Bangkok briefly

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 21, 2009

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Ko San Road

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Arrived into Bangkok not all that excited about my 5 hour wait in the airport for Miriam. However by the time I got through immigration and my bag finally decided to turn up I had plenty of time to settle down, get some ridiculously overpriced food and get stuck into catching up with my blogs - and as Dad remarked - I worked overtime!

The hours flew by and before long Miriam had arrived and we were on our way into the not so organised chaos that is Bangkok. Don’t know whether I’ve just travelled so much more than when I visited Bangkok a few years ago or whether it is actually slightly quieter than the last time but it didn’t really feel as daunting as I had remembered it to be. In fact it was pleasantly surprising. Until we hit Ko San Road! Then the madness ensued. We found a very reasonably priced guest house half way down the road - however it wasn’t until the following night we realised why it was quite so reasonably priced - not only was it adjoining to the noisiest club on the stretch there was in fact competition between 3 large clubs and their all equally impressive sound system and our accommodation was slap bang in the middle of it all. However all went quiet at 2am and as I was engrossed in a particularly good book at the time I wasn’t sleeping much before that anyway. So we made use of the cheapness and didn’t bother moving.

We didn’t get up to a whole pile in Bangkok with our one full day - we sorted out our border crossing into Cambodia for the following day and a few other formalities and when the skies opened and rain drops the size of small oceans decided to pelt down on us we headed to the covered markets.

It was an early start the following day as we departed from our brief encounter with Bangkok and headed to the border with something less than enthusiasm. It had been a while since a long, hot ,bus, border crossing in scam central.

However with the exception of Miriam losing out on 20 on a currency exchange which the guy who was supposedly helping us cross the border (courtesy of the bus company) insisted on as he was insistent that there was no way we could take out Riel (Cambodian currency) from ATM’s - only US$ in Cambodia as only the rich used banks and they dealt in $ and that it would be near impossible to change Thai Baht once we left the border and went on about all these different charges and fees and commissions and in the end it was all lies. Welcome to Cambodia! But other than the boiling heat and almost unbearable humidity and standing in that for quite some time with a rucksack in a very slow moving immigration queue it all went relatively smoothly.
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