Going to be in Asia longer than expected....

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

I was planning to meet up with Julia today, who had just arrived from Koh Samui, and was pleased that she saw me walking down the street as I'd never have found her otherwise. Grabbed breakfast and ended up both booking bus tickets to Chiang Mai for that night! I was escaping Bangkok! Hooray! We both needed to visit our airlines and sort out our flights. I should have been in Australia for a week by now! So we caught the local bus for 6 baht! A bargain if I ever heard of one!

Yesterday I had taken a taxi/tuk-tuk to and from the Holiday Inn in Silom at 150Baht a time! I went to visit Dave's dad to hear how he was doing and drop off my suit so he could take it back to England. The tuk-tuk in rush hour traffic through down town Bangkok was incredible and like a roller coaster ride. I recommend it to anyone even though it was really expensive. It was also funny turning up at a pretty expensive hotel in my scruffy old backpacker clothes, clutching a copy of Lonely Planet's - Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (aka The Bible), and getting very strange looks from the people on the door.

Anyway we had to visit British Airways and Singapore Airlines and seeing as BA was closest we went there first. Well lets just say I hoped I would fare better than Julia who managed to get a flight to Australia on the 14th February!

Well I did slightly better and got booked on the next available flight to Sydney on the 8th February, 2 months later than it should have been! Oh well I can handle a couple more weeks in Asia, and I think my bank balance will fare far better!

That sorted we thought we may as well wander round 'the' shopping centre in Bangkok, MBK. For an electronics junkie like myself it was a dangerous place to be. Very much like Akihabara, Tokyo without the pornography. I still keep thinking back to the first day of my travels and the Sony PSP for 100 and rue not buying it everyday! It was an unbelievable bargain, never to be repeated anywhere in Asia, but there was no way I could justify spending 100 quid, on my budget, on the first day!

headed back to Khao San area and used the net for a couple of hours. Suddenly realised that our bus was leaving in 15 minutes so quickly finished and ran back to the restaurant just in time. We were herded round in a group and told to follow the guy who walked at a stupidly fast rate. It may have been fine for him but trying to keep up with him whilst carrying my backpacks was incredibly difficult.

Luckily, or maybe unluckily as it turned out, we got on the bus to Chiang Mai and not the one to Vientiane and got the last 2 seats that reclined. The buses in Thailand are good but this was uncomfortable and they always have a stupid foot rest that restricts me from stretching out. The movie was terrible so I put on my MP3 player and tried to sleep, which I did quite successfully until about 11pm when the air con broke and we all got soaked with water!
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