Tavee Guesthouse- 350baht Double room
Apple 2 Guesthouse- 250baht Double, 180baht Single, 100baht Dorm
Places to See: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Floating Market, Chinatown, Canal boats, Wat Pho, National Museum,Grand Palace
Plane from China: Not for the budget traveller!
Transport: Ferry from Khao San to South- (appx.) 15baht, Canal boat to MBK Shopping Centre- 9baht
Bangkok is everything that you hear in those legends passed down from starry-eyed hippy backpackers crossing SE Asia. From the bold to the brash, Khao San Road epitomises the Thai ‘Red light’ district that the oh so noble foreigners tend to chase after.
On the upside, taking a nice ferry boat as means of getting around Bangkok not only suggests travelling around for a bargain price of 15baht, but you get to witness the spectacular sunsets over Nam Mae Chao Phraya (the river going through the city.)
With tour companies aligning the streets of Bangkok, it is easy to get hypnotised and swept away. But it is a good place to bargain a good tour or in my case, a Thai cooking lesson; a must in SE Asian cuisine. From Massaman curry to Green curry, as well as a trip to the local market picking your own produce for the session: its an appetising way to spend a morning or a whole day. Just remember to keep the Fish sauce at hand, as it is literally the staple ingredient of most Thai food. Expect prices to be between $15 to $20 for a reasonable course.
One thing I realised over the course of this adventure is- always travel solo or with ONE other person. You will notice, compared to the usual extensively planned trips and data I provide over one year- this trip is seriously lagging. These were the intended places to visit, but unfortunately getting bogged down with technicalities meant that I have spectacularly avoided doing anything remotely productive.