Coming home to Bangkok

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End Feb 06, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Monday, December 17, 2012

Our last night in Myanmar we sleep like a stone. Especially after Esther's horrible last night - my night wasn't any better, but at least i am OK healthwise - i am so glad for her that she is able to recover a bit.

Of course, the hotel has arranged our taxi more than on time. Even with the same taxi driver that took us to the airport last time when we were leaving for Bagan. "Tickets? Passport? Then OK!" he says. They are just lovely here; we hope that this caring attitude remains, while hordes of tourist will enter the country the coming years.

Check-in and customs go smoothly, and we need to say goodbye to this wonderful (people and sights), but still dreadful (regime) country. Being here for almost three weeks has deeply touched us.

Quicker than we can think we are back in Bangkok. And feel at home again right away. Within an hour we are back at 'our' Mile Map Hostel, where we get a warm welcome back from the hostel manager.

The next three days have only one goal: recovery! So, what do we do?
1. Having great, fingerlicking good food :-) Again Somboon Seafood and the street restaurant just around the corner, but we also discover a nice vietnamese and a south indian spot. Yummie!
2. Seeing "The Hobbit" in 3D at IMAX cinema
3. Strolling through Kinokuniya bookstore, buying the Rough Guide for Laos
4. Frank at the barber shop losing his facial hair from 7 weeks (big shock, we haven't seen his naked face in seven years. Who's that guy?)
5. Discussing where, how and when to go to Laos

As all beds on the night trains to Chiang Mai are sold out for the coming days we decide to take the day bus to Chiang Khong, just opposite of Laos, divided only by the Mekong river. That means we need to go to the Mo Chit bus station to get our tickets. This sounds a lot easier that it actually is, especially if you are not in a taxi mode like we are. It's quite a walk from Mo Chit skytrain station, through a huge park with not so obvious signage (maybe the park manager is Belgian? :-)). We actually don't know where we are when we see a security guy who at least gives us the right direction. What we didn't know was that this guy also contacted his colleagues ahead via walkie talkie about our final destination. We are flabbergasted that they address us as soon as we come into sight, signing 'that way to the bus station'. Can you imagine this happening in Europe? This is an important lesson in hospitality! We get our ticket in a wink of an eye.

On our way back to the city we discover a butterfly garden. Very simple but highly de-stressing and just beautiful to see. The most beustiful things are the ones you do not expect.

See you again in 6,5 weeks, Bangkok. Laos here we come!
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