Tuk-tuks in the rain
Trip Start May 18, 2003
272Trip End Ongoing
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Having phoned the Shanti Lodge (about 1km away by the river) to check for spaces we set off. I had already repacked and checked in my suitcase at the United Travellers Connection seeing as I was not going to need that much as I travelled into northern Thailand. Kate and Jonty however were at the tail ends of their travels, and were carrying plenty so a taxi was called for. We hailed no less than three cabs before one of them agreed to take us. I guess they were fishing for bigger fares. It transpired that our taxi driver was not entirely sure of where we wanted to go (the maps of Bangkok that we had were not very detailed) and after our drop off we ended up doing a lot of unnecessary walking. First up the wrong street all the way to the end of the wrong pier, through the grounds of a Wat, through a gap in a fence and over a canal, around some apartments and back onto the main street where we started. After a friendly man directed us down the right road we eventually arrived at Shanti Lodge with only one casualty - Jonty's bag decided to break at the straps during our unscheduled mini trek.
After settling into a rather nice dorm and some rather strange muesli for breakfast it was off to the weekend market. It was very easy to while away several hours walking in between crowded stalls , this place lived up to its reputation for being the world's biggest market. It was not so easy resisting the temptation to buy things. Most items were cheaper than in Malaysia and if I was at the tail end of my travels I think I could have spent quite a lot of money here today. There were so many diverse sections to this mammoth market that I am quite sure you could find everything you would ever need to completely refurnish your home, garden, car and replace your entire wardrobe in a weekend.
Later in the evening I received a message from Andy and arranged to meet him near Thanon Koh San. It was really good to see a friend from back home; we had a nice evening catching up on the previous year since we last met. It rained again heavily tonight and after failing to convince a taxi driver to take us home Jonty and I had to settle for a tuk-tuk. What neither of us realised at the time was that we could get very wet from the splashes other vehicles would be making in the road. Unfortunately for Jonty he got the worst of it (sitting on the right hand side nearest oncoming traffic).