after a week in paradise, I'm back in scungy old Bangkok...
05.06.2006 33 °C
there is no way that I can do any of this last week justice by writing about it now. so much has happened!
I am presently back in Bangkok, Thailand. took a 12h overnight bus from the Laos/Thailand border last night. Arrived at 6am this morning. spent the last 5 hours taking the sky train about the city and arguing and haggling with drivers and travel agents and various "helpful people" all trying to divert us to this or that TAT or tourism place to book tickets so they get commission. I hate this city. it is a disgusting scumhole full of conartists. it is loud, obnoxious, and smoggy. A person can't even walk down the street with a backpack without being swarmed by drivers and tourism people, all fighting over your money. f*ck them. Sorry. I have to rant. I am sick of it and am not even staying a night here. I'm headed to Ko Samui tonight by another night bus. 10 hours on the bus and 2.5 hours by boat. I managed to find a guy who will sell us tickets on a VIP overnight bus for 450Baht... down from the 750B the travel agents wanted. hopefully he's not a con artist.. although I interrogated the shit out of him and am not giving him any money until the bus is there...
ok. back to the paradise that was life before returing to Bangkok!
The last time I wrote was form Luang Prabang. Beautiful little place. We did get that massage and god was it ever good. Went a 1st class spa. you walk into the moodlit stone building, and sit at a nice table.... crickets chirping and such... they hand you a menu and you choose whatever you want, then shower up in their stone showers and get robed up in the clothes they give you. and hour of traditional massage was 50,000kip. that sounds like alot... but it's less than $6 Canadian! and man what a massage. Just the kind I needed... nice deep tissue accupressure type massage. Leaves you feeling like a noodle afterward. Al dente!
what else did we do there...? climbed a big hill with a tmple on top and the 4 of us (Brandon and I and our Canadian friends Amber and Sean) had a little photo jam session and come out with some really innovative shots. lots of fun. geeze, what else? night markets. caves and waterfall. the caves were so so. the waterfall was bloody incredible. the most beautiful set I have ever seen! tropical blue, many leveles, the basins of each level you can swim in (which we did). beautiful spot. I'd go back. for sure.
After all that we headed down to Vang Vien. Strange little place it was... I has itr reccomended by a fellow in Australia for it's tube riding, which we did, of course. The tube ride involves renting a tube and getting driven a few miles upstream by a tuk tuk. You get into the river and float slowly down. along the way there are vendors who will gladly send you out a bamboo pole or harpoon and bring you in to buy a beer or climb up to one of the riverside pubs or up to a cliff jump or diving apparatus of some sort.... or you can lazily float down the river at your own pace for a few hours. beautiful mountain scenery too.... lots of fun.
Other than that, Vang Vien is a town full of T.V. bars and "Happy Food" restautants... with comfy seating so people can recline with pillows and veg out watching re-runs of Friends. Not too much going on there. everybodys is just relaxing... from there we headed to to Vietiane, the capital. Stayed for only an afternoon and missed our only chance to use and ATM... just weren't thinking...and hopped on a bus to the south of Laos to Pak Se... all in all about 30 or 40 hours of bussing in a few short days on the one paved road in the country. We didn't stay in Pak se. headed right down to Si Phan Don (4000 islands) stayed the fist night on Don Kong before taking a little 1.5h boat trip down to Don Det. also known as paradise. stayed in a little bungalow on the enge of the river for 15000 kip, split two ways that is about 80 cents canadian each! rented cycles for the day for the same price and explored around the island and the next island, Don Kone. Waterfalls and such.
this is getting rushed. this internet place is a total rip off. this entery has cost me over $5 to write. bloody hell.
end of story, we ran our of money in Si Phan Don and had to cut cambodia out of the trip (that was partly a time factor as well) and we barely had enough money to make it out of the coutry and still eat! as soon as we did cross the border though, we gained acess to our bank accounts and filled our wallets...
the last leg of our Lao journey, the multiple hours by Tuk Tuk to the border were very memorable... the locals were very lively... in amongst us people were bags and bags of fish (alive and dead) a giant lizzard (he was alive) a baby pig (agasin alive) and a variety of butterflies and things. the local childern we adorable... including one little girl who shared with us her snack of some very biaazre local plant that had pea-like fruits that must be peeled after being freed of their honeycomb-ese casings... interesting one. we also ate hard boiled eggs of some kind of small bird? and at one point there were 33 of is in the back of one truck....
anyway. I've got to pay this guy his riddululous fare, over 170 baht now... I could get a hotel room for that! ahh
alright. headed down to Ko Samui tonight. 10 hour bustrip coming up and a day to kill in bangkok.
full moon party coming up! I'm excited.
ok. much love to you all. This last week has been filled with a lifetime of memories. this attemped scribing is again, only a pale shadow of happenings. I wish I could sit down with each of you and share, or better yet - take you with me!
ok. that's it all for now.
next \wrting will be freom the islands!!