It so happened that I paid a short visit here. Located in northern China, Shanxi province, Datong shows you what modern China is about. Imagine a medium sized city („medium” as understood in China) where the whole central part is under construction – excavators cranes and other machines work day and night in front of the windows of citizens who never complain. And the goal of it all is not constructing new skyscrapers – that would be too obvious. They’re making all the mess to destroy the dwelling boroughs and replace them with new „old town” with its „ancient” city walls. The size of the project and its absurdity is quite shocking. But I guess somebody (who doesn’t really care about historical authenticity) calculated that this will pay off and will draw hordes of tourists with loads of money.

One Polish tourist went to the most famous and authentic (I hope) historical site, a UNESCO World Heritage spot…

My excuse to go there was meeting with Maciek, a friend from Warsaw, married with kids to a Thai girl, arriving to visit his new family. I thought this could be a good starting point for a trip around Thailand.

First thing we did together was checking out one of those famous unfinished skyscrapers (guarded by a bunch of junkies who try to get money out of those who want to visit the site) and nearby temple – Wat Yannawa. Maciek was also my guide in the condo (little quarter) in the outskirts where he lives with his family. The outskirts were OK but let’s head for the centre:)

Sleeping in Khao San Road is a mistake. Actually, sleeping is physically impossible – hostel walls (180 baht for a mini-room) are shaking with the sound of surrounding bars (a disco to the left, to the right – Thai singers singing American 80-90’s classics,…