Thailand 2012
EMMAMASON
Sep 13, 2012   18 days
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Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport
There's our plain! Not long now...
Sep 13, 2012 11:40AM
Thai Airways Airbus
Thai Airways Airbus
Finally boarded! My view for the next 12 hours. See you on the other side!
Sep 13, 2012 12:25PM
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Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
After 11 & a half long hours, we've arrived in Thailand! Now to get our suitcases & get on yet another plain to Chiang Mai.
Sep 14, 2012 6:45AM
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
Waiting for our plane to Chiang Mai. First job - big cup of caffeine to try to keep me awake!! Soooo sleepy!
Sep 14, 2012 7:56AM
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
This little beauty comes highly recommended. From what I gather, this will probably be mine & Dans bible for our stay in Chiang Mai!
Sep 14, 2012 8:20AM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
At last we've arrived! Our beautiful room at the Bodhi Serene in Chiang Mai.
Sep 14, 2012 12:56PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Check out the size of that tub! Probably my favourite part of the room : )
Sep 14, 2012 12:58PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
And the doors open too!! So I can watch Thai TV whilst bathing : ) why aren't all bathrooms like this??
Sep 14, 2012 12:59PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
The peaceful view from our little outdoor decking area.
Sep 14, 2012 1:02PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Yes!! Hotel slippers! The one thing I forgot and I didn't even have to ask for them as they were already supplied. I love slippers <3
Sep 14, 2012 2:04PM
Chiang Mai, Old Town
Chiang Mai, Old Town
Just had our first wander around Chiang Mai Old Town. It's really humid but really interesting! No two shops are the same. Trying to cross the road is also interesting!! The electrics do worry me slightly though haha... And it's like that everywhere!
Sep 14, 2012 3:52PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Dans having a quick dip in the lovely hotel pool whilst I look at the "bible" (Chiang Mai map) for a bit
Sep 14, 2012 4:59PM
Saija, Chiang Mai
Saija, Chiang Mai
Had our first massage! Dan opted for a foot massage and I had a facial. Mine was lovely until she started massaging my arms. Good lord Thai women have strong thumbs! Oweeee!! Feel good afterwards though : )
Sep 14, 2012 6:45PM
Dash! Restaurant
Dash! Restaurant
Went to the restaurant Dash!
tonight and Dan made a friend. The restaurant owners cat : )
Sep 14, 2012 8:10PM
Dash! Restaurant
Dash! Restaurant
They also claimed to have "The worlds best cheesecake" on offer. Of course I tried it - that's quite a claim! I will let you know my verdict in a KitchenMason blog post : )
Sep 14, 2012 8:43PM
Chiang Mai, Old Town
Chiang Mai, Old Town
We braved our first Tuk Tuk ride after dinner. I'm glad I'd had a drink as I was more excited - if I hadn't I probably would have crapped myself!
Sep 14, 2012 9:08PM
The Zoe, Yellow Zone
The Zoe, Yellow Zone
The Tuk Tuk driver brought us to this funky bar. 1st song I heard was Control by Puddle of Mud! Dan struggled through a Grey Goose & Coke (they clearly don't use measurements here!) and I had a Chang beer.
Sep 14, 2012 10:10PM
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Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
After a mammoth lie in until 12 noon, (my god we needed it!) we chilled out by the pool which we had all to ourselves for a few hours.
Sep 15, 2012 2:48PM
Chiang Mai, Old Town
Chiang Mai, Old Town
Went for a walk and found this "building site" just up from our hotel. And yes, that's supposed to be a pavement. Health and safety!!
Sep 15, 2012 4:35PM
Chiang Mai, Old Town
Chiang Mai, Old Town
Had a long walk around Old Town today. Turns out, they have skaters here in Thailand too. He even had his own home made grinding pole : )
Sep 15, 2012 4:47PM
Teng Nueng, Chiang Mai
Teng Nueng, Chiang Mai
Found this tiny restaurant that didn't look like much. But on our "bible map" it says this is the area all the locals eat. Tried this Fried egg, thai basil leaf & chopped pork. Best thing I've eaten so far! I could live on this stuff it was so tasty!
Sep 15, 2012 6:04PM
Art Cafe, Chiang Mai
Art Cafe, Chiang Mai
This is definitely my new favourite beer. I shall be drinking lots more of this!
Sep 15, 2012 9:56PM
Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai
Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai
Also found these amazing herbs! (on the other side there is cinnamon sticks, pepper, lemon grass, dried whole chilis & a different type of kaffir lime) not sure if I will be able to part with this as a prezzy, might be selfish & keep it!
Sep 15, 2012 10:32PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Some local snacks we picked up from a 7 Eleven on the way back to the hotel. Winky Eye was particularly nice haha : )
Sep 15, 2012 10:50PM
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Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
On the way up the mountain to see Doi Suthep, our driver dropped us off here at a look out point to see the view. Absolutely stunning! You can see the whole of Chiang Mai from up there.
