Phra Nakhon

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  • Day241


    March 17 in Thailand

    Thailand war bestimmt nicht auf meiner Bucketlist und ich wollte es auch nur ganz schnell durchqueren, auf meinem Weg nach Myanmar. Trotzdem bin ich einen ganzen Monat geblieben.

    Bewusst habe ich mich nur für 3 Orte entschieden. Diese habe ich aber jeweils sehr genossen. Thailand hat mir die Zeit gegeben in mein Innerstes zu schauen und mich ein großes Stück weiter gebracht.

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  • Day124

    Thailand - Bangkok

    September 5, 2017 in Thailand

    Insgesamt haben wir sechs Nächte in Bangkok verbracht und wir lieben die Stadt noch immer!☺️
    Da wir die typischen Sehenswürdigkeiten von Bangkok bereits gesehen haben, haben wir die Tage sehr ruhig angehen lassen und auch viel am Pool entspannt. Das war auch bei gut 35 Grad und Sonnenschein die beste Beschäftigung😜
    Ansonsten waren wir mit einem Longtailboot auf dem Fluss entlang der Altstadt unterwegs, haben uns Chinatown und verschiedene kleinere Tempel angeschaut und waren ein bisschen shoppen!
    Der nächste und letzte Stop bevor wir Kevins Eltern in Kuala Lumpur treffen ist Koh Phangan! Also heißt es jetzt für die nächsten zwei Wochen Sonne, Meer und Strand 😍☀️🌴
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  • Day2


    September 15, 2016 in Thailand

    Heute morgen um 10 Uhr im Hotel angekommen :) eingecheckt und erst mal eine Runde aufs Ohr gelegt🙈 dann sind wir gehen nachmittag raus gegangen und haben uns die Umgebung angeguckt und erst mal was gefuttert 😊 es gab Reis mit Ananascurry und Gemüse und rotes Thaicurry mit chicken 😍 nachdem wir noch ein bisschen durch die Straßen gelaufen sind, haben wir uns den Pool angeguckt der über den Dächern von Bangkok liegt 😊 nebenbei bemerkt ist unser Ausblick super😁 die Fassade von gegenüber sieht klasse aus und hat eine tolle Farbe 😂🙈 alles in allem hat Bangkok aber jetzt schon überzeugt und ist klasse 😊❤

    2. Tag
    Heute haben wir 3 Mädels aus Paderborn am Pool kennen gelernt 😊 Abends sind wir dann zu 5 im Greenhouse auf der Rambutti Road essen gegangen. Danach sind wir noch über die Khao San road gelaufen. Am Ende haben wir uns noch die Stinkfrucht gekauft und probiert. Mit dem Fazit, das man genau so gut in eine rohe Zwiebel beißen kann😂 wobei da die Konsistenz wohl noch besser gewesen wäre 😂 die 3 Mädels fliegen leider heute wieder nach Hause 😔
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  • Day65

    Silvester 2017 in Bangkok✨

    December 31, 2017 in Thailand

    .....heute morgen war irgendetwas anders....🤔....nicht nur dass Marc wieder fieberfrei war und sich wieder fit fühlte...auch war es für Bangkok unwahrscheinlich ruhig....auf den Straßen fuhren erstaunlich wenige Autos, viele kleine Geschäfte sind geschlossen und es waren auch nicht viele Menschen unterwegs....🤗😉
    Das wir heute Abend bestimmt nicht so bleiben...

    ....und bis dahin werden wir uns etwas von Bangkok bei einer Bootsfahrt über den Chao Phraya River ansehen....wir wollen es auch nicht so stressig angehen, damit Marc keinen Rückschlag bekommt....
    Also auf mit der BTS bis nach Saphan Taksim im Stadtteil Ausgang der Station bekommt man auch schon die Karten für das Hopp on Hopp Off Boat für 180 THB je Person (ca.4,50 Euro) zu kaufen....alternativ könnte man auch mit der weitaus billigeren Fähre fahren....da muss man aber oft Schlange stehen und die sind oft sehr voll...und wir wollten unsere Bootsfahrt geniessen....

