HONG KONG | THAILAND
香港 | ราชอาณาจักรไทย
The last few months in London have been exhausting, so this first week is being spent doing as little as possible, well, with the exception of my unexpected debut on the Thai stage this evening, but more of that story later.
Our first, brief stop on our way to Southern Thailand was Hong Kong, the Fragrant Harbour (the Chinese have an exquisite sense of humour). We arrived aboard a magnificent Airbus A380, courtesy of British Airways, a very pleasant first time for both of us – it reminded me a bit of the USS Enterprise, but I digress. We did spend a few days in HK on the back end of our trip to Indonesia earlier this year, and loved every minute of it. This time was no different, despite only staying one night.
HK is awesome. A sensory overload. We stayed in a cute little hotel in HK Island, near Central (by little I mean they upgraded us to a suite – which was the size of a coffee table), a short walk to Hollywood Road, where we know some places to go to for food and drinks.
That same lovely and warm night, security forces came down hard on some of the still-going protest sites and arrested a shitload of people. We didn’t see a thing, but social unrest in HK is very sadly far from over.
Our next stop was Bangkok. Big, hot, dirty, crazy, fun Bangkok.
We stayed two nights, in the same hotel of previous visits, right by the world famous Night Market in Silom, ok, which is also a world famous red light district, but it’s the shopping we’re more interested in. The shopping, and the fact that Le Mèridien has an excellent and very affordable hotel there that we really like – hotels in BKK are very reasonable in comparison to hotels in big cities everywhere else.
A spot of, yes, shopping on the first night, followed by a couple of drinks at one of the local nightspots, and somewhat bizarrely, by Weißbier und Wurst – no, seriously, Simon found a very good German restaurant right in the middle of the Night Market, cheap and cheerful too, it was a great find.
The next day we got on a boat and went to see Wat Arun, Buddhist temple and one of BKK’s main sites, though not as exciting as Wat Pho or the Grand Palace, which we know from previous visits.
More drinks in the evening, and a quiet night in at the hotel, and then we made our merry way to Bang Niang Beach, in Khao Lak, just North of Phuket, where we are at the moment, chilling out and catching up with friends for a few days.
So far, so good.
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