05.08.2009 - 11.08.2009 30 °C
Ko Tao was fun, but I felt the need to go back to a big city. So I returned to Bangkok. Through Couchsurfing I came into contact with Yubal, the owner of The Overstay who invited me over. The Overstay is one of the coolest places I know in Bangkok. It is a kind of squat/bar/hostel. At ground level there's a bar and a pool table. On the second floor there are some rooms for 100 Baht a night (cheap). The third floor is for artists, they can paint, sculpt, press T-shirts, etc. The fourth floor is the couchsurfing floor, there are mattresses on the ground and anyone can crash there for free. The fifth floor has some more rooms and the there's the terrace with hammocks. So the layout of the place is already a good start, but what makes this place special are the people that stay here. It's a wonderful mix of social misfits and weirdos, I immediately felt at home and stayed for a whole week. I can only recommend the place to anyone who goes to Bangkok. It's close to Khao San Rd on the other side of the river.
The bar on the first floor.
I'm pretty sure this pool table constitutes the major means of income for the whole place.
Here's the couchsurfing floor.
Tiago and Jessica, my two favorite people at the Overstay. Tiago left his family in Brasil and came to Thailand with 300 US$. He's cooking for people in the evening to make some money. Jessica is a German trans-something (I don't know how far she took her body transformation). She's surviving in Bangkok teaching German and English.
This is just a random picture from a place near The Overstay. I like the idea of building a bigger bridge over a smaller one in the same direction :-D
On a lazy Sunday afternoon Jules, a French guy from The Overstay, organized a flash mob. A flash mob is when everybody comes together somewhere to do something weird and then disperses immediately. Since nobody had a better idea on how to spend the Sunday we all went along. Word had spread and there were maybe 50 people from all over town. It was a freeze flash. We all froze into place in a big fancy shopping mall for three minutes. It was pretty impressive how the place was full of security people after only one minute. I really don't know where they all came from. It was quite fun and we immediately staged a second one in another mall. Then I lost my way while dispersing and lost everybody. Oh well... By now I had figured out part of the public bus system in Bangkok which is incredibly complicated.
I left the place on August 11th for Phnom Penh in Cambodia.