Seeing the sights, or at least attempting to...

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Decided to see a few sites today but first I thought I better have a look around the local area by day. Khao San Road is far quieter by day and not nearly as impressive. It could be any street in the big Western cities. The amount of shops I hadn't seen in ages were all suddenly around again. Boots, McDonalds, StarBucks and even a Burger King which I hadn't seen since Shanghai.

Took a walk around the other streets in the local area and always ended up back on Khao San. I must have walked up and down the street at least 10 times during the day!

As a result I never saw any sights and I doubt I'll even bother trying again. I know it has a lot of temples and I'm sure they are very nice but I just can't be bothered to see anymore! 3 months of seeing temples everyday is too much. I'm sure it is the same for people travelling around Europe and seeing cathedrals and churches everyday. Sure they're nice but there's such a thing as seeing too many!

Anyway the one thing I noticed about Khao San, apart from it looking slightly like a mini Tsim Tsa Tsui in Hong Kong, is the sheer amount of Englsih people and specifically the type I left England to avoid. I had been successful in every country so far and the few English people I have met have been sound, but the people on Khao San are not. Seeing a couple of shirtless, loud mouthed English guys strolling down the street was enough to make me wish I wasn't English. Infact it seemed that everyone on the street was English and all they were doing was sitting around drinking all day. I guess it's good that they are going a bit further than Ibiza these days but it's not really what I want to see on this trip. I know I'm generalizing and most are probably fine but it's the minority it taint everyone with the same brush.

So I stuck to the relative safety of my street, only 1 road away from Khao San but far less pikeys/chavs whatever you call them, and sat around watching a few movies in a local bar for the rest of the day. Everyone says Thailand is cheap, and to a certain extent it is, but around Khao San is dangerous on the wallet. As a result I am spending as little on food as possible. This is really easy when Pat Thai (stir fried noodles with veg) costs only 15 baht on the street. Pretty much the only cheap thing in Bangkok.
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