I stepped off my air conditioned Emirates plane in Bangkok into an air conditioned airport, then went onto an air conditioned bus and had an hour of calm reflection during the transfer. At this point i loved Bangkok.
I then stepped off my bus, onto the Khaosan road and was hit with everything that Bangkok had to offer. You instantly sweat at 8pm at night when all 65 litres of your back pack is crammed full. The smell is like a humid back kitchen in a Thai restaurant, and the sounds are like central London, only you hear the same few words... Taxi, Tuk Tuk, or lucky lady. Its fair to say, im slightly out of my comfort zone in Bangkok..but thats fine becasue if this was my comfort zone i'd either be a prostitie or fairground worker (of which i've been neither at this stage in life)
The food is everything the guide books suggest - better from the street stalls with a choice of Locusts or chicken with your noodles. Alhtough busy, the Khoasan road becomes very familiar after a few days, and the locals seem to enjoy every wave of new tourists as they off load on the bus.
I've stayed in 3 guest houses all of which were run by friendly staff who enjoy pointing you in the right direction for attractions. Infact, all Thai people that ive met want to share their favourite spots with tourists.
I leave today to go onto Koh Samui..as reccomended by my HSBC banker in the Bangkok headquaters. Im booked into a private Bungalow on the beach for 5 days to try and de-bangkok my senses. From there i'll go onto another island..yet to be decided after my bungalow retreat of sand and surf.
I'll be a little sad to see the back of Bangkok..its pushed my limits a little - which is a good thing really. I've had to accomodate situations which previosuly i'd have done anything to avoid...so now if its 3am in the morning, and nature calls, i'll happily navigate 2 sets of stairs and a long corridoor to get to a shared bathroom that houses a lizzard. Easy.
Next stop...Island life.