Nong Khai 30 minutes, Nong Khai 30 minutes…

It seems like the conductor on the train has a broken watch because for an hour he came through the cabin shouting that our destination was in 30 minutes and about 5 minutes after his last 30 minute call changed it to 5 minutes. I have successfully completed my second overnight train journey.  This one was a 12 hour affair from Bangkok to Nong Khai which I splurged and spent a few extra dollars for a first class sleeper cabin which I shared with Steve, a Scottish weaver.

Yesterday was another good day. It started with a early checkout of ether hostel and a trip to the floating market. The floating market is a tourist trap with a couple (read 3) real vendors. It was still a blast and pretty cool to see. I got there around 9am and I am pretty sure the local market is done around 6am, but it is 120km from Bangkok and I wanted to grab some sleep.

Some grilled bananas, way too expensive but good

Some grilled bananas, way too expensive but good

One of the real market venders

One of the real market venders

Traffic jam of tourists

Traffic jam of tourists

I returned to Bangkok and didn’t really have a plan for the rest of the evening. I started by wandering north off Khao San road and stopped by a temple. It was more of an active temple than a temple that at is touristed. They were running what I thought was a soup kitchen with a bunch of people in line to get a bowl of rice with some bright pink stuff on it. I then continued my wandering and started eating street food. It ranged between 10 baht (33b=$1) and 50b. My theory was that if it wasn’t really good I would only eat part of it and eat something else for the rest.

Khao San road in the day

Khao San road in the day

 

I then returned to the hostel and socialized and got ready for my train ride.

 

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