Having taken a six hour bus ride from Bangkok to Trat to board the ferry, I am now on the island of Koh Chang (Elephant island)
I only spent one full day and two nights in Bangkok before my early morning bus ride, but that was long enough to realise that the city that I have not visited for many, many years, is still completely bonkers, but, paradoxically, by that very definition, brilliant!
Bangkok is a city of so many devices; there is probably nothing in the world that you cannot taste, experience or acquire in Bangkok……….. culture, history, some of the best food that you will ever eat from a street stall anywhere in the world……………and, of course, fake Gucci, Boss, Armani et al………………. counterfeit watches and imitation love, it’s all there waiting, in this irresistibly mad metropolis.
I had forgotten about the mangoes that are grown in Thailand; they are, in my opinion, the best that one could possible find anywhere, they have a remarkable characteristic of staying at peak ripeness for several days without going OTT, rendering expertise in selection superfluous; they are completely fibre-less and full of juice, they are designed to run down chins, so those (of you) that have encouraged more chins than their birth-rite allocation should beware, because eating one (of these) and maintaining a modicum of dignity, is a skill that not many ever master………
Swimming pool on the 8th floor of the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok
The car is the star in the bar…………..Gulliver’s bar in Bangkok, that was recommended to me by Pledger…………good shout Keith, see you in Goa to take the overnight train for the cricket in Cochin!
Fresh coconut juice / milk /water
Those wonderful mangoes…………50 bhat per kilo, meaning that you get 3 or 4 of them, depending on size for about £1.00
Check out the hygiene……..