Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
going to be ready on Sunday. Have to survive with my
reading glasses till then. Big dent in my funds.
first I tried to take a similar looking one – only to
realise that it was much heavier than mine.
It belonged to a New Zealander, Richie, with whom
I went to look for a bus to Khao San Road
(he took the first room available for 700 Baht, I went on,
ending up with t-shirt and jeans being soaking wet).
People at tourist information centers were just desperate to help,
and they did help us. I expected them to be like their colleagues
elsewhere, sitting and waiting for customers to come in.
These ones were watching people passing by and then
they descended on some of them who remotely looked
puzzled or in need of help. My gut reaction was:
Oh my God! Its a hard sale! Say no to everything!
They were not selling anything, it was their job.
Some other guy seeing me coming out of a guest house
showed me where the next one was. Waited there and then
explained me how to find another one.
He was not doing hard sale, he was hoping to do business
with me: he had a tuk-tuk (sort of motorbike on 3 wheels
with space for passengers) and he offered to take me for
a local sightseeing tour for 10 Baht.
Its a freaking 20 cents! And he probably has a family to feed...
Life is hard.
Please notice the unity of colours...
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
from here to one of those islands. They asked which one?
I didn't know any better and pointed my finger: that one!
Koh Phangan. One takes a train (12 hours), then bus (2 hours)
and then a ferry (3 hours). Train leaves at 5pm and the
whole thing would cost 1050 Baht. When do I want to go? -
Today (I was told elsewhere that train alone cost 800 Baht
and thought the price was good). Come back here in two
ours to pick up your tickets. OK, I went out and had a bowl
of my favourite soup and the tickets were there!
The train itself reminded me of Soviet Union, with a little
twist: to make your sleeping place private - the used
On arrival at the train station a couple of guys were
running around asking people where they go.
My experience tells me - its taxi drivers looking for clients.
But these ones had some kind of official budge, I showed
my ticket, he took me outside the station, pointed to the
bus: big bus, yours. And indeed it was mine.
5 minutes later we were on our way.
In the bus there were two German guys, doing the same trip,
they asked how much did I pay and were unhappy to here
the answer. They payed 1500 Baht each. Lottery.
When we arrived to the port - ferry was waiting for our bus
and left within 2 minutes.
I was impressed by efficiency of the whole thing.
Back on land, we were surrounded by people wishing to rent
bungalows. After I told them my requirements they lost
interest in me :) but was given an address anyway.
A guy on a motorbike brought me to this place
(10km away) for 100 Baht, where I am still now, paying 300
Baht a night, 30 meters from sea (perhaps 20), no people in
sight. My host rented out 2 bungalows out of 10, and so far
I haven't seen my neighbour.
A view from inside my bungalow
The sea is very warm and looks like from a
poster, I laughed when I went for a swim, not believing its all
real. But I was so tired, that the rest of the day I spent trying
to sleep and not being able to...
I have a friend in my bungalow (about 35cm long):
Saturday, 19 September 2009
I am off! Finally decided to buy a ticket to Canary Islands,
but my ticket for €100 was gone, only for €160 were left.
Then I saw an offer for €260 to Thailand and bought it.
The plane took off at 17:30 yesterday (18.09.09) and landed
10 hours later and 9k km away in Bangkok.
The route was something like this:
Duesseldorf-Hannover-Warsaw-North of Black Sea-
At 1:30am when we were half way – somewhere between
Delhi and Calcutta – we saw sunrise...
Meals were delicious, it helped though that I was very hungry.
Pity there was no internet available on board...
We landed at 4:00am (9am local time)
and the first impression was: humid.
Immigration officials gave me standard 1 month visa
and didn't charged me for it, nice.
From airport I took a bus (150 Baht) to the area of the city
where a lot of guest houses are: Khao San Road.
Soon I knew what I was looking for:
it had to be quiet.
I found it at the third attempt, cheap, simple and quiet.
200 Baht a night (100 Baht ~ €2).
It is so simple that it does not have electric sockets in it :)
Wi-Fi costs 50 Baht for 2 hours, should be enough for me
for 2 or 3 days I am here.