Life in the fast lane
Nong Khai Travel Blog› entry 43 of 100 › view all entries
February 18th, 2007 – by: jimcowdrill
By the next morning, I'd changed my mind again. Vietnam was off the agenda but instead of returning to Laos, I decided to go back to Bangkok. From there I could take a bus to Trat and over the Cambodian border.
Bought a sleeper ticket to Bangkok for about ten quid, then; got slated on the TT for being so vulgar as to make a joke on the Lao branch; walked a fairly long way downriver to see a stupa that had slipped into the water in the nineteenth century and was still there. Had a shower at my guest house and felt good for about six seconds, before every pore in my body started pumping sweat again just like water shot out of a syringe. Tuk-tuk to the station, bolted some dinner, got on a train.
I'd never been on a sleeper train before. On either side of the aisle, pairs of wide wooden seats faced each other; an hour or so into the journey, though, attendants came down the train and slid these seats together to form a single bunk. The upper bunk swung down from the wall above, and there was my bed for the night. The guy guy streched a sheet over the mattress, took a pillow from his trolley, put a cover on it, left a blanket in a sealed wrapper, and moved on. Spent the evening reading up on Cambodia and was asleep by eleven o'clock.
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