Had a delightful breakfast at Baan Orapin. Fruit juice, fresh Mango and Watermelon, Thai Omelette on a mound of rice and several very good coffees. Excellent service from all concerned.
Had a good look around our new home. The lush tropical gardens combined with the beautiful original over a hundred year old Lana house surrounded by the newer ones in this walled old compound creates an oasis in the frenetic city.
Headed off on foot to the Old city across The River Ping. Was a long hot walk with no footpaths. Stopped at the gate at a chemist to buy some sunscreen and then hailed a Tuk tuk for a city look around to get us orientated. Spent an hour in the Tuk Tuk in the old walled city area and looked at a couple of the biggest Wats. The Wat Chedi Luang had a very old ungilded Wat behind the glitzy newer one and it is our favourite so far. Cost us 300Baht for an hour or $11.40 Australian.
Got back to the Baan Orapin and shortly after Glenn our friend of 45 years arrived having spent the night in Bangkok on-route from Tweed Heads. We spent a couple of hours just catching up and then headed over to where he is staying at Hillside Plaza and Condos in Huay Kaew Road. A 45 sq. metre Studio in a massive apartment block.
Funny thing happened as Glenn being a little tired from the trip got his Studio number wrong and we spent several minutes trying to enter 1443 when his was 1445! A call to the landlord set him straight! It was great to catch up with Glenn as he came every Friday night to our Soirees in Wilsons Creek before we sold.
We set off to Maya Shopping complex nearby to get a Sim card for my phone. There are no pedestrian crossing lights here and we and a couple of locals were almost bowled over by a platoon of turning motorcycles that we had not noticed! A big laugh was had by all but it could have been bad news so we will be more careful in future.
Had dinner with Glenn nearby as we were all tired. Thai food was Spring Rolls with prawn, pork and noodles with Thai Basil, Stuffed Squid in Coconut sauce, Chicken with Cashews and sliced spicy pork with drinks for 580Baht or $22 Australian.
Chaotic Tuk Tuk ride back to Baan Orapin was a hair-raiser but lots of fun!