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  • Day4

    Wat Chana Songkgram - von innen

    September 25, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Mit einem Melonenshake in der Hand bin ich zurück Richtung Hotel gelaufen. Bis 17.00 Uhr hatte der Tempel Wat Chana Songkram noch geöffnet. Ich war zwar schon mal dort, jedoch falsch gekleidet, um einen Blick hinein zu werfen. Das habe ich heute nachgeholt.Read more

  • Day37


    October 3, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    3 jours et demi passé à Bangkok, on a visité des temples, vue pas mal de Bouddha en or, on a visité et mangé à Chinatown (réputé comme la meilleure street food du monde) puis on a assisté au couché de soleil depuis un bar roof top au 62eme étage et passé un bout d’après midi dans le Lumphini park (le Central Park de Bangkok)Read more

  • Day43

    Last nights in Bangkok

    January 12, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    The Bangkok was fun! We did some shopping and sightseeing, Klemen and Rok had to leave on 13th so we had to enjoy last few nights on Khaosan road and Rambuttri with such nice live music. On same place I met Matjaž and Mateja we had some more of those mojitos. What a night, also a 3yo girl also convinced me to eat a scorpion! Yes, I did it!

    After two nights is Bangkok on Khao San road I had to leave to Ayutthaya, the old Thailand capital (until war with Burma). It should be fun and educational, can't wait to hang out with backpackers again. I will have to be extra careful though, only 3.000 THB left in my pocket and a treasure I've found in my backpack - 70€! :) So after morning's dip in hotel's rooftop swimming pool I was on my way.
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  • Day68

    Day 68: The Craziest Coincidence

    August 22, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Took quite a while to get going after an exhausting day yesterday. We woke up late, lazed around and took our time over the buffet breakfast, and didn't end up leaving the hotel proper until after 10am. The plan was to visit Bangkok's Grand Palace and Wat Pho temple nearby - two of the main attractions in Bangkok and certainly the most touristy. Advice usually suggests getting there early to beat the crowds and the heat, but unfortunately leaving late meant we were going to beat neither!

    Since the palace and temple are in the oldest part of the city, neither the Skytrain or the subway go very close - you have to get the Skytrain to a certain stop and then a ferry up the river. So we hopped on the train, changed at Siam junction, and hopped off at the right stop. At the ferry wharf it was typical Thailand - there's a huge sign advertising "Grand Palace boat this way --> 40 baht", and they have workers with signs pulling you in etc. Except they were selling a private, "express" boat. If you ignored them and walked around their ticket booth, you could queue up for the public boat which is more frequent and only costs 15 baht.

    I was a bit annoyed because the "express" boat just left while we were working out why the "cost" was 40 baht when Shandos had read it was only 15. But a public boat turned up just after so it was okay. And then, as we were about to walk down the gangplank onto the boat, I heard someone yelling my name! Turned around, and there in the queue for the next boat were ET and Josh, colleagues of mine from GALKAL! Of all the places in all the world, we couldn't believe it!

    Unfortunately the crowd surged and we had to get on the boat, so I couldn't do much more than wave and mime gestures of surprise as the boat departed. We had a good seat with a nice view, and it was quite pleasant bouncing up the river. After about 10 minutes of cruising and stopping briefly at two other docks, the crew started yelling at each other - clearly something wasn't right. We pulled up at the next dock and sat there, engine running, before the skipper eventually turned off the engine and the conductors ushered everyone off.

    No explanation, we just had to wait on the dock for a replacement boat to take us the last couple of stops up to the palace. As we were waiting, the subsequent (full) boat arrived, and ET and Josh hopped off without realising we were there! This time we managed to yell and wave them down and have a 5-minute chat before our boat arrived. They were in town for 24 hours breaking up the journey to the UK, and were heading for Chinatown and later Wat Pho plus the palace. Since their flight out of Bangkok wasn't until 3am we agreed to meet up later in the day for drinks and dinner.

    Minds still reeling from the coincidence, we boarded our boat up the river which was crowded but thankfully arrived with no problems. Walked over to the palace and avoided the scammers who kept insisting that my shorts weren't long enough for the palace (they weren't lying, you have to wear long pants, but they were going to sell me some when I knew you could rent long pants for free inside).

    Annoyingly, the pants I rented inside the palace didn't have any pockets! So I gave my wallet to Shandos, but now had to juggle my phone, the GoPro, and my shorts since I didn't have a bag to put them in! And it was 37 degrees in the shade, so no chance I was going to wear both!

