Bangkok again

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hello again from Bangkok. It sure is cooler here compared to Ko Samui and Ko Tao.  Positively comfortable here compared to there.  Saengthaew/Bus/ferry/bus/train/subway ride, total time travelling from 1:00 p.m. Jan. 28 to 6 a.m. Jan. 29; checked in the Bangkok Christian Brothers Guesthouse, a fabulous place close to where I stayed before at Urban House in the Silom area of Bangkok.  It is even better than Urban House, more like a Y, with a library, weight room, tv room, huge common areas, several computers, lots of garden space with picnic tables and shade, and right in the middle of Bangkok! 1400 baht for 2 people, big breakfast included, about $25 each.  About a 10 minute walk if that to the Sky train and Subway,  which we took, 2 stops from the Train Station. Met up with Anita at the train station as she arrived from Ko Tao via Chumphon at 5 a.m.  We both craved vegetables last night and the only place we could find any, without meat, was an Irish Pub called X Chance, and then toured around some of the night life and street markets and ended up at another Irish Pub called OReilly's because the rest of the pubs looked more seedy, with a lot of strip joints attached...  Anyway today just packed up and heading out to store our bags at the Thailand National Train station and then I need to go to the Vietnamese Embassy around Siam area to apply for a Visa as I plan to head there later in Feb. 
Am very excited as my brother Brian and his girlfriend Carolyn, who live in Calgary, are coming to Thailand/Vietnam for a holiday arriving mid Feb. so looking forward to spending a couple of days with them.  First time since visiting my relatives in Sweden that I will meet up with someone I know...
Anyway train to Chiang Mai leaves at 7:40 p.m. tonight and we arrive there at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. We have 2nd class sleeper with A/C tickets which means we sleep in bunks with curtains around us along with everyone else in the train car... and freeze as they have the A/Con turned up way to high. Had to pile on extra clothes and towels over me enroute from Serrithani to Bangkok. By the way, train ticket put me in a sleeper with a man!  Fortunately he was very nice, a 24 year old chemical engineer travelling to Bangkok on business, going to take his TOEFL so he can apply for a US scholarship to MIT, Harvard etc. for a Master's degree and really wanted to practice his English!  So I found out more about Thailand life/economy while he practiced speaking and wants to send me emails of his writing so I can correct his grammar and spelling, so it worked out for both of us.  Funnily enough his first name was Nunnivit so I called him Nunavut and explained to him about that part of Canada so he wanted me to called him Nunavut.. 
Time just about running out on the computer here, which is not free.  will update from Chiang Mai.  
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