I’ve followed his instructions and quickly swim 20 meters away from the boat. I don’t see the point. The water’s crystal clear – this won’t leave much to the imagination. I’m in another rabid rush as round two approaches. At least I can breathe here, I think. Not a bad view for it too.
Turning from 14th street on to Anawratha Road, we aim for the Chinatown market. Amazingly the narrow pavement still splits in to distinct sections; see the timber zone; the lighting zone; the soft-toy zone and the clothing zone; there’s a boy not 12, with his hands oiled up dirty and all alone.