Trip Start Sep 26, 2004
16Trip End Jan 15, 2005
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The flight to Bangkok was a good one. First of all, I sat on the left side of the plane and was rewarded with a final view of the Himalayas. I recognized Everest and a few other peaks.The weather was hazy and cloudy when we left Kathmandu, but the mountains were poking their heads through the cover. The service on Thai Air is unmatched, even in economy. They treated us like we were in business class. It was only a three hour flight, but they really went the extra distance to make it comfortable. Bangkok is a lot bigger than I thought. It was 90 degrees when I stepped outside of the airport. Quite a change from the temps in Nepal and Tibet. Not as hot as India, but close. (and no smell!) I met a couple of Israeli guys at baggage claim and we shared a taxi to Khao San road. If anyone has read or seen "The Beach" Khao San is mentioned as the center of the backpackers universe
My first nights choice for lodging was situated right next to a dance club. I didn't know the bass would be rattling my windows at midnight when I checked in earlier that day. I was so tired when I went to bed, I was asleep in ten minutes anyway. Bangkok has a lot of temples and things to do, so I'll relax here for a few days. I'm meeting a friend I traveled with in Central America tomorrow. He just returned from Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Vietnam. I'll get some info from him on those experiences. While I decide which beach to hit and when to head to Malaysia and Singapore, I'll go on a 3 day trek in the jungle just a few hours from Bangkok. It includes spending two nights on a houseboat, an elephant trek, hot springs and a few other activities. I moved to a place just off Khao San (read quiet) that has a travel office and free internet for its guests. The food here is good if you like hot and spicy meals. The street vendors whip up everything Thai right before your eyes. I have eaten on the street for every meal so far, and see no reason to do otherwise. More soon..................