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Bangkok: Khaosun Road - the higlights

-You can get a meal-sized portion of Pad Thai and an ice cold Chang for well under 3 dollars on the street.

-Crazy people from literally everywhere.

-I ate a scorpion last night. And a grasshopper. Tasted like nutty grass, and canola oil.

-Dancing to a funky Thai ska band with a crowd of drunk Thai girls down at the Brick Bar.

-It seems like nothing ever closes. 7/11s on every corner.
RowrAt the Grand PalaceBuddhas

-Swapping stories with strangers at 3am over Singha and greasy spring rolls

-Hearing "Hotel California" sung by an over-emoting long-haired Asian guitarist at almost every bar every night.

-“Where are you going my friend? Tuk-tuk? Ping pong show?”

-Comparing tattoos with hilarious whiskey-chugging hipster Thai dudes over at the Comme Bar.

-Some guy walking by the guesthouse in an anime-doctor costume with a big cartoon-sized head. I wasn't going to put this on the list, but it just happened a few seconds ago.

    Let’s see, I went to the Dusit Zoo on Thursday, but it was a bit of a downer because the place is fairly badly in need of renovation and most of the animals were stuck in depressingly small enclosures. Spent the rest of the afternoon walking from Siam Square back to Khaosan because I’d gotten ripped off by a particularly bold tuk-tuk driver. Later on in the evening I met a couple really nice Dutch girls just in from Cambodia and we ended up splitting a couple buckets down at the Road and mistranslating common figures-of-speak from Dutch to English back to Dutch, and vice versa . We’ve been doing this pretty much for the last three nights.

    Yesterday I finally made it to the Grand Palace; the place is pretty much overflowing with shiny stuff. It’s like the sort of thing you’d end up with if you gave your royal temple designer the world’s biggest Bedazzler and six thousand kilos of powdered cocaine. But the place wasn’t crowded at all, so it was fun to just walk around and look at sparkly ****.

    Pretty much the same for Wat Po, next door to the palace. Although the two-bajillion foot long reclining Buddha was impressive. It’s hard to get the idea of its actual size until it’s staring down at you with its massive beady Buddha eyes.

    Wat Arun, on the other side of the river, was probably my favorite. Mostly because you could climb up the steepest stairs ever to get a sweet view of the palace and downtown
Bangkok. The temple’s architecture is from the older period, more akin to Angkor Wat apparently. Less sparkle-tacky and more phallus-y. Which is more my style anyway.

    Today I finally made it over to Jim Thompson’s houseReally amazing place .
The guy had a healthy obsession with Thai culture. Six entirely teak houses, some moved several hundred kilometers from Ayutthya, all filled with ancient Thai artifacts and interesting cultural knick knacks. Funny thing is, Thais consider a broken piece, like a cracked porcelain China bowl or a teak Buddha with the arms busted off, to be bad luck, so much of the collection was given to Thompson by superstitious donors. Of course this came back to bite him in the ass when he disappeared in Camaroon in 1967 without a trace. Dun-dun-dun…

    Got my train ticket to Chiang Mai this afternoon, leaving Bangkok tomorrow night. 14 hours in an overnight sleeper car. Should be baller.

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