Spent the first day going up and down the Chao Phraya river, exploring the flower market and trying to avoid the American chains such as the the golden locked arches, (excuse my German), and the place that sells dish-water under the name of coffee. What is the obsession here with 'Dunkin Doughnuts?'
Decided to get out of the city for the New Year, so took an Air Asia, (the Oriental and superior version of the Irish airline), down to Krabi, which turned out to be a slightly faded but charming place from which to set out to the islands in the Andaman Sea. The celebratory fireworks stopped just after midnight, and the guesthouse was comfortable. Only problem was the tourist in the next room, who seemed to be determined to get his money's worth out of the prostitute who was with him. It was a a very noisy night. Had to hand it to him though, the man had staying-power. Either that, or a catering pack of Viagra. Or both.
Millie seems to be attracting a lot of attention. Women keep telling her how beautiful she is. It's her skin. What to us Westerners is a pale Celtic pallor is the dream colour to the people of the region. There are posters everywhere for a product with the bizarre name of 'Snail White.' This Franco/Disney sounding product claims to lighten the skin, so that SE Asians can look like westerners, who in turn, want to look like bronzed SE Asians. Roll on skin exchange surgery.