28.11.2007 - 02.12.2007 25 °C
So we spent the last few days of our Thailand adventure in Bangkok... the big, polluted, congested capital of Thailand. It was quite a change from all the beautiful beaches and warm waters of the islands we were hopping from. We checked into a shady hosel with creepy bugs on the mattress. These bugs remained motionless when you tried to touch them to wag them off, but then moved around when you weren't looking. So gross. They were inside my pillow case and by then I demanded to change rooms. The next day I woke up with this nasty rash on the back of my calves. It looked like I was breaking out in hives. I wondered if those creepy bugs were the culprits, but the pharmacist said that it could be the result of eggs, seafood, or pollution... and I was exposed to all of the above. After a day of trying to battle the rash with Benadryl, I went back to the pharmacist who gave me 10USD worth of hydrocortisone creams, antibiotics, and antihistamines. I took them blindly, trustting her word for it, even without the consultation of the doctor. But was sleepless for a week, felt woozy and tingly all over, and lightheaded if I got up too fast. The antihisamine had 60 mg of pseudoephedrine in it and I had to take 8 of these pills a day. No wonder I had heart palpitations and felt high. But everything seemed to do the trick and the rash went away. Thank God.
We went to watch a Muay Thai boxing match. We got ringside seats and were right in front to see the sweat and the punches. I was so into it, I yelled and cringed at the each landed punch. It was so intense. One guy even got knocked out that a stretcher came in to pull him out of the ring. That looked staged a bit and I was skeptical in the beginning. But after a few matches, it got more intense and you could see the bruises and cuts forming after all the jabs and kicks to the ribs... it was awesome.
We also saw some sights around the city. Of the 4 days we spent there... we just took a morning to see the sights. The rest of the time, we were hanging out on Khaosan road wih all the other backpackers... But we saw the Reclining Buddha and The Grand Palace. The palace was covered in jewels and gold. It was beautiful. It was the palace that inspired the movie, "The King and I."
Check out the craziness on Khaosan Road
This is a picture of the Monument of Democracy. It stood right in the middle of this intersection and is pretty impressive at night.