If you thought my travel day was a bit too cooshy, don’t worry – my second flight was wildly underwhelming. Flown by United from Tokyo to Bangkok, I was in a middle seat, offered terrible food and used a tiny, stinky bathroom. So, it was a typical airline ride 🙂
Once I arrived in Bangkok, I moved swiftly through immigration and changed some cash into Baht. Only a short wait later, and I saw Stefanie running towards me at our meeting point! Yay! Reunited and feels so good 🙂
We took a cab for 500 baht to the Grand Hyatt where Caitlin had already checked in and spent the day. It was absolutely gorgeous! The room was big, with an amazing shower and nice amenities. The pool was blissful and we enjoyed breakfast poolside after a nice night’s rest.
We spent the morning fully enjoying the hotel (massage chairs, sauna and hot/cold tubs) before we performed the biggest downgrade ever. We took a taxi to Khao San Road, the backpacker’s area of Bangkok. It is essentially the Bourbon Street of Bangkok and full of street vendors, bars, techno music and hostels. We checked out a few places and found a triple room at Khaosan Palace for 1600b a night. With A/C and a private bathroom, we’ll take it!
First on the list was to find the Grand Palace, which should have been a 10 minute was from our hotel. Instead, we met this really nice Thai guy who suggested we grabbed a tuk tuk down to the Thai pier (the one the locals use) and take a longboat tour along the river.
We saw lots of Thai homes, a floating market, temples and museums from the water. We also saw huge crocodile/lizard things! Eeep!
We got off the boat near to the Grand Palace but it was too close to the closing time to go in… So we saved it for day 2. We made our way back to Khao San Road and found food and drinks. Pad Thai and Tiger beer for the win!
We spent the evening shopping around the stalls, people watching and getting a Thai foot massage – 30 minutes for 120b (about $4). Bliss. Chaotic bliss!