We made it to Khaosan area after a 20-minute hilariously tense ride on an “original” tuktuk service from the Bus Station. The driver was just sweeping pass cars and gearing up even before the traffic light turns green. I wonder maybe he was not happy that he gave in that fast to our 200 baht offer, or that’s just how they drive a tuktuk here? Surprisingly, when I handed him the money, he smiled gently and together we did the Thai greeting…with a smile. (“,)
Khaosan for me is like the party place in Bangkok but subdued than Patong. It’s a street lined up with bars (some with outdoor live music and others with big speakers), restaurants, inns, shops, food stalls and carts. There were people selling fashionable clothes, bags, knick-knacks and people offering tattooing service, massage and even faking documents. All at reasonable prices.
But more than the gimmick and cheap shopping, tourists crowd Khaosan as it is the best kick-off point to places of interest in the City like the Grand Palace, Victory Monument, Museums near Golden Mount, Chao Phraya River and many Buddhist temples . If you don’t want to stay in one of the guest houses within the bustling street of Khaosan, there are plenty of places to stay in near the area which cater to all types of travelers. We found this newly-opened dormitory type guesthouse a few meters from Khaosan.
Rest Inn has seven (7) wooden bunk beds, very clean shared shower rooms and toilets, with A/C and ceiling fans, and lockers at the bottom of the bed. It’s nice and quiet here despite a restaurant at the ground floor. The Indian national running it and his staff (of various nationalities) are very friendly and helpful. The price is reasonable too. Try working your charms up, you might get a discount. I give them 4 stars for comfort, hospitality and affordability.
With only a few hours to consume in Bangkok, we indulged on a street food trip while walking the streets of Khaosan. From tropical fruits to grilled foods on stick (the mushrooms are lip smacking) to the yummy coconut ice cream sprinkled with roasted peanuts, I suddenly forgot having a very sensitive tummy. BURPfect!
Barely 3 hours of sleep, we had to leave for Don Mueang International Airport. The airport was too far from the city that the taxi meter reached 275 baht. Paying that much would have been comforting if the driver at least gave out a smile as a gesture of gratitude for getting a 25 baht tip… by force! OMG! He even looked older than my dad and yet not know courtesy. God bless his heart!
It was 6:00 AM and DMIA is already crowded. We were glad to have gotten to Bangkok earlier. The immigration queue was long and our flight is at 6:45. Thank heavens the officers were fast. Boarding already started when we got to the gate.
(September 25, 2013)