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Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand:
Latitude: 13° 46' 12" North
Longitude: 100° 30' 7" East
Altitude: 4610 feet
From Seattle: 8558 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Shanti Lodge

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Today's Travel:
Country: Thailand
Region: Bangkok
Weather: Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1511
Linear Dist: 279634
Countries Visited: 77
Regions Visited: 291
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Hotels: 635
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4658
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Journal Entry:
I tried to sleep in - but starting before seven there was heavy construction going on next door - less than ten feet from my window. My gal for the day was to find out about getting to Micronesia. I checked the nearby travel agent that has been recommended before - it looks like it might be big money to get to Micronesia! I had a breakfast of fruit on the street, and turned in six rolls of film to be developed while walking down to Khao San road. There are tons of travel agents down there. First off I went to the travel agent that worked a miracle for me back in January when I was on my way to India - she found my a ticket when everyone else said there were no flights available. This time however there was no magic - in fact the answer was worse than the first place - nearly $2,000!! The next two random agents I tried didn't even want to try and help me (none of these people have any idea where Micronesia is - one of them kept on insisting the cheapest way would be to take the train down through Malaysia, and wouldn't listed when I said "Not Indonesia, Micronesia." The third random office at least had a map on the wall so I could point to where I wanted to go - they couldn't help me much, but they gave me the best price I had found to Guam (I have to go to Guam to get to Micronesia) - I felt like I was half way there, but but I still needed to figure out how to get to Pohnpei. I tried all the bookstores in the area for a Micronesia guide, but none of them had anything is stock. On the way back to Thewet I had a lunch of more street food. Back at the guest house I got on the internet and started doing research on flights. The net was painfully slow so it took me a couple ours to come up with the same bad news.

After getting off the net I went to pick up my photos and drop seven more rolls off. The photos were Ok, a little disappointing, but nothing that I can blame on an X-Ray machine. My stomach was having some weird pains so I had an early dinner, thinking that it might be good to get some "safe" food in there. Went back to the internet (a cafe down the street this time - a little faster) for a long session - I released a program (A.C.T.²), got my journal / photos uploaded and updated, and did some more research, but still no luck, the flight from Guam to Pohnpei is the same everywhere. I had some bad stomach pains and didn't have a chance at getting to sleep so I sat down stairs to read. Around two I was still having the pains so I decided I needed to eat something really neutral. I walked to the nearby 7-Eleven and nothing looked good, so I bought everything neutral cracker like that I could find. I manage to eat some of them and pains pretty quickly went away - I'm thinking it was probably just too much acid, I'd eaten pretty much only fruit all day...


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Bangkok
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Thailand
CIA - The World Factbook: Thailand

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