Posts Tagged ‘Bangkok’

  • Back in Thailand

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    Four months are over now since our last pit stop in Valencia and we have had the opportunity to visit the north of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The trip has been mainly inland and in hill areas and we could hear the call of the sea in our souls. We come from a coastal town and need to feel the sea breeze in the face much often. So, the next move was going to be to get closer to the sea, heading to the south beaches and islands of Thailand.

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    Once in Bangkok we did some research again and booked an Open Water diving course with free transport from Bangkok and free accommodation in Koh Tao -it was a very good deal, around half the price of what it would have cost back home. Off we go! This part of the trip seemed to be different and more relaxed, and we were getting so excited of the idea of settle down for few days in the same place. Not only we were coming closer to the sea, but to a turquoise water one with loads of colourful animals to observe. We coul not wait any longer.

  • Ayuthaya and Sukhothai: ancient capitals of the Thai Kingdom

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    From Bangkok we headed up north for something more than an hour and arrived to Ayuthaya, one of the former capitals of the ancient Thai Kingdom. The city itself has not much to offer, although some good guesthouses, bars and street markets together with the ruins of the old city (not many in quality but widespread) make it a “must” for people staying in Bangkok. We spent one and a half days there and it was our first contact with old Thai architecture, Thai rented bicycles and Thai rainy weather. Yes, it rained quite a lot. So much that we think now that the monsoon season, which should start in Thailand by the end of May or the beginning of June, has gone ahead this year. F**ck!!

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    From here we took another train to Phitsanulok (this time a six hours journey), surrounded by Thai families with kids and babies, by monks and by army rangers, again in a 3rd class carriage. This is the best way to travel around in a foreign country and we really love it, although it is not as comfortable as a VIP bus service… Once in Phitsanulok we spent the first moments wandering around a street market and trying different delikatessen from the food stalls before leaving our backpacks in the most beautiful guest house we found, the London Hotel, and walking along the river to the night market and the food market again.

    At the end, our room in the hotel wasn’t that good since we could hear everyone’s shower in the common bathroom beside us and we ended up waking up earlier than planned (at 7 am!!) and therefore sleeping little, otherwise we would have started up the day one or two hours later. Anyway, after a good refreshing shower and a full pineapple for breakfast, we did another one and a half hour bus ride to Sukhothai (this time air-co because there was no other choice at that time) where we first looked for a guest house and then later started to explore the ruins of the ancient city, these ones much more interesting and well kept than the ones in Ayutthaya. Highly reccomendable!!

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  • Bangkok

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    Bangkok has been a good surprise for us: it is clean, well organaised and much less noisy than we had expected. It is a very crowded city but everybody seems to be in his given place and we never felt overwhelming as in another cities, such as Delhi or Mumbai in India. We had the impression that Thailand is going to be much easier to travel than India or Nepal, although we really like challenges…

     

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    We found a cheap place to stay in Soi Rambutri, a most likely backpackers zone around Kao San Road, where many guest houses, shops and restaurants fulfill the needs of all the independent travellers arriving in Thailand through Bangkok. One can find everything around these two streets: from small food stalls selling fresh Thai food to westener style bars to party and dance.

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    But this was not what we were looking for in our trip, so we caught some public buses (non air-co, to come closer to the Thais) and explored some parts of the city which are kind of hidden to the tourist. Once again we got surprised as many of these “hidden streets” looked the ones in “touristy Bangkok” alike, I mean, we couldn’t get as deep into local Thailand’s as we wanted to. Is this, what we are looking for, non existing? We will have to wait until the next time we will come back to Bangkok to make sure of it, since we left the city after some 4 or 5 days of getting acclimatized (and this is real, we came from a pleasant temperature average of 25 ºC and arrived at over 35 ºC and a very high humidity in the ambience) and started our way up to the north of the country on the cheapest public transport in Thailand: 3rd class sitting train.

     

  • Hitting the road again!

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    After a one month visit to our roots, our family, our friends and our traditions, we come back to the new, to the unknown, to the surprising things that a trip to south east Asia has to offer.

    The best and cheapest option we have found to fly back from Spain to south east Asia is from Mallorca to Bangkok, Thailand. We have taken advantage of having friends in many places and have stayed at Niko’s place in Palma de Mallorca. Niko is a real Berliner, one of those you don’t find easily in Berlin and who I (Hector) met during the almost 4 years that I was living in Germany. He showed us the city and took us to some nice places and parties in the 2 days we spent there and it was really good fun!!

    Now we are in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and fun has just started now. It’s nicer, cleaner and less noisy and polluted than we thought and we are very curious about this culture. Besides, Thai people seem to be very friendly. So, it seems we are gonna have a good time here!! Our unique big problem right now… we are in the hot season, which means temperatures around 36-38ºC during the day and with a big humidity. This seems a sauna!!! Hopefully we will get used soon…