Final Days of the Trip

A final day in Bangkok and an overnight stay in Crawley, near London Gatwick Airport, bring this 3.5 month trip to an end.

I decided to use my final day in Bangkok to load up on some great Thai food. As my last day fell on a Sunday, I was able to pay a second visit to the Taling Chan weekend floating market. Regular readers of the blog may recall my previous post on the market and how much I enjoyed my visit. Eating food at the market feels like an authentic Thai experience, sitting on the floor at low tables and eating amongst the locals. Very enjoyable!

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Two vendors sell food from their boats

There are vendors around the market selling a variety of food so, rather than ordering a full meal from one vendor, different elements of the meal are ordered from different vendors with each vendor delivering to the table. I opted for a spicy papaya salad, some grilled squid and an assortment of vegetables. And a bottle of Heineken to wash it all down.

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Spicy papaya salad
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Grilled squid
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Basket of tempura-type veggies plus some fresh veggies

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Grilled seafood
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Shrimp and shellfish
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Noodle vendor
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Grilled Snakehead fish
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Papaya salad vendor
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Inside the market
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Siamese Fighting Fish for sale inside plastic water bottles at the market

In the evening, I popped to Soi 11 (Sukhumvit) which is close to the condo I was renting. I picked up some street food from one of the vendors and took it back to the condo to eat. I got more papaya salad, some beef soup, some grilled beef with dip and a small bag of sticky rice.

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Take-away street food: soup, papaya salad, grilled beef
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The street food, plated and ready to eat

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed eating street food during this trip, primarily in Thailand and Taiwan. I’m going to miss it.

On Monday, I commenced the lengthy journey home with a 13-hour flight with British Airways, direct from Bangkok to London Heathrow. Unfortunately, I picked up some food poisoning whilst on the flight that resulted in vomiting and diarrhea that lasted into the early hours of Tuesday. I ate Asian street food for months without any problems and then I get sick from eating airline food on a major airline!

The cold British weather was immediately evident as I left the airplane and walked through the gate bridge. I overnighted at a Premier Inn hotel near to Gatwick Airport in preparation for the final leg of the journey today (Tuesday). This morning was cold and misty – a complete contrast to the Asian weather that I’ve enjoyed for three months. And the full English breakfast was also quite a contrast to the food I’ve been enjoying.

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Cold misty British weather

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English breakfast

Today’s 7-hour British Airways flight will take me directly to Bermuda and the trip will have finally ended.

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