Friday, 31 August 2012

Bangkok - Thailand


Thailand 

Summer was soon approaching and being an unorganised student nothing was planned. University has the benefit of receiving a 4 month summer (arguably three years of summer). No plans and knowing I’d want to murder my parents if I stayed at home for the whole duration, and with being on a budget I decided to venture out into the Far east.

A few people I knew had been to Thailand and after hearing amazing reviews, and seeing they had come back safe, alive and with a bunch of good stories and experiences I and two friends decided to book a last minute trip across the globe, embarking on a voyage – sounds adventurous and daunting I know!

We decided to split Thailand into North and South, with Bangkok the capital being in the middle. We flew to Bangkok and stayed in the backpacker area of Koh San Road, in my first ever hostel - D&D inn.


Bangkok

On arrival, overwhelmed is an understatement. We arrived at night, a street full of hustling locals offering you drinks, visits to ping pong shows, an array of street food (including fried insects) and ladyboys whilst bright lights and loud music came from a huge strip of bars rammed with tourists. We dropped our backpacks, and headed out onto the street to drink from buckets and party till the early hours of the morning.


D&D inn is a great location and top rated hostel for any body travelling to Bangkok. We stayed in Bangkok for 3 days, it's the most 'bright lights, big city' sort of place in Thailand, there are unbelievable experiences to be had there but we had just about out done our welcome when we left.

Sky Bar - From The Hangover 2 overlooking the whole of Bangkok. Great for dinner, or just a chilled cocktail! It's insanely high and in a magnificent hotel, my ears even popped in the lift on the way up!


Floating Market – A market on water, you jump on a little boat and sail past stalls and other boats selling beautiful hand made ornaments, delicious fruit and cute little souvenirs. 


 I tried delicious, exotic fruit in Thailand, but becareful about having a bad tummy!
The Temples – one of my favourite things about Thailand is the tons of perfectly designed, vibrant and exquisite temples. The Grand Palace is the main temple in Bangkok, this is where the King lives, but most of the smaller ones are just as fascinating and you don't need to pay entry for them! 


Our failed attempt to be buddahs

Condoms and Cabbages - Restaurant promoting safe sex. Based in Sukhumvit round the corner from the Sheraton (to tell tuktuks). Not only a very cool, interesting restaurant all cutely decorated in fairy lights but it also served thai food that was amazing and reasonable!! (around 4 pounds maximum for a main meal). 





MBK - You cannot go to Bangkok without paying a visit to MBK, 7 floors of copies. The thai are genius, you’d expect copy bags, purses, keyrings. But they’ve copied ipads, cameras, blackberrys, clothes, shoes. You name it they have it. Even if you don’t want anything visit for the experience! I went on the last day and filled my little backpack to the brim! TIP: BARTER!! You can normally get at least half the price they first offer you!

So our first few days were over, had been jam-packed, seen a bit of sun and were loving every minute!





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