It’s the 5th November (fireworks night here in the UK), and a year ago to the day we got on a plane and flew to Bangkok, then onto Laos and Vietnam. There’s a certain satisfaction in finishing blogging about our trip on this date, but also quite a bit of sadness. After crashing the scooter, we hobbled around Duong Dong for a few days and then flew back to Saigon. We had booked a room in the Continental on the […]
From street side vendors selling every organ under the sun at knock down prices to the upmarket bling of Hermes, Dior and desirable western trappings, Bangkok has got it all. In the street markets it’s a sensory overload of new smells, sounds tastes and colour combinations whilst in the mall it’s a full on assault of your visual cortex. It’s sterile and safe and way too familiar.
Patpong, a minutes walk from the Sala Daeng Skytrain station, and an eye watering way to spend a couple of hours in the evening. Patpong is the oldest red light area in Bangkok and more of a tourist “experience” than it’s close neighbours in Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza. It’s pretty difficult to walk around, between the night market selling the “hello kitty” paraphernalia, next to vibrators, dildos and porno DVDs, and then the go go bars and their […]
Bangkok’s Chinatown extends along the Yaowarat Road like a dragon, from it’s head at the Odeon Gate to tail at Saphan Han. Around a mile in old money of businesses, restaurants, road side stalls and lights. We took a tour on our second night in Bangkok to get a taste of the food and to get our bearings, after which we returned another three times. Me: the river prawns and peppery pork soup, Debbie: the Tom Yum soup and ice […]
Tourist scamming- big business if you believe the reports on the web and travel sites. It’s statistically likely to happen, so do everything you can to minimize your risk. “Wear a money belt, don’t carry your camera in your hand, lock up your valuables”. It’s enough to stop you from going, or at the very least make you think twice about walking out unprepared. We were scammed a few times, we got to know when it was happening, and we’re […]
OK, how did we go to South East Asia? We worked hard, saved and took unpaid leave. I’ve been self-employed for a while, so this was easier for me to do than Debbie. Were both in our early 40’s so this wasn’t a gap year kind of deal, this was a close to mid life, “let’s make a difference” kind of thing. Certainly not a bucket list, I’ve never thought that is healthy- you’ll change your mind, regret things too […]
The BTS Skytrain, Bangkok’s elevated metro system where you can travel quickly and cheaply without getting scammed- not a bad thing after the first few days of tuk tuks and walking amongst the traffic. Clean, fast, on time and comfortable. Our second hotel included one day passes for the skytrain so we used them as much as we could. Late night trips to Chinatown on the Yaowarat road, Patpong and Pathum Wan. Lots of opportunities for portraits.