Our journey to Bangkok started on 15.02.07 from Frankfurt/Main via Abu Dhabi (UAE). On some sheik's plane we got pampered with deluxe food & entertainment, quite different from Aerlingus or Ryanair which I was used to. While crossing the time zones, we prepared to fight the jetlag, but it really wasn't that difficult. We are now 7 hrs ahead of CET.
At the airport the warnings about the Thai taxi drivers proved to be true. They try to squeeze out as much as they can, but we insisted to use the taximeter. Tuk tuk drivers are even worse, but the next day after a good bargain we enjoyed a flying race through the streets.
Our hotel room was nice and clean; we had a huge breakfast buffet (incl. european breakfast, thai food and fresh fruit). On the first evening we discovered a wat just around the corner. There were a lot of people around selling things, cooking or eating (we could have tried crispy insects...), praying or enjoying the Thai theatre.
The next day we went shopping - unsuccessful because we only found the same expensive chain stores that are everywhere, and the prices seem to be just as high everywhere. We then followed a good advice and went to a local tailor (Cindy tested my paitience here but I proved to have a cool heart as the Thais say).
On our way to a restaurant we discovered the famous frangipani flowers - i was very happy to find them. We had dinner at "Cabbages and Condoms". The restaurant"s owner found a creative way to spread the awareness of the topic. We ate outside in a most enchanting atmosphere under trees with fairy lights and lampions, there were waterfalls and a beautiful Thai girl played traditional music.
On Sunday, 18.02.07, we found out that THE place to go for shopping is the Chatuchak weekend market. We nearly got lost in this huge maze of stalls. They really sell everything you can imagine and most of it is high quality and creative handicraft. Not having seen enough yet, we decided to join the crowds in Chinatown for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. I got in touch there with a different way to use the toilet... Surving this unharmed, we went straight for the next culture shock and ate dinner at a food stall on the street (which was really yummy!). Again nothing happened, so everything is alright so far.
Schwesterscherz (20.2.07 11:31)
das hört sich ja gut an, auch wenn ich nicht weiß, was ein foot stall ist! Und Mutti muss ich jetzt immer alles vorlesen, da sie ja nunmal kein English kann... freue mich auf Fotos!
Und... du weißt ja... wenn du nicht wiederkommst, komme ich dich holen! :-) habe ja die Armee an meiner Seite
Sibirientante (11.3.07 18:41)
Na Ihr Hübschen,
da habt Ihrs ja fein, hoffentlich gings und gehts dann so weiter! Während ihr knusprige Insekten futtert, gabs bei uns rohen, tiefgefrorenen Baikalfisch, natürlich selbstgeangelt! Vielleicht kann man die Insekten auch selbst fangen und rösten? Freu mich auf den Schnack danach, bis dahin noch gaaaanz viel Spass!