Trip Start Feb 11, 2007
Trip End ??? ??, 2008

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bangkok. Yeah!  I am not sure if I love this place or if I hate it.  I can probably tell you in a few days.  I was just happy to get here.  The road from Siem Reap to the Cambodian boarder is worse than the mountain roads of Cameron County.  The word on the street is an airline is paying off the government to keep the road in poor condition, even though the road is the main link between Cambodia and Thailand.  Regardless it took seven hours to do what could have taken three, not to mention our bus was not unlike a sardine can.  Baggage was stuffed in between everyone's feet and while the open windows offered much needed air, they also allowed a storm of dust from the unpaved and very bumpy road to cover every square inch of our bodies.

While I was happy the trip was over, 11 hours later,I really didn't mind it, as I knew the whole while it would be an experience to remember, and when the road is finally paved, there will be one less adventure to have.  I did not dare try to explain this to some of the other passengers. 

My first impression of Bangkok was at night, and all I can say is that it is a conglomerate consisting of, bumper to bumper traffic (cars, motos, trucks and tuk tuks), trash, bright lights, street peddlers, beggars, all sorts of buildings and structures, temples, stray animals, humidity and pretty girls.

Bangkok by day was not much different, with exception of the bright lights. I spent the day touring around via tuk-tuk and by foot.  Walked through some markets, saw the national museum and Grand Palace ans well as a few religious cites.  I really don't have too many pictures of the city, as it just seems too hard to get any good shot.  i know a photographer would probably strangle me.  I will be back here in a week, though and will have my camera ready.

I head north tomorrow by train. It is to be a long journey, but I really don't mind these long trips.  You get to see so much of the country.  An important thing when it is your first time there.
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c.jaruszewicz on

Well, all I can say is that this is a part of the world that Westerners certainly should know more about and it seems absolutely incredible....I saw a documentary on Malaysia on TV the other night about the philosophy and aesthetic perspective on architecture and how much it differs from the way we put up buildings (they were talking specifically about the towers in Kuala Lampur - the process for coming up with the design tries to capture the feel of the ancient temples, such as the ones in your photos but they want the rest of the world to know they have their act together - which, obviously they do when it comes to beauty---

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