Today we got our first taste of Thailand in Bangkok, a bustling city full of shopping centers and roaring taxis. Scattered around this modern city are ancient village homes, gold spired temples and carts serving traditional Thai cuisine. We arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok’s main international airport, about 30 kilometers east of the city center. To gain entry into Thailand we only needed a passport. Our accommodation for the next two nights are at the Bangkok International Youth Hostel only 45 kilometers from the airport . We took the airport bus (route AE2) into the city and transferred to a bus (no. 43) that took us right to the hostel. The hostel is located in a suburb called Thewet. The simple room came with bedding and towels, air conditioning, a bathroom and WiFi access. For only 1200THB (Thai Baht) or about $40 CAD a night it was an affordable option for our student sized budget. After getting settled we headed down the street to the Thewet Market where we got noodles from a vendor for dinner and then explored the other stalls, mainly filled with bright flowers. Tired we headed back to the hostel for an early night.