Christmas in Bangkok
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
147Trip End May 30, 2013
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After a night of uncomfortable non-sleep on an overnight bus decked out with red-vinyl ceiling, pink frilly curtains and soft mood lighting, we arrived in scummy Bangkok's cockroach infested streets at the delightful hour of 5am. Tuk-tuk drivers who woke up early just for this opportunity, circled like vultures over carrion. Tired and dazed I couldn't say where I wanted to go if I'd tried, so we walked to 24 hr Kao San Road. Now this was a place we deliberately avoided our last time through Bangkok. At 6am on Christmas morning we saw staggering tourists, bars still heaving, and guys in McDonald's satisfying their munchies without shoes or shirt on. What
a terrible perception of foreigners these workers must have. We couldn't get out fast enough!
We'd rushed back to Bangkok to get things done and move forward with our Myanmar Visas. However, the boats were running at reduced schedule and the embassies were closed. Why would the embassies be closed? It's not a holiday in Thailand and it's not a holiday in Myanmar! I couldn't understand. So we spent most of the day fretting about what to do and trying to find some internet so we could phone our families to say Merry Christmas and do some decent planning. However, there wasn't any to be found. How is it that we can travel to the most developed place in SE Asia and NOT get free WIFI? Went to several restaurants buying our obligatory drinks only to find the connection wouldn't work and go onto the next. We were going broke before we even got internet!
Finally, we decided that we'd both had enough and needed a little break. Instead of humping it around Burma, we would head to some beaches for a bit of R&R
I know even conventional Christmasses can be stressful, but we're tired of arguing. In a fit of dismay, we decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! We indulged in some farang activities and ordered a big pizza for dinner, and even had a sheesha (in Thailand?) and beer. Then we went for a walk along the infamous Kao San Road. Weaving through the never ending crowds of people and avoiding the rolling fruit and kabab carts, you could find almost anything! Fake ID vendors, hand made ashtrays, sunglasses, bamboo tattoos, t-shirts, henna, dreadlocks, and portable ATM's for when you run out of money. Bars with wait staff standing out front beckoning you inside with 'specials'. Music from either side of the street thumps through your mid-drift and deafens your ears, changes as you move past the next establishment.
Forget about sugar plums, candy canes, turkey, stuffing, brie, and shrimp. For Christmas this year, Brian got to eat a scorpion!