Sep 16, 2012 12:28PM
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
When we arrived at the temple, we were at the bottom of about 300 steps that we had to climb. I wanted a slinky so bad!!
Sep 16, 2012 12:52PM
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Sweaty & exhausted, we arrived at the top. And we were not disappointed! After removing our shoes (as a sign of respect) we entered the temple & were greeted by sites like this. Just astonishing.
Sep 16, 2012 1:05PM
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
And like this. The architecture is just so ornate & beautiful.
Sep 16, 2012 1:06PM
Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Zoo
After an exhausting climb we stopped off at the zoo on the way back. This was at the entrance, thought it was a cool water feature.
Sep 16, 2012 1:58PM
Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Zoo
Here is a baby Wild Boar who was so cute!! He was actually quite good friends with the Kangaroo next door, they kept touching noses through the fence!
Sep 16, 2012 2:04PM
Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Zoo
I can't remember the name of this bird to save my life but definitely thought they looked a bit like dinosaur birds! Had to get a pic.
Sep 16, 2012 2:06PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
After a long day in the sun, a cool down at the hotel pool was definitely in order! Accompanied by some Chang beer & some complimentary crisps, Perfect!
Sep 16, 2012 5:03PM
Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Market
Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Market
We visited Chiang Mai Walking Market this evening & sampled our 1st Thai street food. It all smelt amazing!
Sep 16, 2012 7:31PM
Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Market
Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Market
We tried Thai sausage & BBQ Thai chicken. Yummy nosh! Only cost us 100 baht (about £2) I love how they stapled a paper plate to make a bowl too : )
Sep 16, 2012 7:35PM
Spoon De Best, Chiang Mai
Spoon De Best, Chiang Mai
We were peckish after walking the markets so popped into this little restaurant on the way home.
Sep 16, 2012 9:58PM
Spoon De Best, Chiang Mai
Spoon De Best, Chiang Mai
Dan had chicken satay. He particularly liked the clear dipping sauce. Not sure what its called but apparently all it is is sugar syrup, cucumber & chili. So simple!
Sep 16, 2012 10:00PM
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Jungle Flight, Chiang Rai
Jungle Flight, Chiang Rai
Got up early this morning to be picked up for Jungle Flight. It's a series of zip lines & abseils across a canopy in the jungle. Here's me zooming along a zip line!
Sep 17, 2012 9:40AM
Jungle Flight, Chiang Rai
Jungle Flight, Chiang Rai
As you can see, the platforms are pretty high up. Not forgetting you are already near the top of a mountain. Not for the faint hearted! (especially the drive there - that was like a roller coaster in itself!)
Sep 17, 2012 9:45AM
Jungle Flight, Chiang Rai
Jungle Flight, Chiang Rai
This is me and Dan with Thai Superman who helped us along the way. Was a fab morning out, really enjoyed it!
Sep 17, 2012 10:42AM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
After experiencing our first Thai Massage, we wanted to test our newly invigorated limbs out at the pool. With cocktails of course! Dan had a piña colada & I had a chocolate martini. Nom!
Sep 17, 2012 3:56PM
Sumo Sushi, Chiang Mai
Sumo Sushi, Chiang Mai
We got a tuktuk & ventured outside of Old Town in search of Sumo Sushi. We were not disappointed! Absolutely delicious food & a great area to find!! It's like the Trendy district of Chiang Mai. This is Giant Maki. Lip smackingly delish!!
Sep 17, 2012 7:15PM
Good Bar, Chiang Mai
Good Bar, Chiang Mai
We found this trendy little bar that served cocktails for 120bht. That's about £2.40 - not bad for a freshly made cocktail!
Sep 17, 2012 8:13PM
Cheese & Cake, Chiang Mai
Cheese & Cake, Chiang Mai
I fancied something sweet so we had a wander and stumbled across this little place. It's so cute! I had an Oreo Cheesecake & Dan had a Boston Cheesecake. Scrummy!
Sep 17, 2012 9:37PM
Tescos Express, Chiang Mai
Tescos Express, Chiang Mai
We saw this Tescos along the trendy district & thought, we've got to go in! there were loads of Thai goodies to behold. The one that made me laugh is the pre peeled shallots & garlic. So they're just as lazy as Brits are haha!!
Sep 17, 2012 11:26PM
Tescos Express, Chiang Mai
Tescos Express, Chiang Mai
After an awesome evening in the area, we jumped in this mega pimped out Tuktuk and went back to the hotel.
Sep 17, 2012 11:28PM
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Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
These taste exactly the same as cheese and onion. Quote Dan, "which begs the question, have we been eating onion crisps all along?" haha! Who knows...
Sep 18, 2012 11:45AM
Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre
Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre
Today it was so hot & we wanted to get out of the sun. So we went to Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre. Not a huge amount to see but we appreciated the air con! Oh there was this nice old lady making pottery randomly in the middle!
