And so it begins...

Trip Start Nov 05, 2008
Trip End Jun 23, 2009

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

After flying for about 25 hours, a day in Seoul, South Korea, and maybe 3 hours of sleep, I have arrived in Thailand to begin my trip. The flights were pretty uneventful, I watched 4 movies, somehow didn't listen to my ipod once, and the woman sitting next to me decided to take advantage of my bathroom break by lying down across the whole row and falling asleep. I arrived in Seoul in the morning and met an American couple who was also waiting for the evening flight to Bangkok, so we met up with their Korean friend who lives in Seoul (Sunjin) and she took us around the city for the day. We wandered around the city, which is very big and pretty crowded, ate a delicious traditional Korean lunch, walked around the park by Seoul Tower , explored Namdaemun Market and sometime in the afternoon we all found out about Obama's victory, which was good to hear. The picture for the blog, by the way is a temple next to Seoul Tower which looks over the whole city with amazing views.

I arrived in Bangkok, late at night on the 5th and at that point was very disoriented and tired from traveling, but glad to be done with flying. I went straight to Khao San Rd, the most popular area for backpackers and travelers, walked around for a bit, and found an ok Hotel to stay and was too tired to disobey the first rule of the guesthouse, so I crashed for the night.

Bangkok is a beautiful, dirty, smelly, fun city, which I think sums it up pretty well. There is every mode of transportation there , including taxis, mopeds , buses and tuk-tuks, which are auto rickshaws that can fit about 2 people and weave in and out of traffic, just like every other vehicle in the city, which can be very chaotic. I stayed near Khao San Rd the next two nights at Four Sons Inn. There are tons of guesthouses, bars, street vendors, street food, people trying to sell you eveything under the sun, thai massage parlors all over the place, and 7/11s on every corner. I even saw someone walking an elephant down the street as if it was a regular pet. I had a great time exploring the city, taking taxis, boats or walking, visiting the temples , but decided that 2 days was all I needed in the city.

Next Stop: Koh Chang
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doriastories on

Love it!!!
Hey little bro! This is a terrific blog, I love the pictures and your descriptions, it really helps to bring your adventures to life for those of us back here in North America. I'm going to show the pictures to Butzki, except for the guest rules - hah! That's Bangkok for you, no room-pirates allowed!

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