Happy Thanksgiving!!! (Koh Sumet to Bangkok)
Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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As we arrived at the mainland in Ban Phe, we where approach by everyone trying to help us get to Bangkok or wherever we would like to go. At first we thought we would head straight to Cambodia, but were hit with a 2,500 BHT price tag we said no thank you. We felt we were better off the get on the A/C Bus back to Bangkok and do a little more searching on our own. After about 10 minutes on the road, we realized it wasn't getting any cooler, 12 people packing in a mini van. I couldn't wait to get to the rest stop. When we finally arrived, Bart touched my back and I was soaked. It was nice to be out of the van and in some fresh air. We looked around purchased a Pepsi and peanuts covered in honey and sesame seeds, they were good and hit the spot. We talked about our plans the clouds rolled in and it started to thunder and pour, at that moment we looked at the van and there were are bags right on top. All we said was we hope it stops raining and they dry before we arrive in Bangkok. We were back in the van, this guy was all over the road and driving fast, we thought for sure we would make it to Bangkok in 2 hours. That didn't happen, we dropped a couple off at the other end of town and then we were stuck in rush hour traffic. We were able to see more of the city that we didn't see before, which was nice but the no A/C and time was really getting to us.
Finally we arrived at Kao San Road and headed back to our hotel. Siam Oriental Inn is one of the biggest hotels on the street with decent rooms, you have a choice of A/C or fan, hot or cold shower, room with a view, TV and breakfast. All different rates ranging from 280BHT to 790BHT. We decide to stick to the usually, hot shower and A/C which were well needed. But they only has two single beds left, which we were fine with. As soon as we arrived in the room the A/C wasn't cold enough, so I went down to the front desk and the gentlemen was very nice and came up with me to look at it, but could only say he doesn't know where the control is and relax and take a shower, then come down to pay. By that time he knew I was getting upset, I told him about our bus ride and all we wanted was some A/C. Next thing you know he brings up some fresh towels and I was off to take a shower, wouldn't you know it was a cold shower room. Didn't really matter to me, because at that point I needed a cool shower. After Bart took one, I was down to the front desk again telling him it was a cold shower room and that the price should be 60BHT less, he told me no and would be up to the room to show us how to work the shower. But of course when he arrived, he couldn't figure it out either and told me he would lower our price.
We decide to go out for some food a few blocks away. We found a little place set up on the sidewalk, we looked at the menu and ordered some Pad Thai and Thai Salad. Not the most traditional Thanksgiving meal, but this is not the first Thanskgiving we spent abroad. A few years ago we were in Italy and they served us pork, so I guess chicken is closer to turkey (total bill; 70 BHT -less than $2 for dinner for 2!). After dinner, we did some street browsing, hit the Internet and called our families to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and to relay sympathy to both of our families and that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!
Internet Point/ International Calls- Shoshana Net open from 10:00am to 24:00 on 86 Chakrapong Road 1HR/30 BHT for Internet and 10BHT per minute for a phone call.
Saim Oriental Inn- On Khoa San Road in Bangkok, great location and cheapest rates around, at least what we where looking for. Breakfast is good as well, can't find 2 breakfasts for 30BHT, which is included with your rate if you would like. You have three to choose from; #1) fried egg with ham or bacon or sausage ( which is really small hot dogs). toast with butter & jam, coffe, tea or milk. #2) green salad with dressing, toast with butter & jam, coffee, tea, or milk. #3) mixed fruit, toast with butter & jam, coffee, tea or milk.
Great Link; http://wikitravel.org/en/Ko_Samet