"Be a stupid falang! Just be you! That's all what it takes to survive Isaan".
Ben was right. Ben had been hopping Isaan provinces for years. The names of his ex-wifes were tattood on his arms.
They ran off. Bad luck he says. "But it doesn't stop me from living here.."
Acting as a stupid falang, as Ben said, it is hard to wander the streets of Khorat, Buriram or Phimai without being pulled into the houses of friendly people. I don't think I spent any of my Thai Baht on food in Isaan. Most of the time they wouldn't leave me before I saw their daughter. Awkward, but I guess it's culture nonetheless.
This girl is a nice specimen, she even had a temple in her back yard... What more can you ask for?
Despite my goverment's advice I decided to visit Khao Phra Wihan. After a bus ride, two songthiauws, one 30 baht scooter
ride (there goes my lunch money) I was left near a military checkpoint.
Luckily I was picked up by a monk and a family from a nearby town. It was not possible to visit the temple site on Cambodian Land. Friendly soldiers on the Thai side, however, lend us their binoculars to view the sights and spot Cambodian soldiers.
We picknicked between Thai soldiers. Looking through the binoculars I saw tourist on the other side do the same with Cambodian forces.
I expected to hangout silently at Chiang Saen and enjoy my fried rice as usual. I didn't know I arrived on a national holiday.
And all of Bangkok with me.
It was nice hanging out with these little buggers from 'Krung Thep'. Instead of being alone, I was eating ice cream and listining to the new single of niew jiew.
I realized that they are more westerner than me: whiter teeths, lighter skin, better haircuts, SLR's. And a nice pickup truck, compared to my shitty chinese fake scooter.
Click on the big white dots to view a little story and picture of my Journey in Thailand. Green areas are places I visited and ate rice. Not complete yet! More stories will follow!
ผีเสื้อที่หายไป is the songtitle of my favorite Thai artist Klear. It reminds of my long train journeys through the east and south of Thailand. A little girly, but i like it.