One Day at a Time
Flying from Mandalay, Myanmar into Don Muang Airport in Bangkok I was unsure of how long I would stay. With some help at the information desk I took a local bus direct from the airport to the Victory Monument and hired a motortaxi the rest of the way to The Overstay.
I hoped off the motortaxi and looked around for The Overstay, some other taxi drivers were helpful and pointed me in the right direction of the building. Approaching the older slightly run-down building up for 130 baht/night (dorm room) and a good reference it was worth checking out.
As I walked in, rock music was playing from the speakers and people were sitting around the bar area hanging out. There are two guitars, a bass guitar, full drum kit and microphone all for anyone to switch on and use. A nice pool table and many pets around. The Overstay was home to 9 cats and a puppy dog named wobble, also referred to as Wobilita.
I walked to the bar and Flo checked me in; and then showed me around. The building used to be a squatters residence and gives it character. Lots of positive and creative energy in this place. All of the walls are covered in paintings, mostly wicked spray paint. Everyone is encouraged to paint, write, play music or just hang out in a fun spot.
The place is a few kilometers away from Khao San Road. The toileting facilities were simple shared washrooms. The hostel could get loud at times but usually quiet enough to sleep in the dorm during the night time hours.
I ended up extending my stay at The Overstay and spent nine days in Bangkok.
My friend Olga from Russia did many amazing art works on the wall including spray paint and paint. At times I would just sit and watch, play music and talk. Sitting on the rooftop jamming was a great time.
One day a bunch of us friends from the Overstay [Spanish couple, Baron, Olga, Jon and a few others] went on an adventure searching for an abandoned skyscraper building. In a city with the 581 high rise buildings it didn’t take long to find one. Even though it was not the particular one we were looking for, it didn’t disappoint. The walk up to the 18th floor went by quickly with the views I provided on the way up. [The photos don’t do justice to the beauty of the sun setting over Bangkok.]
Staying up past sunset the sky shifted to night where the cars, street lights and buildings provided a luminescent view of the city.
I spent many days wandering around the city streets and markets in Bangkok, it is a massive city with over 8 million people in the city and 14 million within the Bangkok Metropolitian Region. It was fun walking through the local markets, there were no other Farang’s in the area. I walked through two music markets. I spent time in at least 30 music stores browsing the market for a new ukulele and checking loads of things out. In the time I had with the ukulele I was able to play a decent number of songs.
I want an instrument that I can give a different sound when jamming. I found a banjo and went back to check it out 3 times. I withdrew some money before heading in the final time. I had been trying to get a better price each time. Initially he was asking ~6000 baht, I ended up walking away with it for 5000 baht [$180 CAD]. The family who owns the shop offered me a beer and some Thai food after. It was nice sitting on the side of the street making some simple conversations.
‘Shit this damn thing was expensive.. and pretty big!’ I thought to myself as I was carrying it home. I took the wrong bus and then couldn’t find a taxi who would use the meter so I ended up walking with the banjo a few kilometers back to the hostel.
It was a great way to spend a week hanging out on the rooftop, playing music, listening to stories and relaxing.
I booked a 22 hour train from Bangkok, Thailand to Butterworth. I hopped in a meter taxi and took off in the early afternoon.