8 June 2014
We started our last morning in Bangkok by taking a visit to the local market around the corner from our hotel to savor some delicious tropical fruit for what may be the last time in a while. We picked up a small service of jackfruit and a ½ kilo of mangosteens to enjoy before our flight early in the afternoon. With the more pressing matters of the day taken care of we started our wandering to find a good spot for lunch. We had seen a noodle soup stall set in a small alley the other day that we had wanted to try, but unfortunately when we walked up it was closed due to it being Sunday so we continued our wandering to see what we could stumble across and were we ever lucky that place ended up being closed. We ended up stumbling across a small stand (the guy had 3 tables max tucked inside a small gap between buildings, alley would be too generous of a description) selling a noodle soup we had never heard of before. We’re still amazed that after all this time in SE Asia, there are so many different varieties of what are essentially the same main ingredients of noodles, broth and meat. This stall specialized in a pork soup that had the most tender pork (I’m guessing it was tender due to the fact that it was just sitting out in the warm temperatures) combined with a delicious broth and some wide thick rice noodles that all came together to make a perfect last meal for Bangkok and SE Asia. It truly is a testament to the food in this amazing city that you can just pull up to a small cart in the middle of an alley and have what is one of the better soups of your life. After slurping up the last of our lunch we made our way to the Siam Center dessert center for one last batch of mango sticky rice before heading back to our hotel to pick up our luggage and head to the airport.
It is hard to believe that we are entering our ninth country. We had a good laugh as when we touched down in Hong Kong and started to walk thru the terminal some culture shock immediately snuck in. First we saw a plane that had just arrived from the US and we simply stopped and stared as we watched all the Americans deplane. It was one of the oddest feelings to see so many Americans after what seems like months only seeing a handful. I’m sure we must have looked like crazy people as we were staring at all the deplaning passengers like they were the most foreign thing we could imagine. And then I walked into the bathroom where the toilets flushed automatically, the paper towels were dispensed with the wave of a hand (they have paper towels?!?!?) and there was a warning sign next to the soap dispenser (wow, there is soap) about it containing antibacterial components that may not be suitable for people with allergies and to so see the toilet attendant if you have issues. We’ve spent the last few months carrying around a pocket size Kleenex as backup for toilet paper, so this was all a little much to take in.
After snapping back to reality we made our way to immigration control and they simply handed us a movie size ticket stub. No stamp! So lame! Soon thereafter we boarded the bus and we were on the open road where we were again taken aback by the guard rails, fairly empty roads and the speed at which we were traveling, a frantic 60 mph. After spending so long in countries where getting up to 30 mph is traveling quickly it will take a while to adjust back to this speed of travel. We arrived at our hotel after about a 40 minute bus ride and soon we were heading out the door to find dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Travel: Bangkok to Hong Kong via Air Asia from DMK airport
Accommodations: Just as Inn. Situated just past he A21 bus stop and near the Tsim Sha Tsui metro we easily got here on the bus from the airport and just had to brave a few steps in the pouring rain. Up on the 8th floor of a very unassuming apartment building the rooms are small but nice and very clean. I thought we had stayed in some small rooms on this trip but this one is by far the smallest, but with a few well-placed storage spots our stuff takes up just a small portion of the room and there is enough living space, plus a small desk for writing. There are also many good restaurants within easy walking distance and public transportation at our doorstep to easily get around.