Khao San Road is one of the most infamous streets in Asia. I walked slowly through a hurricane of aggressive street vendors and choking clouds from mystery meat grills, while trying to dodge the crazy tuk-tuk drivers seemingly coming from nowhere.

It didn’t take long before I needed to get away from it all, so I resigned and hailed one of the tuk-tuks. The traffic of Bangkok is so insane that there is no point in being afraid, just go with the flow and hope that everything will be alright. But the odds of surviving feels slightly better being inside the vehicle, so it could be worth a few Bahts.

Chao Phraya river in Bangkok Going down the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok.

But soon the fumes and blue smoke exhausts got the better part of my lungs, so I managed to escape the infernal vehicle and walked rest of the way down to the Chao Phraya river. For the mere price of 15 bahts I boarded a scruffy boat and left the pier in silence, crossing the murky waters.

The everyday life of this bustling city seems more peaceful from the river. One one side I saw children playing by a pier and on the other side are the beautiful spires of Wat Arun.

All good things come to an end, so I left the floating thing and made my way along the crazy streets once more. As the day quickly turned to dusk, the neon lights woke and shady characters seemed to emerge from every alley, eager to sell their junk to a tall Scandinavian just passing by. I remembered what the little girl Newt said about the monsters in the movie Aliens: “They mostly come at night… mostly”.


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