6. Orderly chaotic China town and Khaosan road

Situated in between China and India, Thailand has a portion of Chinese and Indian populations. They made a certain area to call a new home and we call those “China town” and  “Little India” in Bangkok. Only 10min away from each other, so it becomes a set menu for a tourist walking option.

Not to be a victim of the scammers(usually tuk-tuk drivers), I don’t carry a guidebook in my hand, nor the map. I just pop into a shop and ask directions if I need.

SONY DSC  SONY DSCQuite strangely positioned footpath in the middle of the road and for what?

SONY DSCIn China Town, buying just small amount of things doesn’t give you much feeling of cheap price as this market is tuned for whole sale retailers.  Most shops set a minimum buy which is six.

Try Sampeng lane all the way to Phahurat(little india) which is a strenuous 2 to 3 kms back alley way walk.

SONY DSC SONY DSCKing of fruit they say, Durian, well spiky-looking medieval era weaponry head with very unpleasant smell(ammonia). Smells like a toilet tastes like heaven. I like it. Expensive. Thai girls want to marry whoever is affordable a durian a day.

Eat a durian and kiss your lover, if she still loves you, she loves you deep in her heart or your armpit smells so strong that overpowers even the durian.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCColorful sweets, made with coconut, sticky rice and sugar. Try a Khao-Niaw-Kaew( literally means Jade-looking glutenous rice) 10Baht a pack.

SONY DSC SONY DSCNow carry on to Indian district, Little India. Shop displays change to saris, incense sticks and dried food. Indian Emporium Plaza makes a good pit stop for a well deserved hard walk.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCSugar cane waiting to be squeezed.

SONY DSCMango juice is the name of the game here. A killer thirst quencher.

SONY DSCEnd of this indian district meets the river ChaoPraya that meanders through to Khaosan road, once and ever, backpackers magnet. River boat takes 20mins to Khaosan pier for 15Baht.

SONY DSC SONY DSCBasically who you see at the airport arrival  will be here. Everyone flocks down to Khaosan road for accommodation, food, bars, travel agency, visas, and like me just  showing my daughter the life of typical backpackers.

You will meet more  foreigners here than anywhere in the world and the locals in this street are dollar-tamed ones. You are just an another object carrying money packed wallet. Nothing else.

Bars are trendy and musics sweet, never sleeping alleys and backpackers. English is spoken everywhere but the price is not budget-friendly.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCI still remember this place Pian Massage, 15 years back I stayed here(it was the guesthouse back then) and paid 30Baht($1.20) for a twelve beds dorm room and that had been my record ever for the cheapest accommodation.

SONY DSCKhaosan road is tuk-tuk drivers favorite hunting ground. They will offer you 10Baht ride to anywhere and you are on a long shopping trip to the gem shops, souvenir shops, spoiling your day.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCWe are not going to stay here any longer, so google mapping what number of bus goes to Asok where Terminal 21 shopping plaza is.

You can even know where this bus is at in no time , so you will never miss the stop you are gonna hop off.

DSCF8938On a public bus No 2, there is no conductor or ticket seller on board and the local says if the bus has a blue stripe on the front windscreen, it’s free bus for the poor.

Can you spot the light sky colored strip behind the container

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Terminal 21, newly opened shopping place aimed to the posh, upper middle class Thais and expats. Each floor has a feel of a country, like ground Rome, 1st Japan, 6th America. Not just good for shopping but also for taking pictures and filling up your stomach.

The name Terminal21 is adequate if you look around carefully as all the escalators have a departure and arrival to a city like Paris or Tokyo, so this resembles an airport terminal.

You can’t  fly A to B here but if you use your imagination, you will.

Logic will get you A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere.  -Albert Einstein-

Have a look inside.

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Tomorrow We are going to take a night train to Chiangmai, the rose of the north and will show you how the sleeper train ride makes fun.

 

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4 thoughts on “6. Orderly chaotic China town and Khaosan road

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