Day 1 - Bangkok Beginnings

Trip Start Mar 04, 2014
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Trip End Apr 02, 2014


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Born Free Hostel

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I arrived at 1 a.m. today, and despite booking and confirming an airport pickup, there was no one there to meet me. Shocking. After wasting too much time trying to connect to wi-fi to call them, I gave up and hopped in a cab. The 24 hours of flying really was not bad, but I had barely slept, so I could not get to bed fast enough.
 
Waking up this morning was a little rough, but I woke up with a smile on my face thinking "I'm in Thailand!"
 
I stayed near the airport and the hour long taxi ride to my hostel in Bangkok cost only $13 (aka 400 baht)! I can't even get to Wicker Park for $13. Bargain. 
 
Everything here is really cheap. My hostel is $7 per night and that's because I sprang for a room with air conditioning. Dinner with a beer was $4.

 I'm not sure how many days I'm going to obsess over the cheap prices, but on day one I am still pretty stocked.


I was hungry when I arrived and immediately set out in search of food. I was walking up and down the crowded streets and starting to panic because I couldn't find a spot that looked like it had vegetarian options. Thoughts like "if I could only find a Subway" started to creep in my head. I pushed them aside and decided to give it one more block before I jumped into 7-11 for a bag of chips. 
 
That was when I stumbled upon the Joy Luck Club with the beautiful words "vegetarian food" scribbled on the signboard. Sold.
 
Little did I know I was walking into the most adorable, cozy spot ever. Food was delish. The owner sweet as pie. The decor too cute. See you tomorrow Joy Luck.
 
I followed lunch up with a walk in a nearby by park where I stopped and read for awhile, and then it was time to head back to the hostel to seek out some new friends for dinner/drinks.
 
 
Like most hostels, this took no time at all and I found myself enjoying some yummy pad thai and a beer on a street side patio with new friends from Holland, South Africa and the UK. With two of us arriving today and one of us on the last night of a five month tour of SE Asia, we did not need to worry about a lull in the conversation.

We picked up one more friend from the UK before heading to Khao San Road, a street filled with backpackers relaxing with a drink (or five). We split a pitcher of mojito, a couple beers, a few laughs over the absolutely obscene bracelets they are peddling and then called it night. 

I have a lot to explore tomorrow morning and I'm sure that won't be the last I see of Khao San.
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Peter on

Great start! Keep us posted!

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mrush on

Thanks! We'll see how well I do with these daily posts. I think I might start to fall behind once I hit the islands this weekend :)

Nina on

Thought I would check out your blog to see how round two of your travels are going. Sounds like you are off to a great start. Can't wait to continue reading more.

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