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Chatuchuk Weekend Markets

Well, we finally arrived after many months of planning and preparation! Had a long but comfortable flight with Emirates and arrived safely at the Indra Regent Hotel in Bangkok at 2:30am (5hrs behind NZ time)!  

SATURDAY: Woke up this-morning thinking we could go and buy some breakfast and other supplies from the little shop underneath the Hotel, only to find that it had closed!! We ended up having Big Mac Combo's instead - good old Macca's! Wandered around the Hotel area outside for a while and found a 7/11 (our new best friend!) and stocked up on crackers, 2min noodles, lollies and lots of water! We then got a taxi to the Hualamphong Train Station to see if we had managed to reserve a cabin for the overnight train down to Krabi.

Trying some Thai Delicasies at the Local Food Court
Spent about an hour trying to find out where to go to see who it was we needed to speak to - everyone was very keen to sell us tickets, but not keen to help us find out where we needed to go! Finally found an office-type place and managed to get through the language barrier to find out we HAD infact got a cabin sorted for the train ride - thank god (or should I say Budda)! Went back to the Hotel for some emails and a quick swim before the Thai Dinner and Show.. beautiful dancing, but a very long, slow show! Bed at 9:30 - pretty tired!

SUNDAY: Woke up early to beat the heat (yeah right!), and got the Sky Train to the Chatuchuk Weekend Markets. They were a fantastic array of clothing, housing goods, food, religious bits-and-pieces, and other amazing things - many of which I had never seen before!! Unfortunately we couldn't buy anything because of the baggage restrictions on the plane.

Cool-coloured Taxis!
After the markets we went to the Bridge at Saphan Taksin and spent some time just watching the hustle and bustle of the boats underneath us - such a busy little community in one tiny area of the large river! The afternoon was spent down at the pool and another relaxing night at the hotel before bed!

MONDAY: Had a pretty cruisy day today. Walked to the 'Big C' shopping complex and spent a lot of time just browsing around in the various shops there. It's like a huge K-Mart, but with a lot of really weird extras in their food section! Had 2min noodles for lunch (again!) then swam for the afternoon just to keep cool. Got picked up at 5pm and taken to the River again, this time for a Dinner Cruise. We had a lovely night on the boat with live music, beautiful views and great buffet food! At the end of it, the staff came out and handed everyone a little water pistol (because of Song Kran).

Cunny & I on the River Dinner Cruise.
The last 20mins turned into a full-on water fight between everyone on the boat, was so much fun!

TUESDAY: Spent the day just browsing round the local markets really. Again, couldn't buy much but Cunny managed to squeeze in a couple of t-shirts, a watch and a wallet. Relaxed by the pool for the rest of the day really, then got packed up and checked out before getting our taxi to the Train Station. Boarded our train at 7:30pm after scoffing down McDonalds for tea, and settled into our overnight cabin. We were watching a movie on my Gigabeat when there was a knock on the door from a guy - he told us to get out and then 2mins later when we went back in again, our couch had been turned into two bunks! A 'cosy' room, but definitely did the job - saved us $ on accommodation and plane tickets, and we also got to see a lot of the countryside which we wouldn't otherwise have got to. After a LONG time on the train, we finally arrived (1hr 30mins late) at our destination. 

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Chatuchuk Weekend Markets
Chatuchuk Weekend Markets
Trying some Thai Delicasies at the…
Trying some Thai Delicasies at th…
Cool-coloured Taxis!
Cool-coloured Taxis!
Cunny & I on the River Dinner Crui…
Cunny & I on the River Dinner Cru…
One of the many beautifully lit-up…
One of the many beautifully lit-u…
Thai Dancing
Thai Dancing
Our views from our hotel room.
Our views from our hotel room.
Our Overnight Train Cabin!
Our Overnight Train Cabin!
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