Driver, paddle faster. I've got shopping to do!
Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
31Trip End Sep 14, 2010
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Even though it was early in the morning, it was really hot (after two and a half months, the massive amounts of sweat were nothing new). We spent a somewhat restful day sipping fresh coconut milk out of a coconut (what else would it be?) and doing some shopping/wandering around
That night we headed to Bangkok's train station to board our sleeper train for that evening. I somehow didn't realize we were spending the night in a train (again!), so I wasn't exactly pleased. While we were waiting in the station, we got to see something that never happens in our country: Twice a day, Thailand's national anthem is played publicly. Everyone, and I mean everyone, drops what they're doing to stand and face a billboard or photo of the Thai king. (These billboards and giant photos are everywhere in Thailand). A few minutes later, when the anthem is over, everyone goes back to their routine, as if nothing had happened. It was a good thing our tour guide warned us about this event, otherwise we'd have been pretty confused with the whole thing.
I loaded up on mosquito repellent at the station, then braced myself for the night on a cramped train.