Still In Bangkok

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
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Trip End May 04, 2006


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Sunday, February 5, 2006

Hmmm, don't know where to start, I am still in Bangkok (as yuo might have guessed from the title), and still on Khao San road, although I moved to a hostel that is much cheaper at 140 baht per night which equals out to $3.50/night,not bad, but the place is pretty bare bones. It isn't too bad,the bed isn't totally sketchy, it has a ceiling fan and there is access to a shower (no hot water, but in the heat here that is just fine), so I'm not complaining. I wonder if I am going to get more picky or less so as I move along on this trip, hmm we'll have to wait and see, but I have a feeling that accomodations in cambodia and laos might end up being kinda scary.

So yesterday I just relaxed and rested off my jet lag that I had successfully delayed the night before. Didn't even really leave the guest house,which is fine for one day. Today I went to check out some of the tourist attractions that are around this area (the part of the city I am in is called Banglamphu), I think I have figured out what the deal is when you are obviously a tourist walking around by yourself here; a very friendly well dressed thai man will come up to yuou and tell you "elcome to Bangkok, so nice to meet you"etc... then proceed to direct try and direct you to certain tourist sites which will inevitably require you to need a taxi or a tuk-tuk(which are like a golf cart w/three wheels and a back seat) for a very low price (20 baht which equals 50 cents), the hook is that in between each destination (mostly temples), they will bring you to either a tailor or a jewelry store. Each time they successfully drop off a tourist at a store they get a certificate for aliter of gas from the shop, and if you actually buy something they get 5 free liters of gas. SO in the end I got around and saw a bunch of temples, for free but wasted a lot of time being driven to and going into (didn't really have a choice) a bunch of shops that I had zero interest in. SO that was that. The temples themselves? They were alright kind of like cathedrals in Europe, you feel like you should see them and if you really understood their significance they'd probably be a lot more interesting, but in the end they weren't all that exciting.

SO I did a little bit of drawing at one of the sights, a 45 meter (ahem, yard) tall statue of buddha. I was sketching for maybe half an hour when a 5 or 6 year old kid came over, didnt say anything just sat there. He showed some interest in my gum eraser, so I broke off a little piece and gave it to him. ABout fifteen minutes later he came back w/a whhole gang of little kids, who were really cute,but pretty much completely stopped any attempt to finish my drawing. I gave them all a little piece of my eraser and they seemed pretty psyched, and I drew a couple caricatures of them which they found pretty entertaining. It was weird these kids were literally hanging on me. I am,guessing that thai people have areally different sense of personal space (and comfortableness around strangers) because I really wouldn't see a bunch of American kids doing that.

So thats about it, right now I am just drinking a couple beers at the internat cafe. Tomorrow I am going to have lunch w/ a friend of my uncles who is the director of The American University of Thailand, so that should be interesting.

I am looking forward to getting out of Bangkok, it is a little too hectic, and the air is kind of getting to me (think exhaust, strange thai food, and sewage in a humid environment). I think I will probably head south towards the beaches and islands...
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dboisvert
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Okay this is cool
After I read your message I googled Banglamphu and found this whole discription. No snake blood on the street? Interested in hearing about your dinner tomorrow. http://www.into-asia.com/bangkok/districts/banglamphu.php

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