Well I'm back with a brand new round of mad-capped, ne'er-do-well, shenanigan-ridden adventure and miscreantry. This time, I'm in south-east Asia.
A Buddhing romance begins
A month or two back, I decided it was high time I head on over and check out what the fuss is with this "Asia" place I've heard so much about so Ryan,Chuck and myself booked tickets to check it out.
This is not Ryan
Ryan and I flew out of Sydney for Bangkok yesterday morning with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur. This was a hella long flight. At 8.5 hours, it really dragged on so when we arrived in KL, the last thing we wanted to do was to jump back on another plane straight away. Fortunately, we didn't have to because our connecting plane was incredibly delayed.
Eventually tired, dirty, smelly and not having eaten in 14 hours, we landed in Bangkok. We cleared customs and immigration with no problems and were out in the hot, humid Bangkok night. Even at 11pm it was hot and the air was heavy and sticky.
For the princely sum of 300 Baht (about $10) we caught a cab to our hostel near Khao San Road. On hostelbookers.com, the hostel had been described as well located and with a friendly staff (both true) and with rock hard beds which is also true. I'm lying on one now S I write and I suspect I'd be more comfortable lying on the floor. Also, the toilet and are in the showers, which is interesting. For $7 though, I'm pretty happy with it.
The night we landed, we went out for food and some Chang's on Khao San road which is pretty incredible. Part Vegas, Part red light district, part Times Square and all for western tourists, Khao San is pretty wild. At night, the street is full of food carts, clothing stalls, restaurants, bars, clubs and people trying to sell you things. By this point it was about 5am Sydney time and we were buggered so we turned in.
Not sure if dead or sleeping
Bangkok has me now!
Bangkok is a completely crazy city. I'm not even sure how to describe it. It has everything everywhere and it's ridiculously cheap. There are virtually no traffic or safety rules and yet somehow it all just works perfectly and I honestly feel safer wandering around anywhere. The people are all super friendly and there are 7/11's on practically every corner.
Very fish. Such excitement. Wow.
A lady literally took her boat out to sell us beer as we went past. It would be rude not, really. Also, we bought a beer for the boat driver and he drank it while he drove the boat.
Buildings aren't really regulated here.
So far we've had a productive two days. We've cruised around the river that runs through Bangkok, we've seen a crazy number of golden Buddhas and I've eaten more delicious Thai food than I have in my life.
Yes, I did really bang a gong and yes, it was way louder than I expected.
We're old Buddhies from way back
It gets a bit chilli in Bangkok
We somehow got lost in a flower market?
Cars aren't really regulated here either.
It's almost hard to wrap my head around how cheap everything is. It's almost unbelievable when you do the conversion in your head and realise that the meal we just ate cost $4 with a beer. One tuk-tuk driver tried to charge us 5B ($0.12) for almost a days worth of driving but then he changed his mind and decided it was free. We ended up being generous and giving him a 100B tip ($3.30) which seemed to make his day.
He tuk-tuk my breath away.
I've never been so rich. If it wasn't for the heat, I'd more here in a heartbeat. I'd probably still move here in two heartbeats.