Doors, sewing machines and Viagra

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First morning in Bangkok – managed to not get ripped off by a booking office trying to get me to buy a train ticket to Chiang Mai with compulsory ‘special fee’ and a mandatory 2 nights fan (no AC) accommodation in Chiang Mai which totaled the equivalent of 50 quid as he said there were no tickets available (most likely due to helpful people such as himself).  No thanks, I’ll go to the station and try myself thanks.  All of 491bhat (10 quid) got me a sleeper train to Chiang Mai. The only downside is it arrives at 4am…

I spent much of the day wandering streets getting totally lost.  The Thai’s seem to have entire streets dedicated to various goods – one street full of businesses seemed to be selling nothing but doors.  Another, Buddhas of all shapes and sizes along with a side line in coffee tables, another army surplus stores, another musical instruments and sewing machines (in the same store).  Rather bizarrely, one of the streets had several vendors selling nothing but sex toys and Viagra – I didn’t see anyone haggling on those stalls for some reason…

After putting my New Zealand camping kit into self storage, I ventured onto the skytrain and underground for an explore, as well as to find some maps of the countries I plan on visiting.  It is quite a contrast to the ramshackle dirty streets – all very clean and modern and an absolute pleasure (partly due to the bubble of air conditioning you travel in).

Fact of the day – chatting to a friend of my brother’s who lives out here, I have been informed that it is illegal to de-frame a picture of the Thai king – a crime that results in 15 years behind bars!!

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7 responses »

  1. Hi Johnny, glad you’re finding your way around. Val tried to leave a comment on your blog, and it says it is awaiting moderation. Who does the moderating? You? I was eating Thai last night – the Puzzle Hall in Sowerby Bridge has aquired a genuine Thai chef (from Todmorden)

    Cheers, M

  2. Welcome to Bangkok!! Some of the businesses make sense, Dildo’s and Viagra *tick* musical instruments and sewing machines?? If your back in B’kok, jump the sky train and take it to the end of the line to a place called ‘Mo Chit’ pronounced ‘Mo Shit’…the largest market in B’kok is near here, Chattachuk indoor market…you can buy anything from monkeys to medicines (More Shit). Its worth a visit.

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