Today I was going to the eastward coastline for some scuba diving. This was to be done as a day trip from Bangkok. Around Bangkok is only a few dive sites. Today I was heading by boat to Koh Krak. It is not in the league of the dive sites in Southern Thailand such as the Similan Islands but it is convenient as a day trip from Bangkok.
As is typical in Thailand, the sea was rough.
I planned on two dives at the island. Each diving down to approximately 12 metres.
After the dives, I had a wee look around the beach for the sunset before heading back to Bangkok via minibus.
Back in Bangkok I was going to enjoy my last night in town.
I really like the street food in Thailand and despite what the guide books say, I never had to run for the toilet afterwards.
I was due to fly to Kathmandu the next day.
I was able to get a upgrade to business class on this flight. I guess the Thaiair Stewardess like cuddly toy travellers.
I arrived in Kathmandu ready for my adventure to Mt. Everest.
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After the riots, I was going to spend a day visiting the old capital Ayutthaya which is 85 km north of Bangkok.
I caught a tour minibus from Khao San Road and was joined by ten other travellers for the day. They were mostly kiwis and aussies. I was the only cuddly toy on the tour bus and as such became the focus of the group because I was different. One of the aussies almost sat on me on the tour bus, he was massive compared to me.
Our first temple was Wat Phu Khao Thong just outside Ayutthaya.
I was to visit this temple again in October 2011 during the floods. This temple was mostly flooded then.
This temple was our first stop and we spent some twenty minutes here.
After another ten minutes on the bus, we made it to Ayutthaya Historical Park.
The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Ayutthaya was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767.
About midday the tour bus took us to a restaurant for dinner.
The other travellers helped me out of the minibus and the big muscles aussie man cut up my dinner for me.
After see the reclining buddha, we went to Wat Mahathat.
Here is the famous detached buddha head entangled in roots.
It rises a few centimeters each year due to growth of the roots.
The next day I was going to do some scuba diving.
To be continued….
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Details of my trip to Ayutthaya in 2011 is here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/my-travels-in-thailand-2011/
Having survived my encounter with the Siamese Crocodile, I was eager to see the rest of Bangkok had to offer.
I was staying at the Suk 11 hotel which is one of my favourite hotel/appartments in downtown Bangkok.
The gardens to this hotel are stunning and has the old traditional Bangkok feel about it.
Both the roof top gardens and the outdoor gardens have old traditional pedicycles on show. These are no longer see on Bangkok street as motorised tuks-tuks are used now.
This hotel has it showers outdoors, on the balconys!
I must say exposing my naked furry body on the balcony is an experience.
I was keen to explore the floating markets of Bangkok and the surrounding area.
The most famous of the floating markets is Damnoen Saduak, about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok.
I had to take an early morning longtail boat to get there.
This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up.
All sort of food and vegetables can be sought here.
The floating market is very touristy and somehow the market doesn’t feel genuine anymore. I did not see any Thai buyers in any of the stalls.
I then took the boat back to Bangkok.
Those crocodiles sniffed me out again for lunch.
I made it back to Bangkok and I was getting ready for a night out in the famous redlight district of Bangkok. Apparently the monkeys here are sooooo sexy. Not sure what my foster Auntie L. would make of that if she knew what her adopted wee cuddly toy was doing!
That night I met a Thai prostitute monkey name “Pom”. For more stories about my time with the monkey name “Pom” please visit: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/sex-scandal-monkeys-secret-love-child/
The next morning I decided to visit the Bridge on the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi. This day trip was already mentioned in a previous travel blog of mine here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/great-railway-journeys/
After the tour I wanted to visit the shopping malls in modern Bangkok central but huff you know how politics goes here. Corruption in elections, people protest then riots. Whilst I was in Bangkok central a riot broke out, protestors were killed and the Thai army moved in! A curfew was declared.
With a curfew in place, I was confined to my hotel for the night and wasn’t able to go out to the bars.
Did our wee monkey manage to see anything else in Bangkok, found out in “My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 3”.
To be continued….
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For my next blog about my adventures and travels I am going to talk about my visits to Thailand and in particular about my 2010 visit. The trip to Bangkok in 2010 was a week stopover whilst on my way to Kathmandu for my Mount Everest trek. See here for my blog of my Mount Everest trek: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/my-trip-to-mount-everest-nepal-in-2010-part-1/
I have been to Bangkok some forty times over the last decade or two as I enjoy the company of other monkeys to chat and party with. I get lonely in Scotland as there is no monkeys here in the highlands, just rain.
On my first day in Bangkok, I was going to see the temples starting with Wat Arun first.
