Asia | South East Asia | Thailand | Bangkok – Discovering Bangkok – again

Asia | South East Asia | Thailand | Bangkok – Discovering Bangkok – again

Monday 9.12.02
Managed to wake up after another too short night.
6am taxi, 6.20am airport, waiting….
Bangkok turned out to be extremely humid and hot after cool & sunny Kathmandu…. Not good!
But hey, I was going to spend the next 3 days eating sushi and doing emails and catching up with my diary stuff, so who cares!

Thursday 12.12.02. Off to the airport, picking up Janine.
Waiting and watching the crowd with huge anticipation…
Seen that she´s 6 feet tall (1.80m), she´s not difficult to spot and we impatiently wait till we can fall in each other´s arms…
It´s so good to see her!

It´s her first trip to Asia and everything seems quite overwhelming. When we walk around a bit before having a drink, a huge downpour suddenly breaks, having us taking shelter under one of the many little overhangs… It doesn´t seem as if it´s going to stop any time soon, so we think ‘oh, what the heck’ and throw ourselves into the rain to make it to the bar at the other side of the road… with me unwillingly leaving my flipflops in the middle of the street under hilarious laughter of all the Thai & farangs taking shelter of the rain…
Only one thing to do in Thailand after something like that: walk back barefoot to pcik up your flipflops and laugh with everybody else…
It´s quite amazing: it´s not like I´ve not gotten used to being hit on when having a drink somewhere on my own, but being with my tall gorgeous looking sister it´s a continuous thing and we almost crawl under the table with laughter everytime we look at each other after yet another brave bloke has been giving it a try…

Next day we do some ´proper tourist stuff´: Wat Pho (including a bruising massage), getting ferried around in a tuktuk (hilarious fun!) and on to the Grand Palace. It´s nice seeing those places again through my sister´s fresh eyes…
Dinner at a small Thai restaurant near the river (where we are the only farangs amid boisterously birthday celebrating Thai) introduces her to some more of the Thai characteristics: chillies… a delicious but rather spicy Tom Yam Kung wakes her up to no end!
After a few nightcaps in the little yard of the guesthouse we call it a day…it´s been a long, but great day!

After having arranged our tickets for the bus to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat, Cambodia) for the next morning (once again one of these ludicrously early starts travelling in Asia is so famous for), we´re off to Chatuchak market.
The two of us being thorougly efficient and organised 🙂 we were to drop off the stuff I wasn´t going to need for the coming weeks at the airport. As we were flying Hanoi – Bangkok – Phuket, it would be very convenient for picking it up…
It would have been, but seeing the 4 week luggage care would cost as much as a one way ticket Bangkok-Phuket (almost 3000Baht), we decided that it simply wasn´t an option. And were stuck with my increasingly heavy bag for going to the market… not an option either…
Nothing as resourceful as two wise ass Dutch girls about to go on a shopping trip, so after the airport hotel refused, I tried my luck at the tiny railwaystation at the bottom of the airport. Brilliant move – they would keep it for me for the whole period for 300 Baht!

Off to do some shopping on a proper Thai weekend market then!
Won´t tire the lot of you with our shopping escapades, it´s enough to say we were happy as two little pigs in shit with our extremely sensible (of course, how could it possibly not be sensible buying something you really really need for an amazingly low price??) purchases.

After all the hussle and bustle of the market, we could do with some quiet beautiful place. I hear you thinking, ´though luck seen you´re in Bangkok´ but there is such a place: the Jim Thompson House.
Right in the middle of busy, racing Bangkok (near Siam Square) it´s an oasis of quiet peace and beatic splendour.
Being an architect by trade, Jim Thompson designed and built his house here himself after having served as an intelligence officer in WWII. Traditional Thai style it´s a beautiful place in teakwood with an astonishing garden. Being a knowing art collector as well, the house is decorated with some of the most exquisite pieces of Asian art.
Jim himself disappeared in 1967 on a holiday in the Malaysian Cameron Highlands. He went for a walk, never to be seen again…
As he has also played a huge roll in the initiation of the Thai silk industry, his house has been turned into one of the loveliest musea that you´ll ever encounter…
(get a preview on http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com)

All re-energised, we get ready to join the LP-Thorntree party, somewhere around Sukhumvit, Soi4. Quite funny to see the people that belong to the different aliases on the discussion board. All in all a fun evening with lots of new, travelling, interesting people.

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