21.02.2013 - 21.02.2013
Crikey! Bangkok ain't for the faint hearted.
23hrs straight travelling to get here and I am so glad we booked a nice hotel to acclimatise.
We are staying Two nights at the Raddison on The Sukhumvit road. We got a 70% discount on www.asiarooms.web so the rooms were really good value and we got a free upgrade to a suite it's lush.
If you are flying long haul to get here I heartily recommend breaking yourself in gently.
After 2 hours quick nap at the hotel a wonderful shower change of clothes we were ready to explore. We used the complimentary "tuk tuk" (hotel taxi) to drop us off at one of the main squares and off we set to have a looky looky.
Nothing prepared us for the heat & humidity. Walking up stairs reminded me of living in Andorra where everything is at altitude we were both out of breath.
Ten o'clock at night and it's still 35 degrees! we lived in Tenerife for years so it's not the heat that got us its the combination of heat, pollution, noise and smells - after 20mins we were gone at the game and had to rush into a western style shopping mall urgently for the air conditioning.
Anyway that turned out to be a real winner as the top floor food court was exceptional. Www.terminal21.co.th. food court, you buy credit on a swipe card and then pop round the multiple vendors buying whatever you fancy the look of its all made fresh in front of you.
Playing it safe on day one I opted for chicken fried rice and J got the Tom yum soup (big portions) also we both had a delicious fresh smoothie and the total bill was only 155bhat.
Then we set off on foot down the Sukhumvit road towards our hotel.
Feeling rested and full up we decided to have a look around the Nana plaza area which is one of the red light districts.
This was when my jet lag reared its ugly head.
Lady boys, amputee beggars, litter foul smells and a street cart selling deep fried cockroaches sent me right under and I practically RAN back to the sterile confines of our hotel!!
By the way, Bangkok smells. It stinks, I mean really stinks. Rotten sewage and fresh turd type stink. I may have to obtain a handkerchief doused with perfume like the Elizabethan ladies did.
Not quite ready to Cast off my western shackles and get into the groove yet, forgive me folks but I'm British.