We arrived at Taileks House where we had booked a 2 night stay. Taileks House was chosen by us strategically as it was located in the suburban area of Bangkok and away from the craziness of Koh San Road.
We met Tailek, a young fellow that can speak 3 languages at the age of 2 and a half! He LOVED to sing his ABC’s which we sang with him each morning over breakfast.
We had arrived on the perfect day as each Sunday Bee (Taileks mum and owner of Taileks House) runs cooking classes. Although we were not partaking in the cooking class we were invited to tag along to the markets whilst Bee explained all the food she was purchasing. Back at the house the cooking students started cooking up a storm in the kitchen whilst Duane and I chilled back and enjoyed a beer or two.
One of the cooking assistants came out and asked if Duane and I would like to join her for some local Thai Whiskey. It was an opportunity not to be passed up so off we went; 2 minutes’ walk up the road to the road-side whiskey stand. We sat at a kids table with plastic chairs whilst our Thai friend explained all the different whiskeys on offer. One for helping with sleep, one for assisting with bedroom antics and one for cleansing the blood. Considering we didn’t have any trouble sleeping these days and having booked a dorm room bedroom antics were not an option by process of elimination we went for the blood cleansing whiskey. We were warned the whiskey is very strong and some people only require 1-2 shots before they are intoxicated. We were served some green sour mango and chilli flakes (for dipping the mango in) which you eat first. Then you shot your whiskey, and lastly sip a sugary kind of water. The whiskey was a lot smoother than we both thought it would be. Duane even headed back later in the night with a few of the guys from the cooking class to give it another go it was so good.
Back at Taileks House the cooking class was coming to an end and this was the part we had been waiting for. After the cooking class is finished our host Bee cooks up a big feast for anyone who wants to enjoy a traditional Thai dinner. We paid 100bht for all you can eat home-made Thai and it was AMAZING! Kim loved the Thai Green Curry Soup which was so fresh and light whilst Duane devoured a whole BBQ’d Spicy Fish. It was one of the best meals we’d had in Thailand that’s for sure.
The next morning up bright and early we jumped in a cab and headed off to Wat Pho, where we would see the 15m high and 45m long Reclining Buddha. This is a must see when visiting Bangkok. Wat Pho is also known as the birthplace of Thai Massage however we missed our opportunity to get a massage whilst visiting; something we will do next time we are in Bangkok that’s for sure. Although we missed getting a massage the Reclining Buddha was a beautiful sight, as were the surrounding temple grounds. We debated going to the Grand Palace which was located just across the road but with an expensive entry fee (well expensive for our budget) we decided to give it a miss. What else would one do with an afternoon spare in Bangkok? Next stop Koh San Road.
We settled in to a place for lunch with cheap food and even cheaper beer, we were set. As we strolled the street of Koh San we were relieved that we had made the decision to stay further out of the city away from the chaos that is central Bangkok. We enjoyed experiencing the suburban life of living in Bangkok and visiting the local markets, it was great to see the city through a locals eyes.
The next morning we were packed and ready …. Next stop Kanchanaburi
Travel Tip – During our few days in Bangkok we learnt one very valuable lesson – insist the taxi driver uses his meter. If you get a metered taxi it is usually even cheaper than a Tuk Tuk. Many taxi drivers will refuse or decide not to take you when you insist on the use of a meter however it saved us a huge amount of money – especially since we were staying in the suburbs.