Its Thai New Year and Im Missing Songkran

14th April 2016

Songkran AKA Thai new year this year starts on April the 13th. My stay in Thailand expires on the 12th. So instead, i’m sat here in the airport heading to Kuala Lumpur. I was contemplating overstaying or extending my stay, but i’ve had enough of Thailand for a bit now.  I’ve not seen rain in a month, it’s too hot and I fancy a change of food.

This weekend in Bangkok was chilled out. It’s too hot for me here. Chiang Mai is hot, but it it nowhere as humid as as Bangkok and i’m sure Kuala Lumpur will be the same.

Streetfood, Yaowarat Road and the Aquarium

I checked into Red Planet Asoke Saturday night and went out to China town, or Yaowarat road. There’s a street food place I found online selling Thai curries so I decided to give that a go. The place looks amazing with their giant pots of curry and only Thai people sat down eating. I had some sort of southern Thai yellow curry and it was really good and at 30 baht a plate is so cheap for the quality of food. It was almost as good as northern Thai hunglay curry.

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey - Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
Khao Gaeng Jake Puey – Yaowarat Road, Bangkok

Yaowarat road in Bangkok is good fun. Loads of people and great street  food. I just got a beer and walked the stretch of the main road, it felt a bit dodgy going down some of the soi’s at night. I did notice the amount of Chinese people at China town; I don’t get it. I was thinking about if there are any places like that for the English. It’s like me going to England town in aboard and buying bad fish and chips and a pint of flat beer… or is that just Benidorm?

Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
Yaowarat Road, Bangkok

Saturday morning I headed out to victory monument in search of some boat noodles down boat noodle alley. I love boat noodles and the go to place in Bangkok is boat noodle alley. A bowl of noodles is 10 baht, or about 20p. You order a load of different noodles and they count up the empty bowls at the end and charge you. We ordered 5 bowls of noodles to start, and 2 turned up and the others never appeared. I just got annoyed and left. Siam is close by so  I headed over to  check out some shopping centres.

Siam, Bangkok
Siam, Bangkok

Siam Paragon is a big swanky shopping centre and it’s got an aquarium in the basement. Apparently; i’ve never been to an aquarium so I thought it’s worth a visit. It’s a bit cruel keeping giant fish in small enclosures but it was worth a visit. I don’t know what else to say about the aquarium; it had fish in tanks. After about 2 hours of looking at fish it was dinner time. Not fish; but instead Korean chicken. I miss proper Korean chicken.

Hot and Sweaty Trains

With only a bit of money left, I decided to take the train to the airport to save some money. It cost me 28 baht from Asok to Bangkok main train station (Hua Lamphong) and then another 5 baht (10p) to Don Meuang airport. In total it cost me 33 baht or about 60p GBP.

I may have saved some money but the train was ram packed like a 38 degree sardine tin in the mid day heat. It was so busy and I spent most of the journey stood on the steps hanging off the side of the train. Good fun and a bit of a breeze but i’ll opt for the easier solution next time and get a taxi.

Hua Lamphong Train Station, Bangkok
Hua Lamphong Train Station, Bangkok

Arrival in Kuala Lumpur

Last year, I spent the weekend in Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t get to see much of the city or eat much food so I decided to return for a few days to get a better view of the city before heading off somewhere else. I am writing this part of post the next day, from the legendary Reggae Mansion (that has nothing that resembles reggae whatsoever) hostel. It’s in a great location; there’s loads of good food nearby and it’s by two train stations. I’m trying to avoid getting a dodgy belly so it’s no street food for me.

I’m loving the variations of cultures here. On one street there is a Mosque, round the corner a Buddhist temple then some Chinese temple. I write a separate post about KL and finish the post with this photo I took somewhere in the city….

Knowledge Salesman - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Knowledge Salesman – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia