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Thailand: The End #1

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It’s been a crazy two weeks and by the end we would have travelled over 29000 kilometres and if you think about it, the world is 24 500 or so kilometres at the equator, so we might as well have done that, although doubt we would have had as much fun…

We spent our last night in Bangkok at The Rock Pub again and the same band was playing and even recognised us “farangs” and played a song we requested by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, which they wouldn’t the last time.

We left at 13:30 Bangkok time to head back home, stopping for six hours in Hong Kong, where we are now, before flying nine hours to Dubai, where we wait for another four and a half hours. That is followed by a eight hour flight to Jo’burg where we have a last wait of two hours before heading home. The trip back totals about 36 hours including all the stops, etm.

Thank God Hong Kong has free internet and wi-fi, or I may have been liable to commit murder or worse.

It’s been awesome, but I just wanna head home now and see some familiar faces and surroundings and also where I know what the hell is going on and less likely to be ripped off 🙂

Bangkok #4: It All Comes To An End

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It’s been a fun two weeks here in the Land Of Smiles, but honestly, it was enough – anymore and violence was very likely. Bangkok is something you have to do over a few days, and not a whole week. If it was just a few days, I would’ve been less likely to realise just how much everyone is trying to make a quick buck. When I say everyone is in on it, I mean it – from the security, to the cab drivers, to the hotel staff and the guy on the street, no-one is innocent. Instead of taking you to the best place or the cheapest place, they will take you to a place where they get a cut and if you don’t know the places, you’re likely to be getting screwed over. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome place and I would come back sometime if I could, but next time, I’ll be way better prepared and armed with this knowledge.

But enough of that, I don’t want to be naysayer, because this place is really cool and since my last post, we have been checking out the Siam Centre(s) and last night we went out to a “discotheque”, as the cab driver called it.

First off, the Siam Centre; its three rather big centres linked to each other and we didn’t even get through the whole place, it was just too much. They’re definitely better than anything back home and better laid out. The Siam Paragon is a smaller one with the Paragon Department store spanning 5 floors surrounded by a lot more stores and has a oceanarium in the basement. The main Siam Centre is four floors with a relatively new Madame Toussards on the 6th floor. Then lastly, is the Siam Discovery which is about the same size.

Afterwards we headed back to relax a bit before going out last night to a place called the Bossy Pub. It was a good one with some awesome tunes being played by the DJs and we got back to the hotel at about 3am. I think I may have gone a bit overboard with the Jack & Cokes though…

Anyway, as it stands now, I’m pretty broke and ready to head home. I’m gonna miss this place a bit, but there is no place like home. So till Monday when we’re back, this is goodbye from me.

Bangkok #3: Boom-boom show, yes?

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Was a busy day yesterday, so didn’t really have time to blog at all, but was exact opposite today. Yesterday we were going to go to the Floating Market, but the idea of travelling for an hour to float in a boat in a market seemed crazy. That’s all Bangkok is, a big shopping mall, so to travel all that way for the same stuff seemed a bit mad. Instead we took a 30 minute trip with our limo driver I mentioned, Tony, to Bangkok’s amusement park called Dream World. It was pretty awesome to embrace my inner child for a day. We got there at about 10:30 and only left at about four in the afternoon; we did almost every single ride (except the ones that are kids only.)

Then we went back to the hotel and chilled before Tony took us out at about 7ish, to go watch what he called “boom boom show.” Now this is where I think the whole sex scene in Bangkok is just one big tourist trap. Don’t get me wrong, it was something you had to see, but I prefer going to places like Candy’s and Golden Curtain – the beers dont cost R50 and you don’t pay more than R200 to go in. Maybe we went to the wrong place, although it was recommended to us, but to be honest  don’t feel like wasting more money on seriously freaky strip shows, think razor blades and ping pong balls. Before we went out though, we ate at an seriously impressive restaurant called Kuang’s Seafood and ate like kings!

The night did improve as we managed to find a kick-ass rock club nearby called The Rock Pub, Bangkok’s House of Rock. There was a band that I can’t pronounce or even spell, but they were doing awesome covers of everything from The Beatles to Metallica and were damn good at it as well! We decided to head back on Saturday, since it was a pretty quiet night and the band had finished playing at close to midnight.

Today we attempted to go catch some sun by the pool, but inbetween the sun being blocked by the hotel for about an hour or so and clouds appearing just as it was coming out again, it didn’t work really well. Just before 6pm local time, we headed out to the tailor we went to a few days back and did the final fit on our suits. Alex’s was perfect, but my pants were a bit tight, so he said to come back at 7:30pm again to collect them. To say I am satisfied with it though, is a major understatement, it is beyond awesome. So in less than an hour I will go collect my English cashmere suit and five egyptian cotton shirts. The best part is the guy said he can send us suits to South Africa if we want to get more later. He will send them to us whenever we want. At Just over R1500 for a suit and five shirts, it will be very tempting!

