Arriving in Bangkok

Arriving in Bangkok Sunday was a smooth affair until the initial taxi arse conversation. I’d been informed that the fare should be 80/100 baht and of course they wanted 300. “The traffic is soooo bad”, “the riots make it dangerous”, ” it’s too far for my car”; after telling 4 of them to bugger off I paid a friendly old guy 100 for his tuk tuk and tipped him another 20.

The Royal ThaTien Village Hotel is a lovely converted warehouse with just 6 bedrooms nestling alongside the Chao Phraya River. The owner Pocky and his girlfriend run the place and it’s highly recommended at $225 for 6 nights ( My room is as big as my Korean apartment and has teak floors and furniture plus shutters to keep the temperatures in check. In the mornings they serve coffee/tea, eggs and toast for £1.50.

That first afternoon I celebrated my location directly opposite Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, by having Pad Thai at the Tha Tien Pier and sipping a cold local Singha Beer.