We arrived at Bangkok at 4am to a chorus of touts calling “good morning sir, taxi? where you go, where you go?” I’m tempted to say this is all you really need to know about Bangkok- that even in the middle of the night it’s still busy enough that someone will try to sell you something.
This is the world-famous Kao San Road, arguably the most famous backpacker street in the world. (Who am I kidding? The most famous, as it’s not like I know of any others.) This is the tourist center of South East Asia, filled with guesthouses, bars, stores, tailors (less than $100 for an Armani style suit here!), and anything else you could possibly want-
A roadside bar that pulls up every night. I love the endorsement.
Another ubiquitous Kao San operation, which you will have to zoom in to see in greater detail because these vendors obviously don’t take kindly to photography. I politely inquired, you can get set up with a student ID anywhere in the world for about three bucks, a driver’s license or press pass is about twice as much. No word on the diplomas or certifications but it can’t be much more.
Another shot of Kao San at night with some of its revelers- specifically from right to left, Adrian, Judit, and Sasha. Remember Sasha? He was my guide in Japan and was in Bangkok a few days, so he met up with us for some dinner and drinks.
Elephant walking down the street in Bangkok. Ho-hum.
To continue on the shopping theme, we went to the weekend market in Bangkok, as Judit was leaving in a few days time and was in need of souveniers. This is just outside the market of course- inside is best imagined as a warren of stalls and narrow alleys, selling everything from clothes to pets to food to pets that can someday become food, etc.
One particularly interesting stall with fried bugs, which it turns out are 10 baht a scoop…
No really, that’s the best way I can describe what eating a fried cricket is like. (Adrian had had them before, Judit didn’t dare try one.) They don’t taste like anything except perhaps the soy sauce dabbled on them, just a crunch and they’re gone.
It should be noted that despite all this potential purchasing I haven’t really done much of it- my most significant purchase was two t-shirts at the market for under US$5, aka the price I always thought a t-shirt was worth so it made me happy. You just can’t buy too many things when you have five months of life on the road to go, but it’s nonetheless fun to look.