Ni Millor, Ni Pitjor – Diferent.

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Further Observations
The title roughly translates from Catalan as "Not Better or Worse - Just Different". This is not entirely the case as I am passing judgement on these things that are different.
Food & Drink
  •  I came down for breakfast today to find something that looked distinctly distasteful was being served. There is of course a more traditional breakfast for the European tourists, but Thai breakfasts are also laid on. When I asked what this unpleasant looking concoction was, I was told, "Morning curry. It very healthy!" I thought I'd give it a whirl as I love the idea of a morning curry and I have to admit it was absolutely delicious. However, to be honest, spicy food morning, noon and night is starting to play havoc with my insides.
  •  It was bad enough when Brits started putting ice in cider, but to put it in beer? Well, that's what the Thais do and before knocking it, I did try it; I thought I was going to throw up.
  •  I’ve heard of Iceberg lettuce, but putting ice in the salad itself??? Really? To be truthful, it’s actually not a bad idea when you’re having a spicy salad – yes, you read that right, a spicy salad.
  •  Bangkok has a special smell – I’m not being nasty, many locals walk around with surgical masks on to filter out the smell. At first, I put it down to pollution and humidity. But I have since realised that I only notice this odour in Khao San and Chinatown. Nowhere else. It’s the food. Or more specifically, the cooking oil. It’s like being in a huge chippie/McDonalds (other brands are available). The worst part is that your clothes smell of it at the end of the day.
  •  Why are there no green men for pedestrians at traffic lights? There are traffic lights that do have little green men in Khao San (and other tourist) areas – obviously because the tourists have no idea of how to cross a road and need all the help they can get. The problem is that, rightly or wrongly (I’m still not sure which), the cars seem to ignore the red lights and drive right through them – and when I say cars, I mean all traffic – tuk-tuks, buses, taxis, motorbikes, cyclists...everybody! However, move away from the tourist areas and you’re left to fend for yourself. I spent 20 minutes at an intersection this evening trying to work out how to cross it. At the major intersections traffic comes from all directions at all times, there isn’t a moment when all traffic is stationary, and unlike Spain, there’s no light to indicate that a car has to stop when someone is crossing, nor are there islands for pedestrians to 'feel’ safe if they only make it half way, and the main roads are really wide.
  •  When is a pedestrian crossing not a pedestrian crossing? When it’s in Bangkok. Pedestrian/Zebra crossings do exist in Bangkok and they even have a huge sign hanging high above the road for the oncoming traffic to spot. Clearly, they won’t stop if someone is just waiting for them to do so, therefore you have to be proactive about it. You take a deep breath and step out slowly into the traffic. Logic dictates that once you’ve taken this initiative, the traffic will stop (eventually). Not in Bangkok. They drive around you and continue on their merry way.
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spanna on

george, you should apply for a job at "lonely planet", your chronicles are so amusing yet full of interesting new and useful information!

Nick Simons on

I have to agree. Great writing George!

And as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus would say "Let's be careful out there!"

elaine longmore on

glad your still alive........ gonna read your chronicles to the children ......keep em comming.

Hugs and kisses always
Elaine and the boys

georgegoode on

"Morning curry. It very healthy!" my backside! I've been laid up in bed all day. McDonalds for me tonight!

Joe on

Have your backside write its own blog!

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