All too familiar now
Trip Start Jan 19, 2005
35Trip End Feb 23, 2005
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Since I did a lot of side day trips the first time I came to Bangkok, I have decided to chill out for the next few days. No need to spend heaps of money when I feel like I've seen quite a bit this trip. Nevertheless, if there's money to be spent, it'll be on shopping.
I landed in Bangkok around 12:30 pm. The first time I arrived here I was a little apprehensive. I didn't know what to expect and I had read enough horror stories to scare me right out of the country. Now, I feel as if I'm a Bangkok pro... if such a thing exists.
My first money saving decision was to refrain from catching a cab from the airport. I knew the cabbie would try to rip me off on any chance he got. As a result, I opted for the airbus. I dropped a measly 100 baht for the bus and I was pretty excited at my keen consumer awareness. The only thing I wasn't really aware of though was how long it would take me to get where I wanted to go. About an hour and a half later, I was dropped off on the outskirts of Khao San Road. With backpack on, I trudged my way to the New World Lodge. I knew the place from my last visit, so I was happy to have that familiarity.
To my dismay, my reservation at the New World hadn't gone through. The travel agent in Calgary had allegedly booked me a room, but according to their computers my reservation was non-existent. I had to pay about $40 CDN for a crummy room. But supposedly this was the best room in the hotel. (Well, if a different blanket makes the room better, than I was living it up).
I ate on Khao San Road and then went to bed early. I really needed to recover from the previous night.