Bargains in Bangkok.
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Initially, we had planned to only stay a couple of nights in Bangkok, but we ended up staying for a few extra nights due to the fact that we had a couple of things to sort out (visas for other countries being the main thing).
We took an overnight bus from Phuket to Bangkok on June 12th. We got the bus straight after getting off the ferry from Koh Phi Phi and both found it incredibly hard to get any sleep whatsoever on the 12 hour journey. John managed to thoroughly enjoy a film during the bus ride, even though it was completely in Thai! At midnight, we stopped at a service station where we were shown into a very big dining room and instructed to sit around a round table with 4 other (Thai) passengers from our bus.
We arrived in Bangkok at around 6am and went straight to our hotel and waited in their lounge for reception to open and to have the key to our room.....after some sleep, we went to the backpacker part of Bangkok to take a look around - Koah Sarn Road....It was like spot the Asian there as there are so many tourists, but it's got loads of cafes, bars and stalls selling everything from clothes and crafts to copy dvds. John had previously decided that he wanted to get a suit tailor made for him in Bangkok and so we had a look in the many, many shops that offered this service.
That done, we went back to our place to chill...the next couple of days were spent having fittings for our suits and visiting the Vietnamese embassy to get our visas to enter the country. On the weekend, we went to the world's largest market at Chatuchak, not far from where we were staying. There are between 15-20,000 stalls at this monster and we got lost....both on Saturday and Sunday! (but not Saturday through to Sunday mind!) It is a cool place though, it has absolutely everything you can think of there, and a some things you wouldn't think of too...We bought loads of gifts for family and friends here and John bought me some birthday pressies aswell :)
We were glad to have a bit of a rest in Bangkok, the bus journey wiped us both out and we needed to catch our breath...not that easy in a city the size of and as crazy as Bangkok (it has more than 60,000 taxis alone!) but our hotel was quiet and a great place to unwind....it even had a free gym, which John and I made use of...ok, which John made use of.
A couple of other things to do in Bangkok, but we'll do them when we return....