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Saturday, October 21, 2000
Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand:
Latitude: 13° 46' 12" North
Longitude: 100° 30' 7" East
Altitude: 74 feet
From Seattle: 8558 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Shanti Lodge

Today's Travel:
Country: Thailand
Region: Bangkok
Weather: Rain / Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1290
Linear Dist: 245301
Countries Visited: 72
Regions Visited: 271
More stats...
Hotels: 503
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 80
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4322

Journal Entry:
It was so hot last night that sleep was impossible - I watched the clock roll over until after 5:30. Then I kept waking up to do battle with bugs. At 8:30 I gave up and got out of bed. First thing was to change rooms. Spent the morning doing laundry, having a leisurely breakfast, on the Internet, and trying to come up with my travel plans for down south. I walked down Thanon Samsen, to Kao San dropping off the rolls of film from Angkor Wat on the way. I wandered up and down the shopping street a couple times - it was quieter than usual. I bought a lighter (more of a mini-blowtorch), and some books (a Tom Robbins, a John Grisham, and the third Harry Potter book). In the afternoon I took a taxi to Siam Square. I was supposed to meet my parents at 4:00, but due to their tour they were 45 minutes late. We decided to go up to the weekend market even though it closes at six. We took the sky train so at least traffic wasn't a worry.

The market is big. Nothing too exciting, but it is really big. We wandered around the market for one and a half hours mostly looking at the crafts stalls though we also ended up in the aquarium section - they have a section for everything. We took a sky train and taxi back to my guesthouse for margaritas and dinner. They took a taxi home and I jumped on the internet again. I really didn't want a repeat of last night's sleep fiasco so I sat up and talked and had a couple more beers.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Bangkok
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Thailand
CIA - The World Factbook: Thailand

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