The tour officially finished with a night out on Khoa San Road famous for being full of backpackers and locals alike down a huge strip of restaurants, bars and clubs. As you walk down the main road / strip you’re offered various delights such as scorpions and ‘ping pong shows’. To note – when they mention ping ping shows they make the funniest popping noise. I’ve been told to avoid them as I’ll supposedly never be able to eat a banana ever again. There is also nothing better than racing 4 Tuk Tuk’s back to the hotel in the early hours of the morning on the empty streets of the city. It was like the Asian version of the Italian job.
I decided to book my flight for Monday rather than going straight away. After being on the move and constantly travelling around, it’s nice to soak up a bit of sun and relax in the city for a few days. Today has been the sad ending where we’ve said goodbye many times to everyone leaving for home or continuing their travels. Over the weekend more of us will be leaving and I’ll be the second to last to leave on Monday morning.
In Bangkok we explored the Chatuchak markets which are absolutely huge. We managed to get round three sections in about 2 hours and there were something like another 17 to do. But with the 35c heat it really drains you so we ended up making our way to a local park which is absolutely stunning and headed back to the hotel to get ready for another meal out to wave off another friend at night. Tonight is the quieter farewell for the few of us still here before others depart tomorrow and I get an early night to head off the next day.
Being in the hotel which is like the base for many tours in SE Asia, I have met so many people in the past 2 days who are starting and ending their journeys and absolutely love how one day by the pool you can meet so many different people to the next day. So far the majority are London based and 3 people who live in Sheffield. One of which who works for Lloyds the same as me. What a small world!
For the very last day I did a bit more tourist sightseeing before packing this evening ready to head to the airport tomorrow. One of the many places I visited was the Erawan shrine where the terror bomb shook Bangkok last August killing 20 people. You wouldn’t be able to tell that anything had happened there but out of all the shrines and temples this one was most surreal.
Bangkok smells like sewage but it’s a great city and had many hidden gems. To finish off the evening I headed to Lumphini park and ended up stumbling across an open air concert.