Bye, bye Bangkok

Well, it has been a fun few days, but as they say, all good things must come to an end, and for once this is a pretty timely end as it seems a whole load of protests are  blocking off streets and on Monday the rebels are planning on cutting off all government offices from electricity and water…..time to go! And we are hoping it will all have cleared up by the time we get back!

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Anyway, we had a Posh Day Out yesterday, being fans of his food we were keen to go the David Thompson’s restaurant, Nahm, and taste some posh Thai nosh, along with a strict dress code to adhere too which is worrying when you live in flip flops and shorts. It was also the same day we had to pick up our passports at 3.30pm with, hopefully, our Myanmar visas stamped in it, so for once we had a deadlines to meet. So we dressed in our best clobber, trousers, best flip flops (erm, only flip flops) and strappy top – with thin jumper to casually wrap around my shoulders in the middle aged way that is acceptable to posh restaurants – I even wore makeup for the first time since we left! We boarded the riverboat and sped across the waves to the sky train for some welcome air con, and were about 1hour early for lunch. So stopped at a posh coffee house for iced coffees, our new favourite nonalcoholic drinks. Ideal in 34° heat.

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We casually wandered into Nahm, and tried to act normal as if we were used to loads of waiters waiting on us. We ordered the set menu and another curry as it seemed plenty for our shrinking appetites. Weirdly they wouldn’t let us order the smoked fish curry we wanted as it was very very hot, even for Thais! Which made us wonder why put it on the menu!! We ordered cocktails, followed by a glass of sancerre for the lady and pinot noir for Guy, it was expensive but blooming delicious, OMG!!!

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The food was great, and for all you Food Clubbers, nearly as good as our last FC! The canape was a recipe we have done at home, and we thought ours had more flavour. The rest of the dishes were all very different, having different herbs – Asian penny wort, banana flower blossom – which are hard to find at home, even in waitrose, and amazing flavours. It was a great experience.

To note though, we have had equally amazing street food for a fraction of the cost.

We then had to get to the Myanmar embassy to get our passports back, the journey wasn’t far walking, and we were going to take a leisurely walk though Patpong to end up at the embassy, however we both got a little needy for the toilet, if you know what I mean, so ended up taking detours via posh hotels, japanese restaurants with very clean toilets, and a bookstore with equally clean toilets before totally jumping the massive queue outside the embassy, and getting elbows out and collecting passports in about 20 mins.  A bit different to the 3 hours we spent on Monday putting the application in!

We still had time to be Posh, so it was off the to Mandarin Oriental for a couple of cocktails, after being thoroughly checked out to see if we passed the dress code – my jumper was slung over my shoulders and they couldn’t see the curry Guy had dribbled down his shirt – so we were ok to proceed. It is strange going into places like this where rooms are £374 per night and we are paying £7 and you wonder what kind of people are staying here, but we were happy to have a couple of cocktails, watching the world go by and be happy that we are who we are!

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We then got the wrong river boat back, the tourist boat, and paid an extra 50 baht (£1) to return home, daily budget broken we had to then resort to Banglampu for fun and cheap beer, alas the night disintegrated into a few beers, 2 bottles of sang som Thai whiskey, more live music, a bit of Radiohead, Tracy Chapman, Eric Clapton, chillli peppers, and a blooming pizza on the way home! The pizza cost considerably less than lunch!

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Today we have been enjoying the delights of Bangkok by buying toothpaste, extra mosquito repellant, Fred perry knock-off tee-shirts and D&G pants – mainly Guy doing the shopping today!

We then booked the 6am bus to the airport, and needed to recover from the shock of getting up so early by having a few beers in a cheap bar. Cheap bars mean interesting people, so we sat next to a Norwegian who is on his second Thai wife, and enlightened us as to why the Thai democracy doesn’t work / has been bought and his Thai wife told us how she ate the white grubs that lived in buffalo ‘waste’ when she was little and lived in the countryside. You don’t get that kind of conversation in your local English boozer!!

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4 thoughts on “Bye, bye Bangkok”

  1. Just got up to date with reading the blog. Cookery lesson looked really good and interesting. Must thank you for the pot of hyacinths for xmas from you both – very organised – you will get yours on your return!! The flowers are blue and are just coming out – I love hyacinths. had a good time in Stroud after Xmas – enjoyed seeing everyone – Stephen and Meg seemed to hit it off well.
    Stephen just back from filming stuff at the las Vegas Gaming conference – had today off to get over jetlag. We are fine Busy in a usual sort of way.xxxC

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