Sep 18, 2012 2:55PM
Chesters Grill
Chesters Grill
We grabbed a quick bite to eat at Chesters Grill. It's like a Macdonalds but not only can you get burgers, you can buy stuff like this too. Was quite tasty for a fast food place!
Sep 18, 2012 4:04PM
Tops Market (Thai Waitrose)
Tops Market (Thai Waitrose)
At the bottom of the centre was Tops Market. Which we later realised was actually a Waitrose! Lots if interesting foods from around the world in here. Even some Chocolate Digestives from the UK which were selling for about £4! Not cheap!
Sep 18, 2012 4:31PM
La Terrasse, Chiang Mai
La Terrasse, Chiang Mai
Tonight we tried a French Restaurant that Trip Advisor highly recommended. I thought it was 50/50 to be honest. Some dishes were lovely, others not so much. Overall I was left feeling slightly disappointed. You win some you lose some.
Sep 18, 2012 8:06PM
Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai
Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai
The night was totally redeemed when we came across this funky ice cream vendor. She froze the liquid & a choice of mixes (like Oreos, M&M's, fresh fruits etc) in front of you on a frozen work top then scrapes them into rolls. Amazing!!
Sep 18, 2012 10:00PM
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Ginny's Cafe, Chiang Mai
Ginny's Cafe, Chiang Mai
Just had breakfast at Ginny's cafe next door to our hotel. Best breakie so far! You got what was promised, staff were friendly, food was nice & it the place was clean. Now, off to a day long Thai Cooking Course with a Thai TV chef. EXCITED!!
Sep 19, 2012 9:06AM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Here we are in the demonstration room at the cookery school. Love the mirror at the top so you don't miss anything! We learnt so much today, I would highly recommend it to anyone. Our instructor Pon was really funny & a great teacher!
Sep 19, 2012 11:21AM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
First on the menu was learning basic vegetable carving. It's difficult at first but with practice they look stunning. This is my Lotus flower, rose & leaf. (Pon made the cute little butterfly for me!)
Sep 19, 2012 11:22AM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
This was Dans fried chicken with ginger. Pon said Dan had a nak for this cuisine & actually wanted him to stay a month so he could train him to be as good as the teachers! Wow!
Sep 19, 2012 2:36PM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Oh, and when we broke for lunch to eat what we'd cooked, I made a friend. A cookery school cat! He sat on my lap whilst I ate. Possibly the most verbal cat I have ever come across! But very cute & affectionate.
Sep 19, 2012 2:50PM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Here I am with Pon & our American classmate Arlene helping make the start of a classic Thai dessert, Mango with Sticky Rice.
Sep 19, 2012 3:46PM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
And here's Chef Dan peeling & slicing the mango with Pon & our other American classmate Kim.
Sep 19, 2012 3:56PM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
The fruits of our labour. I wasn't sure I'd like this but I absolutely loved it!! Coconut cream is now one of my new favourite ingredients. I hope I can source it back at home in the UK!
Sep 19, 2012 4:01PM
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
And here we all are. Class of Sept 19th 2012. From left to right; Arlene, Kim, Pon, Me & Dan. I couldn't have enjoyed today any more, what an amazing experience! One I will definitely never forget. We also got a cookbook with all the recipes too!
Sep 19, 2012 4:19PM
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
We found this little gem on trip advisor & thought we'd give it a go. Really glad we did! Mark & Sa, the owners, are so welcoming & friendly! And not forgetting their dog, Mary & their cats, Fufu & Chicken.
Sep 19, 2012 8:55PM
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Their Western food is a nice welcome break from Thai food, with the best bread & cheese in Chiang Mai! Closest thing you will find to home. The Thai food also looks & smells superb! Though we have not sampled any yet.
Sep 19, 2012 9:03PM
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Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Here is Mark (in the middle) & our new Geordie friends Sean & Rhean who had just bagged teaching jobs here in Chiang Mai. Such fantastic and fun company!
Sep 20, 2012 2:27AM
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
The morning after... Back to Archers for the best breakfast in Chiang Mai!! Even the toast was brown! (Thai people believe that brown toast is cancerous so barely toast it at all) just what the doctor ordered. Yum! All for 90bht. (£1.80) Bargain!
Sep 20, 2012 12:12PM
Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai
Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai
Today we went to Tiger Kingdom & got up close and personal with tigers of all ages & sizes. And i do mean, REALLY up close! Here's me with a 7 month old cub. So cute!
Sep 20, 2012 3:15PM
Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai
Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai
This is one of the big boys! He was called Ceasar. Can't believe I was really laying on a tiger, insane!
Sep 20, 2012 3:30PM
Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai
Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai
This is Dan giving a fully grown tiger a belly rub. How crazy is that?! You're in a huge pen with about 4-5 fully grown tigers wandering around you. An experience we will surely never forget!
