Nothing much, but quite a lot actaully…
Do you ever feel like you havent really done a lot, but then reflect on a few days and realise that you actually got loads done? Well thats exactly how I feel right now!
Day 284 – Thursday 2nd March 2017
I know we’re a little late here (only a couple of days) but this morning we finally had a chance to celebrate pancake day when we discovered Counting Sheep, a place just a few doors from our hostel where they serve a pancake breakfast every morning. After eating we decided to wander and hope for the best, but got a bit lost and ended up walking around Saranram Park:
Not long after that we found Wat Pho, also known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46m long statue of Buddha lying down. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed inside because Abbie had shorts on (and we didn’t want to pay 150฿ for a scarf that she could cover up with) so instead we took a tuk tuk as far as CentralWorld, a shopping plaza where we accidentally stumbled upon Miss International Queen, a transgender beauty pageant. Of all things to find in the middle of a shopping centre, I can’t say exactly say I was expecting there to be a transgender beauty pageant, but I guess that’s just Thailand for you?
In the afternoon it started to seriously heat up outside, to the point that it was almost unbearable, but we had the perfect solution for combating the temperature. You see, Bangkok is home to some of the world’s most luxurious cinemas, and at just 100฿ per ticket we couldn’t help ourselves! We saw La La Land first, followed by a quick break for food, then went straight back in (to the same screen actually) to watch Moonlight.
Had you asked me a year ago what I’d be getting up to in Bangkok, going to the cinema probably would’ve been the last thing to come to mind, but a little pinch of normality can do backpackers like us the world of good from time to time. Besides, La La Land and Moonlight absolutely stole the show at the Oscars last month, so we had to see what all the fuss was about.
Day 285 – Friday 3rd March 2017
Today we planned on leaving Bangkok, and eventually did, only ten hours later than anticipated. The bus service from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (our next destination) runs twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Unfortunately the AM bus was fully booked so we had to wait for the PM bus, which resulted in a lot of time spent lounging around in the common area back at the hostel, drinking coffee and eating ice cream.
On a positive note, by taking the PM bus we saved ourselves the cost of accommodation, and had loads of time to make provisional future plans (which is probably a good thing seeing as we’re leaving Thailand soon but don’t even know which country we’re going to next yet).
For once our bus was actually on time, and half empty too, which was wonderful and meant that we could recline our seats all the way back without having to feel guilty for the people sitting behind us (because there wasn’t anyone). There was a TV too, so we watched a couple of movies before drifting off when the lights went out. As always we found ourselves waking up every couple of hours, checking the time and then forcing ourselves back to sleep, but it could’ve been a lot worse. Bangkok to Chiang Mai is nearly 700km but consists mainly of long straight roads, which made it one of the more comfortable overnight journeys that I remember!