Monday 9 July 2012

Bangkok - Guest house

We arrived in BKK after a 15hr journey and straight after we went to book our return ticket. We had to wait an hour for Sara and Clas to meet us because as I had given them the time of our arrival, not realising the time on the ticket was Malay time. So my mistake. We were glad when they showed up, just to give us some hints about the city we had never been to before. They are good sports so I have added some pictures of a bit of party time in Bangkok later.

First tuk-tuk ride through BKK
This is fun (think)
 Not knowing where our guest house was we thought of getting a taxi.....wrong, they all try and cheat you. One cab driver wanted 400THB which is still cheap when you compare it with European prices, but hey... we are in Asia. After stopping several of these so called "Taximeter" Taxis (most do not use meters) , we finally approached  a tuk-tuk driver and haggled  him down to 80THB. (Will write all about public transport in Bangkok Tips and Tricks post) We arrived at our hotel where we were going to stay for the next 12 days after about half an hour in the tuk-tuk and I was surprised my reservation I made via telephone actually worked and we were given the requested room on the 4th floor. We were in room 402 and had a big veranda just around the corner, overlooking the Chao Phraya River with it`s busy ferry and ship movements. (See pics below) The Riverside Guest house cost us 280THB per night. (with fan and bathroom)

Entrance of Riverline Guest House
Here it is like a beacon (we're home)

Terrace next to room. Rooftop upstairs 
I spy ladies washing below!

breakfast in the garden
Lower terrace river view

The Riverside G.h. does not have a homepage to reserve rooms, you have to ring them directly. They do speak English. They have Wifi you can buy drinks and they serve breakfast for small money, though you might still get it cheaper outside. It is situated really close to a ferry point and about 10min. walk from Khao San Road (click here for map) We recommend this place for a short term stay but not for long term as the room was quite small, no wardrobe and really not enough room to swing a cat. (who swings a cat anyway???)
In the evening we met Sara and Clas (by now we had been travelling for 20 hours or so) to watch Sweden play England in the European Championship and the game did not start until 2:00am. We only watched the first half and then had to leave because we were finished, nothing to do with the few beers we had together though :) We did not take any pictures that evening, but here are just a few party pictures we took whilst in BKK. We had a great time as you can see.

Cant see straight

Final shot

YESSSS! We are the Champions

Celebratory beer 

Clas moving it

Rock it Sara

In our next blog post we shall write about Temples in BKK with some great photos.
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