The first day of travelling was a whirlwind and I can safely say, Bangkok is not for the faint hearted.
Arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport at 8am & getting to our hotel by 9am via a £8.00 taxi (About an hours drive), went very smoothly. However, we then couldn’t check in to our hotel until 2pm. We were dead tired and Andrea definitely pulled a 24hour all-nighter on the flight.
We stored our backpacks in a leaky maintenance cupboard and went off in search for a toilet and relaxation. We were confronted by: ushering taxi offers, pushy restaurant reps and a man who worked in the police station; who told us we should leave Bangkok the next day.
The man spoke very good English and told us to go to the travel office in town to book a trip north of Thailand. Little had we known, we had just entered in to the centre of Bangkok with political protests taking place at the bottom of the road to our hotel. We went to the travel office and organised a 14 day trip through North Thailand, starting the next day. (Also to note; we had both slept around 5 hours out of 48 at this point).
We explained to our hotel what we had decided to do, even though we had pre paid for 3 nights, in hope we could re-coup the two extra nights at a later date. In the end, it turned out we couldn’t but as the Thai lady in the travel office said, “losing £26 is nothing compared to losing your life”.
The protests have been peaceful so far and the situation is looking to be resolved; however authorities in Thailand have implemented the Internal Security Act from 9 October to 30 November in the Dusit, Pom Prab, and Phra Nakorn districts of Bangkok due to the protests.
So, we thought it best to leave Bangkok and return another time.
So far we haven’t braved the street food, of which you can get a full Thai meal for around 30 Thai Baht = £0.60p – I’m sure this will change with time as the money starts to dwindle. We did both hard bargain for a “real pair” of RayBans on Kho San Road though. Well, fumbling around for money until the lady just wanted us to go away. Our trick worked 😉
More roaming soon x