May 6th-8th, 2011
I made it to Bangkok at 7pm and was feeling sick so laid down for a few hours and caught a dinner with a fellow American in my hostel. I had one of Thailand’s famous dishes, Pad Thai, which is fried noodles and vegetables, and it was delicious.
The next day I had to check out of the hostel and check into a hotel where my next tour group started that night. This trip is a completely different makeup then my China trip, 11 people and our tour guide Bom (“but call me Mr. B in the airport for security reasons”). 6 girls, 5 guys, most are not on extended trips, and only one couple.
3 Americans (me and a couple from Florida)
1 girl from Australia
7 from England (4 girls, 3 guys)
After our orientation meeting we went for a quick dinner and almost everyone went to the famous Kao San Road after for some drinks. Kao San is known for as one of the best backpacker streets in the world. I also got to meet up Matt and Emma from my China trip who joined up with
us for the night out. Trouble quickly followed.
Everyone wanted to see a ping pong show, so somehow i got roped into my 3rd one in the last seven days, thats got to be a record. I knew something was wrong to begin with cause the first two shows i went to, the starting price was 1,000 baht (roughly $33) but we got in for 150 baht (roughly $4.50-5). Bad sign #1: This time the starting price was 100 baht. I knew something was up, but half of our group of 15 were already in. Right away the hostess was pushy and you have to order one drink, which was 100 baht. Bad sign #2: Everywhere you guy, you have to buy every drink right away, this time they did not ask. Bad sign #3: They started doing the show and every time we saw someone leave, you saw them arguing with the staff. Every few minutes a performer would come buy drinking a coke or something and ask one of us to buy it for them. Only once or twice did someone buy them a drink but thats when we thought we were onto their scam. We saw
a table next to us with about 15 drinks on it from the performers and thought they were going to try to charge us for them. Someone asked the pushy hostess and she started arguing that our drinks were 300 baht each, despite agreeing to 100 baht each when we came in. We started arguing and I told everyone to leave 100 baht and lets just leave. That’s when the hostess got in my face and started pushing me down demanding we all pay up and called some small ass bouncer over. The two of them were obviously outnumber so i kept trying to get everyone out after paying what we agreed on cause the bouncer was on his cell trying to get backup while keeping us all in. I turned back to some of our group still sitting down to explain the situation when the mother f’er punched me in my pec. You will be happy to know, i kept my temper in check and after arguing for another few minutes we all agreed just to pay 300 baht each and got the hell outta there. It was actually a pretty funny moment looking back on it. And funnier after when we fit 5 adults in a tuk-tuk, which i will explain later.
Today, the tour group went on a long-boat ride through the river and canals of Bangkok, before we all split up to see different wats (thai for temple). Now i am on another overnight train to Chang Mai.
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