Toilets, Tuk tuks, Temples and Titty Bars

Megan here – I was nominated to do the blog about Bangkok as I am looking through fresh eyes (Ju has been so many times before).  I think I can sum up Bangkok with the four T’s – Toilets, Tuk tuks, Temples and Titty Bars.

 Toilets – Yes, I had my first Asian toilet experience and I am still in councelling. Basically my technique involved a cross between a hover and squat over a little hole in the ground… the experience was traumatic.  There was pee everywhere and I was too scared of using the provided hose in case I sprayed the wrong way!  PS Thanks Ju for omitting to tell me to take some paper in…. I’ll be definately getting you back for that!

 Tuk tuks and Temples – Of course Thailand is renoun for its multitudes of Tuk tuks zipping around all over the place. “Fully Trick” little contraptions. I was keen to give one a go and I was also keen to see some of Bangkok’s impressive temples.

So we set off very late in the afternoon to try and see Wat Pho and Wat Prakaw before they closed.  On getting out of the taxi we were approached by a lovely Thai man who engaged us in an interesting conversation and advised us the Wat Pho was closed for the day and showed us on the map some other temples in the area that were open until 6pm, innocent enough right? 

He then told us about the last day of a massive ‘government’ tourist expo where we could buy cheap souvenirs.  Still sounded pretty good (especially because this guy works for a government department, had joked with us in English and Thai, talked politics with us and showed us a photos of his wife).   So our new friend “called” a tuk tuk for us and before we knew it we were wandering around the less than impressive “Lucky Temple”. 

Ju in the process of being conned The Lucky Temple

Anyway it turns out the tuk tuk driver would get  free tank of gas for taking us to the “souvenir expo”. When we tried to ditch him he was less than impressed and so we struck up a deal. We’d go to the “souvenir expo” so he could get his free gas if he would take us to Kao San Road (where we wanted to go) a win-win deal for all really! The “massive souvenir expo” that was hyped up for us turned out to be a mere jewellery shop. 

Yep we were well and truely duped!  Mai Pen Rai (Thai for no worries)we did get to see some really nice temples along the way….even if we didn’t get to go in.   Rule number one: Don’t fall for the scam – especially if you have lived in Bangkok before before (ay Julia!) . 

On arriving at Kao San Road, the skies opened and it poured down for a bout 30mins. Unbelievable. We wandered up and down before meeting up with Andrew and Robyn for a lovely dinner and a number of beers.

Rain Robyn, Megan and Andrew

 Titty Bars – No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a trip to Patpong, the famous red light district.  After consuming a resonable amount of beer (ok yes Robbie, it was a lot) to get up enough Dutch Courage (or is that Thai courage). We negotiated a deal for entry into an “establishment” (They made me do it dad, honest).

 Patpong

Without being too specific….I can honestly say I saw some things that would make even Ian Harrison lift an eyebrow….

Anyway – stay tuned same bat channel for Ju’s iminent update about Hanoi, Vietnam. Missing you lots. Love Megs

Author: julia

I am a kiwi who likes to live and travel overseas.

3 thoughts on “Toilets, Tuk tuks, Temples and Titty Bars”

  1. How strange…sounds exactly like the little Thain government employee that on my first day in Bangkok told me the main wats were closed and pushed me into a tuk tuk with the promise of a souvenir expo….hehe

  2. Hey Megan, are you sure it wasnt the same guy who triwed to get your ‘attentions’ in Singapore He seems to be following you throughout Asia!! take care and have fun.

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