We went back to the New Siam III at around 11.00, our rooms were ready. It was very basic backpackers accommodation. The girls had a twin room, whilst ours was a double. The room was basic but very clean. I had opted for the hot water rooms, so we had a shower with hot water and AC. There was a small courtyard downstairs to sit in, with a small cafe type thing serving tea, snacks and soft drinks, as well as a tour desk. We were very lazy and used this tour operator to book us a day trip for the next day.
Due to jet lag, although it was 12.00 Thai time I needed to sleep. I slept till about 14.00, when I was woken up by red ants biting my face! The previous occupants of the room had had sticky rice and put a few grains of it under the bed? The cleaner cleaned it up, sprayed the some with some kind of DDT and that solved that problem.
The Lonely Planet describes the area of Khao San as a ‘long tourist trap’. I do not agree with this statement and think this does the area of Banglamphu an injustice, as after a quick walk round, we found the area to be charming and had easy access to the river. On our last trip to BKK we had stayed on the Sukhumvit Road in the Landmark Hotel. Bangamphu with its Guest Houses and busy streets was much better that that area. It was not all 'touristy', opposite our Guest House was a Temple complex, I think it was the Mon Temple called Wat Chana Songkram. The temple is worth a visit, it had nice murals, a large temple bell, Bougainvillea vines and beautiful trees. You were free to go in and it was a lovely peaceful oasis in the city. By walking through the Temple you came to the main Khao San Road and the very busy market area.
In truth, this Lonely Planet Guide Book was one of the worst I have used! At times the information in the book was 'patchy' at best. If I was asked to reviwe this book I think I would only reccomend it if this is your first time in Thailand and you don't consider yourself to be too demanding when it comes to guidebooks, then you'll find this book to be a satisfactory buy. If however you're a bit more demanding and you like to have a good range of accommodation recommendations to choose from, then you'd be well advised to consider an alternative guidebook .
We then headed to Jim Thompsons House, I thought this was a old historic Teak building, but I was wrong! It was just a shop selling very expensive silk....I think we went to the wrong place? We were close to a park, so hoping for some afternoon tea, (very British!) walked over to it. It was Lamphini Park, and as it was Sunday afternoon, the park was full of local people working out to mega aerobics classes. It was a very festive atmosphere and difficult not to join in. At 18.00 the very odd tune was played over the loud speakers, and all the people stood still. I think it was the national anthem. Mr B did not stand still, but goose-stepped his way up the path!!!!!!!!!!!! I was expecting the police to come and clap him in irons any moment.
It was then on to savour the sights of Pat Pong Night Market and get some fake sun glasses, watches and Tiffany jewellery.
It was 4 very weary travellers who enjoyed our first Thai meal, with G & Ts and Beers that night...a family of 4 fed and watered for less than £20.00....magic!