Day 1 in Thailand - Bedazzling Bangkok
Today I arrived in Bangkok after an 11 hour flight from Amsterdam tot Bangkok. Let me start by saying I have never seen so many middle aged, single men on 1 flight. Left, right and centre they surrounded me like a pack of wolves. Luckily they were not on the hunt for me.
After a fairly decent flight I arrived at Bangkok Airport at 09.30 in the morning. I picked up my old friend, the purple backpack, and went my merry way to find transport into the city and look for my hostel. On the city line I got acquainted with the Thai people around me, I eyed them, observed them with a keen interest and I found the following facts. Crocs are apparently everyday shoes that one can wear to go to work. Sniffing a stick that is passed around from friend to friend, containing God knows what, is a very satisfying thing. The obsession with cellphones that is conquering the likes of Europe has already won its battle here. Hardly anyone does anything else. I paid 12 euro for an endless roaming card that lasts 30 days. Need I say more?
I arrived at my hostel at noon, after walking 5 kilometre with my purple friend, and my clothes almost soaked through. "You lucky you come now, rain season is not so hot" No, you are right. 35 degrees is fine! I changed and went on a food hunt. I have never seen more strange fruits and vegetables and things I did not recognised. I finally caved for a watermelon, biscuits from a bakery and two samosa`s from a food cart. Delicious! After that I walked over to the nearest pier and took the water taxi to Khoa San Road. The most touristy street in Bangkok, but hey who cares? I walked by the many shops, got me some nice henna tats while I waited for the tropical rain to stop pouring and then went home by TukTuk. I had some Pad Thai at the hostel and now I am ready for bed. Tomorrow I booked an 5 hour bycicle tour that requires all the energy I have got!