Fleeing Bangkok in a hurry!

Trip Start Nov 30, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Monday, May 17, 2010

We decided to make our return to Bangkok a flying visit - what with the tanks, grenades and burning barracades we've been seeing on the news over the past 2 months it seemed wise to just 'Power on through'.  Our flight from Hanoi was still surprisingly busy and on arriving in Bangkok it all looked like business as usual at the airport. Sorted an airport shuttle bus to take us straight to the main train station, and aside from a few plumes of black smoke and the smell of burning rubber in the air, we didn't notice anything untoward as we skirted round the city.  Getting onto a sleeper train for the same evening was all very straight forward, just a matter of a 5 hour wait for our train.  Time passed pretty quickly really,Lots of people watching to be done, a few games of the infamous scrabble (I am still losing every game but the margin is getting smaller!)  There was also the added entertainment of the big screen which alternated between showing news footage of the red shirts protests and pop videos.  We've been subjected to a lot of Thai pop videos in the past 3 months.  There seems to be three main themes, regardless of the song. The first is women having affairs with their bosses, which normally ends in tears,, the second is unrequited love, which normally ends in tears, and the final one is the most bizarre - death!  Might be a young couple dying in a  horrific car accident, it might be a loved one dying of a terminal illness or perhaps a suicide, whichever - it normally ends in tears!  Slightly depressing but trying to second guess how each mournful video was going to pan out certainly helped to pass the time!   Highlight of our wait was 6pm when the policeman blew his whistle and everyone stood up for the national anthem. All a bit surreal, it happens twice a day in Thailand in most public places and on all Thai TV stations.  They are totally nuts about their king and it's very bad form not to show him respect so there are no exceptions to the standing to attention. 

The train was a real treat, not quite our own cabin, but table service for our meal and a man then came round and made up our beds.  A very David Nixon-esque magic trick, producing an extra bunk from above our heads and converting the chairs into the lower bunk.  Fantastic bed making skills,with full on hospital corners and even some hook on curtains!  Very impressive.
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