Trip Start Dec 29, 2007
Trip End Dec 12, 2008

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

After leaving Koh Phi Phi, Jill, Ellie and I arrived in Bangkok on Friday afternoon.  I had arranged to meet up with Lauren, my friend from the Wildlife Rescue Centre, that evening, but we bumped into her almost as soon as we had left our hotel in search of lunch.  We ate lunch and had a bit of a look round the Khao San Road area, which is the main backpacker hangout in Bangkok.

That evening the four of us went out and had a really good evening in Bangkok.  Jill and Ellie left at a reasonable time to get some sleep before their flight tomorrow morning, but Lauren and I decided to stay out.  We ended up seeing one of Bangkok's infamous 'Ping Pong' shows - something I don't even know how to begin to describe!  Let's just say it was an education... I have seen razor blades pulled from places where razor blades should never be kept, I will never be able to blow out candles on a birthday cake again without some very disturbing images entering my head, and most importantly I have learned never to buy drinks for prostitutes.  End of.

The next day I got up in the morning to see Ellie and Jill off, and then met up with Lauren to hang out with her for the day.  We were walking down Khao San Road when we ran into Mickey and Rozzie, our friends from the Wildlife Rescue Centre.  We had no idea that they were still in Thailand and were really happy to see them again.  The four of us spent a really fun afternoon together before Lauren, Mickey and Rozzie all had to head to the airport to catch flights home.  We each got a few dreadlocks put in our hair (just a few, it looks quite subtle) and the afternoon ended at a tattoo studio.  It seemed like a really clean place with good artists - Mickey and Rozzie had both had work done earlier in the day - so I ended up getting the tattoo that I've wanted for a while now.  It's a Maori twist symbol, the same one that's on my jade necklace from New Zealand, on the back of my neck.  It didn't hurt at all, contrary to all my expectations!

I spent my next day in Bangkok seeing some of the tourist attractions like the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.  I also went for some nice aimless walks through some of the less touristy areas of Bangkok which I enjoyed.  I made lots of new friends when I wandered through a couple of university campuses, meeting lots of students eager to practise their English.

That evening I went to a meetup of fellow TravelPod bloggers at a restaurant just off Khao San Road.  About 10 people turned up, some from TravelPod and others from Couch Surfing.  I have heard of Couch Surfing before but until tonight I had thought that it was all about the hosting, and I didn't realise that so many backpackers use it to arrange meetups with other travellers.  I got quite interested in that and have now set up a profile and hope to meet a few more people that way as I travel.  There was an alcohol ban in Bangkok tonight due to the elections, but after our meal a few of us went to find a bar that would serve us some under-the-table alcohol (literally, 'under the table' - you either drink a cocktail that looks like juice, or you hide the beer bottle under the table and drink from a plastic pepsi cup).
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abi1982 on

Oh my god, to dub the annoying as hell American phrase! Wow, put a photo on here NOW! How could it not have hurt? Is it just in black? More details please. You are brave. Dreads and a tat, very cool x

annek on

Re: Tatoo!
Yup it is black but they used white 'colour' to add highlights to the design, which I think looks pretty cool. It really doesn't hurt! It feels kinda odd when they go over the bone, like your whole skeleton is vibrating a little, but it's just like somebody scratching you with a sharp fingernail. Nothing at all like I imagined! I'm finding it quite hard to photograph the back of my neck but I will get a picture up here soon, promise :-) x

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