We've come a long way baby!
When I look back to that first night in BKK and how terrified I was, I realise now how far we have come during this trip.
Bugs don't faze me in the slightest anymore. I have seen that many cockroaches I can even shower in the same room as one now (obviously through desperation, not choice) don't get me wrong if there are any back home I'm shipping out, but in Thailand 90% of where we stayed was Tropical jungle you'd be daft to not expect a few bugs.
The smell from the sewers is not as offensive - or we must have become accustomed to it. Also I started to carry a mini perfume spray EVERYWHERE with me I´ve affectionately nicknamed it "The Pocket Pleaser"
Regarding the sex tourism in Bangkok - Sex workers are prevalent all over Thailand, you have to accept this fact or it will drive you crazy. It's not in your face in fact it's often quite discreet. Every town we have stayed in has some sort of sex trade "offering" and plenty of customers looking to purchase, it is supply and demand. The worlds oldest trade. Those type of bars are easy to spot and therefore avoid (unless you don't want to) just look for a bar full of bored, semi pretty ladies, a pool table and a tv screen showing football. Job done.
I feel bit more tolerant now, I'm not sure if that's because I understand "it´s a cultural thing" or perhaps we've been exposed to so much of it I've become desensitised?
I have been pleasantly surprised at how easy and cheap it is to travel around Thailand. If you are coming to tour the country don't worry at all about getting from A to B, it's easy peasy and a huge amount cheaper than Europe.
Air Asia were the best Low Cost Carrier we found the service and value for money excellent.
Here is me in my Sid James hat heading back to Bangkok from the south.
GET YOURSELF A 3G ENABLED TABLET AND PICK UP A DATA SIM IN BANGKOK, AROUND 17€ for 30 days unlimited Internet access.
It will pay for itself during your first week when you don't really know what you are doing. The best money we spent all trip.
Really enjoyed using the Sky Train here and in Kuala Lumpur too. It is a super cheap and fast way to avoid the traffic jams and choking exhaust fumes.
Super efficient and organised look how the arrows on the platform show you where you should stand. Everyone follows the etiquette. Also all men automatically give their seats up for a woman once on the train. Which I thought was nice, especially as my feet were killing me!
Here is what you do: Step to the right of the doors until everyone has got off the train, then in your neat - single file - lines you may enter the train. No pushing, no shoving, no questions and it works! Brilliantly. Barcelona could learn a lot from these guys.
Down at street level the pollution is toxic. It can make you lightheaded so you may wish to invest in protection, especially if you are staying longer than two days and plan to do a lot of walking near the roads.
I have completely nailed the BKK attire now.