From Bangkok to Paradise Island
25.09.2010 - 27.09.2010 33 °C
25th of september
Arriving in Bangkok. Pretty easy to find your way here. I got some money from the ATM, and found out that with every time you use it, you pay 150 Baht commission (4 euro), crazy!
I arrived with the bus to Khao San Road. The famous backpacker street. There i walked a bit away to a more quiet place. A single room was 11 euro. So a no. I walked on and found a place with a single room for 200 baht ( 5 euro). Ok. For the Khoa San road area, this is a good price. The hostel is clean and the people are very helpfull.
Time to sleep. Sleep a lot.
After, i walked in the area. I have to say though, that Khoa San Road, for me, was not too special. People talk about it as if it is the backpacker mekka. Restaurants, hotels, tattoo shops, and yes, old white men with too young Thai girls. Yes, i have seen it, but not too much. Maybe i was at the wrong time (late afternoon), but untill now, Khao San is not too strange. Or maybe, i have been in too many places and adjusted my expectations. Like: Some people called Jordan dirty. For me, after Egypt, it was clean.
Anyhow, i took a TukTuk and explored the area. For 20 bath (0,50 euro) i was on the road, and sightseeing for 2 hours.
I saw two temples and a big standing Buddha. And I went to a tour operator. Yes, I am going to dive. I am going to do my PADI .
The 26th I will be heading to Ko Tao (actually everything since the Dubai arrival, I am writing now, sitting in the overnight train to Ko Tao).
In the evening I had a meal in Khoa San Road and talked to an Irish couple that was on honeymoon. They talked full of passion about Ko Tao. And also, how else, about Nepal.
I had a late night talk with my girlriend on Skype and it was very good to see her again. After, I went to my room, wrote a part of my journal and listened to music. Around 1.00 am I went to sleep.
26th of september:
today I woke up very late. At 11.00. Checkout is at 11.30. I took a shower and packed my back. At 11.30 I checked out. I went for breakfast. Very good; pancake with honey and a banana, for 70 bath ( 1,90 euro- bit much for Thailand). After, I went to buy some stuff for the trip to Ko Tao.
It turns out sunscreen is super expensive here. 7 euro for 120 ml. And the choice is very limited. And this, you don't want to buy on a market. I might be fake. I asked the people of the hostel and they gave me a new flacon of Sunscreen they got from a tourist. Incredible!
After, I worked for a while on my websites and I went to the Train stop. Very much in time, so I could read my book .
At 18.00 something very strange happened. They played the national anthem out loud in the train station. Everyone would stand up straight and either give respect or sing the national anthem.
After, I went to the train and it was leaving only 13 minutes late. Wow. Until now I have to say, I like Thailand. And I am certain that after diving in Ko Tao, I might be delighted. We will see.
By now, we are underway for 2,5 hours with the train. I am having a sleeper train. And I wrote all from Dubai to now in those 2,5 hours . It's not too late yet, but they just put down the benches, so now I can sleep. But it is very tight to read, unfortunately. Nevertheless, I prefer to sleep, instead of be awake in the train. Expected Time of Arrival (ETA), 3.30 am.
Just a while ago, it was raining like crazy. Finally, after not having rain since I left the 16th of august, now rain started. And how, monsoon! Thunder, rain, a lot of wind. But I was in the train, so all was fine. Yes, it is the last month of monsoon. And that for me was a good reason to first explore the Arab countries. Which I really enjoyed
Now, new continent, new country, new adventures and diving for the first time ever!