Butterfly park and insectarium, spotted that on the new tourist map acquired a few days ago and since I like to see some of the native wildlife, this is todays destination. It's close to the Mor Chit Sky Train station and the Chatuchak weekend market and is situated somewhere within the park lands. A brief look at a related website states 500 species of butterflies can be seen amongst all the other bugs and creepy crawlies, but exactly what kind of bugs, well, they don't say. Directions seem a little confusing though, but I'm sure my natural geographical instincts will serve me adequately - its north and then west from the Mor Chit bus stand.
Bus number 3 again, comes up regularly, and apart from that first bus trip attempt, has been a reliable route ever since. Bus number 3 rolls past as I walk up from Thammasatt. The driver ignores my frantic waving, perhaps because I'm still way off the bus stand. 20 minutes and the next number 3 pulls up, virtually empty on a hot Saturday lunch time.
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10 minutes Southwards and onto the fringes of the market, renowned to be the biggest and the best. This is the place to stock up on fish, live fish I mean! Every conceivable marine creature can be purchased from regular goldfish to baby sharks and even stingrays. Little green turtles, shrimp and lobsters, black and orange eels, every exotic and colourful fish imaginable. Not sure how I would get a stingray back into the Uk though!
About an hour, and still just on the fringes of the market. A shopping complex emerges, time to cool off, get a drink. Not as smart as the all glass affairs in the city, and the prices reflect this with more bargain basement stuff. The place is more the old style, brick warehouse, but with 3 floors and a massive food court - JJ's is good enough for me. The place is packed out with locals, not a tourist in sight. The food area being especially popular with most dishes priced around the £1 mark, and of course the variety of food available just beyond comprehension for most westerners. Rather worrying though, one dish is described as containing 'live pork'!
Through into the food area, a considerable variety and lots of it. It's been nearly 3 hours and still not anywhere near the end! Getting dark, and it's a retreat back to the bus stand and the number 3 rolls up, 20 minutes later. it's packed to the roof, standing room only as I'm pushed towards the driver, at least I'm under the fan. Can't see how the money collector can get to me, a free trip maybe. Glancing at the drivers bay, cautious to see how upto date these buses are. The speedometer isn't working, neither Is the rev counter! Jumping off at Khao San, it was a free trip, albeit 15p.