Bangkok: Take Five
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We're back again.
We had heard all sorts of horror stories about overnight travel in Thailand: overbooked buses with people having to sleep in the aisles, blistering heat and dodgy toilets. As with all these stories, we have failed to see any of it. We did, however, pay a little extra for a coach that had reclining seats (of which there were only 24) and got a pretty luxury seat for our money. I asked at the ticket office if, due to the price, a meal was included. I was told there was, but it wouldn't be until we stopped off at 9:30. Stomach already rumbling, I bought a few snacks in preparation. Almost inevitably, almost identical snacks were distributed along the aisles. Typical.
We're back in Bangkok for the fifth time because Kyle has to make the long flight to London to prepare for her new job as a transport planner in Birmingham.
The Chatuchak weekend market is the biggest in Thailand and the world, covering some 35 acres.
On our day off from shopping, we did try to fit in sights that we hadn't already seen on our last visits. We took a taxi to the Grand Palace, which served as the official residence of the king of Thailand from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. Obviously not to their taste these days. On a horribly-humid day, we did our best to act like we were amazed at its beauty, but it strongly resembled the Royal Palace in Cambodia so didn't seem like something totally new.
We took the ferry south down the river, heading home. That night we went out for a nice Thai meal, where Kyle treated herself to one last authentic Thai curry and her fave, mango and sticky rice, all in preparation for a hard day the following day, taking planes in separate directions.
Every time anyone has spoken to us about Bangkok, they have done so in a negative way, telling us that it's best to get out as soon as you can, as it doesn't represent 'real' Thailand.
And that's Thailand. Good scenery, unbelievable heat at times, some nice people and some not so nice, awesome food and by far the best value-for-money country we have visited so far.