11am checkout~ its noon and I have no plans yet... MONKEYS!
|The monkeys gave zero eff's as they run into the street while traffic swerves around them|
|They knowcked this bike over and got into the pack on the back, snatching some food before the owner could bat an eye|
|Bike owner had to retrieve his helmet and then shoe away monkeys|
|This guy managed to get his bike moved but the monkeys still jumped on it attempting to get into the packs|
|I was laughing toooo hard to get this pic clearer- two monkeys jumped on this guys pack, opened it, stole a water bottle, then proceeded to jump pn his head. He handled it like a trooper. And MUCH better than I would have!!!!|
|One on his pack, one on his head|
Suddenly, after being so entertained by watching the chaos, I was all alone in front of monkey temple. With a lot of monkeys. And suddenly very uncomfortable!!! I managed to escape without have a monkey jump on me but had to wait to dodge rush hour traffic - I made my way across the street from the temple and was so focused on the traffic and what was behind me, I failed to notice the huge family of monkeys' ahead of me as I barreled traffic and made it across . I was once again surrounded. And I went to turn left, where two monkeys were having an street brawl/argument. My options were now: walk between them (seemed like a BAD idea), walk behind them (where I would be up against a building should they move their fight backwards) or dodge into traffic to go around them. Figuring my odds were slightly better in traffic, that is the way I went And it worked. My heart rate was likely through the roof - I REALLY didn't want these things ON me. I have had three rabies shots and they ALL HURT - poked into the bat wing flap of my arm and they each stung for one whole day. I did NOT want any more of those!!
Making it away from monkey-chaos I was hungry and still had a couple hours to kill. I wandered off the beaten path to a small hole in the wall for dinner - where I ran into a couple from the previous days boat ride - what a small world!!! After dinner I realized I was feeling quite gross. Having not showered since yesterday morning... and being I was about to board the night train, I was facing a full 48 hours without a shower - and being in the heat, humidity, and monkey ish, I was definitely in need. The place I had dinner at was connected to a guest house. I took my chance and asked if I could buy a shower and a towel to use from them. YES!!!! 50B she said - I rebuttled with 30B and it was a success. I just bartered a shower for a dollar. And it was AMAZEBALLS!!!!!!
Next up, waiting for the 'midnight train' to Chiang Mai.
|Happily away from the monkeys and freshly showered|
|The train had 4 beds in each pod, 20 pods to a train, and each car had a toilet and sink.|
|Tucked in my sleeper bunk - FREEZING. I swear they had the AC on 40.|