Arriving in Bangkok
03.08.2006 32 °C
Day 25 - July 8.: The flight with Emirates was pleasant enough and we arrived in Bangkok around 1:30 in the morning.
We then had to figure out where to go and ended up buying some fairly expensive drinks to break up the large notes from the ATM. Since we had to take a taxi we figured it would be wise to have smaller change and not rely on the taxi driver.
That's one thing about arriving late at night or early in the morning I don't like. You can't use public transportation like bus or train and you have to use (often) over prized taxis.
It went well even though we managed to do pretty much everything we weren't supposed to do regarding the taxis. The taxi booths inside the arrival hall are way too expensive compared to those outside so we went tried our luck there. That part was ok.
We ended up using a yellow and green taxi which according to Lonely Planet is a big no-no. The taxi-driver didn't turn on his meeter either (which is pretty important), but fortunately we got a fixed price of 350 baht and he didn't try to make us pay more either.
As the highest consentration of hostels are in Ram Bhuttri Road we went there. Better chanse of getting a room without a reservation anyway.
Getting there proved to be a bit more exciting than we had thought though. First of all the taxi driver wasn't quite sure where the hotel we wanted to go to were so we had to drive around a bit to look for it. The streets were tightly packed with tourists, back-packers and local people. The taxi must have passed to close or touched one guy because all of a sudden he went totally ballistic on the car. He started screaming, hitting and kicking the car while the driver tried to get away.
We managed to get away, but the poor taxi driver became a bit paranoid after that and kept saying that the krazy guy were still following us (even though he were not). He didn't want to drive into that street again and I don't blame him for that. That left us to use our own feet and we had to walk past the crazy guy again who thankfully stood with the back to us.
After asking around a bit we found the way to the hotel, Rambhuttri Village Inn. Unfortunately they didn't have any rooms aviable so we had to try a couple of other places before we got a room at "My House". A twin bed room for only 250 baht is pretty cheap and at three a clock in the morning you aren't too picky about the standard. Not that the standard was that low there, but it did smell of urine in the hallway. Half an hour later we were fast asleepe.
We had to get up at half past nine in the morning to go back to Rambhuttri Village Inn to check if they had any rooms available for the next night - which they did. At 700 baht per night it was a lot more expensive but it was worth it. The rooms was much larger and cleaner and they have a pool on the roof!
We then explored the rest of Ram Bhuttri Road as well as Khao San Road. The latter made famous in the book and later the movie "The Beach". Mere words cannot describe this street, it's something you have to experience for yourselfe!
I finally got myselfe a haircut (which didn't turn out too bad) and M. got her legs waxed. Or they tried at least since it didn't go too well. They used hot wax but apparently the heater didn't have a thermostat so the wax became way too hot.
The remedy was to cool it before applying, something the waxing lady did by blowing on it until it was just right. The problem was that she cooled the wax less and less as the session went on and M. got a few light burns as a result. Nothing too bad thoug, but not too pretty too look at either.
There are a lot of good restaurants in Ram Bhuttri Road so we had no problem finding a place to eat dinner. It was more of a question of where we wanted to go more.