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  • Day112

    Bangkok

    January 9, 2017 in Thailand

    We zitten al een week in Bangkok. Het is een moderne wereldstad, die vanalles te bieden heeft: van fancy malls met poepchique cinema's tot go-go bars met 'pingpongshows' (niet voor gevoelige kijkers). En dan zijn er natuurlijk ook nog de tempels :).

    Ondertussen hebben we helaas afscheid moeten nemen van Laura's gezin, met wie we de feestdagen doorbrachten. Nu zitten we in een Airbnb (zelf nog eens koken!) en woensdag vertrekken we naar Myanmar.

    Gelukkig nieuwjaar voor iedereen!!
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  • Day29

    Jim Thompson House

    January 4, 2015 in Thailand

    Day 04
    Ma itt kezdtuk a napot. Jim Thompson egy amerikai építész volt, aki Bangkokba költözött és az 1950-60/as években felvirágoztatta a thai selyemipart. E mellett megszállott műgyüjtő volt, és tulajdonképpen 6 eredeti thai házat hozatott vidékről Bangkokba, építetett egybe és rendezett be gyönyörűen.
    Nem a legeslegfontosabb bangkoki látványosság, de nekem sokkal jobban tetszett mint a kéregetőkkel, árusokkal, millió más turistával teli bármely emlékmű.Read more

  • Day27

    MBK & Hauptbahnhof

    April 27 in Thailand

    Um der westlichen Konsumgeilheit zu fröhnen verschlug es uns heute ins MBK, einem gigantischen Einkaufszentrum, dass fußläufig vom Hostel zu erreichen ist. Dieses vollgepackte, aber sehr hochwertige Gebäude erstreckt sich über sieben Etagen. Neben viel Krimskrams waren durchaus schöne Kleider zu erspähen. Letzendlich verließen wir das MBK ohne wirklich etwas nennenswertes eingekauft zu haben. Warum auch?
    Weiter ging es Richtung Hauptbahnhof Hua Lamphong. Dort haben wir Tickets für die morgige Zugfahrt nach Hua Hin erworben. Auf dem Heimweg liefen wir abermals nahe der Hauptstraßen entlang. Heute haben wir definitv zu viele Abgase abbekommen. 😵 ..aber es geht ja bald in ruhigere Gefilde.
    Abends: Regen! Viel Regen! Und Gewitter. ☔⚡
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  • Day2

    Hallo Bangkok!

    March 2, 2017 in Thailand

    Nach einem gefühlt ewig langen Marsch durch die kleine Gassen Bangkoks, in denen eine Menge los war, kamen wir zu einem rießigen Einkaufszentrum. Nach einer langen Suche einer Lokalität für das Abendessen, wurden wir fündig und schlossen den Tag mit kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten ab
    🙏🏽🍲🍛

  • Day1

    Spy or silk tycoon

    February 5, 2017 in Thailand

    Last stop for the day is the Jim Thompson house.

    When I first heard that we are coming here I was not really that excited to see some western dudes house. But it was pretty cool, Mr. Jim Thompson, as the guide calls him, was an architect who basically revolutionized the silk industry for Thailand.

    He moved here shortly after the second world war after doing his duty for the US army in the war. He then saw the potential of silk and was the first person to market silk from Thailand in the US. This not only made him a very wealthy man in Thailand but also did wonders for the Thai economy.

    He designed a house thats a hybrid between western and thai building styles and he collected all sorts buddha art.

    Here is the kicker, he mysteriously disappeared about 50 years ago somewhere in Malaysia whilst on holiday with friends. There are several theories about his disappearance, the one I think is most plausible is that he was a US spy and his time in Thailand was over.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day129

    Thailand wrap-up

    January 29, 2015 in Thailand

    - There is this thing here called "playing the Chang lottery". Apparently the alcohol content of beer isn't regulated. So you never really know what you gonna get. Watery or strong. So sometimes 4 beers can do you in :-D
    Chang means elephant and is the main beer brand.

