I`d decided to get my bearings in the city. A little walk of about a mile there and back where I came across the Siam Discovery Centre, the impressive Museum of Art and Culture, the BBK Centre (a massive food court) and much more. I could then see just where I was staying in relation to these and other landmarks on my city map.
The Siam Journey Guesthouse is a clean, pleasant and very hospitable and relaxed hostel in a distinctly Thai neighbourhood in the city where travelers from around the world stay for a day, a week, a month. This evening I`ve been chatting to fellow travelers at the hostel, all of them younger than me, from the United States, Germany, Hungary, France, Argentina, Brazil, China and Finland. And that`s what I love about travel. It makes the world a much smaller place. Talk turns to what life is like in their own countries and it`s interesting that all travelers, no matter where they are from, seem to have the same view. And that is that travel is the very best form of education. It teaches things you couldn`t possibly learn in a classroom setting.
Host Nate is a cool guy. Trouble is he`s sold up and will soon be placing this heaven in someone elses hands. I `ve heard the new owners are Thai though, so I`m pretty sure not a lot will change. I hope not anyway.
Siam Journey Guesthouse, 164/68 Soi Nomchit Praya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand 10400.
Also see my video, Back to Bangkok Part Two, which takes you on a little tour of the neighbourhood around the hostel.