21.03.2008 - 23.03.2008 32 °C
Haha! – you’ll love this. We have 4 nights (3 now) in BKK before we fly to LA and we want comfort so we can “hole-up” and chill, watch some movies and do LOTS of web research on the USA, We went back to our old room at Rambuttri Village (near the Koh San Road) and had to live with cockroaches, mozzies and very noisy air con again, for 950 Baht - £18 (deluxe room with TV and fridge). This was fine when we were in transit but now we need quality time to do our research before we go to the hugely more expensive USA. We decide this morning that you must be able to get a much better room out of the tourist centre – bearing in mind you are paying for the privilege of being central – so we searched for hotels nearer the airport…..
… lots of crap hotels and resorts, and some swankier ones but they got bad reviews regarding service etc, and also wi-fi is essential for our research. We are determined not to go to the USA unprepared like everything else we have done as we have quickly learnt that you miss all the best deals and accommodation if you leave it too late or just grab rooms on arrival…
Then I found this… the Nasa Vegas, about half way between the centre and the airport. The reviews were all positive, just mentioning it’s a bit dated. A bit dated – it’s like stepping back in time but it’s superb!!! – We have gone from paying £18 for a tiny room with A/C and a telly, plus cockroaches and mosquitos, to a “Suite” with a separate upstairs and downstairs, unlimited 1Mb internet in the room, large screen TV, Jacuzzi bath, fridge, leather couch, table and chairs etc for £30 a night lol. On the ground floor they have a leisure centre with hot tubs, saunas etc..
It’s very dated but super value – where else can you get a suite like this for £30?
If you see us online try a Skype or MSN video call, we are permanently linked and my bandwidth tests to the UK are excellent.
Ahh – time for lots of relaxing and research now, before we go back to basic rooms and motels in America!
(Kirstin noting down all the movie channels - and the stairs to the bedroom)
(Our little office at the other end of the room)
(Bedroom with one hunk included)
("Jacuzzi bath" for one very small person)
Oh - I've dumped a load more pictures on photobucket - make sure you select a country on the left when you follow the link - there is Cambodia and Thailand now. I've also added the Tsunami video that was shot at the place we stayed in Koh Lanta - it's in the Thailand folder///
Oh.. And Kirstin says.....
"Just to prove that my travel diary has not gone by the wayside here is just a short extract:
Rather than fly we opted for the 6 hour coach ride down to Phnom Penh, a trip we would avoid in future as their idea of air-conditioning is pretty basic and certainly not very cool, and whilst the road itself was fine the coach driver played recorded karaoke type programs for the duration of the trip. Rog spent the entire trip with ear plugs in and I sipped only enough water to keep my tongue moist in order not to have to use either the on-board loo or the squats at the stops along the way.
Phnom Pen itself is fairly grotty and full of beggars and drug-sellers – rog was offered everything from weed to opium on a regular basis. There are also many tiny children wandering the streets either selling fake tour books or simply looking for a free bit of something to eat and whilst their laughter and play can be heard everywhere it is still rather heart-breaking to see them wandering barefoot and asking for (yes asking rather than stealing) the left-over food from whatever inexpensive meal you have just gorged yourself on.
After a very sad afternoon spent at the genocide museum we decided to call it a day in Asia. We need a break as whilst we have both thoroughly enjoyed our time here so far and are keen to see more, it can be quite mentally exhausting, not to mention the heat which is rising each day as the hottest season approaches. We need a stretch of semi-normality before coming back to continue with a part of the world which will only become more poverty stricken the deeper we explore.
America here we come…..