Banglamphu area near Khao San Road...

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
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Trip End Feb 21, 2011


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Monday, February 7, 2011

I got into Bangkok kind of late and stood in line at the immigration area for awhile before I was able to pass. I switched lines once, because this lady was taking forever. Right as I switched, she was done.  It was just my luck.  I hope the rest of the trip doesn't go this way.  I took a taxi and negotiated a price of 450 baht.  Later, I learned to tell them to always use the meter.  It probably should have only been 300 to 350 baht to my hostel, the Soi 1 Guesthouse.  I didn't include pics of this place because it was a dump.  Sleeping with 9 other people on bunk beds wasn’t comfortable because I was afraid waking up the others.

In the morning, I took a taxi to the other side of Bangkok to find Lamphu guesthouse.  This area was called Banglamphu.  It was close to the famous Khao San Road.  When I arrived, there were so many hippies around.  I even saw Japanese hippies with dread locks.  I don’t even know how you can dread Japanese hair, but I guess if you don’t wash your hair, anything can happen.

Finding Lamphu guesthouse didn’t happen.  I chose that place because someone else on Travelpod stayed there, but I couldn’t find it.  I found the Rambuttri Village Guesthouse instead.  They didn’t know if they had room or not and told me to come back later.  I was then waived over by a cute lady and she said she would give be a room.  Guess it might have been my charm because she told everyone else to come back later that came up to her while I was standing there.

The room was nice and plain, but you don’t really need anything else.  The pictures tell it all.  There was even a rooftop pool that I didn’t get a chance to use.  If I wanted a pool I would have gone to Florida.

I decided to walk through the city.  I walked by a Sanam Luang Park, went to the Watphrasriratanasasadaram Temple (say that 10 times fast), and bought a ticket to the Reclining Buddha.  Not much to say about it all except for the tuk-tuk drivers trying to scam you into a ride to gem stores and tailor shops and tourists at the places were not too friendly, at least not to me.  The tuk tuk drivers pretty much left me alone, probably because they thought I was Thai.  This is a good thing.  The other tourists left me alone as well when I tried to start conversations with them, probably because they thought I was Thai.  This was not so good. LOL. 

Afterwards, I walked to the through the flower markets, had some lunch in Chinatown, and took a river taxi back to my area.  My feet were so swollen from walking so much I decided to get a full body oil massage.  And no, it did not have a happy ending.  The massage was the highlight of my day.  It was 250 baht which is less than 8 dollars US for 1 hour.  The conversion rate is about 30 baht to 1 US dollar.

I met the tour agent in front of my guesthouse and she hooked my up with a zipline tour called Flight of the Gibbon.  It was 8am the next day so I knew I couldn’t stay out too late.  I took a nap and then went to Khao San for a beer and some Pad Thai around midnight.  I took in the scenery for a bit then went back to go to bed.  
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