Kicked Awake By Street Cleaners: Backpacker starts his day on Khaosan Road, Bangkok.
Above Photo: Khaosan Road Street Life.
The backpacker Mecca of Khaosan Road, Bangkok is relevant to a my novel, BACK, so I was interested to see this guy crashed out on the pavement recently, as I strolled down Khaosan Road early one morning.
He was kicked awake by the street cleaners, which is a pretty ignominious way to start your day in Thailand.
I’d stayed in a hovel many years ago on Khaosan Road, on my first ever visit to Thailand, and vowed never to stay there again. Much as I like Khaosan Road and the excitement, noise and crowds, the room was noisy, dirty, swealtering, it had a small fan, no windows, and the walls were so thin I could almost hear cockroaches eating next door.
Remembering my stay made me think that perhaps this guy hadn’t just crashed out; maybe he’d made a rational decision to get a better night’s sleep on the pavement than in his Khaosan Road dorm room.
Although things have changed a lot on Khaosan, with much posher and more expensive hotels going up over the past decade, there will always be rooms for budget backpackers down there.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
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