Siam Oriental Hotel

I woke up so cold as the aircon had been blasting us all night. We have finally made the decision that we are going to move on today and after breakfast sort our stuff out. We have had some laundry done and new clothes coupled with clean clothes go a long way towards making us all feel quite presentable.

We let the kids have a good swim before we leave, there isn’t a pool at the new place and we figure we may as well take advantage of it whilst we are here. I lie in a hammock, reading a James Herbert novel and Simon updates the website.

By 1pm it’s too hot to sit outside without a fan, even in the shade and we get a taxi across town to Th Khao San Rd. The Siam Oriental Inn is fairly basic and we are sharing a room but its only 790 baht and it has air con. As it is warming up air conditioning is becoming an essential, although strong fans are fairy effective. The temperature in Bangkok today is 38 degrees but it is predicted to cool down to 34 over the next few days. I don’t care I love it. Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate the cold and I reckon it’s always easier to cool down than warm up.

We are right on the front of the hotel over looking the street. This could mean it will get very noisy later but new laws introduced in Thailand in 2004 mean that bars have to stop serving alcohol at 1am so I don’t think it will be too bad. We’re quite tough now anyway and will sleep through most noise. The kids and I get a sandwich (Bacon!) and then I do some schoolwork with them. Much of their learning over the past few days has been about the Thai monarchy and history and we settle on science revision for an hour today.

On Saturday we are meeting the kids Dad and his wife Caron, it will be weird without Ali and Maisie for a week and we’re both dreading it as well as quite looking forward to spending some time on our own. They will be flying to Ko Samui and hopefully staying somewhere nice.

Simon goes to the Vietnamese embassy and collects our passports, tomorrow we have to go to the Chinese embassy and get those visas organised also. When he comes back we go out for some food. The bar up the road has live music and the food’s good and we chat a bit to some American guys about our trip and theirs.

We get back around 10pm and I’m ready for bed, we haven’t made any firm plans for tomorrow but as the bed is completely solid I guess jumping up at 7am completely refreshed is unlikely to be on the agenda and I guess we’ll take it slowly in the morning!