17.01.2007 - 20.01.2007 33 °C
ok so its been a couple nights...whatever. my flight arrived late and by the time i got through customs it was 1245 am Bangkok time (1045 am the day before in ca). i discovered that my hotel was close to the old airport which was a hell of a long way from the new airport and the rest of the city so i took a cab into Kho San, the infamous backpacker ghetto. as i arrived around 130 the streets were naturally filled with farang (whites) hookers, stray dogs and make shift bars. After a little asking around I found a nice and seedy guest house for 260 bhat (6 dollars and change) where i got a cleanish room, bare lightbulb, and a shared bathroom that is flushed by pouring water down the drain from a bucket next to the toilet...and no, the tp dosent go down the drain (thats wat the garbage is for)
since then i moved to a less seedy neighborhood that is also a wee bit cheaper but still riddled with farang (lots of farang = lots of obnoxious hawkers and tuk-tuk drivers. a tuk tuk is a colorfull motor-trike with a bench in the back)
well ive seen my fill of wats (temples) for the first few days and ive also been to a couple of bazars wich are really cool and a great place to get anything from stolen diesel jeans and addidas knockoffs to pet flying squirrls (they didnt look very happy to be tied up) and roosters to electronics. hopefully i didnt catch avian flu...i tried to eat lunch at least 100 feet from any live animals...i guess we'll see.
hmm what else...the food is great and my stomach seems to be a steel trap as ive been testing it with increasingly questionable yet paradoxically increasingly tasty foods. ive had ice, unpeeled fruit, and street vendor food...so far the only thing i havent been willing to try is the local H20 (usually serverd out of a dirty bucket by the street vendors for free).
as for tonite ill be staying at Sa's grandmas house which will be a welcome change from Banlangphu. PS robert: Sa is great...thanks for the intro.
well theres tons more to say but it will have to wait,
love you all