Bangkok Day 1
Trip Start May 18, 2005
25Trip End Jul 10, 2005
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This is day 6 (5/24/2005) & we made it from HK to Bangkok.
Up at 6 am to finish packing. Headed for dim sum shop for last breakfast: thick noodles with 3 sauces, bun (pork), & coke. David had same except had glutinous rice roll; Jeff had sticky rice. Will post photos later. A21 bus to airport for $33 HK - maybe 45 minute ride. Went past spectacular bridge, like one I think will go across Trinity River in Dallas - which just seems silly after seeing one across a bay in HK.
New HK airport even better than old. I would rate China Air as a 6-7 on scale of 1-10 & their food as 4.5 (but I ate it). Plane was 747, full, but easy for a 2.5 hour flight.
Earlier today felt a sense of anticipation & deepening into Asia. Difficult to describe - very very good. Trip unfolding, into the mystic.
Bangkok: Immigration painless. At last, I was not a "selectee" as the Homeland Security guy called me in Houston (what a fool - really logical to shake down a 60 year old college faculty member - so many of us are terrorists, right). Took A2 AC bus to Khao San Road. Left Jeff in a restaurant & David & I went of looking for a room. Found decent place (Merry V) with 3 beds, AC, & bathroom en suite for 600 Baht (about $15.50 US). It is not really very hot - today, anyway. KSR is full of backpackers - way more than in HK -just solid with mostly young Westerners & fair number of Asian travelers as well. Prawns & rice for about 90 Baht - a little more than $2 US. Jeff had satay and David paid 20 Baht for pad Thai. We're going to eat, ya'll!
Thanks for generous rating - given my confusion. More later.