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Thursday, May 31, 2001
Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand:
Latitude: 13° 46' 12" North
Longitude: 100° 30' 7" East
Altitude: 4610 feet
From Seattle: 8558 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Shanti Lodge

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

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1512
Linear Dist: 279634
Countries Visited: 77
Regions Visited: 291
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Hotels: 636
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4660
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Journal Entry:
Again tried to sleep through the early morning construction next door, and again failed. Since the guest house's internet has been so flaky I stopped at a nearby internet cafe to check email. I got some email from Stacy and she hadn't been able to find a cheaper price for Guam to Micronesia either. I decided to go ahead and buy the tickets to / from Guam and worry about how to get to Micronesia once I get there. Since I haven't been able to find anything less than the full fare either on the internet, or hear in Bangkok it shouldn't matter. I picked up the second batch of photos (seven rolls) and dropped the final eight rolls off to be developed - there were some great photos from the Kumbh Mela! On the way to Khao San Road to buy my ticket I ran into Kelly (she's also staying at Shanti) who was also heading to Khao San. I went to the cheapest of the travel agents from yesterday and of course the same person isn't working there and the price has gone up. After an hour of haggling and looking at different options I finally got a reasonable price leaving in two days - now I just have to come back tomorrow to pick up the ticket. I was going to Siam Square to try and find a guide book covering Guam and Micronesia and since Kelly had just gotten to Bangkok she decided to tag along with me to try the canal boats.

I was feeling pretty proud of myself for finding my way to the canal boat stop (somewhat impressive since it's a bout half hour walk), getting on the right boat (less impressive since there really is only one), and getting off at the right stop in Sukamavit (very impressive since the stop has been completely rebuilt since I was last there). In the bookstore I tried they didn't have what I was looking for (Lonely Planet's South Pacific), but they were able to call around and find me a copy at a nearby store (actually almost just across the street). After buying the book I was trying to get to Siam Square and managed to get completely lost - pretty amazing as it's on the same street. When we realized I'd been walking the wrong way we got on the sky train and were there in a few minutes. Had a fast dinner then went for a wander in the MGK Center (one of the huge surreal modern shopping centers near Siam). Ended up going to see "Sweet November" - a very bad movie. Took the train back as near to the lodge as possible, then as leaving the station it started to pour rain - got a taxi immediately, but even the ten feet from the bottom of the stairs to the taxi door involved getting a soaking so the taxi's arctic A/C seemed even colder than usual.


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

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