ever increasing crowds in the inner areas, it was soooo busy it was hard to walk around and see things, trying to avoid bumping into people and them into us. The buildings, ornaments and temples were just amazing, almost all were tiled in coloured or mirrored mosaic tiles, must have been and incredible activity to build it all.
    As instructed we removed our shoes to go into the Emerald Temple area and after walking around it for a bit, we returned to find Sue's & Therrie's sandals but my shoes were gone, should have been more careful. Had to spend the rest of the tour in my socks!!!!!
    Wandered around for a while longer but the crowds and heat got to us so we did a quick exit and went past the Royal Palace - can't go in, just walk past, but that is worthwhile in itself, a most amazing looking building, elaborate building and gardens all in the traditional Thai style.
    Apparently the recently deceased king is lying in state and some of the huge crowds were lined up to pay their respects to him. This plus the coming weekend is a religious holiday meant that more people than usual were visiting.
    We had enough and made our way out where Louisa & Justin were waiting with a pair of newly purchased & welcome thongs for peter. So the rest of his day was in long pants & thongs.
    Another attraction was close by so we walked to the Reclining Buddha, a giant golden statue of Buddha, in the reclining position. Paid a small entry fee which allowed us to walk past the statue and look around some temples. We skipped the temples.
    Outside, we decided to catch 2 taxis to the train station - Justin's taxi eventually got stranded in traffic and they bailed out and walked to a local station and trained it back to Asoke, near our hotel. The rest of us jumped in 1 taxi but the driver firstly refused to turn on the meter and refused to let us out until Louisa strongly told him to let us out. The next cab was more successful but we spent nearly 1 hour going a very small distance, eventually making it to the station. We all caught up for lunch and a cool drink, or 2.
    Returned to the trains to head to MBK, a major discount shopping centre where Peter got some new runners & Sue & Louisa bought some shirts & bags. Therrie & Ross also ended up there.
    and got some bargains. Justin went & caught up with Colin & his family.
    As we were all returning to the hotel (we had all split up by then) late in the arvo, the heavens opened up and it bucketed down, flooding the roads and stopping the trains. It commonly only rains for 1/2 hour but today was the deluxe, extended version and went for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
    Justin couldn't get out of Colins' house, so he came back later. The rest of us went nearby for a late dinner before calling it a night early.

    Weather was very warm (33C) and very humid with a thunderstorm late in the afternoon.

    * Royal Palace
    * ?? Peter's shoes getting pinched and did the Palace tour in his socks;
    * Trains - cheap, comfy, quick & easy to use;
    * Shopping
    * Getting caught by the torrential rain.
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  • Day18

    Friday 8th July
    The weather looked reasonable so we planned to get out of town and go and visit the old city about 2 hours out of town. All good we caught the 1st train to the main country station only to find there were only 2 seats left on the train we needed to take. Other options were to take a later train, slower train or hire a taxi for the day. Over coffee we decided to abandon that idea and make a Plan B. After ignoring all the touts offerring advice to us, we headed off on foot.
    First up we walked to the river, about 2km and following the gps we wound our way through an industrial area. Almost all the shops were involved in machinery - some stacked high with auto gearboxes or old engines or brake drums or crankshafts or steel manufacturing. The shopkeepers were sitting on the sidewalk doing their trade so any walking had to be done on the street. Along every street there were mobile or stationary food stalls or carts, supplying food to the locals. Was a very entertaining walk.
    Finally arrived at the river where we jumped on a ferry which was fully loaded with passengers but that didn't stop the small conductor yelling at Justin to move up the front. That was worth the 14 baht ticket fare by itself.
    1st stop wqs the flower market which was already winding down, the peak trading hours had already passed. There was still an incredible array of both flowers and fruit and vegetable on display, quite a few we had no idea of what they were.
    Back to the ferry, quieter this time with different conductor and we got off near a major train station and then made our way bay to MBK complex to check out a couple of shops before lunch. Purchases completed, we trained it back to Asoke station, near our hotel and found our way to a Japanese style restaurant which provided us with an excellent meal.
    Then it was back to the hotel for a rest from all this walking, preparing to go to the markets in the evening.

    Ross & Therrie spent their day checking out the shopping complexes and indulging in a foot massage before returning later in the afternoon, ready for the markets.
    Just when we all got together in the hotel lobby tomleave, it started pouring with rain and as the markets are outdoor, we had to abandon this idea as well. As it was teeming down we only made it into a restaurant next door to the hotel where we sat upstairs and watched the rain beat down outside. No point going out now so we just had a nice dinner there before having an early night.

