To Bangkok

Trip Start Oct 31, 2006
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Trip End Dec 22, 2006


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Saturday, November 18, 2006

We get lucky and manage to catch a late overnight  bus into Bangkok. The cheapest we can find is first class, which comes with a meal ticket and an on-board host. The trip is great! We get to see Jet Li and Morgan Freeman speak in Thai, while we munch on snacks. Then the bus stopped for what we assumed was a regular stretch-break, but we soon found ourselves being yelled at through a megaphone by a man who was cattling in the bus passengers with meal tickets into a cafeteria-style room where Thai dishes were being served to everyone. We had no idea what was going on, but try to make ourselves look inconspicuous. Fortunately by this time, we'd learned about some Thai eating customs (dishes come when they're ready, not all at once, and everyone shares everything; you eat with a fork and spoon, and the fork is used as a knife) so we didn't stand out too much (hopefully). Back on the bus, and by 6AM we rolled comfortably into Bangkok.

Bangkok was a crazy city! Immediately after our bus arrived, we heard shouts of glee from the local taxi drivers as they saw us on the bus-they were getting ready to surround us with 'bargain' taxi prices. Fortunately, we found a better deal outside the bus terminal, and after haggling a bit about the price, we headed towards accomodations.We stayed in the backpacker area in one of the only places we could find that had cheap rooms left...it was kind of like a prison cell, but that was fine. In the city, we checked out many of the gorgeous Buddhist wats, as well as the Palace (despite some pretty slick touts), a huge weekend market (where Sebastian ate some black jelly drink...looked a lot like big leeches), and even a kick-boxing match (very entertaining, with intense drumming throughout the bouts, and 2 boxers left in stretchers!). We walked, rode tuk tuks, took the ultra-modern sky train, and also took some river taxis.

Sebastian tries a giant fried grasshopper, one of an assortment of deep-fried critters. The Thai massages we enjoyed were so-so, but who can complain at 5USD!
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