Here we are on the 14th March 2018 in Bangkok! We didn’t get to our hotel until 9pm so Danny and I didn’t do much apart from dropping our bags in the room and found a little shop to get water and some food! We pretty much got into bed not long after, we were so tired from the journey from London to Bangkok.
The first proper day in Bangkok we got up about 8am, got ready and headed for breakfast. Danny spotted a cafe as we were walking that looked quite cute and had air con inside! I had 3 slices of toast with butter and strawberry jam. Danny went all in for the full English breakfast which he very much enjoyed! After we ate breakfast we started walking along the main road towards Koh San Road in hope to find a tuk-tuk to take us to the Temples. We only walked about a minute before a Thai man stopped us to welcome us to Thailand and asked if knew what we wanted to see. Danny and I told him that we were interested in seeing the temples. He pulled a map out of his bag and marked on the map where the temples are for us and gave us the map and waved down a tuk-tuk for us too. We showed the tuk-tuk driver the map and he said he would take us to all of them for 40THB. Around £1, bargain!
The Temples in Bangkok are so beautiful and eye-catching. They are all kept so clean and tidy. Unfortunately, the big standing Buddha was under construction when me and Danny saw it, but we could still see how much the gold stood out and how tall it was. None of the pictures we took of any of the Temples shows the real beauty like seeing them in real life.
While we were on our tour of the Temples, our tuk-tuk driver also took us to tourist shop so we could see what else in Bangkok we wanted to see that Danny and I needed to book up for. We also booked the rest of our stay in north Thailand while we were in there!
When we got dropped back to our hotel it was around 2pm. I was so tired still from the travelling and not sleeping very well the night before and Danny was tired too so we skipped lunch and decided a nap was well needed! When I woke up it was gone 6pm! Danny was already awake editing the pictures that we took on our visit to the Temples. We were so hungry we left the guest house and headed out for some dinner. I saw a restaurant on the corner of a road called Hong Kong Noodle. We stopped and looked at the menu which looked tasty so we wandered in. Danny and I both had a yellow chicken curry with noodles and a bottle of water. After we filled our bellies with yummy food we headed towards Koh San Road. And what an experience that was! it’s definitely one of the busiest roads I’ve ever been down in my life! The smells and sounds we so overwhelming but I loved it. Danny got himself a fresh passionfruit juice, which I must agree was tasty! I got myself a corn on the cob that was the size of two regular ones in England! After a while, once we had seen as much as we could without spending all our money! We started to make our way back to the guest house. Once Danny and I got back we pretty much got ready for bed as it was 11pm.
Our second day started off quite late as we didn’t wake up until 12pm!! We clearly needed that good sleep! Once we finally got ready and decided what to do we left. Our tuk-tuk driver from the day before spotted us and came over to see what we were planning to do with our day. So we said that we were going to head to the MKB Mall. He said he would take us there for 250THB, around £5.50. I agreed and we got into the tuk-tuk, Danny said I should have bartered to get him down to 200THB. Whoops!
The Mall was so clean and open inside. It has 8 floors, on the 7th floor there is an arcade and the 8th has a cinema. The first thing we did was find somewhere to eat. Which was no problem because there was a whole floor full of food places! Danny liked the looked of a chicken place where you choose if you want drumsticks or breasts, then you choose how many you want, what spice you want and then your side. We chose 10 breasts, 5 spicy and 5 garlic, and for a side, we had french fries.
After we had eaten our really tasty lunch we walked around as much of the Mall as we could. We started at the top where the cinema is and then came down a floor to see all the Thai kids playing in the arcades. There was a big bowling alley on the 7th floor too, so we had a game! Danny won on his last turn by scoring a strike which put him 8 points ahead!! After a lucky win for Danny, we headed down to the 6th floor where there were a lot of technology shops, so Danny was in his element with all the drone and camera stuff to look at. We headed down to the 5th and 4th floor which is mainly stalls which you can barter the price with them. I hadn’t bought a hat from home with me so I bought one for the days we would be out in the sun! And to Danny’s annoyance, I also bought a selfie stick! We made our way down to the bottom but didn’t really see anything else that caught our eye. So after about 4 hours of shopping, we left the Mall and headed back towards where our tuk-tuk driver dropped us off. On the way we had a tuk-tuk driver stop us to ask where we were going, so we told him where we were staying and he tried to charge us 300THB but we got him down to 250THB. He defiantly had road rage with the traffic! The ride in this tuk-tuk was a lot more vigorous!
Once Danny and I made it back to our guest house, we showered and got ready for dinner. We didn’t really know what we wanted for dinner so we agreed to try the street food! Down one of the side roads, we were stopped and shown a menu where they were serving street food. The menu looked good and there was so much to choose from. We sat down and ordered a Coke each. I ordered sweet and sour chicken with rice. Danny had Green Thai soup with rice. it was actually one of the yummiest meals I’ve ever had. It tasted so good!
After our really tasty meal, we saw a sign for massages so we had a look at the prices! 150THB for a half an hour foot massage! Danny and I looked at each other and nodded, we weren’t going to say no! We took our flip flops off and went in to pay. They told us where to sit and reclined the chairs for us. It felt so good. I didn’t want it to end!
We pretty much headed to bed after that to get a good nights sleep. That didn’t happen though, after 3 hours sleep we were wide awake at 2:30am. We ended up staying awake the whole night. Danny edited photos and I Face-timed my mum at 4:30am which is 9:30pm in England. When Danny’s alarm went off at 6am we got ready for the day feeling half dead.