Until next time!

Bangkok #2: Wat?

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The day today was spent doing the tour of the major Wats and the Grand Palace. They were seriously awesome, but at the end I had enough, to say the least (too much of a good thing…).

We managed to get hold of a “limo” driver who took us around from place to place and picked us up when done. He had a old Volvo S70, but compared to the cabs and tuk-tuks it was awesome. He only charged us 400 Baht each for the whole day compared to about 100 Baht for one trip in a tuk-tuk/cab.

We started off at Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), which is constructed almost entirely out of marble. We then moved on Wat Phra Kaew (The Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha) which took about and hour and a half to get around – there are some amazing buildings there.

Afterwards it was on to Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha or Sleeping Buddha) which has a Buddha statue about 50m long and 10m high in a sleeping position. At this stage, Alex was ready to give up, but I convinced him to go to the last one on my list – Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) which had some serious steps going up, but the view is pretty cool on top. Admittedly, by this stage, I was also sick of walking around the temples/Wats and it was time to call Tony, our driver, to get us to Phantip Plaza, which is a short walk away from the hotel. It’s basically a huge mall, with about 5 levels, full of electronics stores. It was cool, but we decided to come back later, when we wanted to spend some money (and had more patience.)

And that’s where we are up to now… at the internet cafe nearby to catch up.

Tomorrow it’s off to the Floating Market, about an hour out, so will let you know how that went.

Bangkok #1: We’ve arrived

View of Bangkok streets from the Baiyoke Tower II.

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Just a quick update, we’ve arrived in Bangkok and checked in at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, which is pimping to say the least!

We left Koh Phangan early this morning and caught the ferry back to Koh Samui and then the flight here. Yesterday was a very chilled day, which we spent kayaking to the island nearby and followed by a bit of shopping.

Since we’ve arrived in Bangkok, we spent the day exploring a little bit. The hotel has pretty much everything you would need, including a swimming pool, a driving range on the 18th floor, a fitness centre, an observation deck on the 77th floor (hotel has 84 floors I think) and way too much stuff to list here.

About an hour ago, we found a tailor that we liked and arranged for him to make a suit, five shirts and a tie for a little over R1500. We go back on the 6th for our final fitting, so we will see.

Anyways, thats all Ii can fit in now, so will post another update sometime. We’re headed back to the hotel and gonna stuff our faces at the buffet…

Thailand Baby #5: At Long Last

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After more than 24 hours of travel, we have arrived in Thailand, although we’re pretty tired and have to get up again at 5am to catch the next flight.

We have just had our first taste of Thai food and it was pretty awesome. The intention is to eat stuff I would never normally eat. Tonight it was “ginger fried chicken sweet”, or that’s the direct translation anyway. My taste buds are spinning outta control, but it was pretty awesome.

The one problem so far is trying to communicate, granted it’s probably better than some other countries but when I asked for a glass of Coke, I got a empty glass. Note to self: keep it simple, just ask for Coke 😛

After minimal sleep on the plane, today is just a chill out before the actual fun begins…

Since all I had was 20 Baht (20 minutes access), this is going to be a really quick update. The other hoptels have free wireless, so should be able to post more then.

That’s all for now.

Thailand: A Bit Of Bragging…

Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

A friend implanted an idea in my head in the beginning of the year when he mentioned going to something called the Full Moon Party in Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand

At first I ignored what he had suggested, but then I realised I was being a douchebag by not even looking at what it was about. I then started reading some travel journals and travel sites and while there were a lot of warnings about drugs and such, most people said it was the ultimate party experience and how awesome it was.

This was followed by the financial check. Surprisingly Thailand is super cheap for most people especially South Africans. Normally for us South Africans, travel is restrictively expensive. Thailand: really cheap… awesome!

I then realised that this trip would tick off one of my lifetime travel goals: Experience an Asian New Years Party.

When I started looking into the costs, I realised that I could actually afford it, especially if we booked ourselves.

And so began a month or 2 of planning and arranging of finances, by August we were ready to book! We managed to be able to afford a week in Koh Phangan followed by a week in Bangkok.

And we are doing it in style! On the first day, the plan is to get tailored suits sorted for when we arrive back a week later. So for a week, we will party in up like students in Koh Phangan, for the Full Moon Party, over New Years Eve. Then its back to Bangkok, to party in style and take in all the sights and culture.

We are even staying in the tallest building in Thailand – The Baiyoke Sky Hotel. I cant wait!!

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok