" No bus or Train for you! All full today!
Trip Start Jan 25, 2011
14Trip End Feb 21, 2011
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.So tomorrow morning I will fly to Phuket and take a 5-10 hour bus ride...( ha,,,I'm hoping for the 5 hour, but for all of you that have traveled in foreign countries the time quoted for bus rides is usually largely misquoted..! Then overnight at the town of Ranong, on the border of Burma, and then take a morning ferry to my first Island of my trip, Little Ko Chang. Border towns are interesting experiences to say the least,,,so I'm sure there will be more on that later
So on my extra day here to avoid shopping for more Hippie clothes that I just cant live without, I took the river ferry down to China town to check it out. Its a place here in Bangkok that I hadn't made it to yet. I forgot my guide book back in my room, so I was winging it again today and just followed the crowd as we headed off the boat...who I am kidding, there was only 4 of us, so I had to walk fast! And for all of you that know me, that isn't an easy task for me ! I am one of those stop and smell the roses kind of people as I guide thru life, so you have to let me know to step it up a notch if we are in a hurry .
Chinatown is Huge here! Of course it is, its in the middle of a populated Asian country. They're was a lot of stalls selling lots of cheap crap, but I wanted to see the good stuff,,,the interesting and ever fascinating food that is on display. I saw a lot of food...huge bags of fried skin, ( yuck! think it was pig skin?) lots of dried fish, and fresh fish too, as I waded thru lots of fish guts in the back stalls of the wet market. I usually never take home the flip flops that come with me...if those shoes could tell a story of some of the gross things that they step into! Don't even get me started on some of the toilet situations they've been in ! Lol,,okay I'll stop :)
I only ate some fried coconut puff things,,that reminded me of some incredible coconut patties that my friend Johanna and I had in Pai
So as my second day of Bangkok comes to a close there a few things that I can never forget about this fascinating city...
-The beds are ridiculously hard..the first few nights you are so tired it doesn't matter, after that its all about the Thai massage,,,they actually rub your butt in part of it, I think that's to apologize in a way for the hard sleeping arrangements.
-There's a lot of French people that travel here. And they smoke...ALOT. and they re pretty much allowed to do it everywhere...don't get me wrong, I love the French, and Paris too, but I wish they weren't so found of their cigarettes.
-traveling alone does not come in handy when trying to put suntan lotion on your back, in areas you just can reach...I discovered again today on my ferry ride when my back had some spots that got a little too much sun.
-bring lots of patience...Thai people are really the sweetest...and if you come across one that seems a little grumpy, take in mind how many idiot tourists they have to deal with on a daily basis that are trying to bargain down less than a dollar on something that is so ridiculously cheap enough in price to begin with
So I didn't even think of trying to bargain down that shirt.
And for the whole tipping thing...a lot of you may not agree that tipping is a good idea , its not necessary or expected in most Foreign countries. Well my thoughts are if you have a little to give, then give,like when it comes to a service given like a massage. They do not have tip cups out here at the coffee shops like back home. These people make so little, the average salary is 150-200 baht a day ( yes that is $5-$6 a day) so giving a little extra when they've done something nice for you is really what makes the world go round, and sharing is what life is about.Never forget how fortunate most of us are. Don't worry it wont throw off the balance of the world :)