    Weather was very warm (about 32C) and humid with heavy storm early evening.

    * Walk through the industrial area,
    * The ferry ride (& conductor),
    * Japanese style lunch,
    * For Ross & Therrie it was some bargains and a foot massage.
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  • Day19

    Saturday 8th July
    Today is a special festival day in Thailand, a Buddhist Sabbath, to celebrate one of Buddha's sermons. I think there are plenty of special events at the temples and some of the shops are closed but everything else seems pretty much the same. Biggest issue for us is that all bars, restaurants & shops are not allowed to sell alcohol.
    After breakfast and dropping off some more laundry we jumped on our now familiar train, the underground this time, and headed off to the Jatujak Markets, supposedly one of the largest in the world. It is mostly undecover and many of the stalls are permanent. Can buy anything to furnish yourself, your house or business. Could easily spend 1/2 day wandering through the little alleys, weaving in and out. While it supposedly is set up in themed areas, there does not seem to be any pattern, there will be handcraft stall next to a massage stall next to a glassware stall next to an aromatherapy stall and so on. The range of quality also varies greatly, can buy really cheap clothing or high quality material. It is all pretty clean and the stall holders are friendly enough and not too pushy. We picked up some material, jewellery and toys and were well satisfied after a couple of hours wandering through while it was still relatively quiet. As we left it was starting to get very busy and hard to get through the narrow lanes.
    So back on the train, stopping at the department store Terminal 21 for coffee and pick up some stuff for the afternoon activity.
    Dropped our stuff off at the hotel and then hit the road and walked about 1.5km down to the apartment of Colin & Eiko and their children, friends of Justin, who had invited us over to christen their newly aquired BBQ. They have a lovely apartment on the 11th floor of a housing complex and overlook the sports fields of the neighbouring university. Colin had planned ahead and bought beer the day before. We had an excellent afternoon there, managed to watch some All Black vs British Lions over the internet, had some excellent steak & sausages & salad. Quite surreal doing such Aussie stuff, if such a setting. Was great to Colin & Eiko to have us there.
    Was latish when we got back to our hotel so Therrie & Ross decided to stay in, Louisa Sue & Peter went for a walk looking for somewhere not to expensive to eat. Pretty quiet around the area except the numerous shops hoping we were looking for a massage rather then a feed. Plenty of the restaurants were empty so we avoided them. So after walking around for 1/2 hour we ended up just back near our hotel and had a nice dinner there.
    Despite the forecast it did NOT rain today. Weather was very warm (32C) and humid.

    * Jatujak markets,
    * BBQ & hospitality at Colin & Eiko's
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  • Day39

    The day started with a tuk tuk around the city . Everywhere we looked there were beautiful gold and white palaces and monuments covered in jewels. We then walked down to the very smelly pier and got a taxi boat down the river towards the grand palace . Unfortunately we were told to get off at the wrong stop and had to wait for the next boat going back down the river to the palace . When we eventually got there most people were dressed all in black because Thailand is in a year of morning after the Kings death . We got in to the ground of the palace and started to look round when we were told the palace actually closes at 3pm so we would have to leave . We decided we didn't want all that travel to be a waste so we walked down to Wat Pho , otherwise known as the temple of the reclining buddah . It's a Huge temple with a 46 meter gold reclining buddah inside . The grounds also contain other smaller temples and stupas as well as a school for monks . There are also sculptures of guardians protecting the gates of the temples . It was one of my favourite places we went to in Thailand which made up for us not getting a good look at the palace . We then got a tuk tuk back to the hostel and went to the Koh San road for dinner and to have a look around the famous market .Read more

  • Day40

    Today was the hottest day yet and we decided we couldn't manage another day touring around Bangkok so we went to the MBK shopping centre . It is one of the biggest shopping centres in Bangkok with over 2000 shops . Although I didn't buy anything it was so intresting to look around the 7 floors at the different things in the shops . When we got back to the hostel we finished our packing and made sure we had everything ready to go home the next morning . That evening we went to a lovely resteraunt for our final dinner and then headed to the night market to spend the last of our baht. Going to bed it was sad knowing it was our last night but I was exited knowing the next day ( technically it was 2 days with the flights ) we would be home and get to see everyone .Read more

