New friends on Khao San
Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
27Trip End Jan 11, 2011
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Next Christie, who grew up in Hong Kong and is well versed in eating exotic foods, got us to try roasted crickets. These were surprisingly delicious, crunchy and peppery, a great beer snack that I’d eat again any day. We made our way to a bar to share some of the hugely popular Khao San Road bucket cocktails (hence the vomit on Christie’s shoe that morning)
At one point a passerby stopped and said to me:
“So how late is the 024 bus these days?”
“What?” I had no idea why this guy would think I knew the ins and outs of the Bangkok bus system.
“The Richmond Road bus, how late is it these days?” It turns out he recognised my from my bus stop. Apparently we used the catch the bus together every day (I still didn’t recognise him, but my observation skills have never been good, especially at that time in the morning). He even recognised Nathan and said, “oh and you come out of your house every morning, get in your car, do a U-turn and drive off.” What a small world!
In the meantime a little girl, about 10 years old, approached Nathan to sell him a rose
At one point I asked my new friend Zip whether they come to Khao San often, and where they go when they do. Suddenly she had everyone up and moving to a club they frequent. When we got there I suddenly realised that through hanging out with the locals we’d somehow ended up at the Bangkok equivalent of the Auckland Viaduct. The bar was packed with people dancing and singing to covers of every pop rock drinking song ever written. But, given that we were surrounded by our enthusiastic new friends, and that this will probably be it in terms of nightlife for the next three months (that or hard trance dance parties, and I know what my preference is out of those options!), we quickly let go of our pretentions and joined the fun. After buying a beer tower to share with our hosts we left the club at about 1am and stumbled back to the hostel, far from sober, having had a great night out.
P.S. Who has been trolling our mailing list?! I'm looking at you Tom, Hamish and Mark xx