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Chinatown

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Hi folks, I know its been a few days since our last blog but to be honest we have not done to much for the past few days. Yesterday (Friday), we had our first proper adventure in Bangkok. We got up around 9:30 and had some breakfast here at the guesthouse and then got on the skytrain, made a transfer to the subway, and then got off at the Hua Lamphong train station that is right beside Chinatown. Using our trusty lonely planet guide book, we did a walking tour of Chinatown which was incredible. Our first stop was the golden Buddha monument which is the largest solid gold statue of Buddha in the world. IMG_2215

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Wat Traimit Golden Buddha

Wat Traimit Golden Buddha

. It was very nice to see and very impressive but we would probably have appreciated it a lot more if we were Buddhists ourselves. After the monument we continued our walking tour through Chinatown and we started to make our way down some pretty tiny alley ways and we started to think that we were actually in ChinaChinatown

Chinatown

. We were beginning to get pretty excited about what we were going to see after venturing into the first few alley ways but we had no idea what was coming up. All of the sudden we went from a quite tiny alley way with not many people walking around to the craziest, loudest, tightest alleys and markets we have ever seen! The amount of people that were living, working, and shopping in these alley way markets was incredible. Chinatowne

Chinatowne

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

. Words Can't even begin to describe the sights and especially the smells that we experienced that day. It was definitely our first feeling of culture shock. After about an hour of exploring these tiny alley way markets it started to pour rain and all of the sudden the incredibly cramped sidewalks and alley ways became even more cramped with everyone trying to escape the rain. Chinatown was definitely an experience we will never forget. So needless to say after a few hours of walking around Chinatown and dodging the crowds we were pretty tired returned back to the guesthouse. It was quite a day.

Today (Saturday) we decided to sleep in and take it easy. We got up around 1 and ventured across the street to our favorite family run restaurant in the world for some delicious pad thai and thai curry. After, we took the skytrain down to the Eastern Bus terminal to book our bus tickets to Koh Samet. Koh Samet is an island that is south east of bankok, about 3-4 hours by bus which is a very popular destination for many locals in Bangkok who like weekend get aways. The tickets were 550 baht for the both of us, round trip. It works out to be about $8 canadian per person for the round trip from bangkok to koh samet. We aren't sure how long we will stay at koh samet, but it doesn't really matter because our return ticket is open and we can return when we like.

It is now Saturday night, about 9:30. We are planning to go the the largest weekend market in bangkok tomorrow just to check it out. We probably wont do to much else tomorrow because we want to get to bed early tomorrow night because our bus leaves monday morning at 8am.

We are planning on staying at naga bungalows if they are available or jep's bungalows if naga is booked up while we are in koh samet. Each place has wi-fi so our next update should be monday afternoon (our time) when we arrive at koh samet

Cheers!

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Food

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Red Curry Shrimp with Rice

Red Curry Shrimp with Rice

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Yellow Curry Chicken with Rice

Yellow Curry Chicken with Rice

Red Curry Chicken with Rice

Red Curry Chicken with Rice

Good Food

Good Food

Authentic Thai Spring Rolls

Authentic Thai Spring Rolls

Vegitarian Fried Noodles

Vegitarian Fried Noodles

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5th day in Thailand and Already Visited the Hospital

Sarah = bites

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I thought I got mosquito bites the very first night that we got here. They were really really itchy and my foot started to swell. Some of them started to puss... yes eww... We went to the pharmacy at the mall and got some antibiotic cream but it didn't help that much. The swelling went down a bit today but they were still really red and a little pussy.

So we decided to go to the hospital. We took a taxi to the nearest hospital which was really easy to find, right on the main street. Their hospital is AMAZING!! As soon as we walked in there was someone that spoke great English who greeted us and asked what we were there for. We explained the bites and then moved to a counter to give my information. We then went upstairs to the dermatologist. She weighed me, took my blood pressure and my temperature. Then we went to see the doctor. She spoke fantastic English and as soon as she saw my bites she immediately new what it was. I said mosquito bites but she said no they are flea bites that are a little infected.

We showed her the cream that I've been using but she said that it's not strong enough. She prescribed me some cream, antihistamine pills (same as what I got in Cuba) and some antibiotics for the infection. She said that I should stay in a cool place, don't drink alcohol, don't eat sweet food, no walking. So it's sucks that I can't do anything but she said that it should clear up in a couple of days. We are going to stay at the same hostel until it's all cleared up.

It really sucks that it happened the very first hours that I got to Thailand hahaha. We pretty much dropped our bags and went down to the common area and got a beer. We sat out side and I said I think I should go put my deet on because I see some mosquitoes flying around. I have been putting on my deet every morning, after every shower and if it's been a while since the last time I put it on and I haven't got any more bites... knock on wood ahaha

I'm glad it happened when we were in bangkok instead of somewhere where it's not as easy to go to a hospital. The doctor asked my how long we were in Thailand for and I told her for 90 days so I think she gave me enough cream for 90 days which is good in case it happens again. The pills I have to take until they are gone because it's for the infection. But I feel a lot better now that I know what it is. It's really nice to know that their health care system is really good here.

Don't freak out! Everything is under control. I already notice an improvement. They are less red and I can see my ankle haha!!!

I'll be sitting in my room where there's air-conditioning for a couple of days until everything is cleared up. Then we are wanting to go to Koh Samet. Koh Samet is a national park with beautiful beaches!! I can't wait to relax on the beach and enjoy the sunshine. Hopefully no more bites!!!!!!! Fingers crossed.

Anyways, I wanted to share with you guys what's going on and why we haven't really done anything really. Wow that was a long one.. haha I guess it shows how bored I am right now... nothing really else to do other than blog, surf the internet, watch movies and read...

I'll keep you posted on my infected flea foot... don't worry Mom, it's not that bad xoxo

Talk to you later,

Sarah

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First Day in Bangkok

Siam Paragon and Thai Massages

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Today was our first day in Bangkok! Had a good sleep and slept in till 12:00. We met Allan and Hellen from England which was great because they showed us how to use the skytrain! We took the stkytrain to the Siam Paragon which is a big mall with everything that you could image in it. We got pad thai for lunch which was AMAZING!!!!! There were so many different choices of food and everything look delicious! We then walked down Sukamvit road and looked at all the vendors. We found a legit massage place with certified massage therapists in our lonely planet guide book. We got each an hour massage for 270 baht which equals $8 Canadian each!

I tried uploading the pictures to our blog but we're having trouble with it. I will keep trying and hopefully it works!!! Right now we uploaded the images to Sarah's facebook account, so you can check them out there if you'd like!

Alright, that's it for now.

Talk you later :)

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Arrived Alive

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We have arrived alive in Bangkok at our first hostel. We probably got here in record time thanks to the 16 year old thai race car drivers. They had an excellent selection of pop and r&b to wake us up. Its about 1:30 in the morning now. Our flights were good, decent food but very long, especially for sarah who had a 350 pounder sitting next to her. We are wide awake now so we are going to go down to the lobby to get some chang beers and watch some HBO

Cheers!

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