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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan May 18th 2019

Na Khao Sok namen we de taxibus, boot en een open taxibus naar Koh Pha-Ngan. Op de boot had ik met een aantal reisgenoten lange gesprekken over feestdagen in verschillende landen, politiek en meer. Erg leuk hoe je hier in korte tijd zulke gesprekken met mensen te hebben! Na een hobbelige rit met de open taxi kwamen we dan eindelijk bij Bottle Beach aan. Dit strand heet zo, omdat de baai vanuit de lucht op een fles lijkt. Hier verbleven wij in beach bungalows, wat betekende dat wij met 1 stap uit de deur gelijk op het strand waren. Helaas was de lucht voornamelijk grijs met soms een bui, dus lekker zonnen zat er niet in. Op Bottle Beach hebben we volleybal gespeeld, een vuurshow bekeken en natuurlijk lekker gegeten en gedronken. De kok kwam uit ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Khao Sok NP May 16th 2019

Na een goede nachtrust was het tijd om Bangkok te gaan verkennen. We begonnen met een boottocht. Je ziet het in eerste instantie niet, maar er zijn flink wat grachten in Bangkok. Direct aan het water zijn een hele hoop huizen gebouwd die op steigers staan. Sommige zijn onbewoond en helemaal ingezakt. We stopten onderweg bij een tempel waar wij brood kregen om aan de vissen te voeren. Dit ritueel zorgt ervoor dat je naar de hemel gaat. Na de boottocht kwamen we aan bij Wat Arun. 'Wat' is het Thaise woord voor 'tempel'. Het bestond uit een grote, witte soort van toren/piramide wat versierd was met gezichten van demonen en mensen en een ander meer standaard tempel. Bij die tweede hebben we op boeddhistische wijze gebeden naar een gouden beeld van Boeddha. Daarna werden we ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 13th 2019

Ik wil vandaag beginnen met iedereen thuis te bedanken. Ik heb in de laatste weken echt heel veel liefde van alle kanten gevoeld. Die is er altijd al geweest, maar komt op een of andere manier echt naar boven als je zo'n beslissing als ik maak. Het daadwerkelijke afscheid op Schiphol ging dan ook niet zonder traan, maar toen mn ouders uit het zicht verdwenen waren, was het tijd om vooruit te kijken naar de leuke dingen die er allemaal te wachten stonden. Het was verrassend druk op Schiphol, dus toen ik eindelijk door de doane was had ik niet veel tijd om nog in de winkels rond te kijken, ik haalde enkel een flesje water en een koekje en toen het vliegtuig in. De vlucht was goed verzorgd, we kregen 2 keer een maaltijd, een ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 19th 2019

I had left Siem Reap early in the morning and reached Bangkok in the evening. It had been an entire day of traveling. The que at the border between Cambodia and Thailand was so long! I think it took at least an hour. Once I finally reached the apartment of my host, dinner was waiting. Again such a lovely welcome! I was supposed to stay with my last host Joice, but she had another couchsurfer staying with her. Now I'm staying with Puru. The next day Puru was off, so we met up with Joice and her friends at a place next to the river. It had a really nice view and the food was good! We had such a good time that it was already dark when we left. We had to catch the ferry ... read more
Channel boat
Food market (look closely)
Food market

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao April 19th 2019

The train arrived at Chumphon early in the morning. I had to wait a few hours for the ferry. Luckily there was a stand nearby where they sold coffee and some fried dough that tasted like churros/oliebollen. a 65 year old man sat there in his bikers clothes, having his breakfast. He spoke very well english and told me how he traveled through different countries on his bike. When he isn't traveling, he rides his bike every morning through Chumphon and has his breakfast at the stand. It was very impressive. The bus finally arrived to take us to the pier. On the ferry, I sat on the deck to feel the breeze. I was instantly happy to see the sea again! The ferry took about 2 hours to get to the island. My next host ... read more
Blacktip shark
Diving
Enchanted by the ocean

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

Safari World is another zoo but had different shows throughout the day. The first show was with dolphins and was a good start. Then there was a cowboy show full of slapstick and bad American imitation. The most entertaining part of this show was watching the audience. Then we headed to the elephants and they put on quite a show. We ate lunch, buffet lunch, making that the 2nd questionable meal of the trip since most of the food was cold. I had time to walk around and saw a lot of the other animals including the largest herd of giraffes I've ever seen, over 200. Then I headed to the sea lion show booked as the best and only American sea lion show. It started out great and then the sea lions revolted, barking at ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Chonburi April 11th 2019

Booked a trip for a zipline through the jungle canopy in Chonburi. Was put with a group of 7 others. 6 were travelling together from Taiwan and another was from Hong Kong. We started with a short tour through one of the largest zoos I have ever seen. We fed giraffes, rhinos, elephants and saw a plethora of other animals I have never seen before. Monkeys were everywhere. Then we shuttled to the top of the hill and started the zipline tour which had massive stretches and rappel sections. Even though the group barely spoke English we bonded with laughter and they asked me to be a part of their photo at the end. After I had my first questionable lunch prepared by the Zoo in a shack with flies everywhere. We'll see how that turns ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai April 10th 2019

I arrived in Chiang Rai in the evening. I forgot to make a screenshot of the hostels and outside I don't have internet, so I had to walk around and look for a place to stay. Ofcourse the hostels on the mainroad are the most expensive ones, so I took a road that led me away from it. It was a bit dark there and I wasn't sure if I would find anything, but then I saw a sign. When I walked closer, it seemed like a normal house and the lights were off, but it was the only entrance and the sign sure said it was a hostel. When I walked past the house I saw the reception. The person behind the desk was super friendly. When I left my stuff in the room I ... read more
Blue temple
Fried rice
White temple

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

After recovering from 19 hours of travel and not being able to sleep on the plane I sat down for a meal on the waterfront with a spectacular view of the Rama VIII bridge. Had to start it the trip with some Pad Thai and a few Singhas.... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 27th 2019

The night bus took me to Chiang Mai in 10 hours. Half way it stopped, so we could get some food. I didn't really know how it worked, so I just got in line with some others. When it was my turn I could choose a drink. Then I went to the food counter, but they signed that I already used my ticket. I saw the girl that sat next to me in the bus, so I tried to ask her. She didn't speak english, but she got what I meant. She walked with me to the drinks counter and probably explained the guy I didn't know the system. I gave back the drink and he gave me back the ticket. Then I had to walk to the food counter where I got noodle soup (there ... read more
Temple
Yummy Khao Soi
Dragon stairs to Doi Suthep




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