Bored and tired
Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
205Trip End Mar 21, 2013
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We check-in at New Siam I leaving most of our baggage in the hotel lock up so that I dont have to carry it upstairs with us. Jai heads out for coffees and some water whilst I shower off the grime of travelling. Jai returns to say that it is raining heavily and that she hadto borrow an umbrella from reception. Perhaps my promise for the rain is comingtrue already. Coffee and a croissant then how good that bed looks.
After a short rest we go for ataxi to Mo Chit bus station to buy tickets for our last leg tomorrow night. It takes ages to get a taxi. Most simply drive past without stopping andthe couple who stop wont work on their meters and demand an exorbitant fixed rate for the trip. Eventually get a willing cabbie and we are off into thetrafficchaos that is the reason for most drivers not wanting the trip. Took best part of an hour to reach our destination. We bought VIP tickets in the downstairs cab of the 20:00 bus as planned and then taxi back to guest house in what appears to be even worse traffic chaos than before. The driver of our return taxi tries to win a tip by playing me 'English' music although he was a bit confused when I didnt get too excited about Boney M, John Denver and someone he called Ganghis Khan ?
We eat at the guest house not liking most of the food that we have eaten in other places around here then head out for a walk. It has been raining and the streets are wet but it is still very quiet everywhere. Several large new bars in the street by the VIengtai Hotel are busy but they were the only ones. Khao San Road looks a mere shadow of its former self. Bars must be trading on the name and I guess rents must be high so beer and food prices are likewise on the dear side. People are voting with their feet and their wallets and going elsewhere whilst remaining in the area. Changed some money at a much better rate than this time last year - 49Bht / 1 pound - but it is still a long way short of the 70Bht I wasgetting just a few short years ago. We head back to the room for an early night and safely tucked up by 20:30.