Sep 20, 2012 3:57PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Chilling out/cooling down by the pool again with some drinks and free crisps before heading out for dinner later.
Sep 20, 2012 5:59PM
Loco Elvis, Chiang Mai
Loco Elvis, Chiang Mai
Tonight we went to a Mexican restaurant. This is there Chicken Grande Nachos Supreme that we had as a starter. Some dishes were ok, others weren't nice at all & the portions are too huge! Generally disappointed. Won't be going back I'm afraid.
Sep 20, 2012 8:02PM
Living Room, Chiang Mai
Living Room, Chiang Mai
Chilling out at a bar that Mark & Sa (from Archers) introduced us to. English/Ausssie locals tend to come here. The owner is a lovely chap, originally from Portsmouth! That's Dan playing a member of their pool team.
Sep 20, 2012 11:02PM
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Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Another epic lie in followed by an awesome breakfast at Archers. I had poached eggs & bacon on toast with tea & Dan had a bacon baguette with orange juice. All for only 200bht! (£4) bargain! Tastiest breakie in Chiang Mai.
Sep 21, 2012 1:00PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Our last full day in Chiang Mai & we're making the most of the pool as we won't have one in Bangkok. Along with a little light reading, this is the life! I'm really going to miss the relaxed atmosphere of Chiang Mai.
Sep 21, 2012 2:19PM
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
Lovely afternoon relaxing by the pool. Nice to chill out for a bit after doing so much this week. Oh, and more cocktails with complimentary crisps of course!
Sep 21, 2012 3:48PM
Herbal Steam House, Chiang Mai
Herbal Steam House, Chiang Mai
Had another massage this afternoon. I had an hour long hand reflexology session & Dan had a Thai head, neck, shoulder & back massage. That lady threw every ounce of pressure/weight at him haha!! Mine was lovely and relaxing though : )
Sep 21, 2012 6:04PM
Chez Marco, Chiang Mai
Chez Marco, Chiang Mai
We booked into a Trip Advisor top rated tonight, Chez Marco. Absolutely delicious!! It came in at 1800bht (£36) not cheap at all for a Thai meal but worth every penny!
Sep 21, 2012 7:30PM
Chez Marco, Chiang Mai
Chez Marco, Chiang Mai
This was Dan's starter, the cold cuts plate. I had the cheese plate. So we swapped half and had a selection each with some home made bread. Really tasty! And light too, just what you want in a starter.
Sep 21, 2012 7:50PM
Chez Marco, Chiang Mai
Chez Marco, Chiang Mai
I saw this on the specials board and had to make room in my belly for it, white chocolate cake!! Super yuminess! Loved the food here. It was all really tasty & I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
Sep 21, 2012 8:33PM
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
The fun continues back at Archers with the gang. Got talked into trying durian pie. Man that stuff stinks!! Tastes a bit like sick haha, oh well. When in Thailand!! : )
Sep 21, 2012 11:12PM
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Sat with our new Aussie friends, Alison & Ryan. We've all been made to wear "The Hat" that the frog ladies wear. Haha, giggles!
Sep 21, 2012 11:15PM
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Living Room, Chiang Mai
Living Room, Chiang Mai
We ended the night showing Alison & Ryan where The Living Room was & had a few games of pool, it was really good fun!
Sep 22, 2012 1:18AM
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Well that's us all packed ready to leave the Bodhi Serene. Just time for one last awesome breakfast at Archers with Mark & Sa. Gona miss this place & the company that comes with it! Off to Bangkok we go.
Sep 22, 2012 12:08PM
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Archers Bar, Chiang Mai
Oh yeah, gona miss Mary too! And her random need to make loads of noise running around chewing plastic bottles haha!
Sep 22, 2012 12:34PM
Chiang Mai Airport
Chiang Mai Airport
At the airport waiting for our plain to Bangkok. Later than scheduled as they cancelled our flight! But that's another story. Eating at Burger King. It doesnt matter where in the world you are, Airport food is bloody expensive!
Sep 22, 2012 3:53PM
Chiang Mai Airport
Chiang Mai Airport
Air Asia running late again. Surprise surprise! Our plane better hurry up and get here soon, I'm so bored!
Sep 22, 2012 5:32PM
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
Hurrah, we've arrived in Bangkok at last! Baggage claim, here we go again! Can't wait to see the hotel... Hurry up bags!!
Sep 22, 2012 7:11PM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
We've arrived! What a swanky hotel! Good choice Dan : D
Sep 22, 2012 8:14PM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
It disturbs me that they have phones next to the toilet. Why would you ever use that?? Haha!
Sep 22, 2012 8:22PM
Bangkok
Bangkok
First wander out the hotel. All of a sudden I feel very small! This place is indescribable! Loving the hustle and bustle atmosphere. So much to see! Excited, much!