Our third day didn’t have a great start, jet lag was in full swing. The bus picked us up just after 7am to take us to Ayutthaya, Thailands old Capital. The journey was around 2 hours on the bus so I managed to have a little sleep. Danny couldn’t get comfortable enough to fall asleep! We also talked to a German couple who were also on the trip. Their English was amazing. The first place we stopped was Wat Phu Khao Thong. It was beautiful. The gold paint stood out so much against the clean white paint. We climbed the stairs up the side of the temple which was like leg day at the gym! But the views were definitely worth it.
We then moved onto Wat Phra Sri Sanphet which was ruined by the Burmese in 1767. The next Temple Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit which is next to the Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, it’s much newer and has a massive Buddha inside. Wat Lokaya Sutha is the last Temple we visited. Its also known as the reclining Buddha. We had some lunch with everybody else on the trip at a local Thai restaurant.
After we headed back to Bangkok and the bus dropped everybody off the bottom of Koh San Road. We waved down a tuk-tuk and asked the driver how much it would be to drop us back to the guest house where we were staying. We agreed on 250THB and jumped in.
Once we were back we showered off, got dressed and headed out for dinner. We found a cute Indian restaurant that we liked the look of the menu. Danny and I both had spicy chicken tikka masala with rice. After we finished dinner we went back to our room to pack our bags to leave the next morning. We didn’t go to sleep until about 11:30pm because we were having trouble repacking our stuff!
Started off great… NOT!! Danny’s 6am alarm didn’t go off!! Luckily I woke up at 6:53am and we both jumped out of bed threw on our clothes and headed downstairs for the bus to pick us up just after 7am. We were so glad we had packed our bags the night before!
Once we got all of our stuff onto the bus and got comfy, we headed to Kanchanaburi. The first place we stopped was the floating markets. It was so busy! All the locals selling their goods and so many tourists looking for souvenirs. After about an hour, the next place we headed to was the boats which take you to see the local floating village. The people actually live on the river with their houses on stilts and their only way around is by boat. It was amazing to see! Once we had finished seeing the floating village we all got back onto the bus and headed about half an hour more into Kanchanaburi to the River Kwai. To know all those prisoners died building the bridge and all the track is heartbreaking when you see it. You could also see where they had to rebuild the bridge because originally it was made out of wood, but in the war, it was bombed. After the quick stop there we then had a rise on the Death Train along the old track, over the cliff edge. We got some really good pictures from the views! The train ride lasted about an hour, and our bus met us at the train stop where we got off. We had met a guy from Belgium on our train ride and he was staying at the same hotel as us that night so we were on the same bus as him!
When the three of us arrived at the guest house for the night, me and Danny didn’t realise we were actually staying on the River Kwai! The view out of our window was the river! Around 6:30pm we sat down to eat with the man from Belgium and he was telling us stories from when he had travelled many years ago before his children were born. He was out in Thailand on business this time around but had taken a week holiday as well to do some sightseeing and relax. We were all chatting until around 9:30pm when we decided it would be a good idea to get some rest as we had a busy day.
So the 5th and last day in and around Bangkok started with both of our alarms going off at 7am! We packed all our things up into our bags and headed down for breakfast. We joined the other guy for breakfast too and talked about what laid ahead that day. The bus picked up the three of us at 8:30am and took us to Erawan National Park. We had from 9:45am until 2pm to explore the waterfalls and go for a few dips in the water! There are 7 levels of the waterfall, and we all aimed to get to the top one for a swim! On the way up it wasn’t too busy because it was nice and early and on a Monday morning. The three of us made it up the 5th level quite quickly, but it was so hot we decided to just take a swim there first before heading up to the seventh. We could see the fish in the clear water swimming around. The other guy got in first, then I got in and then Danny. As we all got in the fish would come and nibble your toes! Danny didn’t like it so he kept moving his feet so they wouldn’t go near him! It tickled me so much I couldn’t stop laughing! After a nice swim to cool us off, we all got out and started to go up towards the 7th level. After climbing over rocks and walking through streams, we finally got to the top! At this point, it was 35 degrees and I just couldn’t wait to get in. But i was also very hungry! So I sat with my legs hanging over the edge of a rock with water underneath me and ate my packed lunch. The fishes were watching me eat from below where I was sitting. There was only 1 other person on the 7th level when us three got there. While I was eating my food, Danny captured some amazing pictures and videos of the waterfall. After we all got into the water and had a little swim. When we started to make our way back down it was getting busier and busier. We decided to go all the way back to level 1 before we swam again because the other levels were so busy! It was nice to cool off once more after we had come all that way down too.
Just before the bus picked us up we got some snacks and drinks for the journey back to Bangkok. Danny and I didn’t have time to change into our dry clothes, so we sat on our towels until we got to a service station where the bus stopped and changed in the toilets there. After a 2 and a half hour journey back to Bangkok we arrived with 2 hours to spare before our 8pm bus to Chiang Mai. We said goodbye to our friend from Belgium and Danny got his email, then we got a taxi to take us to the bus station so we could get some food and wait for our bus.
Once we got to the bus station we dropped our bags with everyone else’s and got our tickets. We headed down the road a little bit and stopped at a cafe to get some dinner. Danny and I headed back to the bus station about 7:30pm and waited there for our bus. The bus turned up at 7:45pm so we grabbed our bags and gave them to a guy who was loading up the bus. We got on and found our seats, which had blankets on them! Me and Danny tried to get as comfortable as we could! The bus had wifi that would occasionally work and they handed out bottles of water and Oreo’s! We both tried to get as much sleep as possible but Danny definitely got the most!