Trip Start Jan 28, 2006
47Trip End Feb 20, 2007
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Excluding the fact that I was in sausageville, Bangkok turned out to be a pretty cool place. I ran into some friends that I made in Austrlia, and we went to see Thai boxing. Thai boxing is very much like the Ultimate Fighting. There are very few rules and the losing opponent often leaves the ring in a stretcher. I wasn't really into the thirteen year-old boys beating the crap out of each other, but the rest of it was entertaining. We made our way around town using Tuk-Tuk's as our transportation. Tuk-Tuks are three wheeled motor bikes that can carry 2 to 4 people. Tuk Tuk drivers in Thailand are famous for taking tourists to all the places they don't want to go. We were all fairly intoxicated wanting to go to the next pub. We jumped in the back of a Tuk-Tuk and asked to go to Ko San Rd, where all the tourist pubs are. Sure enough, we somehow found ourselves being ushered into a Ping-Pong bar. I'm not even going to begin to explain what this is seeing as how this is a G rated site. After being disgusted for a minute I left the dirty pub and went back to my hostel for a few nightmares.
Chinatown was totally different to any Chinatown that I'd ever seen. This over crowded Chinatown dint just sell various organs, it also sold weapons that I had only seen it movies. The thieves market here sold machetti's, ammunition, police riot gear, tazers and pretty much anything else you could think of that would be extremely illegal in Canada. The only thing I bought there was an awesome new pair of binoculars. They are super small, really high tech, and only cost me $4.
I also took advantage of the fact that Bangkok is the safest and cheapest place to top-up my vaccinations, and to apply for my tourist visa for India. The hospitals are much nicer then the ones back home, and there are about three nurses to each patient. I was in and out of the hospital in fifteen minutes!
After spending a good five days in Bangkok I decided to book a sleeper train and head north. Next stop, Chiang Mai!