Round the world in 90 days!

Travel time: December 2006 - March 2007  |  by Carolina Martinez

The Land of Smiles

Julius and I thoroughly enjoyed our short time in Thailand. Bangkok was a little stinky and very hot but we were definitely expecting that.

The street just outside our hotel room.

The street just outside our hotel room.

The first - and only - day we went exploring Bangkok was wear-a-yellow-tshirt-for-my-King day. This whole monarchy thing can be a little hard to swallow, especially when messages like LONG LIVE THE KING come up on your mobile phone.

We managed to spend our whole time in Bangkok jetlagged with no map, guide book or any clue where we were staying or where anything was in relation to us. After walking around aimlessly in the heat, we saw a canal boat and jumped on with no idea where it would take us.

The boat.  The blue thing on the sides (sort of)stops the foul water from spraying in people's faces.

The boat. The blue thing on the sides (sort of)stops the foul water from spraying in people's faces.

The houses and shops that lined the canal.

The houses and shops that lined the canal.

Once we jumped off the boat we of course had no idea where we were, so continued wandering aimlessly. We jumped into a tuk-tuk who took us to a bunch of places and kept dropping us outside the tailor and jewellery shops which eventually got a little tiresome.

Julius running for his life.

Julius running for his life.

After a confusing and disorienting few hours on the tuk-tuk we asked to be taken back to the canal boat which we took back to the area we were staying in (which I now think is called Pratunam). We tried to do a bit of shopping but jetlag got the better of us and the heat and crowds were way too much.

That night, we jumped in a taxi and asked to be taken to Khao San Road (wherever that is). We weren't feeling too adventurous and it was the only place I could remember others talking about. The main thing was that we knew there would be plenty of bars there. We found a little strip of reggae bars where I drank Thai whiskey and used an Asian style toilet for the first time.

The smallest pool table I have ever seen.

The smallest pool table I have ever seen.

We had a great time in Bangers. We really weren't there long enough to get a proper sense of the place but it has certainly whet our apetite - we will come back one day!

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The trip
 
Description:
Julius and Carolina's dash around the globe. Let's see who will cross the finish line first . . .
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 10, 2006
Duration: 13 weeks
End of journey: Mar 07, 2007
Travelled countries: Thailand
Denmark
Spain
Chile
Argentina
Brazil
Uruguay
The Author
 
Carolina Martinez is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 14 years.
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