After our amazing island hopping trip, our friends then had 5 days with us in Bangkok before heading back to the UK. Dave was unfortunately back at work so that left the three of us to do some exploring!
On Monday we took a boat down the river to visit Wat Arun and Wat Pho, both sites I have written about before but are must sees in my opinion for any first time visitors to Bangkok. We went to Wat Arun first which was as beautiful as always but sadly the steps up the main temple were closed due to the refurbishment (which for those of you who read my previous post on Wat Arun is progressing rapidly!). Han bought some elephant trousers which had become a long running joke about ‘finding yourself in Thailand’. FYI for any future visitors, they are half the price at Wat Arun than in places like MBK.
We then re-crossed the river back to Wat Pho, the home of the reclining Buddha. This is my favourite temple so any excuse to return! It was also really cool seeing peoples first reactions to it. Han and Rich made 108 wishes with gold coins, the sound just fills the entire temple.
Around 2pm the temperature was soaring and due to our respectful dress we were sweltering! We decided that was enough culture for today and headed back into town for some food. We stopped off at Siam Centre food court for some delicious Indian food!
That night I had a netball match so the others headed to Marty the tailors for Rich to chose shirt fabrics and have his measurements taken. I met up with them in Asok after my game and we headed to Bangkok institution Cabbages and Condoms for dinner. This is a Thai restaurant run by a charity raising money to improve sexual health within the country. Although it is a tad gimmicky (even the light shades are made of condoms), its for a great cause, the food is good and it is really pretty at night!
Tuesday had been designated as shopping day; my role was to facilitate the spending! Of course this was easy for me, in fact subsequently it has been suggested I promote myself as a shopping tour guide… Anyway, we got the BTS into town and hit MBK.
MBK is a mall where you can buy basically anything, from fake handbags to traditional Thai souvenirs to electronics! It is an older style ‘market mall’ but also has a great range of individual vendors, I think Rich visited most of these! We really explored the mall and Han and Rich got everything they wanted and more…I hope! From here we wandered through Siam Discovery mall, grabbed some sushi and katsu’s in Siam Centre and carried on to Siam Paragon, finally ending up in Central World for a much needed Swensen’s! There was some serious walking and serious shopping involved, Dave couldn’t believe it when we walked back into the apartment a few hours after he returned from work! Needless to say the show and tell lasted a while!
After an exhausting Tuesday, Wednesday was our pool day! Starting off with Sloane’s bacon sandwiches, we spent the day chilling out in the sunshine. Later that afternoon, we met Dave at school so Han and Rich could have a look around the establishment that brought us half way around the world! From here we headed into town with a few things to do before going to the football. We had to take our visitors to sample the much hyped (on our part) Daniel Thaiger burger van on Soi 38 in Thong lo. They burgers (specifically Mr Steve) were as good as always and were an ideal on the move dinner!
Then we headed down to the football. Dave has been supporting a team called Thai Port (Singhtarua FC) and has been to watch them quite a few times. They play in what I understand to be the Thai Premier league. The atmosphere was great, everyone was so friendly and we were given a very warm welcome. There aren’t many farangs there so we had our pictures taken a few times and our hands shaken! Sadly they lost 2-0 to Suphanburi but it was good to have been and witnessed it! Plus the 100 baht ticket price makes it a bargain night out!
We were a tad peckish so stopped in at Pala Pizza for a post-football feed! I am certainly jumping on this pizza bandwagon since arriving in Bangkok!