Bangkok on a wing and a prayer
Trip Start Jun 15, 2010
70Trip End Dec 15, 2010
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Where I stayed
MOM's guesthouse, Khao San Road
About 10 minutes before the tuk tuk was supposed to come, the power went out
First thing I did was hop in a taxi and get myself to Khao San road; the famous spot for backpackers and young locals who like an exciting scene. The taxi, as I was forewarned, cost nearly the same amount as my bus ticket to Bangkok. 300 Baht!!! When I got here, I walked up and down the street, super intimidated. It was 5:15 and the bars were still bustling, buskers were chilling with their friends on the side of the road, alchies and druggies alike slurring their speech and movements, and of course, annoying taxi drivers demanding WHERE YOU GO
I woke up at about 10am (by choice) and put on makeup, shorts and a tank top… because I can wear these things here. You can in Mae Sot too… but it’s not very comfortable actually and there’s really no point. One thing I discovered? I really prefer how I look without makeup. I look like a doll with it on and I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been here too long, but I don’t miss the look of it and probably won’t wear it tomorrow. I then found a cute little coffee shop that served peach tea (awesome!) and warm croissants. That’s right, I ate western food. Do I care? No! The only "Thai" food that I’ve really seen anywhere so far has been very westernized anyhow, so I don’t figure I’m missing out on much. After I ate, I found a travel and tour agency to set something up for the week. I had a couple things in mind that I wanted to do and the prices here were right. The tour I ended up choosing was to go to Ayutthaya kingdom to see the ancient ruins, temples and giant reclining Buddha. The tour picks me right up at my guesthouse at 7am, takes me all around and on boat rides etc, includes lunch, and drops me back off at 5pm for 600 Baht. I really wanted to spend a day doing Elephant rides or something, but they were all a bit pricey and included so much other stuff… though I may change my mind tomorrow and splurge to go on another tour that includes that for Saturday
One of the most wonderful things about traveling by yourself as I discovered in Germany last year, is that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Even when you’re with your best friend or sister, there’s usually something they want to do that’s different than you and you need to compromise. Well, you never need to compromise with yourself. So today, I walked over to the Grand Palace and temples, didn’t go inside, but rather took a tuk tuk all around Bangkok, saw the giant golden Buddha and headed home. Tuk Tuks really are annoying here. The only reason why I took one was because it only cost me 10 baht for the whole trip, but they really are as bad as they say. I think they get some kind of gas ticket deal if you go into the really expensive places and just “look around” because he kept taking me to places I didn’t want to go to, like silk factories or jewelry stores…all had excellent prices compared to Canada, but I’m on a budget here. This little trip alone is costing me about 5000 Baht. The last stop at the silk store really killed my buzz as the seller was a complete asshole to me, demanding I put a deposit down on a scarf because I said “I’d think about it”
Anyone who’s talked to me recently knows that the one thing I’ve been craving from home has been Subway sandwiches. Well, they’ve got 'em here and they either taste just like home or my standards have been lowered. Either way, I chose to eat it for both lunch and supper and was completely happy doing so. Once I’d gotten home from the tuk tuk fiasco, I realized that I had a kind of sun rash on my arms, neck and face. I don’t know if it’s an allergic reaction to the sunscreen (because I haven’t really warn it much here until today) or if it was just too much sun, but I was tired and hot so I crashed for the afternoon. Yes, I slept all afternoon, and you know what? I’m allowed. Cuz I’m here by myself and no one can say anything otherwise. I woke up feeling a bit better though I’ve still got the dark red spots on my shoulders and arms… hopefully it’s nothing and will be gone by morning.
Khao San road is bumping right now. It simultaneously makes me feel at home and very much alone with all the music I’m familiar to (and very VERY good techno and trance), busyness of Montreal and heavily saturated with foreigners. Across the street from my guesthouse is a 711, and there was a fairly large couple sitting there with 2 large things of coke telling a Thai woman trying to sell headdresses to F*** off.. I wanted to say something but just walked away. People like that don’t care what you think anyhow and better not to get into a confrontation with two people 3 times your size.
The shopping is great, though I only bought one tank top (because I only have one here) and some flag patches to stitch onto my bag when I get home. I dunno, I just don’t feel like I need any of the stuff. If I meet some people and decide to go out tomorrow night then maybe I’ll buy one of the really nice dresses I saw, but otherwise, I’d have no purpose for it here for the next 3 and a half months and it can wait until our trip right before heading home. I’m really looking forward to the tour tomorrow and really hope to meet some people so I can join in on all this fun. It’s not quite like Germany here, I don’t feel as safe or comfortable just walking up to people and introducing myself. Everyone’s in couples or very large groups and it just kind of seems awkward. However, that being said, I’m really enjoying being alone. One of the sellers on the street today told me I had “love-sick” eyes. Haha maybe I am homesick? I doubt it… more updates to come tomorrow :)
P.s. I think Michele Morningstar is the only one who will fully appreciate and understand the meaning of my title for this blog. Good book Mich <3