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Bangkok and Kanchanaburi

Day 183 – Tuesday 24th July

Had to wake up at 7 today in order to get Feds to the airport in time, after a quick shower and packing session, we got on our way. The taxi was ready and waiting and only took about 10 minutes as we were staying so close to the airport. Got to the airport and he hopped in the check in queue which only took a couple of minutes and then he was off through security check and gone into the abyss. After that I got on my way and headed on the airport train, then the metro and then the sky train and arrived (almost) at my hostel. I say almost due to the fact that I had no directions other than an address and their went any numbers printed on the road, so after walking up and down this road for a good half hour getting very sweaty with all my bags on, I eventually found my hostel. And boy was it worth the wait, the hostel has to be the nicest one I’ve ever stayed in, it’s all brand new, the bathrooms are so nice, and each bed has its own desk and towel rail and the beds are huge. After getting washed I headed straight to bed for a much needed nap. Once I got up I started on the blog which took an age due to me seemingly being constantly behind (sorry). After that I went to get some food, which proved a bit of a mission as I’m staying right in the centre of the expat zone and all there is, is bloody bars with dirty old men paying for prostitutes and getting hammered all day. In the end I had to settle for a McDonald’s. After that I went back to my hostel and the internet had just started working, so I had a lot of things to catch up on, and spent a good couple more hours sitting in bed. After that I got my act together and hung out in the communal area chatting to some fellow travellers from all different parts of the world, and after a while I headed to bed, all alone now for the first time in a while, very different experience. Greg will be back tomorrow though so it’s very short lived.

Day 184 – Wednesday 25th July

Finally had a bloody lie in today, I know it sounds like I’m always in bed having naps and things, I haven’t been able to wake up late the last few days and it was a nice treat. Once I eventually got out of bed I had to head to the laundrette to pick up my washing which included my towel, and had a shower. After I was all ready, I headed downstairs to catch up with some more people staying here, I’m basically completely undecided about where to go next and everyone who I’m asking keeps telling me the same fucking thing ‘Go down south to all the beaches’ as good as that sounds I’m going later and will be there for a month or so, so I’d rather check out the North first. I found a good place to get some street food and this nice woman who made me some tasty fried rice then headed straight back in to the hostel. Greg eventually arrived back at the hostel around 7 (he was in Malaysia for a couple days to see an Arsenal game) after he had showered we dropped all his stuff off at the laundry and went on a little walk around to find a market or some shops because we both needed a couple things. That proved fruitless and it started pissing down so we had to run home, and we then spent a while trying to figure out where we should go next, and there’s this really cool place called Kachanaburi where they filmed the bridge over the river kwai and there’s loads of other nice things around. So it looks like we will head there probably the day after tomorrow, it’s only a couple of hours away on the train. After that we got cracking on a bottle of Bombay sapphire which Greg had bought in the airport, and just spent a while waiting out the rain and chatting, eventually got a bit of food and went to bed.

Day 185 – Thursday 26th July

Actually got out of bed and did things today, I know that seems to be a relatively rare occurrence of late, I’m going to blame on the Thai mentally of sitting around all day relaxing, not like those crazy Chinese! After we eventually got up we asked the woman at the desk to point us to one of Bangkok’s infamous giant malls, she did point at an area of the map and we were on our way. After getting off the sky train we headed to what looked like a mall but just turned out to be a tiny place with only a couple of shops, so I went in a newsagent and asked and they told us the name of a big one so we hopped in a cab and finally made it to this place which was absolutely GINORMOUS!! We went inside and got started in the electronics section to try and pick up some cool fake stuff but we didn’t get any luck, after that we had some food and then looked around a bit more, the problem was that this place was so big and we didn’t really have time to get around it all (would’ve taken hours). So we found Greg some shoes, then just sort of walked around aimlessly before finding the little market floor where I picked up a couple of bits and bobs and after that we headed to the cinema to see what was on. Unfortunately the new Batman wasn’t being shown in English until around 10 and it was only 7 by this point and most of the shops were closing, so we decided to give it a miss and jumped in a cab back to the sky train stop. Next time we’re in Bangkok we will have to set a whole day aside to get round one of the big malls and find everything we need. Once we got back to our amazing hostel, we headed online to check out all the details of the next place and we will get on a train there around 2ish tomorrow. Then we spent the evening chatting to some more people staying at the hostel, even met one guy from Serbia who was there just a week ago, fucking nuts! Also met this crazy Serbian minister guy who was really cool, and then did our packing and hit the hay ready for an early wake up (11am) tomorrow in order to check out.

