Chasing Time in Bangkok
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We arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport (coming from Manila) at 10 minutes past 11 o'clock in the evening of March 11. I looked at my watch, and found that I need to make some adjustments because Manila time is ahead by 1 hour from that of Bangkok. Apart from that, I also set up my timer to 23 hrs, as I wanted to make a challenge to myself on what I can do with that span of time. Literally, the clock was ticking and I need to make the most of the time we have.
First impressions -- I was so amazed on their arrivals area. We had to go through more than a couple of walkalators, and along the intersections, there were also a lot of passengers from all over the globe who had just arrived as well and were heading on the same direction as we do.
We were fortunate enough to get a taxi driver who can communicate in English, and knows where we need to go. After all, he should not miss this place, as we told him to take us to Khao San, our first stop. Our initial plan is to get us a nice, cheap room in this backpacker district. We asked to be dropped at Soi Rambuttri, and we can take it from there. So after paying 300 Baht for the ride, the hunt was on for Inns or Hostels around Rambuttri. Too bad we cannot agree to a place to stay for the night, so we just ate dinner at the many street food stalls around.
So after that, we walked to Khao San, and we were already hearing the noise as we approach the area. Food carts abound on either side of the road, with some street vendors selling a shirts, shades, and similar stuff. I was in a bit of a culture shock, though this is what I was actually expecting to see here. There were lots of bars, lots of backpackers, lots of pension houses, lots of street activities. We still made effort to look for any accommodations in the area, but they were really substandard. We gave up in our search and just settled at one of the bars in order to pass the time.
At 4:00AM, we decided we wanted to go to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, but our dilemma is either to take a bus or hire a taxi. We have time constraints, so obviously the latter is the best option. We looked for a taxi (which is not a difficult task, and their taxis are superb!) and tried to look for one who can take us at our second destination. Haggle here, haggle there. We were offered 2500 Baht, but we managed to get it for 1300 Baht, talk about big savings!
So after finally settling with a taxi driver we got along Rambuttri Road, we hopped on to his yellow taxi (not a yellow cab comparable to those of NY, haha!) and 2 of my friends seated themselves at the backseat and immediately dozed off. I was in front, and things get a little queasy with James...