26 days summer 03
When: heart of the wet season (2003 summer)
How I moved: by minibus, by tuk tuk and by train
Where I slept: in very cheap hotels (hotel...uhm.. it's a big word)
What I liked: "not pushy at all" attitude of the people and all the faces of Bangkok
What I dislike: the f...ing superhumidity and hotness, that made my brain melted, the fat whites fingering the local lolitas and the crowd of tourists coming from the beaches of the south
What you do need: nothing more than few T-shirts, some pants. Travel in Thailand is so easy that you don't need anything more!
I dont really know why its
years that the idea of hanging out in Indochina buzzes in my mind; attracted
by this cluster of nations so known as stages of some past human madness
(from the 65-73 war to Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge), on the
opposite so few mentioned in their actual situation.
prepared this trip for months before leaving: first of all reading pages
and pages of funny reports to plan my itinerary and at the end I completely
changed my way following my instinct and some funny fellows known
on the road (thanks Leigh, thanks Enn). But this is the fun of travelling
"Travellers dont know where they are going, while tourist dont
know where they have been"
ITINERARY OF THE WHOLE TRAVEL
in Bangkok, still jetlagged and already sweat soaked, I jumped on a unexpected
deluxe train heading to the north. The next morning I was in the exotic
and touristy Chiang Mai where I spent some relaxant days waiting for my
Lao visa and getting my feet massaged. My passport wandered through Thailand
for four days before coming back to his fu**ing worried daddy in Huay
Xai (the Lao border) at 7 am brought
by a moped-boy coming from "whoknowswhere". Right here I crossed
the Mekong river getting in Laos and experiencing a 30 years gap of development
in 500 meters of water. No more roads here in Laos, in particular in the
rainy season! Thats why I had to get packed for two days in a crowded
(and touristy) slow boat to reach Luang Prabang. But I had fun, especially
because most of the guys on the boat where travellers plenty of interesting
stories experienced around the world. And what about the nice village
of Pakbeng where the boat stops for the night?
IMPRESSIONS ABOUT THAILAND
the country where the exotic south Asian tastes,
smells and colours are well mingled with a development that sounds west.
Bangkok represent the top of such contrast: where hundreds of smoky stalls
selling every kind of fried animal and vegetables are settled below the
structure of the high tech "sky train" just outside a super
air conditioned 7eleven. In Bangkok theres everything you need;
nothing to envy to any European capital. Its a kind of challenge
in being inventive without rules. What is important is to sell something
or to make a deal with somebody; it means you can find everything for
nothing: documents, certificates, driving licences, student cards, CDs,
Rolex watches, etc etc
. all faked, of course. But when the night
comes the sex becomes the real business and then no morality is allowed
in Bangkok, or anyway in a part of it.
PS: If youve planned to go to Bangkok or to the North in July or August I hope you like sweating as hell. I mean that kind of humid hot that doesnt let you to sleep unless a fan blows on your body the all night. Good luck!
called Poipet. If you pass through there for sure you wont forget
this name.I mean one of the two border points between Thailand and Cambodia
opened to foreigners.
I was just arrived in Chiang
Mai trying to figure out how to get a Laotian visa as soon as possible
when I met a woman, who run a hostel, saying she could provide it for
30 $. I decided to trust her (frankly I didnt have other chances)
and I left her my passport paying in advance. Unfortunately it was Friday
hence there was no way to have it before Tuesday. It meant four days but,
at least I could get it in Huay Xai, the town at the Lao border where
she had another guesthouse. I was worried of separating from my document
at the beginning of such long trip, having just a piece of paper as receipt
and I was looking forward to get it back.
was one evening in Chiang Mai while I was walking in the crowdy centre,
that I wanted to have my feet massaged. I lay down on a deck chair right
at the side of the main way were hundreds of people where strolling with
nothing to do but looking at me and at the stalls. I wasnt bothered,
on the opposite I enjoyed this "being in a window shop" feeling.
A respectful old lady spread on my legs a kind of eucalyptus essence.
A good flavour but so strong that for the next hours even the cats runaway
from me! A
bunch of seconds after she started massaging I realised the Thai massage
is not a relaxing one, but it aims to stimulate the muscles. It can be
sorrowful and sometimes it was, but at the end I felt my legs fresher
and more in shape.
is big, not only in squarekm but also in sense of encompassing a large
variety of social levels and nationalities. From the poorest part of Chinatown
to the most modern ones that make Bangkok one of the capital of south
ABOUT CHIANG MAI
Chiang Mai is
the main city in the north of Thailand and consequently is most touristy.
So don't expect to be in an untouched south Asia town feeling to be an
explorer. Nevertheless, despite the sexy pubs, the travel agencies and
the souvenir shops this centre maintains his charm even with such things
I didn't like to see. One of these was right the sex tourism of old fatty
whites fingering Thai lolitas.
Travelling in Thailand is so easy that you don't need tips, unless you are going to explore the wild north far from the civilization, then the tips for the Laos can turn out useful (Lao tips)