January 05, 2008

48 hours in Bangkok

While most people were out partying on New Years Eve, I was searching for my toothbrush to pack in my luggage. Midnight was not the big event – for me it was setting off for Thailand the next day. Despite it being New Years Day, Heathrow was as painful as usual and I was glad to escape from it when I got on the plane. As the Thai Airways staff greet you it feels like you are already stepping into Thailand.

A few hours later and a good sleep later I was stepping into the new airport at Bangkok and being greeted by familiar faces: Mark, Pie and Paradise. It was like being back in England again! We were soon on our way to downtown Bangkok, eating ice-cream, and then going for dinner where we were joined by Nun and Earth. That evening we went back to Pie’s house which is on the outskirts of Bangkok in a beautiful area with a canal in the garden. Our room not only had its own bathroom but also a walk-in wardrobe – I am not used to such luxuries!

The next day Mark and I set off for Bangkok using the public transport, much to Pie’s concern. After a motorcycle ride, a bus journey and two taxis we had stopped by to see my Thai Mum and Dad and then we were at a temple in the centre were I met Grandma and some monks. Next we were met by more Warwick people, we went for lunch, and then we met more Warwick people, and then cake, plus more Warwick people. Thanks to Lyn, Vas, Arty, Noon, and Gate for all coming to see us!

Yesterday we had another quick trip to town before Pie took us to the airport where we caught a plane to Kuala Lumpur. So that was my shortest visit to Thailand yet – just 48 hours – but I will be back in a few days. Right now we are at PeyShan’s house and soon we are off to Penang and the beach!


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