Category Archives: Thailand

Venturing into the Khao Sok national park My boat sped up on the big lake of Khao Sok national park in Thailand. Water splashed in my face since I was at the very edge of the boat. I tried to protect my camera and bag, while looking around me mesmerized by the landscape. Massive yellow blocks of limestone rose from the water, covered in the green of the jungle. Above them thick, grey clouds loomed, threatening to ruin our adventure. I was on my way to an idyllic place in the middle of the lake, where small bungalows connected through wooden walkways floated on the water. It would have been spectacular on a clear day. After an hour the boat dropped me and the other travellers off at the bungalows. The small huts floated on big logs. They were simple, but I felt like I was in a luxurious resort.…

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After 4,5 months in South East Asia, I must admit I got tired of temples, especially the modern, golden ones. But when I first arrived in Bangkok, this was exactly what mesmerized and fascinated me. In those first few days I made a day trip to the Grand Palace and surrounding temples. I took the boat and entered the chaos of Bangkok transport. “Come on, come on. Keep going. All the way to the back. The back! Go to the back!” an angry sounding man yelled at the tourists. I had to get off at pier 9. I felt like I was cattle as I shuffled through the boat, pushing my way through the rows of people, trying to reach the shore. I swapped the busy boat for the busy streets around the palace. It was not long after the Thai king had died and I was surprised it was…

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People either seem to love or hate Bangkok. I think I’m part of the haters, although I must admit that it’s growing on me. It’s mostly the people that have spent a few weeks or months in Bangkok that seem to rave about it, so there might still be hope for me and this city after all. I think it doesn’t help that for many people Bangkok is the first place they see. You come off a long, uncomfortable flight and the first thing you have to do is deal with all the taxi drivers that are charging ridiculous prices to take you into the city. After this, your first impression is the crazy traffic. Not a good way to start. Bangkok is busy. With over 8 million inhabitants and many tourists it is not a great place to get over a long distance flight and a jetlag. So take…

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Who knew I would be hiking in Pai. I’d been looking for trekking around Chiang Mai, but found that most companies included an elephant trekking, which is something I really don’t want to support. There are some companies that offer trekking only, but they were more expensive and I had only talked to a travel agent and not to the source. So when I read that Pai has trekking too, I checked out some of the outfitters. The third company I talked to was from Mr Chao. Unlike the others I’d talked to, he already had a trekking confirmed the next day, as enthusiastic and a not so vague. He told me all about the trip and said to come back later in the day to confirm it. I had a quick yoghurt breakfast from 7-11 and then we met the rest of the group. We were eleven, with two…

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If you don’t drive a motorbike your options are a bit limited in the Thai town of Pai. There is so much to see, but there is so little to see in town. I’d already walked up to the big Buddha and checked out the pool at Fluid and I just needed to see some of that stunning scenery everyone always talks about. After checking out all the available day trips I decided to go to Lod cave. It didn’t matter which operator I chose, since they all offered exactly the same thing. So I booked one that picked me up from the hostel. I was getting a bit nervous since the van was late. She did say pick up at the hostel right? She didn’t speak English that well. Did I misunderstand? But, a little late, the van showed up. It was full by the time we drove out…

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I’d heard so much about them, cooking classes, that I just had to try it myself. Some of the Thai food is amazing, so it would be nice to cook it at home some time, provided I can find all these exotic ingredients. I was actually so excited that it was the first thing I did in Chiang Mai. I hadn’t even seen the city yet, and I was off to the countryside in a van with some other wannabee chefs.   I got picked up from the hostel, although I almost got in the van that went ziplining, and then we picked up some more people and went to the market. There was another backpacker, the only guy in our group today, and some older ladies from China, the US and England. Our guide Richie told us all about the different Thai ingredients at the market and gave us…

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Chiang Mai is known for its many, many temples. If I hadn’t spent a lot of my time visiting temples all over Thailand and Myanmar yet, I would have loved to walk around and gaze at the shimmering golden Buddha statues, the pagodas and temple life in general. However, I have seen it. I quickly did two of the city’s main temples, but noticed that it didn’t interest me like it did before. It was time for something different and I found it in a museum. Unlike most museums here, Art in Paradise is a very interactive one. I don’t know what I was thinking buying a ticket and visiting by myself, because you need a buddy here. There are basically two floors with all kinds of art work that you can interact with, or more specifically take photos with. For some it’s obvious what you are meant to do,…

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Of course I had picked the day with the worst weather to go on a boat trip to Hong island. It had just stopped raining when I got up at 7AM. The sky was grey and cloudy. I got picked up at 8 and was the only person on the tour staying in Krabi Town. We made our way through Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara all the way to Tha Lane. There, I had to wait for a long time until another van with people for our boat arrived. The guide didn’t let us know what was going on, but in the end he apologized for being 30 minutes late and assured us it would not affect the time we would spend on the island. This trip was very similar to a trip I did on Koh Lanta, visiting different islands. We went by speedboat this time, so the time…

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What a beautiful day! It was super sunny with here and there some clouds. I decided to go to Koh Klang, an island unlike any of the others I’ve visited. Koh Klang is next to Krabi town, on the opposite side of the river. From Thara Park you can take a longtail boat across. I had to wait about ten minutes before a boat left. I was the only foreigner and the locals seemed to be a bit surprised. Was I really venturing off the beaten path? I guess I did. I arrived in a small town and just started walking around. There was a long and small street with houses on either side. Most of them looked like they could use some love. Some were completely destroyed. I was walking in between huge chickens, ducks and goats. And a lot of garbage. It was everywhere! I seemed to pass…

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My first adventure on Koh Lanta was a speedboat trip to Koh Rok. I was a bit sceptical about the whole thing. This could be hit or miss. I was picked up by a minivan and then we cruised towards long beach, picking people up along the way. The second person was another solo traveller, Nora from Switzerland. When I started waking up a bit, we started talking. The rest of the group on the boat consisted of friends, families and couples. When we actually left the boat was making so much noise that talking wasn’t really an option. It took us an hour to get to Koh Rok. We stayed in that area for 2 snorkel sessions of about 50 minutes and then had lunch with some time to relax, before going to a third snorkel spot. I was amazed. The snorkel spots kept getting better. It started great…

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