Sitting comfortably in NapPark Hostel near Khoa San Rd of Bangkok.
A couple of days back we arrived in Bangkok from Kathmandu, said our goodbyes to the guys in Kathmandu from iTrekNepal & paid everything that we owed. Nepal, up to that point had been very laid back, cheap and much more desolate than what awaited us in the Thai Airways plane, and Bangkok!
Whereas all the other airlines were giving lunches in a box BEFORE boarding the plane, ours was given when on the plane. Clean and welcoming hostesses, real drinks, real food with real cutlery, films on demand from the word go (bring on s*** film any day!!) and a view of the outside. As usual I've been placed in the middle, but due to the free seats across the plane, we spread out. Probably a good thing with smelly face (Em) burping and blowing, on more than one occasion in the past couple of weeks in Nepal. Thankfully Charlotte's a real lady and only sometimes snores when asleep. It's not her fault, we keep tickling and poking her when she's asleep, wakes up and wonders who did it. Hahaha.
Upon arrival to Bangkok one thing that was strikingly different was the cleanliness, politeness and strictness that Nepal (and most certainly India) lacked by continents. The corridors long, lighted, clean, efficient. You get the idea that the person who designed the international airport was designing for the whole of Thailand to be using at the same time. Huuuugggggggeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Took me on a fast pace and using the conveyor belts, over 30mins to get from the plane to passport control. No wonder people were fit her, they have no choice. But I did get the passport stamped, collected the bags and exchanged some money at an ATM (5000 Bat) for 5 days, as per recommendations from the local people for where were going to be staying. Got outside and the heat + humidity hits you like Babe Ruth ball. So hot it's breathless and you feel weak when walking two steps, you're sweating, you can't see (since the sweat is now in your eyes and all over the face) and it's only been a meter out of the air-conditioned doors. This cannot be real. 32 degrees Celsius apparently. Whack that thing to 40 degrees when you include the humidity and in the sun. 150 bat for single to our pre-booked hostel. Mazed at all the different sights that none of us had ever see, and for myself, may never see again. Golden monuments and very technological places that we pass at some slow paces. The traffic is like London traffic, but hotter and smaller city, with different faces (not racist – promise!). We eventually end the bus ride, get out again and the heat whacks us all, again. Hmm?!! Em said 5mins from the bus stop, but in the night and a different city, we venture for a Thai auto-rickshaw. Pile em nice and high and hold tight, scream if u wan'a go faster! Funnily enough it was 5mins away, as Em said. Got in and were given arm bracelets (these are electronic keys!) and told of the different facilities (free internet, shared kitchen, laundry room, small garden, library, cafe outside, common room), showed us to our luxurious shared dorm beds with clean sheets, towels and 7” TV for every bed. The surprises keep coming when you enter the shared toilets. Amazing showers, clean and smelling nice (by far the nicest Hostel in the world) with free shower gel and shampoo for the poor b******s that cannot afford a soap and are trying to make their stingy money go further (such as ME!!). By this time my beard has not seen a razor in 10 days, long enough time to compete with dad's bushy grizzly beard. But not that night, I hadn't slept for a second the previous night and I was trying to catch up with sleep as much as possible. Funnily enough sleep was hard to get into even with total lack of it for 48hrs. Bunk bed the size of a normal double bed, clean smelling sheets and a washed Eduard. Sleeeeeeeep.......
The next day we got up late, attempted to have breakfast at about 11am, got some nice green curry for brekie (thought I might have yellow for lunch and then red for dinner) and then strolled around but found the sweltering heat and drenching humidity too much for us, settled to not too much sight-seeing until the afternoon. Meanwhile Em found the free internet to her advantage, Chaz and I watched EuroTrip and let the midday pass. Later yesterday we got our, had lunch, after 4pm, and tried to go to the temple of King Rama I. Unsuccessful we strolled around the place, Chaz flicking away with her camera like a true tourist. Found a Boots and in the boots we (Chaz) found a soft nipples cream – it makes nipples soft and pink and perky – and many other things like Tiger balm (made of Tiger piss) for scratches, bites and as an insect repellent. The girls got some pore strips for themselves. Later to make a bet with them that they had the most amount of blackhead than I. Had dinner, smokked shisha for a good couple of hours for 2 pounds each, giggled and got into the mood of the holiday. Along the way back, after many offers of sex and tailoring and t-shirts and other stupid and unnecessary things, we got into a 7Eleven (sadly it stays open 24hrs here), bought some beers, Smirnoffs and Bacardi Breesers. Back at the hostel, while having our alcoholic beverages, we all tried the pore strippers. 10Mins later Em wins the competition of the blackheads per square cm on a pore strip. Her prize winnigs are 10bat and a clean and red nose. Hey Rudolf!
We were still not sleepy, so decided to watch a film in the common room TV (Road Trip!!). What a good film, it has all the qualities, beer and naked women. Nothing else matters really. And so off to bed.
Today, 3rd of June, we've accomplished to buy some cheap things from the supermarket for the shared kitchen, Chaz and I had a subway while Em ate her usual 4 packets of cereal for breakfast. Q'uel surprise I tell you. Bought t-shirts, got some more money as we seem to be exhausting our 5000 bat from a couple of days ago. Back at the hostel for some more procrastinating – and we do love procrastinating! We tried to watch some Thai boxing tonight but its 20 pounds each for the cheapest ticket today. Forget that I guess! We can procrastinate instead, we're good at it, and it's cheap! God love the free tinternet and selection of s***te films. Filmmmsssssssssss!! Foooodddddd! Lazzzzyyyyyyyyyy!