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Madness (18th & 19th Feb)

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18th Feb

Well after a gruelling 15 hour flight with no Freakin leg room we landed in bangkok. Was easy going through customs not that we had anything to worry about anyway.
We got a taxi from the airport straight to our hotel. We got there about 8:15am thai time and we couldnt check in to our hotel until 12:00 (HORRID) so we went and got blottoed. We had about 3 pints each and some brekkie (english of course). We finally got into our hotel after getting lost near enough straight away.
The weather here is boiling hot nd a little smoggy. We met two lads from poland last night and sat off with them for a while they told us of places to visit in southern thailand. Then we went all over the show having drinks in several different bars ate some real thai food in some place and even got some nibbly bits of someone selling food in the street.
You get harrased every second to jump in a tuc tuc or taxi or buy something from traders.

Our hotel is ok weve got a lovely view out of our window (NOT) but its clean and tidy and pretty posh from the outside.

19th Feb

We got up bright and early this morning considering we were pretty razzled last night. Nic was complaining of a hangover but after a swift breakfast she was fine. We had to go and buy some clothes for us to go to the grand palace as you cannot wear shorts or show shoulders etc. This was our first encounter of bartering it went terribly wrong and we got like 10p off the inital price bummer im sure well get better at it (or will we) there very pushy i guess i just cant say no.
Then we decided how we would get to the grandf palace this is were the fun began. Bangkok seems to be set up to milk as much money as posible out of you as it can heres how it started.
9:30am
We thought we would get a tuc tuc to the grand palace and the fella (tout) who organised it said you pay 10 baht and that is it thats about 5p too gud to be true, i thought so too.
We asked to go to the grand palace instead he took us to the standing gold buddah which is absolutely massive very nice see pictures. Then we got took to the gold mount which was built for the king its pretty impressive loads of monks about nic wants to be one now of course im sure its another fad of hers and she may want to be a sikh next week. After that we got taken to a suit shop (let the fun begin) "Hello sir where you from?" "england," how many suits you want i was like none i dont wear them" Anyway we left empty handed after being made to feel embaressed because we didnt buy anything (BASTARD TUC TUC). Then we said we want to go the grand palace so as you can imagine he took us straight to a jewellery shop of course me and nic were delighted with this becasue we both love jewellery and wear lots of it (NOT). Anyway after opurchasing a purse for a measley 60p we thought we had kep our end of the bargain, off to the grand palace we go.... YAY

Wrong!!!!!

Off to his mates long boat cruise tour shop we ended up getting this cruise cos it was taking us to the grand palace this was pretty nice cos it was only me and nic on the boat on our own as soon as we got on the boat started tipping to ther left nics having a fit at this time causing me to laugh hysterically at her prediciment.
wwe sailed along the canal network through all the shanty places. Its pretty amazing to seee how these people live the houses along the river are mostly made of corrageted iron sheets (Not a piece of curtain walling in site here, thank god for that)

All the people along the way who were lioving in these house waved and smiled at us and guess what this didnt cost us anything i was surprised by that. finally we pulled up at a dock were we had to pay a further 20 baht as a docking fee. You would think that was included in the 800 baht i paid for the long boat. No it wasnt.

Anyway we went to the grand palace which is absolutely amazing best buildings ive ever seen grand is the only word you can use to describe it.
There are masswive posters of the king everywhere over bangkok not sure if they love him or whether its his own advertising campaign.

We got a taxi back from the grand palace i barted for that and got a 100 baht discount. How good is that. Ive left nic in the hotel whilst im typing this she has walked more today than she has in her whole life apparently. Im ok think i may sneak off for a quick beer before i go back. Some of the thai food smells great whilst other stuff makes you bork.

I havent had any sweets yet shocked i thought so.
Oh and weve booked our trip to Kachanaburi that cost us about 40 quid for three days trekking riding elephants (although i think these are a bit big for me to mount joke get it

anyway well and fed so thats it for now snot pickers.
Peace Out

Posted by philymc 15:33 Archived in Thailand Tagged backpacking

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Hi Phil & Nic
Glad you've arrived safe and sound.
Sounds like you've managed to see most of Bangkok already with your tour on the tuc tuc and long boat. I suppose before long you'll become used to the way it works out there and you'll be able to get to places with out visiting a jewellery shop first! They're probably picking on you coz you look white and new!
Keep the updates coming!!
Big Sis xxxx

by louisemc33

Hi love and Nik Nak. Oh your exploits so far have made me laugh. I can just imagine your faces as they're trying to rip you off ! Stand your ground and be firm and most of all learn to say NOOOOOO!I'm glad you've seen the Grand Palace, its unbelievable. Have the people been nice to you? I need loads of pics so don't forget. Hope Niks enjoying the Thai food. Hear from you soon loves.
Mum XXXXXXXXX

by igs

Hi Phil and Nic, Irene sent me the link to clink on so I can be updated on your adventures too. You'll be glad to know the weather here is dark, cold and wet. Have fun! Look forward to hearing from you both, don't make a show of yourselves whilst drunk.... oh ok do then. Luv Debbie xx

by debbie13

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