Pink Taxis!

Trip Start Dec 15, 2010
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Trip End Jan 05, 2011


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Three Sons Guesthouse

Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Friday, December 17, 2010

Today I saw pink taxis! I think it's very funny that you can see pink taxis, then silver Mercedes, multi-colored motorcycles, and red tuk-tuks driving down the same street. Well, they're not exactly driving, because there is SO much traffic in Bangkok, you can walk faster than they can drive! That's probably why so many people ride bicycles everywhere.

I also got to ride a bicycle through many different parts of Bangkok. First I saw the wealthy areas, with homes that look like fancy palaces for kings. Then we rode under a freeway, past apartment buildings, and saw the slums where the rice-workers live for 6 months a year, when they are picking rice near here. Finally, we rode to a village on water, with concrete pathways leading everywhere. The homes look nicer than the poor areas, and people have a little land to grow food on. They have electricity, and fresh water, too. All of these places are so different from where we live in San Diego and El Cajon!

The food in Bangkok is very good. Every meal has either rice or noodles, with meat and vegetables. They serve chicken, fish, and beef, of course, but I also saw fried insects for sale, like grasshoppers, worms, and beetles. No, I haven't tried them yet. Would you like me to bring some home for you to try?! LOL!

The religion of Thailand is mainly Buddhist, with some Muslim and Hindu. You'll see little "Thai Spirit Shrines" at the corner of their homes and businesses, with offerings of water, tea, food, and flowers. Many Thai believe that spirits live on the land, so when they build a house, they build a little house for the spirits who had to move.

There are also a lot of Buddhist monks you can see walking on the streets: men and boys with shaved heads, wearing orange robes. Every male in Thailand is expected to try being a monk for at least a year. Most of them try it when they're 12 or 13 years old, or wait until they finish school. It's a time when they live without material things--no bed, no cell phones, no money even! Can you imagine that?

The money in Thailand is called the "baht." 1 U.S. Dollar = 30 Thai Baht. So if my hotel costs 240 Baht, how much is that in U.S. dollars? It's very cheap here. I stay at hotels that cost between $4 and $8. $8 will get you a comfortable bed with soft sheets, air-conditioning, cable TV with HBO, a bathroom, and a towel. Very clean and nice. A $4 room is also clean, but the bathroom is outside the room, and you share it with other guests. You might get 1 sheet on the bed and a scratchy towel, but that's ok, because I brought a sleep-sheet and towel with me!

I will write again when I cross the border into a different country, to the East, Cambodia. It will take me 7 hours to get there, 2 taxis and a bus. That will cost me 1000 Baht, plus the price of a Visa (permission to enter Cambodia and a stamp in my passport). Don't worry, that's less than $35 for 7 hours of transportation. A very good deal!
Miss Bethe
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