Sep 22, 2012 8:44PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Went to Terminal 21 shopping centre at the end of our street for an hour or so. Found the food courts on the 5th floor, oh my word!! So cheap!! Me & Dan had a meal for 40bht each. That's about 80p. Amazing! And tasty too! Will be returning.
Sep 22, 2012 9:13PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Did some window shopping as we had a little time before it closed and came across this lamp. Well placed switch! Haha too funny!
Sep 22, 2012 9:37PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Popped to the loo in The shopping centre and was instantly confused. What the hell am I supposed to do with this?? Haha! didn't dare press any buttons in the end. Might accidentally press one for a secret toilet assassin or something!
Sep 22, 2012 9:49PM
Hustlers Pool Bar, Bangkok
Hustlers Pool Bar, Bangkok
We had a walk to find somewhere to have a quick drink and found this Pool Bar called Hustlers. Pretty nice place!
Sep 22, 2012 10:04PM
Hustlers Bar, Bangkok
Hustlers Bar, Bangkok
You rent the tables by the hour for 240bht (about £5) but the service is awesome! They set the table for you after every game & even pass you the cue rest when you need it! Amazing.
Sep 22, 2012 10:52PM
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Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Up early to have breakfast in the swanky hotel restaurant. Not only do you get a nice cold spread, you get a free cooked breakfast too! Nom.
Sep 23, 2012 9:27AM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
I settled on French Toast with egg & bacon. Was delicious! Now, off to the gargantuan mammoth that is: Chatuchak Market.
Sep 23, 2012 9:33AM
Sky Train, Bangkok
Sky Train, Bangkok
First experience with public transport in Bangkok. Surprisingly easy to use once you've sussed out the ticketing. And fast too! We were at the other side of Bangkok in about 10-15 minutes.
Sep 23, 2012 10:49AM
Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
We finally made it to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Oh my word. It's MASSIVE! And so humid. Had to invest in a fan or I don't think I would have made it haha!
Sep 23, 2012 11:00AM
Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
Here's a small taste of how much is crammed into small spaces. You can get pretty much anything here. You name it, they've got it!
Sep 23, 2012 11:21AM
Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
And I do mean... Anything! Even birds, rabbits & dogs! It's crazy. There's a surprise around every corner.
Sep 23, 2012 12:00PM
MBK, Bangkok
MBK, Bangkok
After we couldn't handle any more in Chatuchak, we headed to a shopping centre called MBK. Best thing? AIR CON! First up, food courts. Much pricier than Terminal 21's food court but still, tasty stuff!
Sep 23, 2012 2:34PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
After what felt like a LONG day of shopping, we popped into the Gourmet Supermarket at the bottom of Terminal 21 (on our hotel's street) to grab some snacks for the hotel.
Sep 23, 2012 5:34PM
Det-5, Bangkok
Det-5, Bangkok
Found a funky little bar that's reasonable prices (for Bangkok) the staff are really friendly and they literally have the largest menu I had ever seen in my life!
Sep 23, 2012 7:50PM
Det-5, Bangkok
Det-5, Bangkok
This is Dan's Garlic & Pepper Chicken. He really liked it and I rather enjoyed my Thai classic; Chicken with basil leaves. Yum in my tum! (but burn on my lips! Haha)
Sep 23, 2012 8:04PM
Det-5, Bangkok
Det-5, Bangkok
Chilling out after dinner playing some pool again. It would appear its "normal" for the staff to set the table after each game and assist throughout. I could get used to this!
Sep 23, 2012 9:03PM
Det-5, Bangkok
Det-5, Bangkok
Love the holders they put the beer in. Due to the heat here, condensation is a big annoyance! These little gems seem to stop the problem : )
Sep 23, 2012 9:28PM
Random Red Light Area, Bangkok
Random Red Light Area, Bangkok
Stumbled across our first red light district. Saw this, hahahahaha!! You actually pick a nurse to give you a blow job, flippin mental! Too funny.
Sep 23, 2012 10:23PM
Zak's Wine Pub, Bangkok
Zak's Wine Pub, Bangkok
After a lengthy wander around the local area, we needed a sit down and a cocktail. Found a really classy bar that had a special on their Strawberry Mohito. 150bht (£3) pretty large too but divine!
Sep 23, 2012 10:51PM
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Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Breakfast number 2 at the hotel. This time I opted for pancakes with egg & bacon. Great way to start the day! First time I've tried honey on the pancakes too. Wasn't sure I'd like it but it's bloody lovely!
Sep 24, 2012 9:23AM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Oh, and this is the restaurant in which I'm sat. Pretty nice eh?
Sep 24, 2012 9:25AM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Waiting for Dan to get ready I thought I'd take a pic of the view from our hotel window. It's hard to get it all in one photo, everything's so tall!
