Yeah, we’ve landed. What a flight, and what an airplane. Unbelievable f*ckin big that Airbus a380. Also they bulit in a water fountain near the toilets so you can drink water all the time against dehydration. And they also have about 10 TB of movies for you to watch (tried watching “knight and day” but did not really accomplish to wath it to the end. What a shame, but sleeping is also good.
After we’ve landed, how else could it be: Rain in Thailand. Hey, its Monsoon time. But no problem: The bus has a roof.
Spat out by the bus, we followed another german traveller (Franzi) to a know guesthouse (Joes Guesthouse (I already ate there the two trips before)). Its name was NewJoes, not to cheap, but you dont want to compare prices, when its raining. That was by the way Konstantins first direct encounter with Asia. The airport and the bus is pretty much the same everywehre in the world,but newjoes is in a sideroad of Tanon Khao San which is small, dark, full of electrical wires above and small roadside kitchens managed by mostly old sympathetic Thai Mommas ;).
Khao San is crazy and fuct up like always, on the second night i was already fed up by its loud and rudeness.
Well, we slept like babies and on the next day we ate breakfast at the Rainbow Guesthouse (an Indian Restaurant with an original Italian Espresso machine (YES, THE BEST COFFEE @ KHAO SAN).
After that we walked past the Democracy Monument (sad history that place has (google it) to the Golden Mount: A Temple on an artificial hill in Bangkok. From its top you have a good view over the city.
At its base is a clong (canal) where you can take a boat to the Commercial Center of Bangkok. for about 3 km you pay 9 baht (0.22 €). So off we went. Big BIG BIG. AND PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE. Unbelievable.
Well, i wont describe more, as you got to see it yourself. I posted on facebook a picture of “Pantip Plaza”. A 6 story mall solely dedicated to selling Computers and acessoires.
I have to tell you: SMOG, traffic and no space is really a problem in Downtown bangkok. You could see a kind of fog in the air under lights from the houses.
But there were a lot of people with their lungs, including me, to filter the air from the exhaust fumes. And this morning my filter cartridge had to clean itself. I cannot imagine how it is to live in Bangkok (okay Probably you are a little bit further away from the hardcore traffic, but still) or how it would be to have one of the many uncountable streetside vendors and mini restaurants.
Konstantin wanted to stay a third night, I told him no, as my lung does not want to at all.
That is why we will leave Bangkok for Chang Mai tonight to boldly go, where neither of us never went before.
Pictures might follow, but you all know my laziness ;)
Quote from the Nokia OVI Maps Lonely Planet Guide: Bangkok: the city that never sleeps, always eats and specialises in a good time. (do they mean BUMM BUMM? no, we did not take advantage of that one)