Having heard so many things about this country, from its touristic character, to the unique food and its reputation for sex tourism, we were very curious to see and experience it ourselves.
Back in Kolkata, sadly multiple members needed to leave the project due to visa issues and obligations in their home countries and so the only ones remaining and scouting out the first South East Asian country were Nina, Elena and Yannic.
Arriving in Bangkok, we were blown away by its size and a partly modernized, futuristic city (skyscrapers, the sky train and platforms out of glass, connecting buildings above the streets).
Soon after our arrival, all of us promptly had fallen sick.
Our host told me that he had seen many travelers get stomach problem when coming from India to Thailand.
Another point where we had work waiting for us was our team.
Due to many members needing to leave the project in India, we had searched for new members to join us since Nepal – this time without i A being there to lead.
As Toom had new Couchsurfers arriving soon, we also needed to find a new host which proved to be quite difficult in the busy metropolis.
Insecurity of the proper place to stay made it hard to concentrate at the project work which was giving us a lot of stress.
Having to change tactics, we went from one patrol station to the other and approached the people directly to ask for a ride.
Here the attitude towards hitchhikers differs from the one we experienced in India.
Because of prosecution by the Thai authorities, they are forced to operate unofficially and by word of mouth.
Afraid to face problems, they forwarded us to the UNHCR, where we had an insightful interview which taught us a lot about the current situation in the country regarding refugees.
Nada, Thanpitcha’s aunt and former Miss Thailand, took us in and made it her task to feed us with the most delicious Thai food, even catering to our for Thai standards unusual vegetarian diet.