Sep 24, 2012 12:07PM
Jim Thompson House, Bangkok
Jim Thompson House, Bangkok
Decided to come and see Jim Thompson House today. It's all about silk weaving & the building itself. Waiting in the restaurant for our tour to start. I don't think they quite grasped how this offer should work lol!
Sep 24, 2012 12:44PM
Jim Thompson House, Bangkok
Jim Thompson House, Bangkok
Jim Thompson's House was quite interesting. He has a huge Thai art/sculpture collection & the house and gardens are beautiful. Odd how he mysteriously disappeared at 61 when his Chinese horoscope told him to be careful at that age...
Sep 24, 2012 12:46PM
BKK Bagel Bakery, Bangkok
BKK Bagel Bakery, Bangkok
Here we are at the BKK Bagel Bakery for a spot of lunch. Dan had a Reuben & I had a Rachel. Both on an onion bagel.
Sep 24, 2012 2:13PM
BKK Bagel Bakery, Bangkok
BKK Bagel Bakery, Bangkok
This is Dans Reuben. Hot sliced corned beef with sauerkraut, melted gruyere and a Russian dressing. Mine was the same but with hot sliced turkey. Now that's a proper bagel!!
Sep 24, 2012 2:21PM
Centrak World Plaza, Bangkok
Centrak World Plaza, Bangkok
After our bagels, we headed over to Central World Plaza shopping centre for a peruse. Once again, it's big!
Sep 24, 2012 3:12PM
Big C, Bangkok
Big C, Bangkok
Across the road was Big C. It's basically a giant proper Thai supermarket (not an expensive tourist one!) dirt cheap! Actually found Coconut cream in powder form so I can bring it home to the UK for cooking. YES!
Sep 24, 2012 4:04PM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Tonight it's our first rain storm in Bangkok. And my god, when it rains it bloody pours here! Absolutely slinging it down! Despite the weather, we set off to find Bangkok Burger Company for dinner.
Sep 24, 2012 7:33PM
Tuba, Bangkok
Tuba, Bangkok
After failing miserably to find Bangkok Burger Company and getting well and truly soaked, we took refuge in the nearest bar/restaurant. Tuba. Seems pretty cool with lots of art memorabilia inside. Complete with full sized Superman & Darth Maul!
Sep 24, 2012 8:33PM
Tuba, Bangkok
Tuba, Bangkok
This is there "Original Cheesy Bread" as far as I could tell, under the cheese it had pieces of tomato, onion & a herb that I couldn't put my finger on. Rather tasty! Hit the spot. Now, back into the rain still with wet feet : (
Sep 24, 2012 9:02PM
Zak's Wine Pub, Bangkok
Zak's Wine Pub, Bangkok
After what feels like an unsuccessful night, we head to Zak's Wine Pub for a Strawberry Mohito night cap. Well needed! (still got wet feet! Haha)
Sep 24, 2012 10:54PM
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Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Starting the day with egg & bacon on toast today. Then back to the hotel room to watch one of the free film channels until sleepy head wakes up! Haha.
Sep 25, 2012 9:56AM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Another bright sunny day in Bangkok. NOT! Haha it's peeing it down again! We had planned to go to the Grand Palace today but opted to take refuge in nearby Terminal 21.
Sep 25, 2012 1:21PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
When we arrived at Terminal 21 they even gave us an Umbrella bag to put our wet brolly in! It's the little things like this I'm going to miss when we have to leave Thailand.
Sep 25, 2012 1:26PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Up to the food courts again, love this place! Can't get over how cheap it is. This time we tried BBQ pork dumplings & crispy chicken with garlic steamed rice. And mango with sticky rice + a couple of drinks. Fed both of us for just over £2!
Sep 25, 2012 2:08PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21 represents different countries on each floor. This is the San Francisco floor with a huge replica of The Golden Gate Bridge! Pretty impressive.
Sep 25, 2012 2:36PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Change of plan! We're going to the cinema on the top floor to seek shelter from the rain. Got an hours wait though so going to find a nearby bar. They always put big towels out at the exits/entrances when it rains. Again, it's the little things...
Sep 25, 2012 2:54PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
Found a groovy outdoor bar (under a huge canopy) called V8 Diner. Pretty reasonable prices for Bangkok, free wi-fi and an indoor section too.
Sep 25, 2012 3:07PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
Pretty nice cocktails too! 140bht each. (£2.80 ish) the pale one is Dan's Piña Colada and the green one is my Blue Hawaii. Nom!
Sep 25, 2012 3:15PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
Just walking back to Terminal 21 to go to the cinema and yep, it's still raining! Actually flooding in places!
Sep 25, 2012 3:37PM
Terminal 21 Cinema, Bangkok
Terminal 21 Cinema, Bangkok
Just finished seeing Ted at the cinema, pretty funny! And for only 450bht (£9) we got to enjoy it on this comfy sofa! Funniest bit was at the start when you have to stand to a song to show your respects to the King! Really bizzare.
