26 - 27 April -
Mae Sot – Bangkok - By bus
I packed up and
left for the bus station but found that the next available bus
was only at 18h50. I bought the ticket and then cycled back to
the hotel where I stayed, left my bike there, and went on a
walkabout in town. It soon became too hot and I returned to the
cool of the hotel.
The bus turned out
to be quite comfortable. It was a relatively pleasant journey,
except for the fact that we arrived in Bangkok at 3h00. It had
rained and the roads were wet and muddy. The bus station is
about 10/15 kilometres out of town and surrounded by road works.
It was around 3h30 as I set off into the darkness through the
muddy puddles, hoping that none of them was hiding open
manholes. One can easily disappear down one of them, never to be
seen again. I thought that it would be easy to cycle into
Bangkok at that time of the morning, but the lack of
streetlights made it rather nerve wrecking. The streets were
eerily quiet, with only the homeless, drunk and truly weird out
at that time. (It scares me to think that I may fall into one of
those categories, LOL).
28 - 30 April -
It was a busy day
today; it nearly felt like I was back at work. Filling in forms,
paying money and organising things. I have not done that in a
long time. I can't say I liked it.
Suddenly, I saw
men in suits, briefcases in hand, talking on mobile phones
everywhere. I overheard people making deals, their body language
and tone of voice made my stomach turn. I was so pleased that it
was not me sitting at that table. I walked right past them,
licking my ice cream, smiling to myself, thinking “been there,
done that” and feeling very grateful that I'm homeless with only
a bicycle and a tent. Although I may change my mind about that
on the next uphill as I quite enjoyed having my own business.
Everything has its place, I guess.
1 May - Bangkok
– Chachoengsao - 85 kilometres
There was nothing
more I could do about the passport but wait. It was time to get
out of Bangkok and explore the rest of South East Asia, albeit
for a second time. It took me the best part of the day to get
out of Bangkok, as it is a rather large and busy city.
2 May -
Chachoengsao - Sa Kaeo - 125 kilometres
It was another
scorcher of a day. Fortunately, around midday the clouds started
gathering and soon big, fat raindrops started falling. I was not
unhappy about that. In no time at all it was bucketing down to
such an extent that I needed to find shelter. I stopped at a
roadside restaurant and I ordered a coffee. The lady spoke no
English and I (obviously) no Thai. She knew I wanted a coffee
but wanted to know which one and pointed to the menu on the
wall. What are the chances that one can read Thai if one cannot
speak it? It was a good cup of coffee.
Sa Kaeo was only
about 30 kilometres down the road so I was in no hurry. As soon
as the rain stopped, I continued down the road and found a hotel
on the main road. It had no English signs, but it looked like a
hotel so I stopped and enquired. At least this time the
receptionist showed me the room rate on the calculator.