Our friend OM has just left us after a week filled to the brim with activities! I'm exhausted and I hope she is too so that she was able to sleep on the long flight back home.
OM was a great sport in accompanying me in my experiments with using local transport. We had decided to go to Hua Hin for a couple of nights and normally many people rent a car with driver for 2,500-3,500 BHT one way for a 2.5 hour drive (each way). I had heard of the express trains which take 3.5 hours and cost 412 BHT per ticket, per way (the cheapest is 88 BHT for no A/C, hard seats and on the slow train). After almost 5 hours, we made it to Hua Hin unscathed and although the train was delayed, we felt it was worth it if you weren't under time constraints. Our seats were comfortable, reclinable, had a footrest and a fold-out table. The toilets were simple but clean and drinks and a lunch were included. For 12.70 USD, what more do you need?!
Once we were back in Bangkok, we partook in a cooking class the next day. To my horror, I discovered that I had been cooking Thai food all wrong! So now, I am extremely glad that this has been rectified and look forward to learning a whole lot more about Thai food :-)
I love how colourful Thai food is and have really gotten used to eating chilli in and with almost everything. Yum!