After a month of puttering around in Bali, it was finally time to continue my travels. I was bound for Bangkok, baby! I know, I know . . . you immediately think of scenes from The Hangover Part 2. But, c’mon, really? How long have you been reading my blog?
When I arrived at Don Muang Airport, Marilyn met me at the Arrivals hall and we continued to our hostel together. She had traveled around Thailand for a few days ahead of me and would have so many interesting stories to tell. I couldn’t wait to see her again!
At the Bangkok airport, I worried I wouldn’t see her if the crowd was anything like the one in Bali. Luckily, there weren’t as many people and taxi drivers surrounding the exit so I found her easily.
What helped me single her out from the crowd was the massive backpack she was toting. I nearly fell over laughing at how humongous it looked on her! Now, Marilyn isn’t a big girl. She’s petite and can’t weigh more than 110 pounds (less than 50 kgs), but I swear her pack had to be pushing 53 pounds (or about 24 kgs)! She even had a rolled up painting attached to the side.
Together we managed to get on the airport bus that would shuttle us to the nearest BTS station. The BTS or Skytrain is Bangkok’s mass transit system that efficiently and effectively moves people through town. It’s a wonderful and inexpensive way to travel within the city. It allows you to avoid all the taxi and tuk tuk drivers who constantly seek your business.
When we arrived at Mo Chit station on the Sukhumvit line, we bought our BTS tickets and hopped on the train. At Siam station, we transferred to the Silom line and road until the Wongwian Yai station. From here it was a short walk to our accommodation, U-Baan Guesthouse.
Joy operates U-baan Guesthouse and is really funny and sarcastic. She’s full of advice and her English is good. Her hostel is in a regular neighborhood, which gives you great insight into how locals live. Joy is also open and knowledgeable about many parts of Thailand. She’s familiar with backpackers and their interests so her suggestions are usually spot on. I’d definitely recommend her place if you’re passing through Bangkok.