Bangkok, Oriental setting And the city don’t know what the city is getting
While Murray Head was talking about chess in this song he could have equally been talking about the JKRoaming duo, Bangkok did not know what landed into Bangkok Airport on 27th February. With some freshly acquired Thai Baht we jumped into a taxi and headed to our first new home, Chillax Resort, situated a couple of blocks from the infamous Khao San Road.We only stayed for 2 nights as it was a bit flash…
We were a bit apprehensive about Bangkok leading up to our arrival due to the civil disturbances but luckily for us the closest we got to any trouble was walking past an abandoned police truck. After checking in and dumping the bags we headed out to get our first taste of Pad Thai/Green Curry.It was very good but our best meal was yet to come.Hunger sated we sauntered back to the hotel as we had been travelling all day and we effectively broken. The next morning brought 32+ degree heat and luckily for us the hotel included a rooftop pool so we spent the morning working on the t-shirt tans and swimming.
We had some street food for lunch. Piping hot Pad Thai. Karen even managed to inflict a burn on her nose when one of the noodles flicked up into her face. Nasty business!
As both of us had been to Bangkok before we weren’t in a rush to do all the touristy things. That afternoon we ventured out to the Khao San Road area to check it out. What we found was shocking. All of the cool street bars and temporary restaurants have been replaced with Starbucks, Burger a kings and Tailor Shops. It appears that the old vibe had moved to the next street, Ram Buttri. As we made our way there we made a profound discovery. The old Shell Garage had been ripped down and replaced by a fancy hotel and retail units!! You must understand, this what not simply a filling station. At night the four court was transformed into one of the best chill out places in the city, with plastic chairs and buckets of cocktails, massage beds and big screen TV. Joni Mitchell was never so right!
Getting over that disappointment we settled into one of the bars with some nice cold Changs and discussed the various accommodation choices for the rest of our Bangkok stay. In the end we decided to stay in the Villa Cha Cha due to the combination of swimming pool and quiet rooms. The room was awful but the lounge area was great and location was superb. Tomorrow we would go to the Grand Palace and Wat Poh Temple Complex.