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

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Asha Guest House

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Bangkok is starting to feel like a second home here in Southeast Asia. It is my 4th time here now.  I arrived safely at 6 a.m., after a disjointed bus trip going through Laos customs, then Thai customs, then stopping for a 'dinner' of rice, then a 1 a.m. bathroom break, all the while listening to a Canadian talking to an Australian and some Swedes talking so loudly like there were no others on the bus, including at 3 a.m..  Landed in a part of the city I'd never been to before, near Khao San Road. Was waiting for a bus in the dark but didn't know if the driver would understand if I asked to be dropped at the nearest Skytrain station and was waiting alng with a guy from Denmark who was also on the bus but was going a different way. Taxis and tuktuks stopped and asked 'where you going?" and wanted our fares of course. Ended up getting in one taxi after being assured by the driver and the Dane that he knew I wanted to be dropped off at Victory Monument skytrain. Well I got in the taxi and driver made a cell call, then another and finally shoved a cell phone in my face and I thought what on earth? Guy on the other end spoke English and said "my friend doesn't know where you want to go, where you going?"  It took me a few moments to collect my thoughts and determine that the driver called his friend to find out where I was going as he didn't know, albeit the assurances when I got in,t he nodding, that he did. We could be going around in circles while the meter clicked.  Anyway, he didn't drop me where I told his friend I wanted to go, rather he brought me right to Silom Road, where I know my way around at least.  I did not have a res. at the Guesthouse as I couldn't get through from Laos so I walked in about 7:30 a.m. and fortunately they had a room for the night but were fully booked the next 2 so I had to find another place.  I am now in another part of town, in Asha Guesthouse, 450 baht ($15 US) per night for a double air con room with bathroom down the hall, but with bar/restaurant, courtyard and small pool. Had to transfer from the Silom to Sikhumvit line and then a taxi from Skytrain and took 2 trips to get all my stuff here.  In the middle I stopped at Siam Center and saw "Music & Lyrics" with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Cute film, Hugh Grant is very endearing in it; DB not so much.  It ishilrious in places.
Just booked my Air Asia Bangkok-Phuket flight for tomorrow dep 15:55; arr 17:15 to catch up with Brian and Carolyn who have been in Ko Chang and were travelling to Phuket overnight arriving today.  I need to buy a camera today; I got another cell phone recharger to replace the one stolen.  I may see a Thai movie today. the Siam Paragon theatres are something else. Have reclining seats, and have premier showings which include a massage first and gourmet snacks.  Haven't splurged for that yet.
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