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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

wept as it fell to pieces halfway through during an absurd car chase. Oh well, at least I got to pay my respects to the King of Thailand again, standing to attention to the anthem before the film. He really does seem to be a top chap.

Day 178: 28th July
Gochi-so sama deshita
The flag of Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Kicked off an unofficial health drive today. Don't worry, I won't be frequenting those mystical buildings known as "gyms", nor returning home in a shell suit and sweat bands and doing vertical press-ups at bus tops.

It started when I got pissed off at shelling out nearly a quid for taxi journeys from Khao San to Siam Sa-quare (as the Thais call it). Tuk tuks are cheaper of course, but I found it tiring having to barter all the time, and the journey can be uncomfortable as you are swung round corners and given lungfuls of pollution. So I found if walked a little of the way, I could reduce the fare by cutting off the inevitable sitting in a ten-minute traffic jam. That logically led to me walking further and further, until I had walked there, around and back, saving muchos Baht, if not my legs.

I continued the trend this evening by walking