Our first day in Bangkok. Our first night out and the first time catching a tuk-tuk.

We were already late for a meeting with a friend of ours, so there was no question about whether to take a local tuk-tuk or not.

pushy driver

Our rescuer near Yaowarat, the Chinatown of Bangkok, Thailand.

We hopped in the first one parked in front of our hostel and headed to our meeting point. Just after we passed a congested road, the driver suddenly stopped, pulled out his own map and showed us what was apparently a “beautiful place of his dear friend” that we “had to see”.

In the middle of a dodgy street with no idea where we were, we insisted that he take us to our meeting point, explaining that our friend was waiting for us and that we were very late.

We don’t know how much he believed us, but we stayed firm, giving no indication of changing our plan. On the way to the right place, we really hoped to see our friend standing there as evidence for the driver.

And there she was. A thin girl calmly reading her mobile, under subdued light in a shop full of dusty boxes and greasy barrels. As she was the only person on the street, we shouted almost in unison, “That’s our friend, stop!”. What the driver didn’t know was that we couldn’t see our real friend, who was waiting for us there, hidden in the dark on the opposite side of the street.

The young girl, left there alone to take care of the business in a tiny street next to the busy Yaowarat market had saved us from this pushy driver, without even knowing what a great job she did that night.

 

8 Responses

  1. Franca

    That photo reminds me Bangkok a lot and Thailand altogether, I miss that part of the world!

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    • Ivana Greslikova

      We can hear you, Franca! Hopefully you are back here in the near future :)

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  2. Elena

    Such small acts of kindness make me truly believe that the world is a way better than most people suppose :)

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    • Ivana Greslikova

      Yes, Elena, and the girl helped us even without knowing it :)

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  3. Mike Orobona

    This is the kind of travel blog I like, a real story (and not just a bunch of selfies). A shout out to your Good Samaritan.

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    • Ivana Greslikova

      Thanks a lot for the comment, Mike. Stories like this are some precious moments of our travels, glad you like it.

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    • Ivana Greslikova

      True, James :) This was our very first day in Thailand and in Asia ever, so we were quite unexperienced. Cheers to Chiang Mai!

      Reply

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