- Posted December 8, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Eye on Thailand
Adventures in Bangkok
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
Lesson 1: When in Bangkok, invest in a good map.
"Where are you going? Do you need help?" Asked a man in an unidentifiable uniform wearing an unreadable name tag. I explained to him that I wanted to go to the flower market to which he responded: "It's closed!" He grabbed my map and whistled for his friend driving a tuk tuk. I thanked him but declined the offer, remembering vague warnings to stay away from tuk tuks in Thailand. As I walked down the street though, two tuk tuks cornered me at the intersection, their drivers yelling at me in broken English ... out of frustration, I got in.
Lesson 2: Never ride in a tuk tuk.
Hours later and miles across the city, I ran away from my crazy driver and escaped the web of an elaborate gem scam. Lost in Bangkok, I wandered through the fish heads and the durians; no flowers in my hands just a sunburn on my shoulders.