Goodbye Bangkok, I'll be back

Trip Start May 30, 2005
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Trip End Sep 30, 2006


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Sunday, September 4, 2005

I shared a taxi out to the airport with a couple of Germans, Fabian and Iris, that I'd met a few times around Burma. That's the strange thing about Burma, you kept on bumping into the same people again and again. Just as we were arriving at the airport I saw a big banner across the road that said something like "Developing a New, Modern City", who are they trying to kid?

It was great arriving back into Thailand, all of a sudden it felt new and modern, great roads, great people, great government. One of my friends emailed me to tell me to lay off Bangkok a bit since it's a great city. I have to agree with him that it is, perhaps one of the best in SE Asia, it's just that I've been using it to do the boring necessary things whilst travelling (a great city to do this in as well). So please don't be put off by my dismissive comments in the previous posts, especially if you've never been to Asia before, I'd recommend it as a starting point for anyone, different enough to assault the senses but western enough to get your home fixes as well.

Saying all that though, the first thing that I did was to organise my ticket out! An overnight train down to Butterworth in Malaysia, and from there I'd make a dash for Kuala Lumpur, a city that everyone shortens to KL. The second thing that I did was to organise my ticket out to KL!, I'm heading somewhere that I've wanted to visit for a very long time, I'll not give the game away yet, but as a clue I'm flying from KL to KK.

After this I settled down to spend too much time and money on the internet, to the chemists, laundry, you know the score.

On my last morning in Bangers I bumped into Shane and David from Burma! I didn't think that they were arriving until that evening so I was going to have skipped town before they arrived, but they instead got a night bus down from Changmai. I didn't have much time to spend with them but we did manage to meet up for lunch before I grabbed a tuk tuk for a last noisy, polluted, hot view of the city. It was great.

I got on the train thinking about where I'll be over the next few weeks and I got really excited.

Till next time kids, don't stay up too late playing on computers or watching TV!

Ron.
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