Back to Bangkok for a bit before checking out the Angkor temples in Cambodia.
I stayed a few days so I could get a suit made while I was here. After an initial measurement and a couple of fittings over a few days when I got back from Cambodia I would have a brand new suit, a couple pairs of pants and five shirts waiting for me before I took off for Hong Kong.
Jesse and Victor, the tailors, where great and they primarily make suits for diplomats and politicians, some very famous
...like Lloyd Axworthy and, ahem...George Bush. The suit was a bit more expensive than could have been had from other tailors in Bangkok but it was still cheaper than a regular "off the rack" suit would have been back in North America. A little more money for a much better quality suit according to many reviews I read online.
I spent a couple days sightseeing in Bangkok with a couple guys from the hostel. With three of us we where able to get a decent deal on a long tail boat to check out the river and I was surprised to see how intricate the river/canal system is in Bangkok. I had thought there was just the large river that runs through the center of town but it turns out there are a lot of little canals that seem to go on forever.
Jason, from New Orleans, err...make that "Australia" did eat some bugs from a street vendor near Chinatown but I wasn't that hungry - or that adventurous, so I passed on the opportunity. Maybe next time...or never. One of the two.
Spent a couple nights down at Khao-San Road, sort of the backpackers central area of Bangkok, filled with...well...backpackers and lots of bars to get them drunk. Mission accomplished Khao-San Road. Mission accomplished.
I met lots of interesting people at the bars and I'm sure we had some scintillating conversations, although I have a tough time recalling all the details. Although I do remember meeting up with Rory, a guy from Scotland, who I had met down at Koh Pha-Ngan earlier in the week.
Good times in Bangkok. I checked out the weekend market, which has got to be biggest market in the world. Literally, it went on for miles and you could get anything you could ever need there. It was a bit crazy and very hot so I only stuck around for just over an hour before heading over to the thieves market in a different part of the city. This one, the thieves market, I was told started around the Vietnam war, primarily targeting US soldiers, for cheap stolen goods. Nowadays it's full of fake brand-name t-shirts and a seemingly unnecessarily large number of "used" power tools. I'm not sure the reason for all the power tools...but if you need a cheap drill this is the place to go.