June 10, 2010 – 9:15– Bangkok (Diamond House)
NYC to Tokyo onto Bangkok.
Arrived Bangkok with a handful of tourists. The “backpacker ghetto” of Banglamphu appears empty, but perhaps it’s just early. Go ahead try and say “bang-lamb-poo” without giggling.
Curiosities from inbound trip:
- Utensils and glassware in Tokyo’s Narita airport “Made in USA.”
- Live video feed from the nose of 777 aircraft is rather frightening when landing between thunderstorm cells, and stunningly beautiful when cloud-bursting across the Pacific.
- Not one Starbucks. Great, but I need a cup of coffee.
- Gasoline is almost $4 USD a gallon. Stop your complaining.
- Traffic lights have countdown timers, which saves some of the $4/gallon.
- Most billboards along the highway from the airport are for Air Conditioners. Yes it’s extremely hot.
- 6 foot 4 inch Americans tower over the Thai.
- Find cheaper accommodation, because $25 USD is just too much.
- Find a fun spot to watch the start of the World Cup.
- Attempt to stay awake as I relax through jet lag.