Bangkok: Take Five
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After crossing the border to Thailand, I was unfortunate to find that I had missed the overnight bus by ten minutes, meaning I would have to catch the one in the morning and spend the whole day on a bus. 14 unpleasurable hours later - but nothing compared to the buses in Laos - I was back in Bangkok for the fifth time of my trip.
I planned to do very little with my time. I had no interest in temples or sight-seeing - I had done that already - and had more of a desire to fill myself on the Thai cuisine that I had missed while eating the dross you get in Laos.
I checked into a hotel near the infamous Khao San Road, having tried to avoid it on previous trips. I was tired and hungry when I finally put my bags down and ready for a couple of days relaxing - as much as anyone can in Bangkok, anyway.
My days were spent relaxing with fruit shakes and ice creams, Chang beers and Singha beers, with a bit of preparation for my month in China. To amuse myself on Khao San Road, I told one of the many Indian tailors who try to engage you in conversation in the hope it will lead to you buying a suit that his rival down the road had personally been slagging off his tailoring, saying it was only fit for blind people to wear. I didn't witness a bust-up, but I can only hope that it happened and someone got the pleasure of witnessing it.
I met up with the legendary scouse philosopher that is Steven Davenport who showed me a few bars around Khao San Road. While waiting for him in the foyer of my hotel, the tranny who worked at reception who creepily kept touching me sat with me.
At the end of the night we were propositioned by some 'ladies of the night'. We had a bit of banter with them (nothing more, of course) and it wasn't till the next day that Steve informed me that at least one was a man. I was completely sold. This last trip to Bangkok left me feeling more confused at the end of it than any of the others.
The following night I was shown the delights of the bars around the Patpong market area.