Culture Shock in Bangkok

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Friday, July 23, 2010

DOMINIQUE HERE :

Day : 65
Temperature : 33 degress
Weather : Sunny in the mornings, rainy late afternoons

We have arrived in "Amazing Thailand"!! We didn't think we'd make it here quite so easily when our Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Delhi was cancelled 1 hour before take-off. When we protested with "but we have a connecting flight in Delhi with Indian Airlines to Bangkok!!"  we expected to be told with a shrug that we would need to get the next flight the following day....however, we were whisked away from the departure lounge and informed that we would be transfered to the Thai Airways direct flight from Kathmandu to Bankok in a couple of hours time! Right result!! We gushed with "thankyou"s to the airport staff who then said to us with a beaming smiles " no problem, I sort eet all out for you now sir, and you geev me tip later"...well it was certainly worth the five dollar tip since we'd enquired about this flight the previous week and discovered it was over 500 per person! We stepped onto a half emty, brand new and shiny looking Boeing 777 Thai Airways flight 2 hours later and felt like we'd won the lottery. We're easily pleased I guess, but this flight felt like luxury compared to the Indian Airlines flights we've had in the past. Kevin celebrated with six glasses of free wine during the meal then felt sick for the rest of the flight. All was well until half an hour before we were due to land when we must have been put in the holding queue for landing in Bangkok. We were flying in the cloud at about 2,000m  and the turbulance was pretty bad. The plane was bumping up and down, then it would unexpectedly just drop and your stomach would nose dive.  The engine noises would get deafeningly loud then quieten down and it felt like the plane was see-sawing around from side to side.  Loose objects in the cabins could be heard banging and crashing and this continued for about 20 minutes. Passengers and cabin crew were sat in silence as I tried to muffle my screams by shoving my face in my blanket. I couldn't quite believe that after being upgraded to a much better airline, we were infact doomed to a crash landing!! As my mind ran riots I was convinced I'd read somewhere that those seated at the back of the plane statistically have a poorer outcome in the event of a plane crash. We were in row 50....Thankfully, my worst nightmares did not become a reality and we eventually descended below the cloud as we approached the runway where we did infact have a fairly uneventful landing after all that...phew!!!

So here we are in Bangkok, and to be honest it's a bit of a culture shock. It's so modern and westernised....there are big cars, proper roads without potholes, people wearing fashionable clothes, clean toilets, no rubbish lying on the streets, and tourists EVERYWHERE!!....After Tibet and Nepal, it really takes some getting used to. When we booked in to our hotel we noticed another difference....things are much more expensive in Thailand. For 490 Baht (about 10 squids) we have a small room with a small window overlooking the busy street, our own bathroom, aircon and a fan, and the hardest bed I have ever slept on....well I haven't actually slept in it, because it's so hard I can't!!!! We are staying in the street parallel to the infamous Khao San Road which is enormously touristy with pubs and clubs and stalls and touts everywhere. We booked our bus ticket for tomorrow to Trat on the east coast where we get a ferry to Ko Chang. We both had a Thai massage for an hour which was bliss. We went to Boots the Chemist to stock up on some toiletries. We bought a new laptop cover for our laptop and discovered to our amazement that the Thai sellers seem to have given up on bargaining and have actually become quite rude...........a lot can change in 10 years. However, one thing that hasn't changed is the food, and oh my, it's delicious!! Thai green curry, pad thai, chicken and cashew nuts....it's heaven....I can see food one of the highlights of these next two weeks in Thailand....

Tomorrow, we only have a six hour bus journey, 40 minute ferry ride, and one hour taxi ride before we can spend the next 10 days enjoying the sand, and the sea, and the hammocks and the snorkelling etc etc....we've waited a long time for this!!
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Holly on

Tony grumpy!!!!!! He's had 2 people off to live in Samui this week in the pub and now you're there. Amazing Thailand indeed. Really looking forward to seeing how the islands have changed. Phone soon.
xx

Renske on

Heeeeey Kevin and Dominique,

Finally I found the time to react on your blog;-)!!! No, I was just so lazy the last days. Although I visit The Hindu temple with the cremation, Durbar square, Monkey temple and I stayed some days at Botnath. I loved the place. So quiet en peaceful, but not the same as Lhasa of course!
Thamel is great, but takes a lot off energy! Especially the guides at the different tourist places where terrible! One guide even asked 1000 RPS after guiding!!! I was furious! But I love Thamel as well, its the place where Nepal comes alive and I have met so many nice people here!
So, you gays are in Thailand now. I hope you will have a very good time at the beach with a lot of sunshine of course.
I'm flying back home tomorrow. Well, I will start my traveling back home tomorrow and will arrive Tuesday in Amsterdam. I'm not really looking forward to go home. There are so many other interesting place to go to. But I will leave Nepal with a big smile on my face! I enjoyed every day and I'm still having I good time.
Thank you gays for the good times of traveling together. Enjoy your traveling as much as I did. I will keep in contact with you and read your blog regularly!

Renske
(PS: now I can improve my writing skills to;-)! )

Maggie Bush on

Oh... the beaches in Thailand... I was there in monsoon season and they were still fantastic.... Enjoy every minute!!

Eileen on

glad you guys are having a rest for a bit ! .. keep up the blog tho ..even if it is just to tell us how fab the beach looks today ;o)

xxx

Doms Brother on

Hopefully we will soon catch-up in deepest darkest Surin early next month...hope the weather improves !!!

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