  • Day6

    Heute begann der Tag für mich weniger schön. Ich hatte leichte Probleme mit dem Magen und Schmerzen im Bein, so dass ich entschieden habe die Tour zum MBK nicht mitzumachen. Stattdessen sind mein Freund und mein Sohn alleine zusammen losgezogen. Sie waren zusammen shoppen, zocken und danach noch im Lumphini-Park. Auch den Erawan-Schrein haben sie auf dem Weg zum Park besucht. Ich hab bis ( ich trau es mich fast nicht zu sagen) 13:40 Uhr geschlafen. Scheinbar hab ich das gebraucht. Danach hab ich mich in meinen Bikini geschwungen und bin mit dem Kindle ( ja ich lese im Urlaub sehr gern und viel) und Getränk im Gepäck zum Pool gegangen und hab da die Seele baumeln lassen. 2 Mal hab ich mich im Pool abgekühlt,um danach auf meiner Liege weiterzulesen und Pokemon zu fangen. Wenn ich das gerade so überflieg, was ich hier zusammenschreibe muss ich schon leicht schmunzeln... Was bin ich denn bitte für ein Nerd?! 😂😂😂
    Gegen 18 Uhr bin ich dann wieder auf unser Zimmer gegangen, hab etwas aufgeräumt und das Chlor vom Poolwasser durch eine ausgiebig, erfrischende Dusche von mir entfernt. Wenig später kamen dann auch schon meine 2 Männer wieder. Wir haben lange überlegt, was wir an diesem Abend noch machen können und das Wichtigste, wo wir was zu Essen besorgen sollen. Einen richtig guten Tipp haben wir dann von unserem Portier Choke (ich muss da ja immer an nen Witz denken, wenn ich den Namen auf seinem Schildchen lese und innerlich schmunzel ich dann so vor mich hin) bekommen. Er hat uns eine Karte von Bangkok gegeben,uns erklärt, mit welcher Bahn wir zu welcher Station fahren müssen und auf welcher Seite wir dann die Station über Treppen verlassen müssen. Er hat uns das dann auf der Karte nochmal umkringelt,damit wir unser Ziel auch wirklich erreichen. Der Tipp war Gold wert und wir hatten einen megaaaa tollen Abend. Wir sind auf einem riesigen Train-night-market gelandet. Die Hälfte des Marktes bestand aus verschiedenen Garküchen, die andere Hälfte aus Verkaufsständen mit Klamotten,Schuhen,Handtaschen,Maniküre,Schminke und anderer Klimmbimm... Ja, ein bisschen was haben wir auch eingekauft. Unter anderem hab ich mir neue Schuhe gegönnt. 😍😍😍 Auch ein paar T-Shirts sind in unserem Rucksack gelandet. Natürlich haben wir die nicht einfach so eingesteckt. Auch wenn mein Freund Pole ist, haben wir die selbstverständlich bezahlt. 😂
    Gegessen haben wir auch auf diesem Markt. Ich fang am Besten erstmal an, davon zu berichten, dass es da wirklich einen Stand mit Insekten gab. Ich bin von Natur aus sehr neugierig und wollte das unbedingt probieren. Zur Auswahl standen Heuschrecken in klein und groß, Kakerlaken, Maden in klein und groß und undefinierbare andere Insekten. Ich habe mich für die großen Heuschrecken und die kleinen Maden entschieden. Ich musste zugegeben erst einmal Google fragen, ob man an den Heuschrecken was entfernt oder nicht. Kopf und Beine sollten abgemacht werden und dann konnte das Festmahl beginnen. OK, es hat mich dann doch einige Überwindung gekostet, aber ich hab es getan. Ich hab sowohl Heuschrecke als auch Made probiert. Ihr wollt jetzt sicher wissen, wie es geschmeckt hat. Ganz ehrlich... So ein bisschen wie Maggi. Später haben wir uns dann einen Platz gesucht, um was Vernünftiges zu essen, wovon man auch satt wird. 😜
    Es gab einen Tischgrill und wir haben dazu eine Fleischplatte geordert und dann lecker gegrillt. Es war ein wirklich sehr gelungener Abend und ich habe, auch wenn ich die Tagestour verpasst habe, trotzdem viel erlebt.
    P.S. Wenn ich morgen nicht mehr schreibe, hat mich mein Freund umgebracht 😜😂😂😂
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  • Day4

