21.11.2010 28 °C
So the highlight of today was seeing a rat running round some outdoor cafe. Cant remember the name but its got rats. it was pretty big aswell. And we saw a dead one on the beach, but not as big. Beautiful. and I thougt I shat myself at the hot springs but fortunatley it was just a fart. More about today another day though
Temples of Bangkok
This day started off heading to the river boat station to head to wat arun(? the one across the river) obvisouly we went the wrong way thanks mostly to lack of street names, and street signs, and partly becuase I have a habit of going the wrong way anyway. Which gae Kyoko n excuse for us to catch a tuktuk to the ferry. He kindly took us to the wrong ferry where his mate offered to take us on a 1 hour river cruise. Cocksucker. Anyway we got there in the end, and it was fairly average. Nothing special though its just a big tower at the end of the day. We went to Wat Pho too which its pretty much the same as any other temple, bar the famous reclining buddha, which I admit, is pretty big.
Didnt bother with the royal Palace, I figured its probably the same shit for nearly 10x the price and I was sick of the smog and heat and noise already. So thats it for temples. The "amulet market" mentioned in lonely planet sounded pretty cool - dont waste your time theres a big street full of stalls, selling tiny buddha's which are al the same. Some freaks seem to sit there for hours staring through magifiers at one. How they can tell its any different to the rest I have no idea, but they should probably get a life.
Its like the shopping district. We found a market that sells pretty much everything you can get on Khao San Road, but cheaper, and with better food. We ate some chicken skewers and rice and I had green curry (so-so) Kyoko had some noodle soup which was better than my curry. And we tried a coconut shake with those smily green things in. Just get a plain coconut is my advice. The green slime is about as tasty as it looks.
The best thing was getting inside into an air-con shopping mall and out of the grime of the city. The downside is its the same old shit for sale at stalls, and shops seems to be as expensive as home or even more, couldnt tell you to be honest because I buy all my stuff either at Tesco or online anyway.
So thats about it for Bangkok. Possibly the most over-rated city in the world? Once you learn how to cross the road, not to assume the path will be reasonable smooth, and to just ignore everyone who says anything to you (I seem to spend most of my life doing that anyway) the only real downside is the smog and generaly dirtiness.
On a positive note, We found a supermarket, which sold some very strange flavour pringles, and at some point we wandered round some university because there was grass and benches, and we found a random outdoor gym, and a game of womens beach volleyball. Which even I enjoyed.
blueberry pringles? perverts