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Published: April 14th 2013
Round-trip in Thailand March-April 2013
After 9 weeks of starting up a project in the world famous Dubai I flew on the 22nd
of March 2013 to Bangkok where my first real Asian experience begun. In fact it is my second but Turkmenistan is not really seen as an Asian country and now I also know why.
After a arrival in Bangkok I was picked up and we drove three hours to the south between two city’s: Cha-Am
and Hua Hin
. There was a condo arranged at the 14th
floor, a nice place with a great view over the Thai Ocean. The first days where relax days, some looking around in the area, visiting the monkey rock and some temples and Buddha’s as well shopping at Hua Hin
and visiting the famous and o so nice night markets(the food is amazing and cheap. And for relaxing we also enjoyed a good Thai massage, it’s a bit firm but loosens all the body. After one week we were brought by car to our first backpack destination at Kui Buri
. First of all we had a stop at the train station and checked the trains, there is daily one train to
the South and one to the North. After that we found a very nice guest house from a retired police officer who spoke little English. During our exploration of the town it was clear that it was some time ago that tourist visited the town. Children playing football on their bare feet came running after us and repeated some of our words…one even knew bye bye…..and hello. Ok that is not in the good order but still good. In the evening we were pointed to a nice restaurant, the sign was even in English so that gave us a good feeling. The girls did not know much English and the menu cart was in Thai, so we tried with hand and feet…we finished with pointing at a picture of vegetables and a chicken and made a mixing motion with our hands…..they smiled and nodded heavily….well now it was waiting to see what we ordered. They did a good job and we received two plates with chicken, vegetables in oistersaus. It tasted very good and we had to pay around 5 euro’s including drinks and many smiles from all other restaurant visitors. Back in the guest house (after putting a huge
Dont give this monkey any more coffee ....please :P
toad out of the bathroom) we went to sleep.
7.30 we woke up because at 8 our driver for the full day at the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
was there. A driver and car costs 25 euro for the full day and he brought us everywhere we did want to go. So first we went to the Nakhon cave with the small Tham Phraya Nakhon temple inside. This was a 3 hour walk in a hot and moisture climate but the view was stunning. In the cave we were so amazed by the size and the colors and the sun beams. We met a German man and his Thai woman who we joined, On the way down from the cave a family of monkeys was above us in the threes and they were so funny, the kids where jumping from branch to branch and playing around while the elders where gathering food. After the long walk we decided to take the long tail boat from the beach back to the car park. There we sat for our lunch together with the couple. Around 2 o clock we drove to the national park info Centre and did a
mangrove three walk, this was nice and interesting to see. In the afternoon we did a boat ride on one of the rivers and saw so much wildlife as lizards and many birds. In the evening we went back to the same restaurant and tried some different food. One of the girls did study some words and that was a big help. The day after we visited another cave with many stalagmites and stalactites, the climb was heavy so after visiting a beach and a long beach walk we spend the remaining day shopping at a nice small market.
we traveled from Kui Buri to Chumpon by train, as local as this you can’t go. The train was full and every 2 minutes people who sold food, drinks, chicken, candy passed in the crowded train. All people and especially the small kids looked at us as an attraction and we had loads of fun. The hours flew by as did the landscape. Arrived in Chumphon the first thing we noticed was the large number of tourists. A guest house was easily found and we went for a nice pizza…..so nice after a couple of days only noodles
and rice. The day after we went at 10.00 with the bus to Khao Sok and found a place to stay called tree houses….houses built on concrete pillars but in a very nice environment and such nice flowers around. After arriving we took some food and made it an early night.
we met a German couple from our age who joined for a walk in the park…the sign mentioned 7 kilometers…after 4 hours we were still not there and decided to take a swim in the river. But the trip was so nice, amazing huge trees, flowering plants, butterfly’s, in all colors and sizes.
More to come.....
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