It's not Goodbye Thailand, it's see ya later ;)
29.09.2009 31 °C
Today is a rather surreal day as I sit in a little internet cafe on the Khao San Road in Bangkok. This is to be my final blog for this trip which has taken me through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Tonight I board a plane for London where real life beckons once more.
On Sunday I took the ferry from Ko Tao to the mainland town of Chumpon. After the rather comfortable ferry ride I grabbed a quick lunch before hopping on a bus to Bangkok. See pics of me at Chumpon below - the last view of the Gulf of Thailand I'll have for a while
Driving into Bangkok at 9pm was driving into lashings of rain and a thunder storm. Isn't it just fantastic when you have to walk around seeking out budget accommodation with golf ball sized rain drops pelting off your face? I soon found out there was no budget accommodation to be had so decided to splash out on a rather fancy hotel. It was heavenly after getting soaked to the skin and hounded by touts selling trashy items (ping pong shows included) to drunken tourists. I had forgotten how bloody annoying the Khao San area of Bangkok is. On the plus side I got my hair done for the grand sum of 17 pounds yesterday. Cut and colour and I look so sexy I could be a bloody rock star.
The question I am now mulling over is what did I learn on this trip? Being immersed in foreign culture, cuisine and some things mean surely teaches some valuable life lessons. Perhaps I shall ponder some more on the plane until they come to me. Or maybe they will not appear until my feet are firmly back on UK soil trudging through another Winter of unforgiving wind and rain. As is often the case it is not until you return home that you realise what you have learned. I can say for certain I did learn how little the human race can actually survive on after my time teaching in Chang Mai. Many of the children had little more than a mat on the floor to sleep on at night and despite this 'poverty' they were happy. I mean really happy. I believe we in the West have become engulfed in capitalist greed which sadly shows no sign of shifting. We could learn some serious truth from the people of Chang Mai.
I would like to say thank you all for following my adventure, stay safe and happy travels