    Das Schöne an dieser Tour ist, dass man einen wahnsinnig tollen Blick auf Bangkoks Wolkenkratzer hat....dieser Blick ist immer wieder beeindruckend, auch wenn man schon ein paar Mal hier in Bangkok war......und dass man viele der Sehenswürdigkeiten Bangkoks von den einzelnen Bootsanlegestellen schnell erreichen und sehen kann, wie den Wat Arun - Tempel der Morgenröte, den Blumenmarkt, Chinese Town, den Königspalast, den goldenen liegenden Buddha Wat Pho...

    Wir steigen heute aber nur am Wat Arun aus.....
    der soooooo schön ist......

    Für den Abend haben wir nun keine Karten für den Bayoketower und müssen uns nun entscheiden, fahren wir zum Chao Phray River zum Feuerwerk am Wat Arun oder feiern wir am Central World, wo über 120000 Menschen erwartet werden.
    Wir haben uns für das näher gelegene Central World entschieden, um in das neue Jahr zu rutschen.
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  • Day28

    Daily life in Asia - Penguins special

    February 3, 2017 in Thailand

    We've been asked about daily life in Asia, how we travel, where we eat and stay. To be honest much of it is a bit humdrum but here we go! It's a bit long winded but if it can be of assistance to someone then great. Unlike 13 years ago when we first travelled through Asia, it's a bit more organised and hi-tech these days. It is hard to arrive in a town and wander the streets looking for a place to stay, most are now listed on hotel booking sites (even the smallest ones) which has the advantage of information on the property, photos and traveller feedback. As many of the popular locations can be very busy at this time of the year it makes sense to book ahead and certainly saves time and legwork. Years ago it was a case of looking in a guidebook (or bible as it is known!) and just turning up. However in places where it is busy, these are the first to fill up and quite often more expensive than they should be due to their 'guidebook listed' status. Usually book 1 night then arrange extra directly with the hotel. It's often cheaper this way - you can negotiate price or leave after one night if not right. It also gives you a base to look for other accom in the area.
    Food intake has varied greatly from roadside food stands to restaurants of all grades including convenience stores for cereal, milk and yoghurt (plus the odd trip to Mcdonalds!). We've certainly eaten a lot more fruit of all sorys from street sellers. A few beers and gin has also been consumed...... The inevitable question of hygiene comes up; yes we are a wee bit selective where we eat, however the street food has been great, cheap and very tasty. So far we have escaped dicky stomachs in 4.5 months and hopefully this will continue to be the case. More often than not it's a case of personal hygiene (clean hands) or just plain bad luck. We were very conscious of avoiding using bottled water for a year due to the amount of plastic bottles used. On the whole we've used a Steripen which is a UV pen about the size of a small coke bottle. Simply stir the 'torch' part of the pen in 1 litre of water and 90 seconds later safe water. It's been used on water from taps and sources from dubious to mountain stream. It has been really useful and again so far hasn't let us down.
    With the exception of the two week Sri Lanka and the Nepal trek, the majority of travel has been by public transport. Either train, bus, boat, jeep or tuktuk with a couple of cheap internal flights, mostly cheap and cheerful options as it's the way locals travel and is very cost effective (Thai train journey of two hours, around £0.35). On the whole it's been fine and a great way to meet people, however packed with people it is! It does however take time, which is great if you have that luxury.
    For money we've used a Revolut currency card. It's a MasterCard based card, used as a standard debit and atm card. This converts £ to the local currency at Bank of England rates and no commission. Can heartily recommend this card after using several others. We also have another two currency cards and a credit card for security and in case one stops working. Also carry a quantity of £ and US$ for emergencies and just in case.
    Despite going travelling to get some relaxation and down time, it's been a pretty busy time on the whole. We are generally out after breakfast, touring all day before grabbing a quick shower and out for dinner or evening sightseeing, mostly by walking or cycling. It doesn't actually give a lot of down time as we imagined, but that's our choice! Music and Podcasts have been a bit of a saviour on the long journeys and a way to wind down at the end of the day. Mostly BBC comedy, travel and cycling podcasts but we do however follow the Archers religiously!
    People we've encountered have mostly been genuinely helpful and have been great when we have needed help. Whilst keeping your wits about you, you also have to trust people or you'd always keep a distance between you.
    Well there we go, a bit dull but that's our lot!!
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  • Day73

