To sum up my stay in Bangkok: I'm glad I've experienced it and unlike Singapore it was very interesting to see the actual life and atmosphere of the city. But after few days I'm happy that I'm going out of the city again with a very positive impression - not hating Bangkok ;)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Bangkok for me was always that point of my travels where everything should change - meaning the transition point from the holiday touristy southern Thailand to the more authentic North or Cambodia (as until 2 days before leaving Bangkok we still were not decided which way to go). Our laziness to deal with the visa stuff at the moment decided that our next steps after Bangkok will lead to the North of Thailand and then Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia... But let's get back to Bangkok. We've spent 5 days there and I must say that I was pretty impressed by observing the life in this big chaotic city. Bangkok is a city of multiple faces and totally disorganized (which ironically makes it very interesting) - beautiful temples right next to ruined houses with sky-scrapers in the backyard is a pretty usual sight here...
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Koh Phangan and Koh Tao along with the biggest Koh Samui (where we didn't stop) are three islands located in the Gulf of Thailand off the east thai coast. These islands are primarily holiday destinations with white sand beaches and turquoise water being their biggest attraction. Apart from this, each of the two islands that we visited has a different 'side' attraction. Koh Phangan is (in)famous for its full-moon (also half-, black-moon, jungle, waterfall... as long as it sells they will make something up) parties happening every month and dragging thousands young people to get wasted in neon colors and piss in the sea.. Koh Tao's side attraction on the other hand are beautiful scuba diving and snorkeling spots (not that you can't party here ;)). So, whether you feel like partying, diving or just chilling on the beach, get down here; they got it all.. We have planned our trip here so we could experience the madness of full-moon party on Koh Phangan and get some rest on chilled Koh Tao afterwards:
So, our party 'holiday' cruise around south Thailand is over. I'm currently sitting on a boat from Koh Tao to mainland and catching a night bus to Bangkok later on.. We gonna spend there few days and see what it has to offer and then decide whether we continue to the North of Thailand or to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos first...
Monday, September 8, 2014
After getting to Thailand, our first steps led to the west coast. South of Thailand is the most touristy part mainly visited for its islands with beautiful beaches with turquoise water. But, there is more than that, and we wanted to experience as much as possible:
1) Krabi - Krabi is quite a small town located on the west coast of Thailand's mainland. It is basically a gateway for visiting the nearby islands. We stayed 2 nights in Krabi (in one of the nicest hostels I have ever stayed at) and found out that it has to offer more than just the ferry to the islands.
2) Koh Phi Phi - Koh Phi Phi is very popular island (basically 2 islands but you can only stay on one of them) for its beautiful beaches but also party life.. As it is well-known fact that British people love to party, there was no doubt that we will meet some of them here.. But we would never expect that they made a second home out of Phi Phi - it is just flooded by young Brits (e.g. our hostel was me, Ben, maybe one more German and 20 to 30 Brits). As it is still off-season now, it was not too crazy busy, but I can imagine it can get really mental here.. One thing I really liked about Phi Phi - same as in Gili islands, there were no motorized vehicles as it is so small that you can get everywhere walking or by bike.
3) Phuket - every single person that we met on our travels told us not to go to Phuket.. Only this was good enough reason for me to go and see myself why is everybody hating Phuket so much... After I experienced it, I must say: DON'T GO TO PHUKET! EVER!
The highlight of my Phuket stay - I went surfing on Kata beach (one of the beaches on the picture). It felt so good to be on the board again..
So much for the SW Thailand. After 'beautiful' Phuket and my night spent on the toilet, we've spent 13 hours in buses and boat to get to the islands on the East - first we headed to Koh Phangan where the (in)famous Full moon party is happening tonight... Rock on!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Langkawi - last stop in Malaysia before Thailand. It is a small, laid-back duty-free (read: cheap alcohol ;)) island on the Malay-thai border. The plan was to spend here up to 3 days only, but we somehow got stuck for 6. This fact is quite funny, because it is off season, not many people, raining all the time and even the beaches are not the nicest I've seen. The thing that made this place so special for us was the people (both locals and travelers) that we met here. It was such a great time!
Here are few pictures mainly from the ride around the island. (I'm really sad I did not take my camera for the evenings at our local favorite place - bar made out of few pallets in front of convenient store. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but I wouldn't trade for any other place in the world.)
So much for Malaysia, we are currently after first 2 days in Thailand and I can already say that I'm quite sure that there is a lot to look forward to. Can't wait...