Bangkok Day 1

Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End Jul 10, 2005

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

OK, I think I've got it. Yeah, right. Started re-entering last entry from HK, then realized probable problem & went back and found yesterday's entry dated November. But now there is a partial entry floating around. Oh well. Wonderful, David just fixed everything and map is even almost right.

This is day 6 (5/24/2005) & we made it from HK to Bangkok.

Up at 6 am to finish packing. Headed for dim sum shop for last breakfast: thick noodles with 3 sauces, bun (pork), & coke. David had same except had glutinous rice roll; Jeff had sticky rice. Will post photos later. A21 bus to airport for $33 HK - maybe 45 minute ride. Went past spectacular bridge, like one I think will go across Trinity River in Dallas - which just seems silly after seeing one across a bay in HK.

New HK airport even better than old. I would rate China Air as a 6-7 on scale of 1-10 & their food as 4.5 (but I ate it). Plane was 747, full, but easy for a 2.5 hour flight.

Earlier today felt a sense of anticipation & deepening into Asia. Difficult to describe - very very good. Trip unfolding, into the mystic.

Bangkok: Immigration painless. At last, I was not a "selectee" as the Homeland Security guy called me in Houston (what a fool - really logical to shake down a 60 year old college faculty member - so many of us are terrorists, right). Took A2 AC bus to Khao San Road. Left Jeff in a restaurant & David & I went of looking for a room. Found decent place (Merry V) with 3 beds, AC, & bathroom en suite for 600 Baht (about $15.50 US). It is not really very hot - today, anyway. KSR is full of backpackers - way more than in HK -just solid with mostly young Westerners & fair number of Asian travelers as well. Prawns & rice for about 90 Baht - a little more than $2 US. Jeff had satay and David paid 20 Baht for pad Thai. We're going to eat, ya'll!

Thanks for generous rating - given my confusion. More later.
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chaskemp on

now you're really getting there.the sounds,sights,everything awesome, even the sure to take david to the big temples,esp the emerald budda. and don't forget that even the catholic churches are awesome and so these entries-more,more! love, leslie

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