Seven crazy drunks in Bangkok!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!