Australian Female Takes on the World
Today i got up quite early, and just kind of walked out the door of the hostel, with no plans, not sure what to expect of my first view of bangkok in daylight. Proceeded to walk down the street, past a few stores and food stalls, a few beggars. (there are lots, but at least they dont harass you or stalk you, they just sit there). The sky here is really polluted, beautiful weather, not humid, im sure it's blue, but i cant see it! Eventually after about an hour of aimless wandering a man who later identified himself as a lawyer gave me the address of some places to go, and got me my first tuktuk ride. The lawyer organised the price for me with the driver, to avoid him trying to rip me off. After stopping off at a travel agent, the driver took me to a boat, which i caught up river to see the reclining buddha. He's pretty big! So i wandered around there for a while, and thru a food market that seemed to specialise in dried fish. Smelt like fish food (the kind for ur pet fish.) Was interesting. Getting back to my accom was a bit of a hassle, trying to get a trustworthy looking tuktuk driver is a bit of a challenge! so eventually i just asked a local for help and he organised it for me. ensuring i get thai price, not white price. yay again. One really annoying thing, which i have learnt after several trips using tuktuks, is that it's pretty hard to get straight from a to b without being taken to a shop (or 2) in between. against ur will i'll add! so when i finally realised the deal (that they take u to shops, where they receive fuel vouchers for the "referal") i insisted on no stopping. this turned into an argument where the driver refused extra money as he was only itnerested in the fuel vouchers. like seriously, isn't it the same ?? so an interesting first whole day. tis hot and a bit smelly.