Our first trip to Bangkok and we won’t be too upset if it’s our last! However putting aside the filth and the original run-down nature of parts of the city we enjoyed discovering the local culture and the facilities at out hotel were excellent. We stayed at The Peninsula on the river and were fortunate to have a very large suite, great view and we thoroughly enjoyed the pool area where we spent a few hours in the water and at the bar. I visited the Siam shopping mall via the extremely crowded skyrail while Tony had a massage. We both went to the MKR, a large mall of local products where Tony ‘negotiated’ on a replacement suitcase. The night market was a surprise in that it was very modern and clean however the trip there in a very overcrowded local ferry did not help improve Tony’s stress levels. He was sure we were going to roll over. We went to 2 superb restaurants, one being the Blue Elephant and the other being Sirocco. The Sirocco restaurant is on the 64th floor of the Lebua Hotel , it is outdoor with a magnificent setting and view. A warm balmy night and great jazz band made for a unique experience. The highlight of the Bangkok visit was a cruise on a long boat along the river and canals. Seeing how many locals live in dilapidated shacks on stilts over the putrid canals is an eye opener.
On to Singapore. As always, we stayed at The Fullerton Hotel, enjoying the facilities of the club area, the pool and the outdoor dining. It was a very enjoyable boozy final evening to cap off a marvelous 5 week holiday.
We fly to Melbourne tonight where we hope our luggage will be waiting for us. It’s time for a change of underwear!