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October 31st 2009
Published: October 31st 2009
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Wow it is hot out here! Very different to South Africa. No barbed wire on houses and it feels a lot safer at night. The flight over from Joberg was a long one but Singapore Airlines are really good. Lots of turbulence just after take off and it lasted for about an hour but finally settled down when we got above 10,000. The flight info on board said we cruised at 12,500 and it was -55 outside. Arriving into Singapore was interesting...difficult again to think we are so far away from the UK. Singapore airport however is possibly the cleanest place I have ever seen. It was immaculate! It was so hot outside hat we didn't venture to far from the air conditioned terminal at all. We had a 8 hour wait until our flight up to Thailand so we amused ourselves by getting our money's worth on the airport sky train! The flight up to Bangkok took two hours and it was even hotter when we arrived there. After we managed to get our bus ticket for the AE2 into the city we got off at Khaosan Road and literally every person we saw had a backpack and was looking for somewhere to stay. We rocked up at a little guest house on the main road and it was very simple and a proper budget place but at 4 quid a night you can't complain! Totally sweaty, jet lagged, hungry and unshowered we made the sensible decision to not go to bed and go out with our new found traveling friends and stay out till 3 in the morning. Genius. During the day this area in Bangkok is crazy...you can't walk for more than 10m without being asked to buy a suit, ride on a tuk tuk, have a fish massage or turn down about 20 offers of a taxi to the airport. The good thing is though it is super cheap so our pound is going quite far which is certainly helping the budget (for the time being anyway). We have only spent two days thee because on Wednesday we got the overnight bus down to Southern Thailand to islands to chill out on the beach for a week and generally relax a bit. Thee is a full moon party on Monday which should be good and this place really is the traveling Mecca so pretty much everyone here is a backpacker (and i know i am English so I don't want to shoot myself in the foot by saying this but...the people here are really cool...as long as you avoid the chav population of English guys...and there are a lot of them!) Loads of Europeans and South Americans though which is good and in a way...a big relief! Back up to visit Northern Thailand next week. Will update on how these few days have gone when we get back to Bangkok.

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