And so the journey begins
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 2 of 42 › view all entries
June 7th, 2008 – by: RachelSpencer
Checking in a little later than imagined resulted in our seats being right at the back of the airplane but this was fine as we had '2 seats' and didn't have to contend with the irritating 3rd person who is always asleep when you want to go to the toilet. The plane was lovely, video on demand at each seat and even free paper slippers, what a luxury! We were fed pretty quickly and watched a film or two before the lights were turned off and we tried to sleep, tried being the operative word.
We arrived at Bangkok fairly soon after and were impressed that the time had gone by quite quickly. Our nerves at being in Asia were topped only by our nerves of being turned away again at immigration, but the guard stamped our passport and waved us through with no questions at all. So much for all the fuss at Heathrow! We bypassed the touts offering limo services to hotels and found the public taxi rank where we got in and handed the driver the address of the guest house.
We discovered quickly that a 'soi' is a small road off the main road, typically a paved track with a pavement if you are lucky and as many stray animals as people. We got out of the cab and were told that the guest house was around the corner, which luckily it was. The place was quite nice, more expensive than we will have to spend in future, with air-con and a hot water shower. Although actually the hot water was nowhere to be seen and to call it a shower was somewhat misleading. The water pressure was so low that holding the shower head on it's side was enough to reduce the flow to a drip down your arm! We had a wander round the immediate area and down to the river (Mae Nam Chao Phraya) before deciding to eat some dinner at the small cafe attached to the guesthouse.
After a good nights sleep we walked up to the Khao San Road, infamous backpacker mecca and full of stalls selling clothes, dodgy DVDs, fake watches and anything else inbetween. The weather is very hot and humid, we managed to stay outside for only a short time before retreating into one of the many many cafes and cooling off with a fresh mango shake which was delicious. We ventured further up the road and wandered about for an hour or so amongst the hundreds of tuktuk drivers hassling us for a fare and the stalls which lined the streets. It was quite a shock to the system, sights and smells which we have never encountered before, fascinating, crazy and terrifying all at once.
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