I wake up feeling queasy, probably excited as kids are back today and can’t face breakfast. We end up in Starbucks and I have a cappuccino and apple and walnut muffin- very healthy. We have decided to go to Chinatown this morning, I bought a silver claw hairclip when we were here before and want to get another.
We take a taxi to Hualamphong train station. First job of the day is to cancel our tickets to Sukuthai and get a partial refund. Due to the continuing poor air quality in the north of Thailand we have decided not to go there. We walk from there to Chinatown, it’s not far and Chinatown is a completely fascinating area. There are lots of shop fronts along the amazingly busy streets, selling all sorts of stuff from red Chinese lanterns to good luck charms, whole Peking duck, live crabs, everything you would need to make shoes, nuts, fresh fruit, solid aluminium bars, gold jewellery and silk to name just some things.
We find the shop I wanted and get my hairclips, as we are walking along we realise we are outside The Temple of the Golden Buddha. We visited it last time and hadn’t planned to return but decide to as we right here. The golden Buddha is one of Thailand’s most valuable treasures. Its stands at 15ft, is 700 years old and is made of solid gold. Like the sacred Emerald Buddha, it was originally covered in plaster and it wasn’t discovered to be made of gold until 1955. It is really beautiful and we take lots of photos and stand gazing at it for ages.
Several hours in Chinatown is enough and we catch a taxi to Siam Square. We do a bit of shopping, have some lunch and then get the sky train back to Ploen Chit. Jem has planned to bring the kids back at 6pm and we have a shower and laze around for the afternoon.
Eventually they arrive, we’re so thrilled to see them and it sounds like they have had a fantastic time. They say goodbye to Jem and we have a drink before heading up the road to the Italian restaurant where we ate last night. We have an absolutely perfect evening, hearing all about their time in Ko Samui and tell them what we have been doing in Ko Chang and Ko Samet.
When we get back to The Atlanta we all jump in the bed together and watch a film. It’s so good to have them back and we are relieved they are so pleased to be “home” We did wonder if they would say they had had enough of travelling and wanted to return to England but no, happily that doesn’t seem to be the case at all!
It’s late now, past midnight and I’m off to bed, gonna get a lie in tomorrow before we think about our next plans for travel to Cambodia.