Wat Arun is on the west side of the Chao Phraya River and therefore not many tourists visit this temple as it is away from the east bank where most tourists hang about.
Wat Arun means the Temple of the Dawn named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn.
Whilst I was there, the temple was having restoration work done on it.
From top of Wat Arun I was able to see all of Bangkok.
I decided to have a wee walk around the temple grounds.
This temple is used by studying Buddhist monks.
I then decided to visit Wat Pho, the most popular temple for tourists in Bangkok.
This temple is famous for it 43 metre long reclining buddha.
This temple is very very touristy.
The grounds of the temple has many smaller buddhas on show.
The famous school of Thai traditional massage is within the grounds of the temple. However, this should not be confused with the infamous body massages of Soi Cowboy! *blushs*
This wee cat was following me around the temple.
The temple was restored in 1982.
After visiting Wat Pho, I decided to visit the Golden Mount temple.
The temple is on top of a small hill and therefore is a prominent feature of Bangkok.
It is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, dating back to Rama 1 era.
After seeing the temples, I went to the local park to watch the football.
They play football with elephants here!
After a day of sightseeing, I took the skytrain back to my rented appartment. But, when I came to my front door, I found that a Siamese Crocodile was blocking my entrance!
I s**t myself!
Did our wee monkey get eaten!!! Find out in “My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 2”.
To be continued….
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After my freezing walk to the icy glaciers, I needed a rest. I had also been horse riding and scuba diving. So today being the last day of my trip, I was going to soak my wee cotton furry feet in the Blue Lagoon Spa.
The spa is located approximately 13 km (8 miles) from the Keflavík International Airport and 39 km (24 miles) from Reykjavík.
The spa had several bars and cafes for dining.
The lagoon is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every 2 days.
Full massage services were available and I could not resist getting my feet tickled by the chicks.
Afterwards, I went outside to have a walk around the lava field.
Iceland is a very young island and evidence of this is seen throughout the land. There is also no trees around!
The geothermal plant is situated in the lava field.
The water produced by the power plant is full of minerals turning it milky colour.
After spending the day at the Blue Lagoon Spa, I wanted to hit the town and pull some Icelandic monkeys chicks er…. um…. there are no monkeys in Iceland! So I got plastered instead.
After enjoying my last night out, I was up early in the morning my for return flight back to Scotland.
Well for me it was my return back to Scotland.
A quick spin in the washing machine on a 30 °C wash and I was ready for work on the Monday morning. I was eager to carry on training my new recruits for combat on the front line.
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Today I was going to see Southern Iceland on the South tour trip. Unfortunately the weather was bad but you all know me – nothing stops me getting out and doing things.
My first stop of the day was to see an icy glacier. I headed over to Sólheimajökull glacier on the Southern coast of Iceland.
The glacier views was stunning.
The ground all around me was blackened due to the nearby volcanoes.
It was cold here, so I did not stay long.
I headed to the beach to see the Puffins that are located here, but the weather was soooooo cold that even the Puffins migrated to Fiji for the summer. I saw none.
The beach was very blackened too.
Somehow, I didn’t feel like stripping off and doing a wee bit of sunbathing on this beach.
The rock formations of the coastline was weird.
It eventually stopped raining and I headed to the Skógar museum to learn about Icelandic culture and heritage.
Old traditional Icelandic houses had grass growing on it roof tops! Not sure how one is suppose to get an electric lawnmower up onto the roof top without causing injury.
Althrough the rain has stopped, it was very windy. At times I thought I was going to be blown away but luckly for me, my stitches held fine.
I went to see Skógafoss waterfall which is on the old southern coastline but now the coastline had receded about 5 kms seawards due to volcanic activity.
The waterfall is 60 metres high and I went to the top of it for a view from the top.
It is said that on a clear day, two rainbows can be seen at this waterfall.
I headed along the Route 1 highway following the coastline until I came across the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which is pronounced er… um… err-jaff-go-skull volcano. Something like that!
This volcano erupted in 2010 causing massive ash clouds all over Europe thus disrupting air travel to and from Europe. I almost had to cancel my 2010 Mount Everest trip because of this eruption as I was flying to Nepal via Bangkok from London . But as you all know, I made it to Nepal and set the record to become the first cuddly toy to conquer Mount Everest. Read about it here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/my-trip-to-mount-everest-nepal-in-2010-part-1/
After seeing the volcano that is now silent, I went to see another 60 metre high waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a nice one to visit as it is possible to walk behind it.
I headed back to Reykjavík to warm up my wet damp cotton fur and a hot tub sauna with naked Icelandic chicks was going to warm me up quickly.
To be continued….
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