    Day 73: Planning and little else

    August 27, 2016 in Thailand

    Today we did even less than yesterday! We had a hotel breakfast and then spent the morning in our room, doing some research about Laos and onward destinations. Ventured out at lunchtime for some food and a walk, which we had in a nice cafe a couple of blocks over. It's funny - there's a little strip of ultra-modern hipster cafes just along one street, and it's mostly only locals going in there. No expats, no tourists (except us, obviously!).

    Back to our room in the afternoon where we did some more planning and research, as neither of us had looked into Laos that much. There are three main towns - Vientiane the capital, just across the border from Thailand in central Laos, Vang Vieng a couple of hours drive north from Vientiane on a nice river, and then Luang Prabang another 8 hours north and up in the mountains.

    Laos is very different to all the other Indo-China countries, in that it's still very laid back and slow, and of course much less developed and less dense. We decided to skip on Vientiane since there isn't much there, and to also skip Vang Vieng since apparently the only thing there is backpacker bars (and most of those shut down a few years ago due to deaths from tubing). So we booked a flight direct to Luang Prabang, which is apparently a nice city up in the north, and thankfully on my list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit! There's one other site in Laos but it's a long way to the south, and out of reach without independent transport (or more money than we're willing to part with).

    We also decided that after a few days in Luang Prabang we would do a 2-day cruise up the Mekong back towards the Thai border crossing (most of the Laos population lives within a couple of hours of the Thai border), from where we'd cross back into Thailand and head for the cities of the north - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai, and Mae Hong Soon. This also solves our visa problem, since we only have 30-day tourist visas for Thailand which are due to expire on about the 3rd of September.

    To celebrate we went out to a cake shop we'd seen earlier and had iced coffees and a plate of waffles with cream and strawberries. Delicious! And of course by then it was dinner time, so we wandered a bit and found a very cheap Thai food place that was packed, meaning that the food was good. Since it was crowded we ended up sharing a table with a late middle-aged Austrian lady who was an ultra-keen diver and had been diving in many out of the way places. She'd even been to Burma in the early 90s literally days after it first opened to westerners! Now that's keen.

    Back to the hotel where Shandos went to bed while I stayed up until 1am watching the Man United match. Early start in the morning for our day trip out to the river Kwai.
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  • Day5

    Day 2/3

    September 6, 2016 in Thailand

    After sleeping for 12 hours Sunday night, we had a very productive morning. We took a tuk tuk around the city and stopped at a few temples and ate some delicious street food.
    We also visited the tourist office to book our cambodia stuff. We learned we cant go dirently to koh kong from siem riep so will be spending a night in sianookville. We are bussing out of bangkok sept 7 @7am and should arrive at siem riep by 5pm. We learned that rainy season actually is worse on the adaman side of the thai islands than on the gulf if thailand side so that entire plan has changed! So looks like we will be going to koh samui, koh pangnon, and koh tao.
    Today we went to a mall to get some passport photos for the Cambodian visa and do a bit of shopping. We are taking a break in our a/c room from the crazy heat (41 with humidx).
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  • Day129

    Sydney to Bangkok

    August 26, 2015 in Thailand

    We staggered from our bed in early morning darkness to catch our flight to Bangkok. Both of us, particularly Alex, suffering from a food hangover caused by the quantity and richness of last night's food, which after months of backpacking our stomaches have grown unaccustomed to.

