Ok for the past 48 hours I have learnt the following things about myself, Bangkok and life in general
I'm smarter / more devious than I thought - a woman comes up to me and hands me 3 bags of corn and says they are good luck, I empty 2 bags
on the floor for the pigeons and another woman comes up to me and says you need to pay 200 baht (£4) for the bags, I reply "I have no money and not used all the bags yet" so with the last bag I walk past the woman and "drop" the bag and disappear in
a flurry shadow of pigeons! So the bags were lucky after all! - Marwin 2 - Bangkok scammers 0 (ain't no one got time for dat!)
Bangkok is beautiful - both historically and culturally, even though the upper and east side are modern, they
still remain intact and spiritual, even I had a little prayer, "may I never meet another wanker" which was my prayer / wish. Local people are helpful and fun - yes I've even managed to chat, laugh and flirt here with no problem.......... TRAMP!
is cheap - that’s all, £3 for a meal and drink, take that wagamamas!
The western world is lucky and spoilt - the fact we've not suffered major natural disasters, recent wars (unless you count the war on drugs but most of us are pro-choice
on that) and poverty we still whinge if a modern convenience is not operating I.e. smartphone, try being here squatting over a hole, with no Wi-Fi and flies in your pad Thai!
Overnight trains are the best - you get to drink, look at the scenery and
not have to move from your seat when someone makes your bed, bad side the toilet looked like it was made in the 1890s, just a steel hole onto the tracks BLEURGH!
Hostels out rule Hotels - it’s cheaper, you meet more people, it's surprisingly cleaner
and the bar is more diverse not just rich gormless tourists and business brats! Already enjoying the sights, well the guy opposite me in the dorm room!
Just to contradict myself for the last few paragraphs, you can have a fancy movie like
date - didn't think it would happen to me but I actually had a date which basically could have been in a rom com, got chatted up while waiting for a tut-tut, taken on a motorbike (1st time ever), cocktails in a swanky high rise restaurant, cake in a quirky
cafe (themed on Alice in wonderland) and taken to a very exclusive looking pad by a French man who looked like the love child of Heath ledger and jay Kay from Jamiroquai.
Cultural difference are apparent outside Europe - so for the first
4 days I've been alone in some sense, I've spoken to people but no new fb or phone friends, even when sat in the bar, everyone was sitting in their nationalities or friend groups, since I'm the only gay black man for miles, I had a table to myself, if my Samsung
was white covered it would have sat on the other table it's that segregated! Despite point 7 I still make friends - hello hostel friends or is that hostile friends eek! My raw animal sexual magnetism only attracts, women over 40, teen girls (and
boys) weirdos aka twinks and now ladyboys - just call me "Bond, Black Bond"
Anyway ladies and gents, hope you enjoyed this read, the travel plans have hit a bit of hitch as my flights are being changed so only spending 2 more weeks in SE Asia
so missing some stuff off so it's now, Thailand islands (2 days), Malaysia (2 days) Singapore (3 days) Vietnam (4 days) and Thailand for a day before heading to AUSTRALIA! But I wasn't even meant to be in SE Asia really so this is just a bonus!
Travel Tips - when travelling overland, train is the best, only £21 from Bangkok to Krabi or straight to Singapore is £45 that's same day cost as well :) yes 3 countries for £45, whatever first great western!
When in Krabi expect to
be hustled from one bus to another and then charged £1-2 for transfers (even though the transfer from the train is free), be careful who you book with!
Krabi best place to stay is called Pak Up Hostel, nice, snazzy and with fun staff, plus cheap
drinks! If you need to change flights with STA be warned, you have limited availability during August- October, after my September flight to Oz the next flight was the end of October and was an additional £163, uh HELL NO!
If you are black
and flying solo, prepare for a lot of stares from locals and tourists alike, yay!
Peace out, happy hour is calling :)