Asia | South East Asia | Thailand | Bangkok – Kao San Road – Bangkok
Arrived in Bangkok last night from Hua Hin – 4 hours on a train 3rd class!!!! Hit Kao San Road at about 8 p.m. – wow, wow, wow! For those of you who have been here, I think you know what I’m talking about. To those of you who haven’t – well it’s a bit like Rockey Street (Yeoville, Johannesburg), but on Acid. This street is so busy they close it off to cars from 5pm. You can buy and sell pretty much anything here – although the signs that say they will buy backpacks make me wonder. You must be in a pretty bad way financially to sell your backpack!!! Everything is buzzing and it’s packed with travellers, bars, restaurants, hotels (if you can call them that?), street sellers – you name it, it’s here.
Had a chance to relax for a bit in Hua Hin, but am feeling manic at the moment – hopefully will chill once I get out of Bangkok. Decided to stay at Fulay on the Sea. Having checked out a couple of other places, I decided it was the best place – the bad smell disappeared, or I got used to it. Had a look round the Hotel Sofitel (used to be the Hua Hin Railway Hotel), Wow, better than Raffles in Singapore. A beautiful colonial place with amazing gardens – so if you’ve got money to spend, well worth a stay!!
I sent 6kg of stuff off to Australia (thank you Suzy) so my backpack is a lot more manageable 17kgs – a huge difference. Ready for the next endeavour – you might need a map for this….
Tomorrow I’m off to Khon Kaen, will stay there for about a week while I sort out visas for Laos and Vietnam, which will take a while. Next stop is Vientiane in Laos – from there I’ll do a bit of exploring and find out best route to Vietnam. There is only one border open for foreigners at the moment – at Lao Bao which is a bit of a pain as it means I have to go way south and then all the way back north to get to Hanoi. Won’t bore you with the rest of my plans but will let you know as I go…….
Did some sightseeing today in Bangkok – the Kings Palace and Wat Po. Awesome stuff!!! Had a Thai massage at Wat Po, quite painful, but felt great. There is a wild scam going on with Tuk Tuk drivers here. They have an incentive of 5 litres of petrol if they take farang (foreigners) ‘shopping’. Basically it means that it isn’t worth the fare to take you anywhere if they don’t take you ‘shopping’. So I have been ‘shopping’ three times today – all you have to do is look at the clothes and jewellery but you don’t have to buy anything and you get your whole trip for next to nothing – what a scam!!!
Must go – I’m starving, the food here is great, and it’s huge amounts of fun to eat in the night markets. They don’t speak English so I just indicate that I want food and always get a surprise!!