Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day Two – Bangkok and Trat

Not feeling jet lag yet and hoping to avoid it!  The only issue is that our ankles are really swollen from sitting on the plane.  We slept about six hours during our flight to Tokyo and tried not to sleep at all on the way to Bangkok.  We went to bed around 2:30 local time last night and woke up around 8 this morning.  We showered in the “shower stall-less” bathroom , got ready for the day, and went to the bus station to catch the bus to Trat, which is where we are as I’m writing this.  It is a double-decker bus with crazy colored, fabric seats.  We are on the upper deck.

I got all my currency converted but am still nervous about using money.  I ventured into a store and bought coffee.  A guy asked if I need help and I just said “coffee.”  He made it for me and I paid for it, finishing with a Kob Koon Kah to him!

We brought snacks on the bus but a short time ago a man came back offering us food and drinks.  Jody and I (who are sitting across the aisle and row in front of Andy) refused before we found out it was free.  So Andy accepted it and gave it to us so we wouldn’t miss out.  We all laughed about our naivete.

On a side note, Jody has a Thailand travel book that she brought with her.  She read a part about Trat to me on the plane yesterday which mentioned that it is the origin of his yellow oil (actually called Ang Ki Somthawin Yellow herbal oil) that cures everything from sore throats to bug bites.  Andy actually carries it with him!  I put it on a small sore on my chin and today it is almost gone.  I have a rash on my hand that I put it on today.  We’ll see what happens but I’m definitely bringing some of that stuff home!

Tonight we will stay in Trat and see Ian and Shawn.  I can’t wait to see their place and their town!  I hope to go to the market today or tomorrow as well as get a Thai massage and possibly a pedicure.

Later…

We got to Trat and rode in the back of an open air truck to Ian and Andy’s place.  We sat on the patio and waited for Ian and Shawn to return from the beach.  Ian cut up a papaya for us and we that and some jackfruit.

Their friends came over and we had a few beers.  We met the greatest group of people.  Finally met David and his wife Summer and daughter Samantha.  David is from Indiana and met Summer in Florida.  Pe Meaw and Pe Tao (who I don’t have to call “Pe” because it is a term used for older people and I’m older) were really fun.  Meaw’s friend Rahn, from Australia, was also here.

Ian and Meow made dinner and we all sat down for dinner at the dining room table to eat.  It felt like being in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” when the group of friends from all walks of life, share a meal.  We had rice with some other dishes, one containing coagulated blood.  It was good until I found out what it was.  The food varied between sweet and spicy.

Many beers later, I hopped on the motorbike with Meow and met Andy and Tao at a bar.  We went in with our own bottle of whiskey which the waitress proceeded to mix drinks for us with.  Andy and I drank Leo beer.  The music was crazy loud and all Thai.  People were dancing everywhere and it was crazy!  Thai girls were dancing on the tables and the men were swarming them.

Tao drove us Andy and I home in his car and I was so glad to go to bed!  The room was cool with the air conditioning and the bed is huge.  Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  

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