Seven crazy drunks in Bangkok!

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Maddie, Paul and Julia enjoying the picnic in Lumphini Park
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Dodge (Thailand), Paul and Maddie (England), Daniel and Kitty (Sweden)

We had to be up and out of our room by midday on Saturday, so as we could move hotels to the nicer Rambuttri Village Inn. My brother Paul had kindly offered to pay for us to stay there with him and his girlfriend Maddie, during their visit out to Thailand to see us. After checking ourselves in, we realised that the air conditioned room was far superior to the heat and smog of Bangkok, so sat in watching BBC World, which was running a special week of programmes on Russia.

As the evening approached, Julia was becoming more nervous at the prospect of finally meeting a member of my family and kept fussing about, which was all rather annoying as i was trying to watch the programmes that were mocking her Motherland! At 20.

Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
00 Paul and Maddie finally turned up and although it had been over a year and a half since i saw them last, it felt like only the other day. Saying that, Paul did look a bit fatter, i really have to mention that as he bullied me over my weight for the best part of 22 years! Hugs were exchanged, before i stupidly felt the need to volunteer to carry a suitcase upstairs, i'm just too nice for my own good sometimes!

It didn't take them long to freshen up and we were soon in a nice restaurant and enjoying a meal that my Dad had kindly sent some money to pay for. As alcohol really was banned in this place, we settled for some soft drinks and this was the beginning of my brothers addiction to Banana milkshakes. Whatever he would order for the next week, there would always be a Banana milkshake chaser to accompany it.

Bangkoks famous Ping Pong show... didn't seem that kinky to me
Who in their right minds would drink one with a beer? I still question our genetic links when such absurdities arise. We ended up in a shady bar that would serve beer and remained there until 01.00 when the police came and busted the joint, which was nice.

I'd been planning where to take Paul and Maddie for some time, as i was determined to show them the best side of Bangkok and not all the crap that comes with it. We therefore wandered down to the river and caught a boat, which gave them the chance to look at the contrasts of rich and poor and get a good view of Wat Arun, situated on the river bank. Hopping off the boat, we hopped straight on to the BTS Skytrain, as i was also keen to show them the transport system and didn't want to tire them out too much walking in the heat of the day, especially the fat lad.

Bangkok, seen from Vertigo Bar

A picnic lunch was bought from the 7/11 and we entered Lumphini Park and sat by the lake to enjoy it. The day was working out well so far, Julia's nerves had passed, the conversation was good and big brother had been buying everything, i couldn't have planned it better! Our first blip of the day came when we arrived at the nearby Snake Farm, only to find it closed. Not to get downbeat, we jumped in a taxi to Wat Pho, with the driver asking me if i knew my way around as he was clearly going to rip us off. When i explained i knew the route, he seemed rather disheartened, which made me feel good :)

Wat Pho was as splendid as i remembered from my first 2 visits and other than the magnificent reclining Buddha, i also enjoyed some of the other halls, which i'd somehow managed to overlook on my previous visits.

Bangkok with the full moon above, seen from Vertigo Bar
It made for an interesting introduction to Thailands vibrant Temple scene, so i walked them up to some other Wat's that weren't too far away, so they could see the different architectural designs. We were all a little bit tired from walking around in the sun, so headed back to the hotel for a nap and to recharge the batteries for the big night ahead.

Paul, Maddie, Julia and I met up with Daniel and Kitty for Dinner and cocktails, which kicked the evening off perfectly. We caught a taxi to meet Dodge in the centre and i already had a nice buzz going and was looking forward to visiting Vertigo Bar, which is located at the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel. The girls took one taxi and the boys another, but even though Dodge had given the driver instructions of where to go, we ended up lost and going around in circles.

Maddie, Dodge, Kitty, Me, Daniel, Julia and Paul
Feeling cheated and pissed off, we exited the taxi without paying, not really having a clue where we were. Having found a pay phone wecalled Dodge and found out the name of the Hotel again and jumped in another taxi, only to find out that we were actually really close, and this made us feel a little bit guilty over been so harsh on the first driver!

The views from Vertigo were superb, but they weren't serving beer until midnight due to the elections, so we ended up getting back in a taxi and heading to Khao San Road. Luckily its always possible to find a drink in this part of the City, as the bar owners obviously know whose hands to grease, and we spent the next half a dozen hours knocking back our fair share. By 5am we were all pretty sozzled, so headed to Burger King to knock back the biggest burger i had ever set my eyes on, before stumbling home to bed. Welcome to Bangkok brother!

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Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
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Bangkok, seen from Vertigo Bar
Bangkok, seen from Vertigo Bar
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Bangkok with the full moon above,…
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Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Julia and an animal sculpture at W…
Julia and an animal sculpture at …
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Flower in a pond at Wat Pho
Flower in a pond at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Paul and Julia with the Golden rec…
Paul and Julia with the Golden re…
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Bangkok, seen from Vertigo Bar
Bangkok, seen from Vertigo Bar
Bangkok, seen from Vertigo Bar
Bangkok, seen from Vertigo Bar
Daniel, Kitty, Maddie, Paul, Julia…
Daniel, Kitty, Maddie, Paul, Juli…
Julia eating her Burger King
Julia eating her Burger King
Me and Paul scoffing some fries
Me and Paul scoffing some fries
Me and Paul in Burger King
Me and Paul in Burger King
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