Sep 25, 2012 5:57PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
After the film we decided to go back to V8 Diner for another drink or two. Well, why not? We are on holiday after all! : D
Sep 25, 2012 6:25PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
Couldn't be bothered to move so we had some western food at V8's! This is my steak ciabatta. Was quite tasty actually : ) the atmosphere is really good here.
Sep 25, 2012 7:11PM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
On the way back to the hotel we dropped into Terminal 21. I couldn't walk past the gourmet cupcake vendor again so treated myself to a brownie cupcake. And damn delicious it was too!
Sep 25, 2012 10:09PM
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Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Today we start the day with ham & scrambled eggs with pancakes. Was absolutely scrummy! A nice change from the vast amount of fried eggs & bacon I've eaten since arriving in Thailand! Yeah, probably gona need to go back on a diet when I get home LOL!
Sep 26, 2012 9:10AM
Chapyra River, Bangkok
Chapyra River, Bangkok
We took our first boat trip up the river today to get to the Grand Palace. Lots of people waiting to con you at the docks!
Sep 26, 2012 12:20PM
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The palace grounds were so much bigger than I thought they would be! All the buildings were so ornate and colourful. Love that the palace does a loud tannoy to warn the public not to trust anyone around the palace though, haha! So many cons!
Sep 26, 2012 1:00PM
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The detailing is something quite spectacular...
Sep 26, 2012 1:02PM
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
These little guys surrounded a whole structure as though they were lifting/supporting it. The decoration is so intricate! I've never seen anything like it.
Sep 26, 2012 1:17PM
Asiatique, Bangkok
Asiatique, Bangkok
We decided to hop on another river boat and go to a new shopping centre called Asiatique. It's a really cool place! And I found some Naruto T-shirts which I was insanely happy about!
Sep 26, 2012 6:21PM
MK Restaurants, Bangkok
MK Restaurants, Bangkok
We'd seen these restaurants about & finally decided to try one. You get a pan of boiling vegetable stock on your table and order what meats & veg you want to cook in it.
Sep 26, 2012 7:07PM
MK Restaurants, Bangkok
MK Restaurants, Bangkok
This is what we ordered, a bit of beef, some duck & crispy chicken, spring onions, pork balls & shrimp wontons. And you just throw it in! Great idea, really tasty AND cheap! It only cost about a tenner for the both of us.
Sep 26, 2012 7:18PM
Gelato, Bangkok
Gelato, Bangkok
I felt my sweet tooth hadn't been satisfied today so went to this gelato parlour for pudding. Just look at it! Shame you don't get any of the good bits when you order but still, deliciously creamy gelato! : D
Sep 26, 2012 7:58PM
Sky Bar, Bangkok
Sky Bar, Bangkok
As it was near by, we headed to Sky Bar. (used in Hangover part 2!) the cocktails are super expensive, it cost us about £25 for 1 each! Although they were delicious, you are basically paying for the best view in Bangkok!
Sep 26, 2012 9:21PM
Sky Bar, Bangkok
Sky Bar, Bangkok
There's an alarming amount of staff ushering you to the right place. (64 floors up - so high, my ears popped in the lift!) but they are superbly accommodating & there's even a live rooftop band to add to the atmosphere!
Sep 26, 2012 9:32PM
Sky Bar, Bangkok
Sky Bar, Bangkok
When all is said & done though, it's all about the view. It's breathtaking! I've never seen anything quite like it. It's almost overwhelming it's so beautiful. No photo could do it justice.
Sep 26, 2012 9:33PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
After a great night we decided to head back towards the hotel. But not before stopping off at V8 Diner for a cocktail or four! Love this place & it's outdoor coziness!
Sep 26, 2012 11:24PM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
In the early hours we heard a huge roaring thunder and looked out the window. The next hour was the best thunderstorm I have ever seen! It storms good & proper here in Bangkok! I've never seen so much lightning illuminate the sky, just incredible!
Sep 26, 2012 11:59PM
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Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
I decided on soft boiled eggs and toast for breakie this morning. Super runny yolks too, very dippable. Just how I like them!
Sep 27, 2012 10:07AM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Outside the hotel they have a spirit house. Thai tradition says a spirit house cannot be in the shadows of a new building (so the hotel) & they must make an offering of either food, drink or insence every day to please the spirit. A nice tradition.
Sep 27, 2012 10:31AM
Sukhumvit Subway, Bangkok
Sukhumvit Subway, Bangkok
First time using the subway today. It's pretty much the same system as the sky train, so got to our destination no problem!
Sep 27, 2012 12:13PM
Fortune City, Bangkok
Fortune City, Bangkok
We came to Fortune City shopping centre to find Dan some tech for his computer. And my, was there a lot of it! Found him a really cool new Razor mouse, he seemed pretty happy about!
