A Perfect End to a Wonderful Holiday - The Final Entry
18.03.2007 35 °C
Wow we we have been non stop, hardly seen any of our hotel in Bangkok.
Currently in the BA lounge at Bangkok Airport & feeling a bit depressed at the thought of returning home. We both think that returning to Bangkok was the highlight of our trip and wish we could have spent longer here.
We love Thailand, really do, the people are so friendly, the place has a real buzz about it - it really does, learning about the culture, the atmosphere, there is so much to see and do. The only thing we dont like about it is that taxi drivers insist on ripping you off - however we have found that the public transport is very good!!!!
Yesterday we had quite a relaxing moring as we were meeting Wichan & his family - Angela's Thai friend through dog showing.
We had a later breakfast, watching the world go by infront of our eyes, with views across the river - there is so much going on in that river.
Wichan & his family came to meet us, it was lovely to see him again & catch up on all the news. Quite a shock to see how much his son has grown. They took us to a very large shopping mall, I got some nice hair things. Then we went for lunch, which was very nice - Chinese!!!!!
He then took us to our old time favourite - Bangkok's largest outdoor market. It was chaotic to say the least...... however the bargains you get, things are at least a 10th of the price as you would pay in a shop....... I bought lots of Cushion Covers for our new house, all different colours & a stuffed Elephant!!!! We also bought lots of DVDS all the new releases. Checked a few of them out at the hotel & they work, so thats good news.
Then in order to avoid the busy, manic Bangkok traffic, Ian suggested we got the Sky Train back alone, I was a bit aprehensive about this. However, the journey which took us nearly 2 hours on the way going, only took 30 minutes returning. My husband has such a good sense of direction, I would never have been able to get us back - it is just such a breeze to him! Unfortunately we did not have time to go back to the hotel and get changed. So we had to head straight for dinner!!!!
ugh..... I was not too comfortable with going out and not being able to get changed. However, the views that awaited us were awesome & I soon forgot about not being in clean clothes. We had a fantastic dinner at Vertigo again & just sat and took everything in. We had a 7 course dinner, however I could not manage all my food, so Ian had to give a help in hand!!!!! :-)
After dinner we went to Patpong & what an eye opener this was......... will say no more on the subject! Bought a few bits and pieces at the market.
Our Last Day
So onto today, up early again! Ian got up early to go and buy a new bag to put all our purchases into whilst Angela relaxed (slept!!!) back at the hotel . Then we took a river boat up the Chao Phraya river. Its amazing, the river here is so lively and so much going on - we just love it.
We then had a nice lunch at a hotel Ian stayed at years ago, walked down Koh San Road, which again had an amazing buzz about it.
Then more beauty treatments - ugh we got so much value for money. Me: Pedicure, French Manicure, Eyebrow Wax, Foot Massage & Back massage cost 10 pounds, now that really is value for money. I could have stayed in this place all day and had loads of treatments, unfortunately time would not allow this.
We then headed up Koh San Road, bought a few more items. Had some street food - yes "Angela" ate street food - see I am not that much of a snob........ :-) and to be quite honest the people selling the food on the streets were spotless & I really enjoyed it, would never have eaten it otherwise. We had Phad Thai - a typical Thai noodle dish which cost a whole 30p for a portion.
We then finished off dinner with a banana and chocolate crepe - cooked again on the street in front of us - again for the princely sum of 30p.
Headed back to hotel along the river again, and it was so nice to go along the river and see it by night! Had a shower, then a few cocktails on the terrace of our hotel & said goodbye to Bangkok :-(
We have ended up with a lot of luggage - more than we could have imagined - and luckily we seem to have got away without paying for any excess- the BA Gold Card and Club tickets seem to have paid off.
We then took a hotel Limo & they looked after us so well, we did not even have to lift a bag...... and the Penninsular Hotel had a porter at the airport who took all our luggage to the BA desk to check us in and then escorted us to the immigration desk. You definitely get service with a smile here.
For us being back in Thailand was definately the highlight of our trip, there is always so much to do and see here, we love the buzz about the place. Every time you return, everything looks so different. We really had a fablous trip.
So over the next few days, I shall upload MUCH MUCH MUCH more photographs onto OFOTO to bore you all with.
Can't wait to catch up with every one again. This is the last entry of this blog as we are back to work tomorrow - land at 6am and then both of us are into work. Oh My God... Hope you've enjoyed it.
Angela and Ian