    We set off exploring the palace, and honestly it's just magnificent. The buildings are exquisite, covered in reflective coloured glass and golden trim so that they sparkle in the sunlight. We walked around taking in the sights, though it wasn't a particularly comfortable environment - packed with Chinese tour groups, and excruciatingly hot (it's all concrete and stone pavers so the heat reflects back up too). Checked out the temple of the Emerald Buddha, where there's a famous Buddha statue carved from jade ("emerald" in this case just means the colour, not the stone), and I got ticked off by a security man for filming as I walked in - I didn't see the sign, honestly!

    We wandered around for another hour before Shandos asked where my shorts were, and I suddenly realised I wasn't carrying them!! Thinking back, the last time I had them was when I'd taken off my shoes for the Emerald Buddha temple, so I scurried back and there they were, still sitting in the shoe rack! I'd lose my head if it weren't screwed on.

    By around 2:30pm we'd exhausted as much of the Grand Palace as we cared to see (there were several things we missed but the heat and crowds made it too intense to keep going), so we headed out and grabbed a late lunch at Subway. Definite rip-off, the prices are about the same as Australia!! And almost every single seat in the place was occupied by Chinese tourists who'd all bought a small soft drink and then sat there using their phones. I don't get it.

    Walked the 10 or so minutes to Wat Pho temple after shooing away a horde of tuk-tuk drivers. This temple is famous for the "Reclining Buddha" statue which is an enormous statue of Buddha lying on his side entering Nirvana. It's 15 metres high and nearly 50 metres long - huge! The main hall here was also very busy, but as we wandered around the rest of the complex marvelling at the other temples and Buddha statues, the crowds thinned out and in places we had it to ourselves almost. And there were a few trees for shade which was nice.

    Exhausted and not far off heatstroke, we headed for the dock and jumped on another ferry. Thankfully no breakdowns this time! Just as we got off and were walking to the station, my phone buzzed and ET was asking about making a plan for the evening. Since they were staying near where we already were, we figured it was easier to stay in the area than leave and come back - so we did!

    Down the river to their hotel where we met them in the lobby. Wandered around the area looking for a pub but the "night market" their concierge pointed us too was about the most touristy thing we'd seen since arriving in Bangkok. It really felt like we were in Darling Harbour or King Street Wharf, and with prices to match! We had a couple of pints at a bar and then managed to find a pad Thai cart about halfway back to their hotel. Slightly small portion, but at 40 baht it's hard to complain!

    Back to their hotel where we relaxed in the lobby a little longer, but they wanted to shower and the area was closing at 10pm. So by 9:30pm we said our good-byes and hopped into a cab back to our hotel, minds still reeling from the coincidence! I had no idea they were in town; of all the things we could have done we chose the same thing; we were arriving much later than we wanted to; even just catching the earlier boat means we would've missed them. Crazy - and completely unplanned, unlike meeting up with Yong a couple of weeks earlier. Great to see them both, and to see familiar faces.
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  • Day10

    Wat Chana Songkhram, Bangkok, Thailand

    December 21, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    🧘🏻‍♀️This buddhist temple is located in the middle of the city and free of entrance fee. So if you just want to relax some minutes and get away from the loud city I can definitely recommend that.

  • Day23


    December 29, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    I still wasn't entirely recovered from Bali, so the first day was very tiring. I arrived very early in the morning, and my first impression of Bangkok was that it wasn't that chaotic as I expected. The traffic wasn't that bad and there weren't that many scammers etc. The first day I went to an amulet market, which was pretty cool, then I went to the royal palace, which was nice but way to crowded so I really couldn't enjoy it and the experience wasn't worth it for me. In the night I met up for some drinks in the red light district, which was pretty interesting.

    The next day I went to another temple, which was much better, a lot less people were there luckily. In the afternoon I went to one of the biggest weekend markets in Bangkok. I was just wondering around taking random directions and never got to a same spot again haha, that's how big it was. In the night I went out on Khao San road, where there are a lot of backpackers, so it's not really Thais.

    Next day me and a friend went to a museum, after that we stumbled upon some charity event and I got the spiciest food I've had in my life so far. At sunset we went to a temple on a mountain, with beautiful view over Bangkok. This night was new years, so I partied again. The next day was just relaxing and making a plan for my next stop, in the night I took a bus to Chiang Mai.

    Bangkok was okay, what I didn't like was that it was so crowded everywhere so I couldn't really enjoy it though.

    I had the best soup I ever had here! I'm not really a soup guy but this soup had so much flavor.
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  • Day89

    Back to Bangkok

    April 9, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Back to Bangkok, back to instant sweat. We flew out early in the morning and arrived at the Wild Orchid with a few hours to spare until we took a night train to Chiang Mai. We hung out in the lobby for a while, ate some food, did reviews of our last group leaders, walked around, and I repacked my bag so I could leave some things behind for the next 10 days.

