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... As we were walking back, I realised that it was my expectation of what a Chinatown should like that was the problem. I was basing it on the Chinatowns of London, Manchester and Birmingham which are set up for tourists with restaurant and tacky souvenir shops. This however was a real China town, where Chinese people live and sell their wares for the Chinese community. This was a warning shot for me that I mustn't approach this trip with preconceptions ...
... prostitution, the strip clubs and the drunken middle aged sex tourists all mix together in a cosmopolitan of filth.
Since the military coup the later of Bangkoks worlds has changed significantly with the former astonishingly staying exactly the same. Come the 10pm curfew, the bars are closed, the strippers go home, the traffic is gone and the streets are taken over by groups of armed men and their giant military tanks. Ill never know which night time world I prefer
... get washed with soap and you haven't just paid for them to basically be febreezed down- which I'm sure is what happens half the time.
Maybe I'll check out Kanchanaburi later. I need to just spend a couple of days here and regain some normalcy. Plus I can go to the cinema for B100 ($3.30), so I go to see Captain America. Finally some common ground for upcoming Skype conversations. Yippee!! It feels like home.