Ladyboys and Massages

Trip Start Oct 02, 2005
Trip End Sep 28, 2006

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Bangkok is an assult on the senses.

The noise of 9 million people shouting at each other from mo-peds, the smells of stalls as they cook things that look suspiciously like rat, the sights of a thousand fluorescent lights in a street where naked go-go girls call you in from every door.... even the film of dirt that clings to you at the end of the day from the pollution of the traffic.

I love this place.

Although when I first arrived it was quite scary. My flight from Sydney landed at 11:30 pm, and by the time I cleared immigration and customs it was 1 o'clock in the morning before I was leaving the airport. I got ripped off by the taxi driver, and I knew it too, but I thought, "It's late, I'm tired, and it's only a fiver, arse to this." So I paid twice the price it should've been just because I couldn't be arsed looking for a better deal.

We drove directly to Kho San Road, the backpacker Mecca of Thailand. It's also where Leonardo Di Caprio stayed in The Beach if that helps any of you. The road was closed to cars at this time of night, so the taxi driver stopped around the corner and told me I had to walk it. It was half one on a Friday night, and the place was hiving with drunks, drug dealers, police, Taxi and Tuk-tuk drivers, market stalls and people walking around trying to get you to buy anything and everything they had. And every single one of them looking at me like I was fresh meat. I was shitting myself.

"At least I've booked ahead" I thought to myself. "Can't imagine trying to look for a bed in the middle of this!" So of course when I arrive at my hotel they have no record of my booking.

"We've only got one room left, and it's a double."

Ripped off again.
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