“we’re in bangkok! our flights in and out of malaysia were a piece of cake – still a pain in the arse – but it went smoothly. once at the brand new airport in bangkok, we received our 30 day visa and are good to go! the airport is only 2 years old so it’s shiny, sparkling, and huge (not to mention state of the art)
making sure to really use all our connections, we were met by brian, my friend’s brother-in-law at the airport. brian is finishing up his third year (maybe more) living here in thailand. his first two years were spent volunteering for the peace corps in a village north of bangkok. now he’s working with the education department per se through the gov’t in town. needless to say, he’s fluent and know his stuff.
so, we were privileged to have him meet us at the airport and get us a taxi into town. the day we flew in, monday, was a local buddhist holiday so nobody had to work. we headed over to an area near koh san (the backpackers district), found a cozy little guest house ,and then started cruising. brian took us around to all the cool places and showed us some great local dishes, all in thai of course! and we tried our fair share of the different beers they offer here.
bangkok’s crazy and everyone seems a little jaded…not the same hospitality we’ve experienced so far. not everyone of course, but a lot of the people at the street restaurant/carts, hotels, tours, and the vendors just really seem to be irritated and fed up. granted, we understand, this place is swarming with ‘farongs’ (equivalent to gringo), but they are making a lot of money from it. just different.
also, so far, thailand’s a little more expensive then planned – we are in a major tourist area so we’ll see how it is outside of town. but as of now, jeff may have to sell his liver…a very quick and easy procedure here in thailand kidding!
we saw some buddhas and rode a tuk tuk (local taxi/golf cart type thing) around yesterday, pretty darn cool. huge buddhas too. today we’ll ride the boat taxi around just to do it. it’s very hot here – i got my first pair of fisherman pants last night, so we’re slowly working into the thai way of doing things. food’s still great, though we ate maggot soup yesterday. yuk.
i was trying to be cool like the locals and ordered what our tuk tuk driver got – it looked like a regular ol soup. at first taste, okay, something was different - but we pushed through it because everyone in the restaurant was looking at us and slightly giggling…hmmm. at the bottom, of course, we looked closely and realized there were little maggots or potato bugs or something in it…. hence the ‘different’ flavor. we stopped dead in our tracks. we said it was too spicy and that we couldn’t finish it and went on our way… after chewing our super minty gum we survived. just part of doing the thai thing i guess…!
tomorrow we head up to chang mai on an overnight bus…