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A Non-Financially-Viable American Couple Finds Retreat from EFL Work in China in The Land Of Smiles

So, naturally, as a couple bearing the weight of American student loans, working in China and resting in Bangkok, we find the cheapest guesthouse possible in Bangkok through hostelbookers.com, and find our experience there not only to be affordable, especially with that extra ten percent on credit... but also the best community experience in Thailand, trumping our last visit four years ago!

We are musicians, so immediately falling in love with the musical atmosphere(amps, guitars and DRUM SET provided!), and surrounded with fellow backpacking artists alike from around the world, we feel like we're in heaven, enough to make a hard bed feel like a victoria mattress on a kang bed!

The neighborhood (far from the Western backpacking frenzy and empire of Khao san) was fantastic, with tons of popular local street food and markets surrounding the area. The bus was easily accessible, and connected directly to the MRT train just a few minutes away!

The owner of The Overtay(the name of the guesthouse) was also super friendly, intelligent and very cultured. He set up a projection screen for all the guests on some nights, and we all watched hilarious, independent comedy flicks!

We didn't realize just how much fun we would have by booking a night in an unknown space with our American credit card!

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Michael Scandirito
Taiyuan, United Kingdom