    We met up with the new group, a shocking 26 people plus leaders, and went off to the train station. We had pretty well an entire car to ourselves and played cards and got to know each other on the trip to Chiang Mai. This group looks like it will be a lot of fun!
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  • Day1


    March 10, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Ich habe es sicher nach Asien geschafft!! ☺ Die Fahrt vom Hostel zum Hostel hat sich zwar etwas abenteuerlich gestaltet, da mein Taxifahrer kein Englisch konnte und ich keine Ahnung hatte, ob er überhaupt verstanden hat, was ich gesagt habe 🙈In Bangkok selbst hab ich gar nicht mehr viel gemacht, sondern bin nur ein bisschen planlos herumgebummelt. Ich hatte letzten Sommer dort ja schon vieles gesehen ☺ Auf meiner Tour habe ich schöne Tempel, einen süßen Park und im Hinterhof versteckte Märkte entdeckt. Also ein voller Erfolg! Außerdem muss ich mich erstmal wieder an die Preise gewöhnen. Nach dem teuren Neuseeland zahle ich hier 5€ für eine Pediküre, 1€ für ein Gericht von einem Straßenesswagen und durchschnittlich 5€-10€ für eine Nacht im Hostel.Read more

  • Day19

    Ankunft Bangkok

    November 10, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Ich knüpfe mal an der “Midnight Pause” an, welche eine Stunde später statt fand und zwar nicht wie ich dachte an einer Tankstelle sondern an einem Imbiss der für genau diese Touribusse eingerichtet wurde. Sprich alles teuer und schäbig und sogar das Handyladen kostete 20 THB. Leider hatten sämtliche Beteiligte (Busfahrer, Verkäufer etc.) ihre thailändische Freundlichkeit zu Hause vergessen. Stattdessen hatten alle einen Befehlston drauf...Nach ca. 40 Minuten ging es dann weiter. Ich legte mich schlafen und wachte kurz vor sechs wieder auf. Wir waren bereits mitten in Bangkok im Stau. Irgendwann hielt der Bus an einer grünen Insel an. Die Tür öffnete sich und da war er wieder der Befehlston! Innerhalb von 5 Minuten hatten der Busfahrer und andere Thais die vorher nicht da waren den Bus leer gescheucht. Da standen wir nun alle! Mitten am Straßenrand auf einer Insel umgeben vom Bangkoker Straßenverkehr. Das wechseln der Straße war schier unmöglich. Es dauerte keine halbe Minute als die ersten Taxifahrer neben uns standen.
    Ich teilte mir mit einer Gruppe das Taxi damit es günstiger war. Da ich in der Unterzahl war stieg ich am selben Ort aus. Später bemerkte ich, dass das absoluter Quatsch war. Egal ich stand nun verloren in Bangkok, ohne einen Plan... ich machte mich auf den Weg zur Bahn, denn ich dachte die würde mich schon überall hinbringen. Fehlanzeige...die Bahn brachte mir gar nichts. Eine Buslinie sah ich nicht und Taxi / TukTuk wollte ich nicht. Es blieb also nur das Wassertaxi. Das hat super funktioniert und da ich nicht wusste wie es funktioniert habe ich auch nichts bezahlen müssen. Ich hatte zwar gefragt ob man das Ticket am Boot kauft, aber am Ende kam niemand zu mir....
    Angekommen in dem Gebiet wo ich schlafen wollte, machte ich mich auf den Weg zu der Straße wo ich mir Hotels rausgesucht hatte. Leider bekam ich eine Abfuhr nach der anderen, weil alles ausgebucht war. Im letzten Hotel würde ich dann fündig. Einchecken, duschen, ausruhen und Plan machen war angesagt.
    Da Sightseeing für morgen auf dem Plan steht, ich Hunger hatte und etwas bestimmtes kaufen wollte, entschied ich mich für Shopping. Ich erkundigte mich also wie ich am besten zum MBK Center komme und etwas später sitze ich im öffentlichen Bus im Stau. Das MBK hatte sich nicht groß verändert es sah immer noch aus wie damals. Leider bin ich auch hier nicht fündig geworden, habe mir aber einen neuen Rucksack gekauft :-D. Langsam würde es Zeit ich musste zurück, da Caro bereits gelandet war und wir uns treffen wollen. Also wieder zurück mit dem Bus...für eine Strecke von eigentlich 15 Minuten haben wir über eine Stunde gebraucht. Da hätte man auch fast laufen können. Naja immerhin kostet der Bus nur 7 THB.
    Später sind wir dann etwas essen gegangen und auf die Khaosan Road. Hier ist überall laute Musik und Party. Wenn man auf der Straße steht hört man links und rechts unterschiedliche Musik und weiß nicht wo man zu hören soll, selbst sein eigenes Wort versteht man nicht.
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