It’s not easy leaving Pad Thai for 30 Baht

Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 08, 2012

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Monday, January 30, 2012

It wasn't easy tearing myself away from the island life on Lipe. I had found my favorite local places to eat, enjoyed watching the new travelers arrive, being part of forgetting what time it is and what’s happening out in the rest of the world. My journey back to Bangkok was one of the easiest travels I’ve done so far in Thailand. A speedboat ride back to the mainland ( okay, that was a little bumpy) a slightly disorganized two hour mini bus ride to Hat Yai airport, and a super fast one hour flight back to Bangkok that only cost me $24. Can I mention again how wonderful my benefits are? I get major discounts on other airlines as well, and I flew Thai airlines back to Bangkok. Arriving at the airport at a decent time also allows me to find cheaper ways to get from there to the city, instead of taking a taxi.  There is a new high-speed train that goes from the main airport to the center of Bangkok that only takes 17 minutes! (They advertise this time, and I timed it, and it’s really true!) And it only costs 90 baht(less than $3) where in the world can you ride on a high speed train for that! From there I bargained a tuk-tuk for 100 baht. Taxis just don’t want to use the meter in rush hour.." No Meter, No Meter” It’s impossible sometimes to get a metered taxi to actually use the meter in Bangkok….they want to make up their own price, so instead of arguing with them, a tuk-tuk is always cheaper but no air-con! That’s okay; I’ve had weeks of not having air-con, so I can deal with it!

So.  I’m back at the Lamphu House on the other side of Khao San Road, in the "quieter” district. It’s insanely busy right now, so many travelers passing thru this time of year. Lamphu House is like a little oasis tucked back in a quiet courtyard, with nice rooms, air-con, and a hot shower! For less around $20 a night, it’s quite the find, and always full, so you have to make reservations in advance. The food here is great too, but it’s hard to beat the great cheap street food in this area. In fact, right outside the front of the hotel is the best little Pad Thai Noodle street cart that always has people waiting to have this guy make their noodles. The price is less than $1 for a plate of awesome Pad Thai noodles. It’s one of the reasons I’m staying an extra day in Bangkok, and okay I have to start thinking about going back to reality…aka, work and the real world. Backpacking in Thailand, for all of you that have done it, is really apart from the “Real World” the prices of things are so insanely cheap that you think paying $1 for a bottle of water?!! Are you kidding me? That should be around 25 cents. An accommodation…about $20 is a decent price for a nice bungalow. There is no TV filling your brain with useless entertainment like those stupid Housewife’s of where ever… and you see how happy you can be, with very little. How happy everyone is that lives here. The Thai families are content with very simple homes, no designer clothes, or expensive cars, or use for the latest I Pad.  For them happiness seems to lie in being with and providing for their families. Simple life…we all could learn more from this way of living. It’s hard coming home sometimes, throwing myself back into the main stream of life.
 Once in a while you come across an " expat" living here, like I did this morning, a woman from Canada.They like  to share their thoughts and views ( complaining really...) on how things used to be,,ahhhh, ,how much everything has changed, and you used to be able to get rooms in Bangkok for 150 baht! No matter where you are in the world, people love to complain..I get the frustration of remembering the way it was,,,but its just the process of life, its great for a reason, and people will discover what you have, and things will change and grow, so will the costs. Its just the way it is. She also made a comment about me having Masaman Curry for breakfast...( Hey, it was 10 am !!)  and how she would eat real breakfast 3 times a day to avoid eating Thai food because shes so sick of it after many years.....What?? Time to go home lady.! There is still much value  and beauty in this country. Just ask Michael,,,hes found his own little paradise on Koh Phayam, and that island is still a Jem. ( Don't tell anyone...Lol)
So for another day, I will enjoy my lack of reality. One way to really stay away from normal is to take a walk down Khao San Road, which is close by here. There you can get a tattoo, buy the latest DVDs of movies still in the theater, have some dreadlocks put in your hair, get a fake ID, buy an inappropriate t-shirt, eat some fried insects, pick up a hammock, all with walking down the center of the street drinking a beer. That is about non-reality as it comes. But all of that is kind of a little too much anymore for me, I prefer my quieter area over here, with the courtyard full of trees and the sounds of Geckos. I will enjoy it all for one more day….until the next time, and there will always be another time here for sure.
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maureen mason on

My mouth is watering for some Thai street food!!! Beautiful thoughts/philosophy on your last blog. Welcome home to America's Finest City!

Johanna on

Oh how I miss my ice coffee at the Lampu need Thai a vacation! enjoy your last day, save time for your massage:) safe travels, xoxo

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