A FIRST BUSY COUPLE OF DAYS IN BANGKOK !!!

After a 4 hours delayed train from the deep south of Thailand, i managed to get to Bangkok, in the early afternoon.

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Avoided any transport offer at the main exit, where the tuk tuk mafia feasts on new comers and first timers, and did the way the Thai do: just walked out from the rear of the train station, jumped on a cab making sure it had the fees and driver details well visible, and with just 50THB (1£),  i went to Tanao Road, a quiter alley close to the tourist area. All the commodities but no noise and stress !

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When i arrived to my new favourite place to stay, was pleased to know that my usual room was still available. It’s a upmarket place, with mainly all the room equipped with AC (which i don’t really like/need). There are only 2 rooms with fan and shared bathroom, which is exactly what i need. Fan means a more healthy environement for me and my voice, and shared bathroom translates into less smell and water noise.
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Left my room straight away as i was literally starving. Had a walk on the neighbourhood and headed to one of my favourite corner food stall, where a Thai lady and her son run a simple little restaurant, serving proper food at local prices.

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For just 1£ you can have a delicious plate of Thai Seafood fried rice, with squids, green vegs, egg, chillies and fresh lime…yummy !

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Walking back i paid my regards to the King: His Majesty is one of my favourite photo subjects. He appears pratically everywhere…!

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In the little alley  where i stay, there is a brand new family of little cats…they play all day while the parents sleep to avoid the heat.

IMG_1418 After a regenerating nap, it’s time to go out and enjoy a night of good live music. My favourite hangout in this area is a Blues Bar where there is Blues live music every night of the week. The musicians are some of the finest in the city and the crowd is a nice blend of locals, expats and casual tourists. Plus it’s probably the smallest Blues bar i’ve ever been to and the atmosphere get suddenly very intimate.

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The next day, i wake up quite late, thanks to the few drinks and good night out. I decide to go for a walk in order to get some “fresh” air !

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I past one of my usual food places, run by a bunch of young Thais. The food is cooked on the spot every day and the choice is incredible.

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Bangkok is a place where i can have 3/5 meals a day. The food is very light and spicy and i love trying out stuff that i don’t know yet !
This time i went for rice with lemongrass fish cakes, sweet pumpkin stew and stir fried vegetables.

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Everytime i’m in Bangkok, i make sure i catch up with a Thai friend who knew me since she was studying in Norwich and i was busking.
So i took a cab and went to one of the bars where i play when i’m in Asia, on the other side of the city.

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It was great to see her and to hear some new stories about her life back in Thailand. We had some great food, few chilled beers and enjoyed a night of live music listening to a very talented local band. Music and haircuts were top notch…!

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Here’s their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/zweedznroll

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