Because I’m so mañana mañana, this is why it’s taken me 3 months to post this up. I’ve got a rake of photos to sort out as well, which is another excuse for me not to update this blog. But be depressed no more! Rejoice in your office/lounge/bathroom, here’s an update for you!
In January I went to Bangkok for a weekend with Charlotte. One of the advantages of living in Hong Kong is you’ve got hot weather on your doorstep. It was 30c+ everyday (HK was around 15 in comparison), and this was only a two hour flight away. Combine that with the excellent check-in system at HK airport (from closing the front door, to be being checked in and through security can take as little an hour), means you can be in a tropical climate in only 3 to 4 hrs. If you’ve never been to Thailand, they say the people are really friendly, “The land of smiles”. Yes, that is true (more on that later in my Phuket update), but in Bangkok, I got the distinct impression there were a lot of people out to con you (come to my jewellery shop kinda thing after they they’d spent 10 mins wasting your time with nonsensical directions).
So, what did we do? Had a boat-tour for the afternoon around the canals, explored the town, visited the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), ate food, drank alcohol, and then flew back home. Here are some photos:
Ok, first photo. Myself outside of Wat Arun temple. Mainly as proof that I’ve visited here, and because I don’t really have any photos of me anywhere. And I know why now I’ve looked at it, it’s pretty rubbish, it’s not as if I’ll be putting this up on display on the mantelpiece or anything is it?
The boat tour. We hired one of these for the afternoon, and it was worth it. We had a guided tour around all the canals (there’s more canals here than Venice in terms of total length). The (driver?) took us to all the local sightseeing places, although as he didn’t speak any English, he just shouted at us in Thai, and we shrugged our shoulders. We got the gist of most of it though. The boats are pretty impressive though, I guess all the drivers have small penises, I mean, check out the size of the engines for such a piddly boat:
Even our driver had a large ‘tool’:
Anyway, enough of the euphemisms, despite all the boats zooming up and down the river like they were driving a Ferrari, there was an abundance of fish!
It’s either that or they were congregating in the corner of the pier to avoid being sliced and diced by the maniac propeller-wielding boatmen (I like that, sounds better than driver?)
Anyway, we toured around some canals where the locals lived, and it’s quite an extensive network. It was rather glorious actually, beautiful sunshine beating down on your face, water lapping to your side, the sound of massive turbo-charged engine thrumming away behind you, and ladies coming up to sell you food and beer!
Needless to say, I passed on the food, and had a beer. I’m pretty sure I got done as well, I paid a quid for that tin… It was interesting seeing how the locals lived:
I then asked Charlotte what she thought of the boat-mans tool:
So that’s the boats and river toured, after this we then wandered around the town a little, had some lunch, some beer (haven’t got any photos of this), and then went back to the hotel for a freshen up and some cocktails, on the 60th floor no less:
We watched the sun down, had some more over-priced drinks (it was getting a bit like Hong Kong at this stage), and then went out to have a cheap, local Thai meal, which was delicious. I think it cost about £3 each.
Woke up the next day, bit worse for wear, and caught the boat up the Grand Palace, had a tour around, then an explore of another part of the city, and by that time it was late afternoon. Another meal, few drinks, bed, and then flew back home the next morning.
I’d recommend it for a visit, but realistically, I reckon you can see everything in just a few days. It’s basically a lot of canals, rivers, and temples (and ping-pong).