Blimey, time to go home for Seth & I. For complicated reasons to do with my work, I wanted to come back slightly earlier and Seth was happy with two and a half weeks rather than three, so he said he’d come with me.
The flight wasn’t until 920pm so we had the chance to do stuff on the last day. However, I lost an hour as attempts to get us on the 6pm airport minibus failed (it was full) so I booked us on the 5pm. Gaynor said we should just have got a taxi but it would have been 800 baht rather than 150 each for the minibus so the girls had another 500 baht (a tenner) to put towards fake handbags. I’m thoughtful like that.
We got up at 830 so we could go to the Golden Mount before it got too hot. It was still a bit hot for Livvy but only took about 15 minutes to walk there.
It was lovely, beautifully-landscaped with Buddhas and lots of bells for Livvy to bash and clang. And there were awesome views from the top, of the low-rise inner city doughnutted by the modern, high-rise hotels and office blocks (well, half-doughnutted actually). What a massive city it is – if someone you knew was here, you’d have no chance of bumping into them. Probably….
We had a fun journey back, with six of us crammed into a tuk-tuk made for three and after a short rest, headed out to get another new perspective of the city, from the water.
We took the local boat down to the end of the line, with a few bumps on the way. The boat moves quickly from stop to stop, and after the whistling from the guy at the back who throws the rope has stopped and the boat has bashed into the pier, you have to hop off pretty swiftly. Liv was a bit spooked but settled down and Maya felt a bit sea-sick (river-sick?).
I loved it – there was a fabulous mixture of temples, high-rise buildings, ramshackle riverside housing, plush hotels and even the odd Catholic church, as well as a huge variety of boats cross-crossing the river and churning the water.
In a very random twist, we did see the people from Musselburgh who we knew were in Bangkok. Lorraine, David & Darcy were by chance doing a boat trip too but considering the speed at which the boats ply their trade, it was a total freak they got on the same boat – especially as they only did cos they had originally jumped off at the wrong stop.
Later, Liv and I had a swim then we had a final drink at Villa Cha Cha before a very packed taxi whisked Seth & I off to the airport. It was very weird and sad to leave everyone else behind.