From the simple to the sublime
06.11.2010 28 °C
Today was another late start, despite our generally grotty surroundings we agree that the bed is comfy and a mixture of this, late nights and jet lag left us waking up at 12.30 again. You sort of 'cope' with Bangkok and this has means that we prat around in the mornings putting off the inevitable - stepping out into the wall of heat and haggling. Today we wanted to go on a boat trip on the canal and see the floating market. We got to the river area and got chatting to a thai man who said he worked at the government buildings - he told us he would say we worked there too and get us a very good price for our boat trip - a thai man's price not a tourist price. Put our maps away, he said. 10 minutes later we were in a canal boat on a 1.5 hour tour to 'a floating market' but not the one i was hoping for. And I had haggled a bit but it turns out a thai man's price is 700baht each. I am beginning to suspect that the government building the man worked for may have been water borne. I'm not getting the hang of this haggling malarky. The boats have huge engines on the back (Henry was identifying all sorts of pieces that were also in his beloved Pulsar -really) and they ripped along the water at a rate of knots. This sent canal water flying into our faces so we spent most of this part of the journey with a scrunched expression. We went into a lock to enter the canal proper and i pointed out a dead pig next to the boat. This part was not so picturesque and we were both planning our escape route (avoiding said pig) should the boat sink. The slower part past the more traditional dwellings was beautiful though, and we did end up at a market of sorts and there was a lady who boated past us and thrust a fan hat (two in one) into my hands, 'looking, looking 250baht'. I bought some sticky shrimpy rice stuff which was nice and we headed back. Once home, we put on our finest attire (walking tousers and boots) and headed to the posh bit (Silom road) for a cocktail at Sky bar. Had a lovely taxi driver on the way who sucked in his breath when we said where we were going. It was incredible. Very very posh. Everything smelled of flowers and insense and there was someone ushering you everywhere. The bar is open air, 63 floors up, looking out over the city. There was live jazz and as we got there some fire works just starting (which we were higher than). We contemplated eating there as each table was candle lit and had beatiful views. You walk down uplit stairs to the bar and it is there you find out that a cocktail cost 500baht, (champagne was 20,000!). We shared a pineapple juice, and decided to eat somewhere else. Had an ok indian meal but it was ridiculously over priced. Head to Chiang Mai tomorrow, hope to get away from the noise of this city for a bit!