Snakes, Palaces and absynthe...
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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Richard (Canada), Matt and Andy (England)
I was a little underwhelmed to be heading back to Bangkok, as my previous encounters with the city had not always been positive and arriving this time was to prove no different. It was 5.30am when our bus pulled into the Southern bus station, so we decided that we couldn't be bothered with local buses and would instead opt to get a taxi, as we knew it wasn't too far - or at least it shouldn't be! Rather than driving north into the city, our driver decided to drive south for a few kilometres, do a u-turn, head back to the bus station, go east for a few kilometres, pull a u-turn and go back past the bus station and continue west, then pull another u-turn and head back to the bus station before finally turning north and towards the city centre! He must have been extremely dumb to try and pull this in such an unoriginal and obvious way.
It took 20 minutes for us to find an available room, but the view of the sunrise from our window made the walking around worthwhile. After a quick shower we went out for breakfast and then headed to the Myanmar embassy to organise our second visa for the country within the space of 2 days! Although there were only a handful of people in the embassy, there were a few Thai's with huge bundles of foreigners passports and this meant we were stuck waiting for hours.
After a spot of lunch, we walked up to the snake farm for its 2pm demonstration, which really was quite interesting. There was a 20 minute slide show, which was followed by snake handlers demonstrating their skills. One snake managed to bite its handler a couple of times, but thankfully it was non venomous, or i'm sure he would have ben more careful with it! The handlers brought round a selction of snakes for us to have a closer look at and even allowed us to hold a huge python at the end, which was pretty neat.
The following day Julia had a dental appointment, which put her in perfect shape to go out that evening and paint the town red! We met up with Richard, who we knew from Manila, and had a few beers at his apartment with 2 English guys called Matt and Andy. The night concluded in Glow Bar, with Richard insisting on everyone doing a shot of absynthe. This completely finished me off and i was happy to head home around 3am whilst my legs were still functioning!
Friday as a result was a very lazy day, nursing the hangover from hell, but thankfully we were back on top form on Saturday. We decided to go to the Royal Palace, where we had encountered problems on our previous trip with their dress code and only Julia had gone in and i hadn't. This time was no different and even though my shorts passed the red line which determined what was 'acceptable' clothing, the guard said they weren't long enough.
I couldn't be bothered to get into a arguement with the man, so pulled out my sarong that i had brought from home, only to be told that this also wasn't suitable for a man to wear. I just had to laugh at him as i'd seen so many people in far less 'suitable' clothing. I didn't want to let him ruin my mood, so pulled on the free pants and let him harrass the next tourist he took a disliking to.
The palace grounds are pretty spectacular, with ornate wats and temples squeezed into every available space.
That evening we enjoyed a few beers on Soi Rambuttri and watched 'The Beach' in a bar. It was funny to be watching the film, after having recently visited Koh Phi Phi. I still believe it looks differently in real life compared to the film though! Also of amusement was the fact that we were served beer in plastic pepsi glasses, as it was illegal to be selling alcohol, due to Thai elections taking place.