Sep 27, 2012 12:44PM
Tesco Lotus, Bangkok
Tesco Lotus, Bangkok
Popped into a big Tesco Lotus whilst we were there. They had this little bakery section. Even did savoury doughnuts! Dan had a pizza doughnut & they did a sausage in a doughnut too, haha!
Sep 27, 2012 1:30PM
Taksin Pier, Bangkok
Taksin Pier, Bangkok
Went to Taksin Pier to be picked up for the Loy Nava Dinner Cruise & they never showed! To make it worse, there was a huge storm & it was some seriously heavy rain too. Back on the sky train we go!
Sep 27, 2012 5:30PM
Tudari, Siam Paragon, Bangkok
Tudari, Siam Paragon, Bangkok
We ended up going to the Siam Paragon shopping centre and eating at a Korean restaurant called Tudari. This is an assortment of starter skewers we had. Most of them were really yummy!
Sep 27, 2012 7:48PM
Siam Paragon, Bangkok
Siam Paragon, Bangkok
For pudding, we found a Krispy Kreme! YES!! A good old glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut. Get in my belly!! Delicious.
Sep 27, 2012 8:44PM
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Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Today I had French toast, fried egg & ham for my penultimate breakfast here in Bangkok. Can't believe we're leaving tomorrow : (
Sep 28, 2012 9:25AM
MBK, Bangkok
MBK, Bangkok
Had a long wander around MBK shopping centre for what will probably be our last shopping experience in Bangkok. Found lots of gifts for people & found the cheaper food courts up at the top!
Sep 28, 2012 12:45PM
MBK, Bangkok
MBK, Bangkok
I decided to have roast duck with rice. You got a "soup" with it. Not quite sure what it was but it was tasty all the same!
Sep 28, 2012 12:50PM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Got back to the hotel to a freshly made bed. It's the last time I will see it made : ( Hands down the comfiest bed I've ever slept in! I got to get me some duck feather & down pillows and a duvet!!
Sep 28, 2012 3:26PM
Dead Sea Spa, Bangkok
Dead Sea Spa, Bangkok
We decided we needed one last massage before leaving Thailand. I had a facial and Dan had a foot massage. I found mine so relaxing I think I fell asleep for a little! Dan was in pain again, they don't take it easy on men haha!
Sep 28, 2012 4:07PM
Taste Restaurant, Bangkok
Taste Restaurant, Bangkok
We had our last meal at a restaurant called Taste, hidden in the Westin Hotel. The place is very swanky and the buffet they have on display looks spectacular.
Sep 28, 2012 6:22PM
Taste Restaurant, Bangkok
Taste Restaurant, Bangkok
This is what I mean. Just look at those cakes and chocolate!! We ate from the al a carte menu so unfortunately didn't get to sample any but ours was still very nice : )
Sep 28, 2012 7:23PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
And so, for the last time, we come to V8 Diner for cocktails and live music in the surprisingly cool Bangkok night. Cheers!
Sep 28, 2012 7:53PM
V8 Diner, Bangkok
V8 Diner, Bangkok
Our last cocktail in Bangkok. It's gotta be a Mai Thai : D
Sep 28, 2012 8:40PM
Bangkok
Bangkok
On the way back to the hotel via Terminal 21 and I sincerely hope these are the last set of stairs I will have to climb in Bangkok! There's so many when you use the sky train as much as we have! And any time you want to cross a road too.
Sep 28, 2012 9:11PM
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Our last visit to Terminal 21 shopping centre. They have a little fun food fair on in honour of their 1st anniversary. Don't mind If I do! Basket at the ready : D
Sep 28, 2012 9:35PM
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Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Today we leave Thailand and head home. Keeping it simple with breakie this morning and sticking with toast. Don't want to be on the plane toilet all the time now do we!
Sep 29, 2012 8:37AM
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Silq Hotel, Bangkok
Checkout complete and here's our taxi to take us to the airport. Off we go!
Sep 29, 2012 9:22AM
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
Arrived at the airport faster than expected thanks to the crazy taxi driver! Off to check in.
Sep 29, 2012 9:52AM
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
After clearing baggage security and passport control we mooch around duty free for an hour or so before we can board the plane.
Sep 29, 2012 11:10AM
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
Once again, it's the small things I'm going to miss about Thailand. *Chuckle*
Sep 29, 2012 11:16AM
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
Well, there she is. Flight TG616 nearly ready for boarding. On that note, sawad dee ka Thailand! It's been emotional.
Sep 29, 2012 11:47AM
Thai Airways Airbus
Thai Airways Airbus
My view for the next 12 hours. See you in the UK!
Sep 29, 2012 12:09PM
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Home, UK
Home, UK
Landed safe and sound & it wasn't raining! Its Sunday morning and the holiday is most definitely over now. Oh well, at least I finally have a decent home brew to keep me happy : D
Sep 30, 2012 12:37PM