Day 186 – Friday 27th July

Got up bright and early today and after pissing about a bit we eventually left the hostel around 12 and jumped on the sky train to the end of the line. Once we got there, we still needed to hop in a cab to get to Bangkok’ West station, and after trying to explain train station to 4 different drivers (they didn’t understand ‘choo choo’!) we found a guy who knew what we were on about. Got there nice and early o we got our tickets and sat down and had some food before getting some seats on the train and leaving just before 2. The train only took about 2 and a half hours and consisted of trying to read but being too tired, and to uncomfortable to sleep, ah well didn’t take to long and we finally made it to the next stop, Kanchanaburi! Once we got off the rain there was a taxi driver ready and waiting with different brochures and all the prices of our possible options, so we pipcked one which was pretty much the cheapest and he took us there. This place is famous for its ‘floating houses’ which do float, but are still tied to land so it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Luckily these places are always cheaper than staying in the land part of a hotel and obviously much better, so we got a room on one of the floating things for a really good price, and this place has a pool, which ain’t half bad! After we put all our shit down and got a bit of food, we sat down to watch the Arsenal vs Man City pre-season friendly which was a fucking terrible game, I hate watching pre-season it’s almost always shite! Either way Greg can’t miss a second of Arsenal so we didn’t have a choice, at least Arsenal lost! After that we sat around for a bit doing shit on the internet, then headed out to get some dinner. Nothing was open due it being around half 10 except for this one bar owned by this proper geezer Liverpool fan, who served pretty decent looking pub food. So we chilled out there for a while, had a couple of drinks watched a bit of Olympics and headed back here to watch a movie and then hit the hay.

Day 187 – Saturday 28th July

It was raining like crazy today, I know this seems to be a common occurrence, but it really does fuck up the day if it rains cats and dogs pretty much all afternoon. Due to the weather I didn’t come out of bed until very late (due to it being cosy and dry and all) and after eventually moving we went and got some food from this little restaurant opposite us which wasn’t too bad. And then we head straight to Rob’s bar (same place as last night) to watch some more Olympics and catch what happened in last night’s ceremony. He has a good 4 TV screens playing different sports, so there’s always something half decent to watch, and if there is only female weightlifting on, there’s a pool table to keep us busy. After spending a while there, we came back here and due to the persisting rain, I sat down and read, finally finished 1984 and what a bloody good book it was, can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read such a classic. After that brilliant ending, we hung around here a while before eventually heading straight back to that bar for dinner (we’ve become fucking regulars now) and watching some more sport and playing a few more games of pool. After spending way too long there, we headed back home to watch a movie, ‘Bridesmaids’ tonight great fucking film! Then headed off to bed for a potentially busy day tomorrow depending on weather conditions.

Day 188 – Sunday 29th July

Greg wasn’t feeling so well this morning, seems to have some fluey symptoms, so we didn’t get out of bed for a while as there was no need to get up and rush somewhere when we had a soldier down. Once we did get up we headed to Robbo’s bar for some Sunday lunch, would you believe it, out here?! And fuck me was it good, haven’t had one of them in well over 6 months! And Greg wasn’t feeling too hungry so I had a bit of his as well, after that we hung out at the bar for a while longer doing the usual, catching up with the old regulars. As much as I hate doing English shit while you’re abroad, having put it off for so long now, I’m happy to treat myself a bit and to be brutally honest there aren’t really many nice places around here. After that brilliant meal and the following pool games, we came back here to spend the afternoon watching TV as it had obviously started raining. Today had a very Sunday feel, I’m sure all my days seem the same of doing completely fuck all, but today felt even more like that than usual. Anyway, hung around here for a while before heading straight back to you know where for some dinner. I had a bloody steak and onion pie with chips and gravy, it really doesn’t get much better than that on the food front for today. After playing some more pool and watching the Olympics (God we’re sad!) we came back here and there was no movie madness tonight as Greg still wasn’t feeling good so he went to bed, and I spent a couple of hours just chilling out. Tomorrow we will be getting up at a reasonable (ish) hour and heading over to see the bridge, hopefully!

Sorry for another late entry people, it’s all Greg’s fault, he won’t let me sit down to write it, I’ll try harder this week.

Posted by travellingjoe 04:02 Archived in Thailand

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The first guy was Syrian not Serbian

by iamcalledgreg

bit of a major difference between Syria and Serbia - Joe: you numpty!
Greg: hope you're feeling better - it all sounds pretty manic out there, can't hardly stand the pace!! (jokes)
m x

by elizabethzy

Not surprised to hear about the continuous rain Joe as we read a lot about floods in that area. Bloody nuisance! AND; have some sympathy for all those dirty old men..................they are only trying to regain their lost youth. Don't forget young pups like you lot............get old eventually. From one who is experienced!!?? Good update Joe; thanks again. GD.

by joanmalc

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