    Nachdem ich 6 Stunden geschlafen hatte, jaaaa, ganze 6!!!! Stunden, (mein Gott war ich müdeeee) wurde ich geweckt, da wir ja heute den Chatuchak-Markt unsicher machen wollten. Es empfiehlt sich da sehr früh hinzugehen, da, je später es wird, wesentlich mehr Menschen auf diesem Markt sind. Geplant war, dass wir zwischen 9 und 10 Uhr da sind. Wirklich da waren wir dann aber erst gegen 12 Uhr... Ja, was soll ich sagen...Leute, es war wirklich brechend voll und wir hätten echt früher da aufschlagen sollen. Zu unserer Verteidigung... Wir wären früher da gewesen, hätte es der eine 7-eleven-Markt gut mit uns gemeint.... Da dies aber nicht der Fall war, weil es scheinbar doch nicht ganz so einfach ist in Thailand an eine Handykarte mit Datenvolumen zu kommen ( erst funktionierte die Nummer unseres Ausweises nicht, wobei da ein Bedienungsfehler der Angestellten nicht ganz auszuschließen ist ;) . Ich bin extra ins Hotelzimmer zurückgerannt um eben unsere Reisepässe zu holen, aber auch hier funktionierte die Registrierung leider nicht. Dann hat es eine gefühlte Ewigkeit gedauert ( so 10-15 Minuten können sich schon extrem ziehen) bis wir unser Geld für das bereits bezahlte Datenvolumen zurückbekamen.... Dann sind wir in einen 2. 7-eleven-Markt gegangen, da gab es erst gar keine SIM-Karten vorrätig. Im 3. Laden dann endlich unser Glück. Eine kompetente Mitarbeiterin hat uns sowohl die Karten registriert als auch das Datenvolumen direkt auf selbige gebucht. Das war wie Weihnachten... xD
    Nach der Mobilfunkodyssee sind wir dann auf unser Zimmer, um uns mit Anti-Moskito-Spray und Sonnencreme zu versorgen. Man will sich ja schließlich nicht von so nem doofen Mückenstich für längere Zeit ausknocken lassen und auch ein Sonnenbrand muss im Urlaub nicht unbedingt sein. Nun war er da, der Moment, an dem der Trip starten konnte. Mit der Sky-Train sind wir dann zum Markt gefahren und ,wie oben schon erwähnt, war es mehr als voll. Eigentlich wollte ich den Kurzen gern da einkleiden. Aber entweder war die Qualität der Sachen so schlecht, dass ich in Deutschland bei Kik bessere Kleidung bekommen hätte oder sie war so teuer, dass ich auch da bei Kik erheblich mehr eingespart hätte. Nichtsdestotrotz war es ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, was man auf jeden Fall erlebt haben sollte, wenn man ein paar Tage in Bangkok verbringt.
    Durian ist übrigens überhaupt nicht unser Ding...:-[
    Der Markt hat uns ganz schön geschafft. Aus diesem Grund sind wir dann erstmal für gute 2 Stunden in unser Hotel zurückgekehrt und haben die Zeit gemütlich am Pool verbracht. Kurzentschlossen haben wir uns dann auf den Weg nach China Town gemacht. Erreicht haben wir unser Ziel mit der Metro und sind von da aus noch ein paar Schritte gegangen. An der Stelle seien einmal alle gewarnt, die noch nie in Bangkok waren und sich China Town gern ansehen möchten. Lasst euch bitte NICHT erzählen China Town hätte geschlossen. Das machen die Tuktuk-Fahrer da nämlich scheinbar, um ihre Touren zu verkaufen. Diese führen aber nicht ins nahegelegene China Town,da dies scheinbar keinen finanziellen Anreiz für diese Leute gibt.
    China Town war also NICHT geschlossen. Es war auch hier sehr voll. Menschenmassen,Händler, Taxen... Aber es hatte Charme. Was sehr zu empfehlen ist, ist ein kleiner Pad Thai-Wagen. Wir haben da zu 3. für umgerechnet 4 Euro gegessen. Das Essen war bombastisch. (Siehe Bilder)
    Ausklingen lassen wir den Abend nun gemütlich auf unserem Zimmer und planen die Ausflugsziele für den morgigen Tag.
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  • Day124

    Insgesamt haben wir sechs Nächte in Bangkok verbracht und wir lieben die Stadt noch immer!☺️
    Da wir die typischen Sehenswürdigkeiten von Bangkok bereits gesehen haben, haben wir die Tage sehr ruhig angehen lassen und auch viel am Pool entspannt. Das war auch bei gut 35 Grad und Sonnenschein die beste Beschäftigung😜
    Ansonsten waren wir mit einem Longtailboot auf dem Fluss entlang der Altstadt unterwegs, haben uns Chinatown und verschiedene kleinere Tempel angeschaut und waren ein bisschen shoppen!
    Der nächste und letzte Stop bevor wir Kevins Eltern in Kuala Lumpur treffen ist Koh Phangan! Also heißt es jetzt für die nächsten zwei Wochen Sonne, Meer und Strand 😍☀️🌴
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