Day 5 in Bangkok ... preparing for the next stage

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The entrance to the Bamboo Guesthouse 1

Well ... we had changed hostel's to Bamboo Guest House which was outside the crazy Koh San Road area and it was a lovely quiet homely place .... so we we're hoping for a good nights sleep .... well that was until some crazy bird started roaring its little head off outside our room just after 6 in the morning! There were loads of animal sounds but this things seemed to be making the weirdest of noises!

So after broken sleep we got up out of bed eventually after 11 and headed back down into Koh San Road for breakfast. I know people say you really should experience Thai food when we are over here .... but Caroline (and myself i suppose as well) ... like too have settled stomachs first thing in the day ... at least that way you've had some substantial food .

The entrance to the Bamboo Guesthouse 2
.. even if you don't like anything else you get that day! On our way to Koh San road we bump into this lovely Thai woman who spots a teddy in my bag that she also has! She stops and asks us where we are from ... and all the usual stuff .. she really wanted to practice her English! So ... she asks us where we have seen, where we are going and we say we are going to sort out the rest of our trip to the islands and then trekking. She recommends that we go see a particular TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) that is nearby and is very good for organising trips! The surrounding area is supposed to have some lovely places to eat as well. So we decide to take her up on her advice

She flags down a tuk-tuk and gives him the directions ... and even bargins the price down from 30 baht to 10 baht .

The Bamboo Guesthouse Room
.. and off we go! We get left off outside the TAT and realise that we still havent eaten so we ask for somewhere to eat ... and get pointed to a restaurant on the corner! It was a traditional Thai restaurant full of Thai people (so much for the predictable meal from Koh San Road). We end up going for the simple chicken fried rice .. and it turns out lovely!

We head into the TAT where we meet Song, our "representative" ... he was very good ... and talked us through all the options for the islands ... the possible routes through south east asia ... and the cost associated with each! Anyway, my original destination island of Koh Tao is very expensive if you aren't sure about taking the diving course and it is High season so its more or less fully booked up anyway! So we opt instead for Koh Phangan .

Teh view from our room window ...
.. and pick a nice secluded beach (well away from the Full Moon Party Area Of Hat Rin) to relax on (I'll post more blogs and pictures when i get there!) He also explains that he can get us all our Visa's as well when we are away on the islands which saves us a lot of hassle at border crossings!! So .. for a total of EUR120 each for the 3 visa's for Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, and then EUR 215 each for the 2 trips, Koh Phangan (Island 8 days) & Chang Mai (Trekking, 4 days) including accomodation, trains, buses, boats, and the trekking ... we thought we done alright!

Once we had this done we decided to head back to Koh San Road and get something to eat again ... we spent a while on the net (updating these blogs) and browsing the shops and then ... i decided to try out something different..... a Henna Tattoo!!!

So .. after bargaining to get 1 tattoo done on the inside of my arm ... i couldn't decide on which arm to choose ... so i re-bargain to get both of them done! I hope to get a real tattoo done at some stage so this was to get a feel for what permanent/semi-permanent marks are like on your body!! I kinda like it!!

Anyway ... that was the excitement of the day ..... tomorrow is preparing for travelling ... and then travelling .. so talk to you in a few days when i get sorted out again!!

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The entrance to the Bamboo Guestho…
The entrance to the Bamboo Guesth…
The entrance to the Bamboo Guestho…
The entrance to the Bamboo Guesth…
The Bamboo Guesthouse Room
The Bamboo Guesthouse Room
Teh view from our room window ...
Teh view from our room window ...
The seating area inside the entran…
The seating area inside the entra…
Me .. with my 2 Henna tattoos
Me .. with my 2 Henna tattoo's
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