Week 9 – Travel Year Diary

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Week 9 began with our flight to Bangkok. The flight was about as good as you’d expect going all the way to Bangkok with three small kids. Bertie refused to sleep unless I carried him. He woke up if I even tried to sit down. And he weighs the same as a small rhinoceros, so that was fun. Tears may have been shed by all.

But we made it!

This is the sweaty smiley face of a little boy who has just had his first hawker cafe Pad See Ew! We are in an area with basically no tourists, which means no English signs or food labels. We have just been pointing at pictures at the different stalls and crossing our fingers! Eirlys made friends pretty fast with the couple selling grilled bananas with coconut caramel sauce. There are so many food carts by us though, which is amazing, especially now we have figured out what most of them are selling.

We had a bit of a challenge adjusting to the new time zone. Bertie took a few nights to get over the jet lag and woke up loads in the night, leaving us pretty knackered in the day. We had planned to take things slow for our first couple of days though, so it wasn’t the end of the world. A couple of days in though and he STILL wasn’t sleeping through. Our plan had been to not bring a cot with us. I hate bringing extra luggage, so we had squeezed a bed guard into the suitcase and the idea was to use that to create a make-shift bed in places which didn’t have a cot. After several nights with no sleep though, we weren’t sure what else to try. One trip to the mall later and we had a fab travel cot, Bertie snuggled down happily at bedtime, and slept aaaaall the way through the night. Success!

One of our first trips out was to Chatuchak Weekend Market. We ate a whole pile of mangoes! And had lunch watching all the hustle and bustle. It was busy and humid and we didn’t plan to stay for too long. With kids we always think it’s best to enjoy things and then get out before everyone gets too hot and grumpy but you could easily wander around here for hours. So much to see! The second hand clothes bit was so cool and obviously the food was fab. We will go back again to do the side we missed out this time.

We also headed out to central Bangkok. The plan was to do Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, a park and have a wander up Khao San Road. Nope!!! It was waaaay to hot and sweaty to do temples or palaces with small children. They were grumpy before we even got to the ticket desk. Should’ve seen that coming. No point in pushing through and making everyone grumpy. The temples aren’t going anywhere. We figured they would enjoy a tuk tuk ride to Khao San and wow were we right. They loved it!! Look at Eirlys’ tuk tuk face! They also enjoyed posing up a storm on Khao San Road in all their tourist gear.

At the end of the week we tried out the Children’s Discovery Museum in Bangkok. It’s free and near to where we are staying. Unfortunately some of the sections were shut and some were reserved for school trip groups. But who cares when this much fun in the splash pad costs nothing?!

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