Feb 13 2008

Baht Ate Our Dollars?

Published by at 10:56 pm under Bangkok,Thailand

I really want to tell you all about our sparkling week in Paris, which was a great last European hurrah, and I promise we’ll get to all of it. But I wanted to post a quick update to let everyone know that … [drum roll] … we’re in Bangkok! After nearly 14 hours on a plane, a strange layover in the United Arab Emirates, and a taxi ride (I know! A taxi. What unimaginable luxury!), we’ve arrived at a guest house just outside of the Bangkok city center which is costing us about $3 per night. It’s also sunny and ninety degrees. I love Thailand already.

On the other hand, there are ants crawling out of my computer keyboard, I am trying to get used to the idea of eating rice for breakfast every morning, and Ben keeps telling me everything tastes like Hepatitis A.

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Disease-free in Thailand

Ben and I decided about a month ago that our budget would never allow us to stay in Europe for as long as we’d originally planned with the dollar weakening pretty much hourly, so we bumped our tickets to Thailand up. Unfortunately this gave us very little time to plan for our Southeast Asian journey, so we have no idea where we’re going from here. During our last days in Paris we frantically tried to prepare, and we did do some stuff: shipped our remaining winter/European trip items home, switched to tiny jungle-friendly suitcases, and somehow managed to muddle through getting all our proper vaccinations. Now we’re invincible! We did not, however, get a guidebook, as the cheapest we could find an English guide to Thailand was 30 euros, and that’s just far too much to pay for knowledge. So that’s the number one item on today’s agenda.

More updates to come, very soon. I would say goodbye in Thai, but since we don’t have a guidebook, I don’t know how. I just asked Ben how to say it and he said: “I don’t know! The only Thai word I know is ‘baht.’ Oh and ‘pad thai.’”

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2 Responses to “Baht Ate Our Dollars?”

  1. Ginaon 14 Feb 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Hi guys, never fear…I have some links that have resources you can use online:

    http://www.1stopthailand.com/

    You MUST go to:
    Floating Market
    The Temple of the Emerald Buddah
    Lop Buri
    Borsang and Baan Tawai Crafts Center (buddist hand-made umbrellas)
    Chiang Mai Elephant Camp
    Pha Nga Bay (James Bond island)

    http://www.1stopchiangmai.com/what_to_see/city_tours/

    And get used to rice…they eat it six times a day in sticky balls you shape with your hand and dip in your food.

  2. Jingyion 05 Mar 2008 at 9:21 am

    Hey, if you’re planning on visiting other parts of South-East Asia, do come to Singapore! It’s not exactly the most exciting city in the world (in fact, it’s one of the smallest) but it’s got great cultural diversity as well and plenty of awesome food that’s underrated and cost very little. There’re also established and interesting hostels catered to backpackers. Plus, the shopping here’s pretty good too and though not as cheap as Thailand (in fact, it’s way more expensive), the currency is worth less than the US dollar so that’s a bonus for you guys I guess. (:

    And besides, you’ll finally realise that Singapore’s not in China!

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