February - March 2019
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  • Day13

    Bangkok Day 2

    March 5, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    My first time in Bangkok. Quite a chaotic city with lots of people, cars and motorbikes everywhere.

    I started the day in a fairly mellow way though: hanging out by the pool! I don’t know when I will get a chance to do that again in 30+ degrees so I wanted to make the most of it.

    After leaving my hotel I went for a walk in the lovely Lumphini Park. Yup, there really is a park in this city and there were barely any people there.

    I then visited several of the HUGE shopping malls in the city. At least four of them are all in the same area, side by side. They are generally extremely luxurious and with all the top brands, like Gucci, Chanel and our very own Bang & Olufson. It was fun to browse these enormous and super fancy Dubai-ish malls.

    Following lunch I checked out the Sea-Life aquarium and Madame Tussauds - both located inside malls of course. The aquarium was impressive and definitely one of the better I’ve seen, while the Tussauds experience was a bit short. They had a fun 4D movie though.

    I also visited Bangkok’s Hard Rock Café - another one for my collection. The café itself was a bit small though so I didn’t eat there this time around.

    After spending more time at the biggest and most impressive of the malls, Siam Paragon, I had some time to kill so I thought I would check out one of the movie theatres here. I saw the movie “The Upside” - a remake of a french film from a few years back. Both the original and the US remake are really good, and the movie theater was nice. Before the movie started, they showed a short film about Thailand’s king and everyone had to stand up. Pretty interesting. The King is extremely important to the Thai people.

    Now it’s time to go back to the airport for my 12-hour flight back home!
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  • Day12

    Koh Samui Day 6 + Bangkok Day 1

    March 4, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Last day in Koh Samui. Following breakfast and hanging out at my villa for a couple of hours, I made the trip back to the airport with the hotel’s car.

    Samui airport is quite unique. Most of it has an open air layout and it’s actually really nice and pleasant. They even provided free drinks (coffee, tea, juice) and snacks, such as popcorn and a delicious watermelon cake. Definitely one of the best airports I’ve visited!

    From Samui I took a short flight to Bangkok and arrived late in the afternoon. First impression of the capital city: chaotic! So many cars and motorbikes everywhere. Traffic is crazy.

    After checking into my hotel, another Conrad, I went out for a short walk and ended up at another luxury hotel where they had an impressive buffet with a lot of different selections. I don’t think I need to eat again for the rest of the week..

    Tomorrow I have the whole day for sightseeing in Bangkok before the long flight back home 🙀✈️
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  • Day11

    Koh Samui Day 5

    March 3, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Another fairly quiet day in paradise.

    I started the day by munching once again on the delicious breakfast buffet at Zest. I’m normally not much of a breakfast person but when there are so many yum things to choose from, it’s hard to resist. They even have a smoothie station where they make fresh smoothies and fruit juices.

    Following breakfast I spent some time by my pool - I might as well spend as much quality time as possible in this fancy villa in one of the best hotels in the world! It feels like an adventure being in a 5-star resort like this where everything is perfect. I’m quite happy I was able to save up enough Hilton points for 5 ‘free’ nights since a room is usually $1,000 per night or so.

    The hotel offers a free boat excursion to a nearby island so I did that over the afternoon. The speedboat ride was fairly short but very nice, and the island where we had about an hour to spend was also lovely. There were pigs (or some derivation!) roaming about on the beach which was cute. 🐷

    On the ride back we passed by the hotel and got some great photos from the sea side where you can really see how they built this thing into the hill. Very impressive. I even spotted my own villa!

    Before dinner I went up on the 4th level to Aura, a small outdoor lounge/bar next to Jahn which is their premier award-winning restaurant. The sunset was also stunning from up there.

    Jahn is a bit too pricey so I went back down to Azure on the 1st level for their amazing pizza. Great way to end my final evening in Koh Samui 🏝
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