Imagine the commercialism of Oxford Street mashed with the hoards of tat and varying scents of hot food & week old piss of Camden and the staggering drunks from your local dive. Now add 5am road sweepers with hand made twig brushes singing their favourite Thai tune, ever-crowing roosters, wild fowl, scabby cats, the occasional bat, skinny pigeons, weird squirrels and dogs with tits to rival Ann Widdecombe..plus tuk tuks, motorbikes and bright pink taxis whizzing past at a hundred miles an hour.. and we have my first taste of Bangkok. I fear for my life but I can buy pretty things!
There’s a McDonald’s, a KFC, even a Boots (where you can buy home enemas, charcoal, and just about every kind of medicine you’ll ever need) all along side cozy open bars with elaborate decking, hookah pipes and palm trees. A constant stream of locals meander past, selling hammocks, jewellery, fruit that looks like hairy monkey testicles.. hell, you can probably buy actual hairy monkey testicles too.. some are friendly, some will grab you and tell you you need a new suit.. people are sleeping on the roads just about everywhere, the police are an ever present force and today, tv crews were interviewing a woman regarding an upcoming Buddha festival..it seems we will be unable to buy alcohol for the weekend.. but I could do with a break already to be fair 🙂
Arrived at about 6am local time.. not tired..so we dumped my luggage and headed to a bar for a cold Leo and a pack of smokes. After a few hours kip and a catch up, we check into our hotel.. it doesn’t have the best view in the world but the tv is showing hancock and ufc. We picked up some bacardi breezers from the 7/11, tucked up with the WiFi and booked our overnight trip to Koh Phangnan..9hours on a coach, a boat trip and then finally we’d arrive at our beach hut tomorrow at midday. We spent today wandering the road and surrounding areas, I bought a necklace..
At present we’re waiting for our guide to pick us up to walk us to said coach..so I figured I’d check in before I head off for some magic pizza and 4 days of seaside sunrises!
Love and loose change xxx