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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 13th 2019

Just to finish off yesterday’s travel bonanza, it wasn’t a 4 hour flight from Seoul to Bangkok, but 6 hours. I forgot about two more time zone changes. It didn’t matter to me, I was falling asleep walking onto the plane. Surprisingly, in the row of 4 seats, only me and the other end seat were occupied, so there was almost as much room as the business class people get. Korean Air still doesn’t have the best food for us westerners, but they did bring lots of “Coke Light” and even a double chocolate Dove bar. Flight was uneventful for me, but some of the reason for these two flights being so crowded is that there is a monster typhoon hitting Japan. The weather today was saying waves up to 8 meters, which is bigger than ... read more
Gym wall art
View from treadmill
Remodeled gym

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 13th 2019

It’s finally here. After all the planning, booking, training at home, it’s time to see just where all that work has gotten me. The butterflies are with me this morning in excitement of getting back to training here. Breakfast is wide open at 0600, which is fine since I’ve been up since about 3:45. I’m not really hungry, it at least it gives me a chance to get out of the room and gather my thoughts for the day. Right now, I don’t feel tired, but let’s see how if feeling lasts in a couple of hours. On the way home from dinner last night, I got trapped by an epic thunderstorm with lightning crashing right overhead, so I have just enough money to get the train up and back this morning. Obviously it will be ... read more
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End of Day 1

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok August 30th 2019

Day 7 – the sleep-in never really eventuated as we were awake at 7:30 so we packed our bags had breakfast and a shower and quit the hotel for a transfer to Gareth’s. We wasted 30 minutes waiting for a tuk-tuk only to be told upon checking that they weren’t running in our street at the time so grabbed a cab which turns a 500 metre journey by foot to about 3kms by road. Gareth then took us on the BTS Train from Chang Nansi to Siam (3 or 4 stops) where there are several large inter-connected malls where Julie and I spent a couple of fruitless hours trying to find a new pair of eyeglass frames. In one up-market mall on the third floor, of all places, they had ‘shops’ selling Rolls Royces, McLarens, Maseratis, ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok August 26th 2019

Day 4 – Started out looking a bit bleak but a glimpse of clearing weather meant we were off with Gareth & Mika to visit Ko Kret Island. The island dates only to 1722, when a canal was constructed as a shortcut to bypass a bend in the Om Kret branch of the Chao Phraya River. As the canal was widened several times, the section cut off eventually became a separate island. The island continues to serve as a refuge to the Mon tribes who dominated central Thailand between the 6th and 10th centuries and have retained a distinct identity in their version of Buddhism and, particularly at Ko Kret, their pottery. There is also a Islamic community. The walk (or in our case bike ride) around the island is 5.2 kms across a series of ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok August 25th 2019

Day 2 – We had a great breakfast in the diner (The Anantara Sathorn) and then headed across to Gareth’s place which is literally only about 400 metres away. We made a trip to CentreWorld Mall (the 11th biggest in the world and apparently once the biggest) in search of a pair of walkers for Julie. Pretty much a wasted trip as they didn’t have what she wanted anywhere. We had a vegetarian late lunch there because it was nearly 5pm (more like an early dinner (in the most up-market ‘food hall’ I have ever seen) and then went back to home/hotel for a couple of hours before taking a ride to the Train Night Market in Srinakarin. This market offers typical Thai food as well as antiques and heaps of very good second hand clothing. ... read more
Mercury
Gareth
Shopping

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok August 25th 2019

Day 3 – an earlier rise than anticipated as we got texts awaking us around 7am. John took the opportunity to visit the gym (probably the best-equipped hotel gym he has experienced) whilst Julie updated her Facebook. After another excellent breakfast we decided to set off for The Royal Palace only to be turned back by the hotel porter who advised we didn’t meet the required dress standards of no knees, shoulders or ankles showing (the latter was incorrect as we found out) so a trip back to the room to change into longs was required. We caught a taxi there and joined the healthy group of tourists and a pretty hot and humid afternoon amplified by the state of our over-dress. Boy it was hot and sticky! The temples and the Royal Palace exhibited the ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok August 25th 2019

Day 1 – actually Day 2 because we over-nighted at Sydney Airport to break the flight up. The 10 hours flight to Bangkok was actually only 9 hours and uneventful. The Quantas fodder was actually pretty good and the crew quite attentive. We watched movies and read and neither of us really tried to sleep as it was our daytime and there didn’t seem much point. Bangkok airport is massive and the trip to customs must have been the best part of a kilometre, aided by a series of travelators. The customs process is very relaxed (apart from long queues at passport control) – only random bag checks and if you select ‘nothing to declare’ you go straight through. We had a problem connecting with Gareth as there are three road levels and though we were ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok August 4th 2019

Just like Philippines, Thailand, particularly, Bangkok, has 2 seasons too: wet and dry. This place was a backpackers haven, a melting pot of cultures, nationalities, skin tone, and even connecting flights. You name it. This is a visa-free country for Filipino passport holders. Our flight from the Philippines is approximately 4 hours via NAIA 3. We landed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport for nearly 4AM already. After the immigration clearance and luggage pick up, we found ourselves having coffee and some bread at Dean and Deluca and waited for the sunrise. We took a taxi going to our hostel at Silom Road. We booked a private room for 4 persons with 2 beds and a private bathroom with free shampoo. Our hostel, Silom Sp8ce was a nice hotel. Receptionists were friendly and nice. The hostel was clean, ... read more
Chicken Pad Thai
Grilled street foods
Bangkok at Night

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 13th 2019

In the beginning I was quite skeptical about Thailand in general, after years of traveling, the last place you want to go is one of the most crowded countries in the world with tourists. But I actually fell in love with this country and city, and won’t even mind going back one day. Bangkok is the starting point for many tourists exploring the Indochina tourist trail. Thus one of the reasons why Bangkok has so many tourists each year, aside from the fact that Bangkok is indeed a great place for those who loves travelling. Being not a big fan of big cities, I actually end up liking Bangkok. Especially the area I was staying near Lumpini park, because of the park itself and a small food market nearby with good and cheap Thai foods and ... read more
Modern Art and Culture Center
Public Bus Transportation
Delicious Waffles in MBK Shopping Center

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 10th 2019

De reis naar Pak Chong was gelukkig niet zo lang, ik moest zo'n twee uur in de trein zitten (grappig dat je dit als lang beschouwd in Nederland) met ook op een gegeven moment wat mooie landschappen om te zien. In de trein stonden de ramen open als airconditioning en liepen er telkens allemaal Thaise vrouwtje langs met van alles en nog wat aan eten en drinken aanboden. Toen ik in Pak Chong aan kwam liep ik eerst naar het verkeerde hostel toe, ik was namelijk de naam vergeten en kon op het station geen wifi vinden om het op te zoeken. Tijdens deze verkeerde route leek het alsof ik de enige niet-aziaat in het hele dorp was, een heel gek gevoel. Zodra ik onderweg was naar het juiste hostel begon het keihard te regenen en ... read more
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