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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 29

    Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Bangkok, Thailand

    A cook at May Kaidee's in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    A cook at May Kaidee’s in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    Steamed noodles with vegetables and curry at May Kaidee's in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    Steamed noodles with vegetables and curry at May Kaidee’s in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    A back lane scene on Thanon Tanao next to May Kaidee's in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    A back lane scene on Thanon Tanao next to May Kaidee’s in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    On my last day in Thailand, I just relaxed, hung around in my room in the Nat 2 Guesthouse and ate at May Kaidee’s, because I had to hit the hay early to wake up at 5:00 am the next day to catch a bus to Cambodia. Speaking of the Nat 2 Guesthouse, I was happy to be leaving it, and I will never return. Although a couple of the people who work there, a woman in her 40s with short hair and a young man in his 20s, were always friendly; two other people, an older woman who always wears her hair in a ponytail and a younger chubby man who works the graveyard shift, were really not nice at all. In my experience, they never smiled, greeted me or said thank you when I paid for my room. Plus, one time the man started yelling at me when I asked about the quality of a product they sell behind the counter, and the ponytail lady joined in and yelled at me, too, even though I wasn’t talking to her. I also saw her speak very rudely to a guest who asked nicely if a maid could clean his room.

    Massaman Curry at May Kaidee's in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    Massaman Curry at May Kaidee’s in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    Welcome to your prison cell at the Nat 2 Guesthouse in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    Welcome to your prison cell at the Nat 2 Guesthouse in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    A banana and egg roti from a food cart on Thanon Rambuttri in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    A banana and egg roti from a food cart on Thanon Rambuttri in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    In addition, the Japanese guests who constantly hang out in the lobby / lounge area chain smoke all the time even though there are “no smoking” signs posted everywhere, and whenever the local Thai people play pool, they always scream very loudly. With its ugly mint green walls that probably haven’t been painted in 20 years and rooms that look exactly like prison cells, the whole feel of the place is really dreary. So, no more Nat 2 Guesthouse for me. (The only reason I ever kept going back there is because it’s very cheap, which is the only good thing about it.) I walked around the back lanes tonight looking for another guesthouse to book the next time I arrive in Bangkok, and I settled on one called At Home just around the corner, a couple of doors down from May Kaidee’s. It costs a little bit more, but it looks much more pleasant and clean. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to that on my next visit.

    Words and photos ©2015 Arcane Candy.

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