Culture Shock in Bangkok
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 65
Temperature : 33 degress
Weather : Sunny in the mornings, rainy late afternoons
We have arrived in "Amazing Thailand"!! We didn't think we'd make it here quite so easily when our Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Delhi was cancelled 1 hour before take-off. When we protested with "but we have a connecting flight in Delhi with Indian Airlines to Bangkok!!" we expected to be told with a shrug that we would need to get the next flight the following day....however, we were whisked away from the departure lounge and informed that we would be transfered to the Thai Airways direct flight from Kathmandu to Bankok in a couple of hours time
So here we are in Bangkok, and to be honest it's a bit of a culture shock. It's so modern and westernised....there are big cars, proper roads without potholes, people wearing fashionable clothes, clean toilets, no rubbish lying on the streets, and tourists EVERYWHERE!!....After Tibet and Nepal, it really takes some getting used to. When we booked in to our hotel we noticed another difference....things are much more expensive in Thailand. For 490 Baht (about 10 squids) we have a small room with a small window overlooking the busy street, our own bathroom, aircon and a fan, and the hardest bed I have ever slept on....well I haven't actually slept in it, because it's so hard I can't!!!! We are staying in the street parallel to the infamous Khao San Road which is enormously touristy with pubs and clubs and stalls and touts everywhere. We booked our bus ticket for tomorrow to Trat on the east coast where we get a ferry to Ko Chang. We both had a Thai massage for an hour which was bliss. We went to Boots the Chemist to stock up on some toiletries. We bought a new laptop cover for our laptop and discovered to our amazement that the Thai sellers seem to have given up on bargaining and have actually become quite rude...........a lot can change in 10 years. However, one thing that hasn't changed is the food, and oh my, it's delicious!! Thai green curry, pad thai, chicken and cashew nuts....it's heaven....I can see food one of the highlights of these next two weeks in Thailand....
Tomorrow, we only have a six hour bus journey, 40 minute ferry ride, and one hour taxi ride before we can spend the next 10 days enjoying the sand, and the sea, and the hammocks and the snorkelling etc etc....we've waited a long time for this!!