Stayed in Bangkok for one night before heading to Phuket for five, before heading back to Bangkok for another five nights...you might want to nip over and read the Phuket one, or some of this may be confusing :0)
Tuesday: Arrived in Bangers at 11am...oh the sheer joy of being back in this beautiful city! I had originally booked return airfares with Jetstar, but for those of you who read my JBR from April and remember that Jetstar cancelled my flight, there was no way I was taking any chances this trip and re-booked with Singapore Airlines going over, and Air Asia going back – the memory of the business upgrade from last time ringing sweetly in my head...I also didn’t notify Jetstar that I wouldn’t be travelling as I didn’t want them to be able to resell my seats...still bitter...why yes I am! Anyway...
Took the train to the station nearest our hotel, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, and dropped my bag off as I was an hour early for the room. Outside, and into the heat of beautiful Bangers where I just wandered up and down with a huge smile on my face, so happy to be back! Brought a few bits and pieces, and then headed back to the room for a nap. Refreshed and cool once more, I headed for the train station to go and pick my boyfriend up as his flight landed much later than mine – we live in different states. Back to the hotel, and up to the top for a look at Bangkok in all its neon glory, before heading to the bar for a couple of drinks before bedtime.
Wednesday: Went for a wander though the markets which were still up, yikes, hot! The boyfriend couldn’t believe how amazing it all was, and has declared himself a lover of all things Thailand –picked myself a winner here!!! Back to the hotel to check out, and a meter taxi to the airport for our flight to Phuket for five nights...
Monday: Arrived back in Bangkok, and a meter taxi to the Chatrium Riverside. We were both absolutely exhausted after delays from Phuket, and the noisiest airport (Phuket) I have ever had to sit in!! You couldn’t even hear what they were announcing over the loud speaker! A quick dinner in the hotel restaurant, before an early night after admiring our river view...
Tuesday: Hello Bangkok!! Wide awake and raring to go we headed down for breakfast (included) where I watched my fiancé (see...told you to read the Phuket one first) eat enough for a small army before catching the ferry to the train station and heading for MBK. And just like last time, I shopped till I dropped! Or at least I tried to. The fiancé brought loads, and I mean loads, but I really wanted jeans...I’m 3kgs lighter than I was last time, and the cheeky little so and so’s told me I was too fat! I’m 65kgs, and 5”7!!! I looked, and looked for the same place I brought jeans from last time, but it had been a busy few days, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember what floor it was on...next time!! I still managed to buy a fair bit of stuff, including lots of stuff for my beloved niece. She is the proud new owner of many fairy dresses :0)
I did manage to buy myself a few pairs of shoes at Beta, but Findig’s no longer had the shoes I brought last time – don’t worry Caroline, I came nowhere near your record!
Back on the train to the hotel, and we decided to walk to Asiatique which is only 15 minutes from the Chatrium...and you can’t get lost/miss it. We walked around for ages, buying things we liked – some things were actually cheaper than MBK which surprised me, and they still bartered – before we had dinner at the Hungry Fish – lovely restaurant!! Quite loud, but lots of fun, and delicious cocktails!! Went for a spin on the ferris wheel which was a laugh before catching a tuk tuk (we had lots of bags, and I’m lazy at times) back to the hotel where we sat on the balcony drinking supplies from the 7/11 attached to the hotel.
Wednesday: I had my heart set on finding the Iyisza store that I fell in love with in Phuket so off we went via ferry, and train to Chitlom Station for a quick walk around Central World, to Pratanum Markets and into the blessed cool of Platinum Mall...managed to find the store (sixth floor) and brought up a storm before taking a tuk tuk (um...it was very hot) to MBK where we did some more shopping. Back to the hotel to meet friends of ours from Australia that live in Bangkok, and headed to the ladyman bars – possibly at Nana or near to that stop. Lots of cocktails and beers before catching a taxi back to the hotel where we slipped into comas.
Thursday: Hungover, and desperate for a nothing day, we just hung out by the pool, and did nothing except eat, and swim. Walked back to Asiatique that night, and had dinner at Why97 – really nice food, and lovely decor! Walked back to the hotel for an early night as we knew the next day was going to be a long one.
Friday: Fed and watered we headed to meet our friends at Bearing Station. After a quick stop off at their place for a looksee, we headed to Bang Saen (sp) where we stopped at the fish markets before heading to a lookout that had heaps of ugly monkeys! I decided it would be best for everyone if I just stayed in the car and took photos as I’m a bit of a squealer, and didn’t fancy getting bitten. Did manage to see some monkey love up close...and the other three had a great time feeding the other monkeys. The fiancé had never been this close to monkeys before, and really enjoyed it.
From here we went for a look at the beach, and the markets before heading to Pattaya...could not wait to see the look on my fiancé’s face when we got to Walking Street. We girls went off for massages – my legs hurt for three flipping days after my massage – whilst the boys headed to a bar. A nudie bar. The fiancé was not expecting what he saw, and would quite happily never see it again...or so he says haha! We headed back to Bangkok late, and were happy to be back in our lovely room after a long and exhausting day.
Saturday: Took a taxi to the mall nearest the hotel, and ate like kings and queens...at McDonalds :0) popped into Tesco where I stocked up on shampoo/conditioner/face wash/toothpaste etc...
Back to the hotel to pick up our bags (I’d had to buy another suitcase – surprise!) and took a taxi to the airport. Check in was nowhere near as hectic as last time, and whilst I didn’t get my business class upgrade like last time, I did get the next one down for $17.00 and got three seats to myself...score!! The refund from Optiontown was back in my account within five days. The fiancé was flying out from the other airport, so our mate came and got him, and took him back to their house as his flight didn’t leave for about four hours after mine.
Not sure what was happening at KL airport but security was out in force, and even after going through to the departure gate, they were still taking passports off us. I got asked lots of questions about my passport before they gave it back to me, and then even when we were on the plane, about six guards came on the plane and walked up and down the aisles...odd!
Slept all the way home, and was thrilled to land back in Perth where the temperature was 7’C...ugh!!! Three days later I flew to Queensland (which is where I’m moving to in less than two months) though so it wasn’t so bad, as it was lovely and hot there!
So...another fabulous trip, I’m still totally in love with Bangkok, but more so with my fiancé, so whilst we are looking at possibly buying a condo there in the next year or two as a base, I won’t be moving there anytime soon!
Happy and Safe Travels Everyone :0)