Friends join us for a few days enjoying Thailand and Cambodia
21.08.2011 - 21.08.2011 31 °C
A day later than expected a group of friends from Phoenix joined us at our hotel this morning. For Dwayne it would be a return trip to Thailand. For Ed and Marin this would be their first. After landing very late the previous evening they were eager to explore the tourist sights of the city. With Trey acting as unofficial tour guide the eager group headed off to the Grand Palace and a variety of neighboring temples whilst I awaited for the new shippers, who duly arrived punctually. Despite only a vague level of English we had soon communicated the details of the shipment, confirmed that documentation for the Buddha statues could be obtained at a reasonable cost and sent the many boxes we had accumulated on their way to the UK.
Relieved to have this sizeable shipment out of our suite we soon headed to Chatuchak weekend market to show our new arrivals what the largest market in the world has to offer! Our first stop, before visiting the many stalls selling art, handicrafts, clothes and all manner of assorted paraphernalia was of course the food court. With fish cakes, potato swirls and extremely disappointing vermicelli only spring rolls purchased we had plenty of time to catch up over a beer and nibbles at the ever popular market.
From there the Khao San backpacker district of Bangkok was next on our tourist agenda. Packed with western tourists and yet more hawkers selling their tourist wares it provided another snapshot of Bangkok and a place to relax over another beer.
Despite confusion over meeting points and times our evening still provided time for a visit to the Patpong Night Market and a few beers down the more respectable Soi’s of the area. With jet lag kicking in and Trey and I not used to such late nights the suggestion of retiring for the night at gone 1am was not hard to agree with. With tuk-tuks returning us to our welcoming beds it would be but a few hours before we were once again departing Bangkok, heading for the tropical Andaman Sea island of Phuket.