Broke and stoked in Bangkok

Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
Trip End Jan 21, 2011

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

After running across an airport field in pouring rain with all our luggae, sitting in wet clothes on three delayed flights (a girl infront of us spilled a full Coke all over us) and arriving in a hot and humid Bangkok at 3am we were pretty happy to lay down and rest. The intense lights, 1000 tuk-tuks and the ear popping techno music roaring out of scratchy loudspeakers just didn't bother us after the 30+ hour journey.

As wer were about to explore the city I realized I forgot one of my debit cards. Ok, Thailand is cheap and so is Vietnam and Cambodia but with no money I was just about devestated. A hot spicey soup, some coconut water and a fabulous one hour Thai massage later I came to my senses and made about 35 phone calls between my Swedish and my American bank. Did I mention it was Chrismas eve? Now we are hoping that I got all the correct IBAN, Routing and Bank ID numbers right and sometime next week i might be able to have a few bhat in my pocket again. Did I mention they don't accept MasterCard here? Visa is the way to go.

Despite the minor nervous breakdown and bumby road across the oceans, we are now enjoying what the city has to offer. We marveled the gigantic reclining Budda, rode longtail boat and got into a typical tuk-tuk scam right outside the Royal palace. Looking ultra touristy with our teva sandals, hiking pants and sun hats we were the perfect victims. We asked to go one place and the driver took us around the city for a non-wanted tour. When he was about to take us to the tailor we finally said a firm no and he simply left us, well, somewhere in Bangkok. Pretty sure it wasn't China town that we originally had asked for.

Finally back at the guesthouse we decided to brave Kho san road in search for some cheap sarongs and sunscreen. That it was Christmas eve was impossible to go unnoticed. Thai resturant owners apparently think all farangs (long noses=tourists) loves a staff dressed up as santa, santa's elf or a Thai-adaptation of Santa: the electrical techno Santa. The more lights the merrier!!

All we can say now is bon voyage and we are heading to The very deep south of Thailand. Crystal clear water and snorkeling is awaiting us at Ko Kradang and Ko Adang. Internet might be limited but I might be able to send an electronical greeting from there too.

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Lennart on

Hej Micaela,
How come this only happens to you... :)
nevertheless, we just love your reports, so go on with whatever is waiting around next corner. We are dying to hear what's next...

Love from a frozen suburb north of Sthlm

Daddy & Pia on

Micaela and Josh!
Incredible, looking forward to your next report.

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