Bangkok – day 339

Finally pulled our finger out today and got busy planning the next couple of months travelling. Not entirely sure where our motivation had gone over the past few days – feel like our bodies need a rest after flying round Australia at 100 miles per hour! Anyway, with a new found vigour, we got about researching, planning and booking. Have decided to utilise our free 30-day Thai visa by, hopefully, visiting some more UNESCO sites here before heading over to Cambodia. I say hopefully as the first site we looked at seems impossible to visit without either a. a car or b. lots of money! Still got my fingers crossed for that elusive lottery win. As I hung out a load of laundry on the rooftop terrace, Jayne sorted out some lunch for us. We had got some noodle pots from the shop yesterday and happily munched away on those as we chatted about what information we had both found about our proposed itinerary. I even attempted the noodles in the foil lid bowl (as seen in Tasmania) but I failed epically and got soup everywhere!! More planning in the afternoon, checking the train times for tomorrow heading to Kanchanburi (the death railway) and booking accommodation in the town for when we arrive. Research interspersed with Facebook, Candy Crush and chatting to ninja twin on messenger along with packing up our clean clothes was the remainder of our day. Headed out to our usual street restaurant for dinner, both deciding to try something new on the menu. Feel like Jayne ended up with the nicer dish out of the two of us with her Thai red curry (not too different!) although my chicken with ginger was pretty good. Treated ourselves to a shared dessert of sticky rice and mango before heading back to the hostel to relax for the rest of the evening. Saturday 10th September 2016

Bangkok – day 338

With the room in near pitch blackness, the hostel pretty much empty and quiet and the air con stuck on a comfortable setting and a nice sized bed, we both slept beautifully and awoke fresh as daisies. So, custardy bread and water for breakfast we set about doing a bit of planning for the coming weeks. We can’t stay here indefinitely catching up on blogs and eating curries. Can we?? However after a hour or so with little motivation to do any productive research, we decided to stay here an extra night and go to the cinema instead… Oops!!

A familiar walk to the Surasak station, we walked the last bit at Siam station to the mall and cinema, not bothering with the convoluted change of lines and queueing up to be squeezed on. No, we walked a few hundred metres and you can tell where we walked from the puddles we left behind. Humidity and heat in the middle of the day, bad combination. Totally different to the heat of the Northern Territory in Oz, this was bordering on silly. Stupid weather in an beautiful city. It means it’s hard to walk around and explore at this time of year. Probably something we’ll regret in the coming ventures. 
With a sneaky small burger before the cinema and a large popcorn we sat down in an almost empty theatre. But, other people sandwiched us in? I don’t get that. Half way through the salty popcorn we remembered the M&M’s from aunty Alita and suddenly the magic combo of salty and sweet was perfect. The film, ‘Secret Life of Pets’, had me giggling non-stop and there were moments where I could totally imagining it happening once owners had left for the day.Just outside the cinema, the Made In Candy shop, dedicated to creating bespoke works of art, personalised to however you wanted it, we’re making BMW candies for the event being held on the ground floor. The staff twisted and rolled the sugar to a sausage shape and then two more staff pulled the end to a diameter that was suitable (without compromising image or text) and snapped the canes into sticks. The sticks, once set and cooled a bit from all the working, were chopped in to small pieces. The process of make rock candy that one buys on holiday was no longer a mystery, but damned if I knew how they managed to start the process or get it perfect. A real craft and we couldn’t believe the end result. Back at the hostel we hadn’t long to go before it was dinner time. We may have wandered the shopping mall, with indoor ice rink, a bit too long and lost track of time. Still, with nowhere to be and no schedule it was a nice feeling. Certainly it felt stress free when we ordered 2x pad Thai noodles for a change and it didn’t rain. The street was busier and the fruit sellers kept their produce out later than usual in anticipation of more sales. We Skyped Martin and Anne-Marie and having not spoken to them in ages it felt good to catch up on gossip and hear about upcoming trips. With the air con still stuck at a nice level we soon called it a night and went to bed. 

Friday 9th September 2016