Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Apr 17, 2008

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

In Bangkok now.  Got here about 5 hours ago and had a few hours sleep. Feel fine and been wandering around looking for a bag to keep my camera and stuff in as feel a bit vulnerable with that see through virgin one.  Got my malaria drugs from boots for the next few months.
Just had some food from a little street stand.  Had some kind of chicken thing and something that I reckon was pork but was only described by the fella as 'veraaa hot'.  The whole thing only cost 50p tho!!   It was, so having a large beer in the internet cafe now to cool down.
Someone has just asked me for a pen, so I've spoke to my 1st person in Bangkok that doesn't actually work here!!
My 'Boutique Hostel' is quite clean with air con.  A few mosquito's around but they haven't even tried to bite me yet; must be immune!!

Have spent the last couple of days wandering around the temples of Bangkok.  All very nice and shiny gold.  Saw the worlds largest reclining Buddha today.

On my second from last night in Bangkok I went and met an old lad I used to work with, definitely saw the other side of Bangkok.  His friend likes the lady's of Bangkok and took us to a few establishments, definitely eye opening but I ran away at 11.  Got home and went to sleep but then woke up and realised I'd not had any tea so nipped out at 3 am and for some daft reason bought myself a double whopper with bacon and cheese meal...just what you need when you need to go to sleep.  Ended up drinking 2 litres of water and sleeping for 14 hours.  So today was a bit slow but at least the heat of the day had gone when I eventually got out and about.

Getting really fed up trying to upload photos to this thing, you should be able to see them following this link anyway:

Went watched The Beach in a pub and then some other crap film called Dejavu with all these traveler sorts in a hostel living room.  Didn't speak to anyone like!!

My last day in Bangkok has been quite interesting.  I decided to go down the train station as I wanna get a train to Kanchanaburi (Bridge on the River Kwai land) tomorrow morning.  Jumped on the river ferry which was to get me most of the way there.  Got off a couple of miles down stream (managing not to get my ticket these old habits die hard even when its only 10 pence; and it didn't even pay off as when I tried to use it on the return journey she knew it was from earlier and made me buy a new one anyway) and jumped off.  The walk to the train station was pretty good, through all sorts of little shacks with lathes and machine shops.  Each little district had different things going on; one would be pipes the next one sheet metal.  Everywhere you turn there are street vendors in these little wagons selling tat, noodles, whatever really. 

Got to the station, by then walking with an English couple having a bit of a travelers sort of chat (you know, the where you been and all that), and these people employed by the railway company with official passes come up and try sell you overpriced tickets for the trains.  Everyone here is out to rip you off; but at least I managed to skip to boat fares today, eh!!  Anyway this girl comes up to me and tells me the standard train doesn't run tomorrow and that I have to get a tourist train instead...exactly what I didn't want.  I went to the desk and the girl there told me there were normal trains but not from that station (the original girl come up again and tells me desk girl is wrong of course) so off I go back to the boat again.

I tried to go for some food in a street cafe but they weren't really having it...they just sort of ignored me, which was maybe just as well as I had no idea how the hell I was gonna order something!!  The other train station turned out to involve miles of walking through little streets along canals where the locals just have houses and little stalls backing onto the street or canal. Next to the train station (well it actually turns out to be little more than a piece of platform) was this massive market where it looked like people just sleep under their stalls, wonder if this would catch on in Didsbury...  Train is 3rd class only, nice and cheap at 30p or something for a 4 hour journey...most people seem to get tourist mini buses but am hoping there will be some other English speakers on it.  Not that I have much time for talking to people with my Errol Flynn book on the go...its like a biography of Liam Murray in the 30's!!

Am eating very well indeed; I have even started buying bits of fruit off the street sellers, very unlike me to be eating fruit!!
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