Ivan, Jennifer and I woke up early on December 21, 2008. We went to our private taxi and hopped in. We’re Bangkok bound! First we’re going to the border Poi Pet, Cambodia. The taxi ride was a lot shorter than we thought. We had to wait in line forever for the visas. If you enter through the border, you only get a 15 day visa. This just recently changed in November. The only good thing is that the Thailand visa is free.
We had some noodles at a small restaurant. We hopped onto a minibus towards Bangkok. We were lucky again since it was another ride that was shorter than usual.
We took a taxi to the Khao San Road. This is backpacker central in Bangkok. It’s a street filled with hotels, restaurants and souvenir stands. Jennifer couldn’t believe how many backpackers that we saw walking around. We checked in at the D&D Inn right on the Khao San Road.
We only had to walk down the road for dinner. We went to the Khao Sarn Center. Ivan ordered a red curry with chicken. Jennifer got the green curry with chicken. The Khao San Road has great food stalls. My favorite is the one selling banana pancakes for 20 Baht. I brought my dinner to the restaurant which was three banana pancakes. Ivan and Jennifer really enjoyed their tasty food.
We walked further to find a place for drinks. There are several places serving cheap drinks right on the sidewalk. Ivan and Jennifer enjoyed a drink and talked for awhile.
We then headed back to the hotel and went to bed.
We checked out of the D&D Inn on December 22, 2008. We took a taxi to Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel. It’s a little hard to find. Ivan found this hotel on Tripadvisor. It’s a highly ranked hotel on their website. The place is charming and cozy. We arrived there and a staff member brought us some sweet ice tea. The rooms are great. There’s hand painted art on the walls. It’s like being in a country home. There’s a cd player on the wall. They provide music for daytime and nighttime. They make their own soap that has no chemicals. An organic breakfast is included with the room. There is no tv in the room. I guess that’s the only drawback to the hotel.
The staff is very friendly. We settled into our room.
We headed downstairs for lunch. I got a banana and honey sandwich. Both Ivan and Jennifer got the chicken pad thai. It came with tempura vegetables. The food was really delicious.
We went into the city. We had dinner at Tip Toe. The food was alright there. Ivan and Jennifer chilled at a bar and had some drinks.