    - Bangkok's full name is 168 characters long and is the longest city name in the world. It reads "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Maha Sathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit" which means "City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest"

    - you can find a 7eleven shop every 100m (except if you are looking for one ;)

    - there are overweight people in Thailand. Indicating a bigger wealth than other southeast asian countries

    - cats and dogs are often dressed up with little sweaters or costumes

    - the Thais love their king. It is not simply the official pictures in golden frames on the side of each big road or placed in front of important buildings, that could be pure megalomania, but they do have t-shirts or pictures in the rear view mirror with his face, or have a book about him second in the top 10 best sellers

    - people were generally smiling and eager to help, genuinely friendly

    - in Thai you add the word "kaa" as a mark of respect at the end of a sentence. You hear it quite a lot ;).
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  • Day214

    Bangkok

    December 2, 2015 in Thailand

    We had a great time in Bangkok. For the first few days we swam in a rooftop pool with a great view at our couchsurfer's place :)
    On the 5th of December is the birthday of the king. So like everyone else, we got ourselves a yellow t-shirt and enjoyed free food, drink, fireworks and Ali even got a free haircut!

  • Day187

    Bangkok with family!

    March 4, 2015 in Thailand

    When attending my cousins wedding in Bangkok last year, I found out that I have extended family in Bangkok! My uncle Tien Peng ( my Dad's cousin) and my two beautiful cousins. They took us to an fancy dinner in a famous Thai fushion restaurant! So great to see them again!

  • Day183

    Bangkok

    October 19, 2015 in Thailand

    Neither of us slept well in the hot house that was our bedroom. The air was thick and still whilst noises of the city and an archaic pluming system rattled around us. Admittedly it was not solely these conditions that deterred our bodies from falling into deep sleep. The impending homecoming, with its sense of both ending and beginning, brought an excitement that whirled in our minds and bubbled beneath our skin.

    Walking along the pavement (a novel experience after Vietnam), slick and shining with the early morning rain, we marvelled at the scale of the shopping malls that lined the streets. Towering upward with broad colourful signage to denote their brand, we detoured into these mountains of glitz, waltzing past giant cartoon sculptures and shining fashion displays. The scale and opulence was like nothing else we had seen in South East Asia and was somewhat comparable to parts of Las Vegas, minus the casinos. As with Trang Tien Plaza in Hanoi, there were no real bargains to be found and some of the prices in recognisable stores were even higher than back home (shirt in Topshop £90?!)

    Our turning heels squeaked on the over polished floor as we took ourselves to what we had heard described as the 'working class mall' of Bangkok - MBK. This description is due to its layout being more like a market with thousands of makeshift stalls selling unbranded or fake branded clothing items at prices more in line with the average local salary. With limited finances the opportunity to replace some of our clothes, brutalised by 6 months backpacking, interested us.

    After a day of much haggling for items that will likely disintegrate on their first wash, we met with Freddie, our friend from Stray who 'hopped off' the bus in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Whilst our backpacking styles differ somewhat (Freddie was holding a signature Starbucks coffee, sporting a new haircut and staying in the Holiday Inn) he is very likeable and it was great to catch up on our respective adventures since we parted 3 weeks ago.

    Freddie was in Bangkok to continue his own round the world trip by flying to Bali tomorrow before travelling to New Zealand and beyond. We wish him the very best on his travels and hope to see him back home once he returns next year!
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  • Day3

    Off the beaten Bangkok track

    February 26, 2017 in Thailand

    I met up with my old school friend Vicky a couple of days ago who lives here in Bangkok, she took me to an island nearby popular with Thai tourists. They call it Bangkok's 'Green Lung' because of it's open spaces and relatively fresh air compared to the city.

    After messing around with a taxi driver who definitely didn't know where he was going and getting increasingly angry because of this fact, we eventually arrived at the little port that takes you to the island. We hopped on a tiny boat for five minutes and arrived ashore where we hired a bike for the day and went to explore. The island was really nice with friendly locals and pretty scenery. It was good to be able to go somewhere a little off the tourist track too. There was a great little market selling all sorts of odds and ends and a lot of weird looking food. We bought a tasty little savoury snack which was hotter than the sun, and appropriately named them 'mouthburners'.

    I also had some traditional Thai boat noodles (named because a lady cooks them in a boat) which were delicious followed by a massage, which to be honest wasn't the most relaxing thing as they seemed to want to put me in all sorts of odd positions - less massage more workout!

    We cycled a bit further around and came to a tree-house bar and chilled out for a while there. I had some Mango sticky rice which was absolutely amazing, before meandering our way to the exit and jumped on the little boat again to head back to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

    We had a swim in Vicky's apartment swimming pool which overlooked the city before going for some dinner - according to the restaurant I had the fifth best Pad Thai dish in the world, slightly odd stat, but it was very tasty - I couldn't tell you where the number one best Pad Thai in the world is though, and neither could they).

    I headed back to my hostel in Bangkok's Uber equivalent taxi, although I wasn't sure if the driver's very loud singing was an included part of the Thai service!
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