    We had chosen to get the train to the airport due to Sydney traffic and the unreliability of airport shuttle buses to arrive on time. However as we walked out of the hotel entrance for the train station, we were met by a heavy set Russian, Sergei, (artistic licence on the basis of his accent) who offered to take us for a discounted rate with another customer who was also staying at our hotel. Caught between opportunity and scepticism we jumped into his mini-van and with surprising agility and speed we weaved through the morning traffic to arrive at the terminal in good time.

    After our very enjoyable experience of flying with Emirates between Auckland and Sydney we were anticipating another good journey with this airline. However this flight was managed by Qantas for Emirates. We loathe to complain because we are very lucky to be doing what we are, however in honour of Australian forthrightness mentioned in the previous post, let's call a spade a spade. It was a tired aircraft with tired crew, poor food and leg room for 10 long hours. By hour 9 Alex felt like punching the man in front, who after take off had whacked his seat back within 6 inches of Alex's face for the full ten hours of the flight. We were very glad to arrive in Bangkok no later than we did to get back to enjoying our adventure.

    The expressway into the city was thick with rush hour traffic, in places four lanes becoming five or six, as motorcycle police slipped between with sirens wailing, attempting to inch the behemoth of vehicles forward. Between giant roadside billboards the skyline was a mixture of building site grey and the rainbow colours of Buddhist temples.

    Finally arriving at our guesthouse we sank into chairs at its small restaurant. We ordered a large quantity of water and proceeded to rehydrate ourselves back to life before eating simple but filling plates of Pad Thai. It was not long before exhaustion took us to bed for much needed sleep.
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  • Day130


    August 27, 2015 in Thailand

    A blanket of humidity clung to our skin as the dawn light crept through the net screens of our bedroom. Like a tuning orchestra, noise rose and fell as the city began to wake. New and strange calls sung out from trees whilst the more familiar sound of dogs and poultry echoed in the streets. Finally the chatter of people and the call to Buddhist prayer signalling the start of a new day.

    We showered sweat and DEET from our bodies, only to sweat again before drying. After a breakfast of eggs and fruit accompanied with an aromatic ginger and lime tea, we set out on foot through the hot streets.

    Wandering into the neat gardens of Pom Pra Sumen we met a school teacher who advised us on travel around the city. On his advice we rode a 'tuk tuk' (moped with seating carriage) to Wat Indrawiharn, a Buddhist temple complex known for its 100 foot tall golden Buddha.

    The intricate and ornate designs of the temple were beautiful, rainbow colours and an ever present gold catching the light. Locals prayed at the feet of the Buddha, where incense drifted on the thick still air and smaller statues were covered in offerings of gold flakes.

    Unfortunately our 'tuk tuk' driver then took us to a local tailor who sought to pressure us into buying clothes. In hindsight this is a common scam that started with the 'school teacher' and involved him, the driver and the tailor, working as a collective to get tourists to part with their money. After a firm 'no' we were taken back to our guesthouse and no harm was done. Yet ironically for the 'tuk tuk' driver we would have travelled further (and spent more money) with him if he hadn't tried to pull this stunt.

    Afterwards we went back to travelling on foot, wandering through the streets, including the famous but hugely overrated Khao San Road. Complete with McDonalds, Boots and an Irish themed bar, sunburnt and tattooed tourists wandered past persistent salesmen and scam artists. We saw it, left it and definitely did not buy the t-shirt before moving onto more interesting and pleasant surroundings. Down a quiet lane lined with small food stalls, Kim brought fresh coconut, the seller chopping into it with a large knife to open a hole for a straw to drink the juice. As rain fell with the onset of evening Alex brought skewers of hot marinated chicken, the streets filling with the light and smoke of the food stall cookers.
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