This computer is hebrew chalanged, unlike the surprisingly hebrew capable XP we used yesterday, this cafe which seats in the middle of Bangkok’s “Israeli” zone doesn’t sport this much needed feature (I still don’t believe that some people still use Windows 98). Also, this is the first internet shop I saw which uses actual internet cafe software to lock computers – all others on this trip used the old ledger method – they write your seat number and time you started in a ledger 🙂
Anyway – as Karen explained – we’re going ragtag today. We got a room at one of the classier joint off Khoa San, which is to say – we got a room with air conditioning, hot water (we think – haven’t tested yet) and an actuall toilet seat ! yey us :-).
Its also remarkably claustorphobic..
I personally don’t really like the “Israeli feel” of this place – tons of hebrew speakers all around (yes, including the locals..), hebrew signs, and even 100% israeli shops. One of the things I hate to do when traveling out of the country, is find the only place around which has israelis and stick in a large group.
Anyway – its something that we need to have done, partly as last time with Elad and Ofir we completly skipped this part (we had a look-see, figured we rather not stay, and got a decent hotel in the city center).
We’re still not clear where we’re going from here – our original plan was to rent a car and drive north, but the TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) we met this morning warned us explictly not to do that – said there are floodings in the north right now (its the rainy season) and that we’d rather not drive ourself. I personally don’t mind that – as long as we get a good 4×4 – but she also said that the prices, at least that of the TAT, are prohibitive: she listed 3000 BHT as daily charge, not including driver which we must have unless we want to put a 40,000 BHT deposit on the car.
This is totally different price range then what I got on the internet from local and international rent-a-car agencies, which we’ll have to check tomorrow – apparently there’s a local Budget agent really near our guest house – but it was already closed when we finally decided to brave the merchant packed street (see pictures when we get back) late in the evening after settling down in the tiny room and catching up on the reading (in Lonely Planet).
Anyway – tomorrow I’m dragging Karen to see some temples – screaming and kicking if I have too. We want to be out of here by Monday, which doesn’t leave us much time for the compulsary sight seeing.
We’ll keep you all updated.