Bangkok, Thailand - 2014 Aug 29

6.5 hour flight from Qatar to Bangkok, had a nice chat with the guy sitting next to me.  He's a pilot from Cyprus, has been coming to Thailand for the last ten years, and is staying in Pattaya for two weeks this trip.

Like a rat in a maze - out of plane; long walk to immigration; get passport stamps; exchanged $200 for Baht; long walk to Airport Rail Link; figured out how to buy a token; figured out what to do with that token and where to get on train; ride 30 minutes to Makassan Station; locate Asok Road and walk to it; try not to get killed by the ten million scooters; walk 1 mile to Sukumvit Road; walk half mile to Soi 4; figured out how to get a phone plan; booked a room for the night - power nap!!!

I haven't really slept in 30+ hours, feel wired, senses are overloaded. First thoughts are this places is INSANE; feels incredible just being in the mix of it.

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Around 2 PM, I meet up with Ragan, a friend from high school, who's been living here in Bangkok for four years. She took me to the shopping district and the very big MBK Mall. One, 30,000 S.F., floor of this mall is nothing but cell phones and their accessories.

After getting lost several times we made our way to a Thai restaurant; nice place and pretty spicy. Then we treated ourselves to an hour long foot massage. Ragan had to get back home, so I went back to the hotel for a two hour nap.

Woke up at 8 PM, and headed to Nana Plaza. The streets where already packed. I stopped in at several bars, ordered several beers, and just sat there, watching the chaos unfold.

A couple hours later I jumped in the back of a Tuk Tuk and headed to Soi Cowboy to see what all the fuss was about.

After a few more beers, I walked the mile back to my hotel,  stopping at a McDonald's along the way, just to feel normal. Worn out from the last two days of traveling,  I laid in bed listening to the carnival outside ramble on until 5 AM.