Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
41Trip End Sep 07, 2009
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My House Guesthouse
I can definitely smell Bangkok. Traveling through the city is almost as much a nasal experience as it is ocular. From the stench of sewage to the heady fragrance of flowers, the scents here run the gamut of olfactory sensations. Some of the moments I've most enjoyed and known that I was in a different world have been when walking down a street and taking a deep breath of some of the food cooking on a street vendor's cart or incense burning in a shrine. You must be careful, however, when taking those deep breaths, because the smell can change in an instant to one not so pleasant, like the afore-mentioned sewage or the reek of car exhaust. And the cars are everywhere in this perpetually-gridlocked city, so more often than not, that's what you'll be smelling.
I stayed the first night I was here in a hotel I had reserved to save me the hassle of trying to find a place to stay when I arrived in the middle of the night, exhausted
Thompson was an American architect who fell in love with Thailand and its history and culture when stationed in Bangkok during World War II. He moved back after he left the army and built a traditional Thai house using six old teak houses he had moved to Bangkok. He filled it with artifacts and relics of Thai history and culture, and it became so well-known he opened it up to the public, with the proceeds going to Thai charities. He disappeared with literally no trace in 1967 when on a trip to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, and his house was turned into a museum. It was very interesting and had a large garden that was like a slice of the jungle in the middle of the city. It was incredibly relaxing after the heat and noise of Bangkok.
Anyway, I eventually made it to the infamous Khao San Road, a well-known backpacker's ghetto, and started to look for lodging
I'm taking it slow since I have more than a week to do what I want before heading south, but I've done a couple things already. More on that later.