Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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I flew with Thai Airways and they were fantastic, I got 3 seats all to myself so I could sprawl out and relax on the 12 hour flight. Food and service were great and I arrived in a good mood.
I've never been to Asia so I was in for a bit of a shock when I got there. The airport was nice, but even though I arrived very late at night, it was still hot and I started sweating nearly immediately from the humidity. It smelled funny and was very loud and busy even late at night.
Anyways, my destination was the famous backpackers hangout of KhaoSan Road, so I got a bus there, and made friends with two Australian girls who knew where to go once they got off the bus
After making it to the other end, finally found a guesthouse that would do for one night. It was 5$ and the place was terrible but I didn't want to end up looking around for that night, and sort myself the next day and find something better. I didn't get much sleep, the bed and pillow we're terrible but it was only for a night so I left the next morning, and walked to some surrounding streets and found a much better guesthouse where I checked in. For 7$ a night I now had a much bigger, cleaner room to myself and my own bathroom, so I snagged the opportunity.
Since it was a Saturday all the embassies were closed for the weekend, so I decided to stick it out in Bangkok for longer than I wanted to so I could get a Laos visa, but I didn't get it till Tuesday night so I had some time to kill
I got the hang of it. The day times are too hot to be walking around for very long so I ended up spending most of the days in internet cafes, or guesthouse lounges watching movies, drinking beer and having cheap eats.
There are alot of interesting things about Bangkok. There are all sorts of random cats and dogs running around. It is dirty, smelly, noisy, chaotic, and there is always something going on. In Asia, there are lanes in the roads like anywhere else, but the lanes here are more guidelines rather than anything else, as people in tuk-tuks, and motorbikes frequently overtake cars in oncoming traffic. There don't seem to be any rules or regulations for driving, and people seem to do whatever they want on the road, so that is quite fascinating. Everyone likes trying to sell you their product, tuk-tuk drivers and cab drivers are constantly trying to get you to go somewhere, doesn't really matter where as long as you are paying them. The frog ladies as I call them, are always around too
Anyways, 4 days was probably too many for Bangkok, but I did get alot of information about what to do when I am back, so that is helpful. I got myself an overnight sleeper train ticket for Tuesday night to go to Nong Khai, a town on the border of Laos, 20 km away from Laos's capital city, Vientiane. That was my next destination.
I took my first tuk-tuk ride to the train station on Tuesday night which was a fun experience, driving through Bangkok night traffic. After I arrived at the big train station, I had a bit of a wait, but eventually boarded the train at 8pm, for the 12 hour journey to Nong Khai. It was an interesting experience for sure. There we're problems with the train so we ended up leaving late, and soon after we left my seat was converted to a bed, so I spent the next 17 hours lounging around on my bed. That is right, I did say 17 hours, because somehow magically 12 hours turned into 17 and we didn't arrive until 11:30am the next day in Nong Khai.
Vientiane entry to follow!