February 20, 2011
After touring museums and palaces for the better half of the day. Afternoon was spent in Chinatown. But we first had our lunch outside of the Grand Palace complex. I decided to let Richard choose my foods for me (I tend to have poor judgement in ordering foods). :D Rahel had to leave afterwards coz she’d meet up with her boyfriend at the airport.
To get to Chinatown from the Grand Palace, we walked towards the nearest pier, Tha Chan (N9), took the Central Pier-bound river ferry (orange flag) and got off at the Ratchawongsee Pier (N5).
How do I describe Thailand’s Chinatown? Essentially, same-same but different. ;) Lots of tasty foods, temples, markets. I enjoy getting lost in them. We eventually had to part ways with Ali and Diana too. :(
Back at our hosts’ place, my cousin and I packed our stuff. Afterwards we went out with our hosts. We’re gonna have some Thai massage in the local neighborhood. Sooo cheap! A foot massage at KSR usually costs 150THB for 30minutes but ours was a foot massage (we could have gone with the full body massage too) for 1 (up to 2) hour for only 150THB! It was very popular with the locals that we had to be separated for them to be able to accommodate us. The others where on the 2nd floor while I was on the 1st floor. When the masseuse asked me in Thai and I answered that I can only understand English, they went into a mini panic! haha Good thing there was another customer who can speak some English. Turns out she was asking how long I want. We’d only get one hour coz we have a flight to catch. I told her to not to do it hard. I loved it! My cousin ended up with some bruises coz of the massage though. Aww.
Afterwards, we had some “proper” ice cream before we had our dinner. Desserts before dinner? Perfect! A treat from our wonderful host!
They then accompanied me to a local market to buy some last minute “pasalubong” for friends and family back home. Next up is dinner in an eatery recommended by those two. Hands down, the best meal we’ve had in Thailand. The guys ordered lots (from chicken to shrimps to soups) and we managed to finish them all! Bloated! They even have the tummy pictures to prove it (but I won’t be posting those). ;)
When we got back to our room to pick up our stuff, JJ and Richard gave us final instructions on how to get to the airport. They then hailed a cab for us. My cousin and I were sad to have to say goodbye to them coz the last 3 days had been such a blast! The hospitality, generosity and friendship they offered was overwhelming. Thanks you so much guys! Khob khun ka! *hugs* We’ll definitely visit again! :D