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I never thought I'd write a blog. They just seem so lame. But its either that or write a book, but I'mnot that smart, or keep a diary, and I'm not a girl.

Ive decided to do it while I'm sat in Da Nang, bored, waiting to shit my dinner out - Since I ate ten minutes ago, it shouldnt be much longer. We've been in Asia for 2 weeks now and I'm over it already.

I'll try to catch up so I can write in pesent tense from where I am and everything that winds me up is still fresh but for now this is how it started

The Beginning - Khao San Road 4/11/2010

Was not what I expected. Its a dump, why does anyone go there? I thought it would be a nice "easy place" to start. We stayed at Sawasdee Smile Inn, around the corner from Khao San Road. What a shithole, advertised as "down a small quiet side street" sounds great, but read "shitty alleyway". Room was pretty tired and not really that clean, but it was liveable and we couldnt be bothered finding another, there was a suit shop downstairs who kept trying to sell me suits, breakfast was crap - hair in Kyoko's pancake first day no eggs second day. But to be fair it was included in the price, The quiet side street is bullshit when across the road some bar is playing stupidly loud dance music all night. The only thing worse was an American talking loud enough to be heard over it.

On Khao San Road itself, theres loads of market stalls, all selling the same shit. T shirts, hats, souveniers, fair enough. There can only be so many different t shirts, why shouldnt every shop sell the same ones. Its noisy, smelly and crowded. I wouldnt mind if it was just people, but motorbikes beeping horns as if anyone can move out of there way, and food carts forcing there way through. Its just not a pleasent experience.

"you want tuk-tuk?" No. Why? for a start because I didnt want a tuk tuk from the last 50 guys who offered me one, for second becasue theres a million on the road anyway I'm sure I can flag one down if I did want one, but why would I when theres also a million metered AC taxi's there too?
"you want suit?" No. Its 30 degrees, Im wearing board shorts and a scruffy t shirt and I haave a mohawk, do I look like a need a suit?
"you want tatoo?" What? Do I want a tattoo? No, and you offering me one isnt likley to make me want one. ITs not exactly an impulse buy, either you want one or you dont.

That was most of what I complained about I think. Other than the smog and how hard it is to cross the road and just the general crappy dirtiness of the area which obvisouly go without saying, and gets worse.

Food is one of the thing I do enjoy here. I'll give them that much, Until someone gave me the shits that is. Anyway around Khao San it was good enough though, some cheap pad thai from a street lady, buy 2 if your hungry, and a really nice ice coffee from around the corner.


Posted by mikeb1986 01:00 Archived in Thailand Tagged bangkok backpacking khao_san_road first_time

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