After working in Australia, we set off to explore Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We never made it to Vietnam in the end, unfortunately we ran out of time and money (the visa is like 100$!). We decided it was better to leave out one country entirely, to visit another time, than half-ass all of them. That being said, I still think we didn’t see nearly enough of any country and I definitely need to go back! My good friend Catherine runs a blog and wrote a really interesting post about being half-Thai, half French and the pros and cons on having a double culture. You should definitely check it out for a more in-depth look at this amazing country.
One long bus journey, three flights and two layovers later, we arrived in Bangkok late at night. We took a taxi to Khao San Road, the place to go for backpackers and settled into a hotel we’d booked for a couple of nights. It was right next to the main road and had a pool on the roof, which we used to relax and escape from the sweltering weather the next day. Khao San is a great place to go to see or buy cheap drinks, tattoos, clothes, ping-pong shows (you will get to hate the noise the promoters on the street make to advertise the show), stray cats, souvenirs, feet-nibbling fish and to meet other backpackers. It’s actually an exciting, vibrant area with streets and alleys going in every direction lined with stalls selling all sorts of stuff. I suppose it’s pretty overrun with people out to party, but that’s part of going to Bangkok, isn’t it?