Pakse to BK
18.01.2009 - 21.01.2009 30 °C
18/01 fantastic nights sleep and a great shower, well it wasn't that the shower itself was great but that after a week it was just ace to wash !
Breakie was ok, and then watched United replay on tv - poor performance but we won ! then onto the net before lunch and bus.
Bus as usual was a bit of a farce, got to station and driver forgot to get us our tickets but i saw someone else exchanging their voucher so got it sorted - then people's seats were taken and it ended up with a few people having to stand - so much for vip hey ! bus was 125k each for journey, supposed to be 38 seater but never happened !
Got to border and no probs there, straight thro and into Thailand again - nice to be back. Ubon - changed bus, had a coupla hours to kill so got some grub - again good to be back as it was 30b each for some great rice n chicken.
Next bus was a double decker like we had from Satun, but this time we got the 4 seats downstairs which wer ace - loads of room and could practically recline to lying down.
Now, craziness as usual - we ate before getting on bus at 8.30 and then as other did we crashed out at 10ish and lights were off. Then at 2.30 they woke us up to eat ! had a food voucher but we both sacked it - why they couldn't just let us sleep is beyond me. Anyways, got to BK at 5.30. Grabbed a taxi with a Swiss couple, only 140b total to Khao San Rd.
19/01 Found out GH - New Joe's, seems ok and back of KS Rd so quiet as well. Couldn't get room so went for a wander, tried to walk towards area to get a new camera. got scammed ! guy walked with us and told us it was a bank holiday and would be closed. Recommended a few temples and grabbed us a tuk tuk that was going past - seems fine as how would he get a scam when he's not driving the tuk tuk ? but this is a scam - don't know how it works to be honest. Also when we went to a temple someone praying told us the same story !!
Anyways, got to see some cool temples but also got dropped off at a tailors. We wanted to look but were going to wait until Vietnam. anyways, i got 2 suits and Claire a dress. In the end i was very happy withe suits though not sure if i could have got it any cheaper ?? but quality seems ace. Claire's dress is spot on but again not sure if it was worth the money ?
Later on we walked to camera shop - wow, what a walk. took about an hour, but got it sorted - 77 GBP. mad shopping mall with loads of electrics but pries pretty much same as home.
Back to GH and are there as tired !
Rooms ok, but apparently hard to get doubles with en suite at mo ??anyways, 350b per night.
20/01 Great day looking around the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Phra Kaew. Fantastic massive complex with just stunning architecture. Took quite a while to get round and it was hot. By 2ish we went over to the tailors to get alterations done from the 1st measurements. All good.
Back to KS Rd, man it is pretty mental down there - people are drinking from 9am - whiskey and beer. And evenings it's just chocka. Ate at the GH, nice food.
21/01 Went to Wat Arun - amazing. got boat over, only 3b each each way. Stunning. Back over river to Recling buddha, good as well though we were a bit done in and over exposed to be fair. Sacked it and did some net, after a mcD's, but no milkshake ! and bought some flip flops, a polo top - only 3 quid and looked at some cool tshirts. And back to tailors to pick up suits/dress after final measurement. Again dinner , chatted with an English lady doing a year away. Crashed out after packing.