First Day in Bangkok: Grand Palace, Tuk Tuks, & Go Gos

First Day in Bangkok: Grand Palace, Tuk Tuks, & Go Gos

Guest Post by Austin Rose at PeaceJoyAustin travel blog.

 

I Made It

After 20 hours of travel from Denver through San Francisco & Beijing, I landed at Thailand’s Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport late on a Saturday evening, converted 20 USD into Thai baht (the airport exchange rate isn’t the best so I didn’t convert much yet), and took a $6 cab ride to my Couchsurfing host’s apartment 30 minutes away. My host was out partying, but another guest who was staying there let me in and showed me the bed in which I was to sleep. I woke up in the next morning with a stranger (my host I hadn’t met yet) in my bed.

Water Taxi, Khao San Road, & Mysterious Lines

In the morning, I went out to explore with two fellow guests, a couple from Israel who had just finished their military service and were on a celebratory trip through South and Southeast Asia. We hopped on the SkyTrain (Bangkok’s light rail) and took it to the Saphan Taksin stationon the Chao Phraya River. From there, we hopped on the cheapest river taxi option (orange flag, 14 baht) and took a ride North to the Tha Chang stop by the Grand Palace. The boat ride was beautiful – there were lots of pretty hotels and office buildings on each side of the river and tons of interesting barges – some of which interestingly had large tires all over their edges.

We stopped for lunch at one of the many restaurants along Na Phra Lan Road and I had a delicious pork dish. After that, we separated so I could go exchange money. I wandered into a hotel I passed and pretended to be waiting for a friend as I sat in the lobby, used their wifi, and charged my phone  Then I walked over to Khao San Road, a long and colorful block of hostels, restaurants, and bars. I found a great exchange rate at a green Kasikorn Bank currency exchange booth – this brand is known as having one of the best rates (after Superrich which are harder to find) but each booth can vary significantly.

Next, I began to walk through the Royal Field to get to the Grand Palace when I found myself stuck between incredibly long lines of people wearing all black. I found my way out of the crowd after several minutes and eventually found a way to exit the field, ultimately feeling completely clueless about what was happening. I later found out that these were Thai people waiting in line to go to a special area in the Grand Palace to mourn the king who had passed away that year. Thai people mourn the death of their kings for a period of one year and this king was especially beloved so throughout my time in the country I passed many people robed in black or wearing black ribbons in honor of him.

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Streets of Bangkok.

 

Grand Palace & Wat Pho

 

I finally made it to the Grand Palace, where I paid my 500 baht (14 USD) admission, the single most expensive thing I bought on my entire trip. Worth it? Absolutely! The palace is easily the most beautiful human-made place I have ever visited. Wandering among dozens of ornate buildings, statues, and temples was a very magical time. While the main Grand Palace building is seemingly reserved for VIPs, Thai people, special events, etc., you are allowed to walk by and take a peek at this huge building as you exit the palace grounds. Note: this is the most touristy place in Thailand, which is arguably the most touristy country in Asia. SO MANY TOURISTS. So thankful the rest of my trip wasn’t like this.

I walked a few blocks south to Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s other famous temples – passing a few monks along the way (not an uncommon sight in Thailand). A reasonable 100 baht entry fee got me entrance to this large complex of temples, gardens, and the famous Reclining Buddha who is gigantic, super chill, and totally my spirit Buddha. After some wonderful wandering, I exited and negotiated a tuk tuk driver down from 400 baht to 150 baht. Then ensued a thrilling ride through rush hour traffic – there was lots of weaving around stalled regular-size cars and maybe even a few squeals escaping my mouth. This 20 minute ride was one of the most fun things I experienced in Thailand and you can’t leave Thailand without taking one of your own! A tuk tuk is probably going to set you back more than a taxi, but as I did you should negotiate the price before getting in. My driver ended up giving himself a non-negotiable 50 baht tip for his (admittably impressive) driving skills which apparently can happen.

Wat Pho

Wat Pho.

 

Emquartier Mall & Benjasiri Park

From there, I hopped on the SkyTrain and went back to the On Nut station where I had

began my day to meet a Couchsurfing acquaintance. We took the SkyTrain to the new Emquartier mall where we went directly to the food court. (Side note: malls are very exquisite and popular in Thailand and they are known to have pretty decent food.) This food court requires you to put money on a card which you then use to purchase from the various vendors. If you end up with excess money on the card, you can get it refunded after your meal. I had hainan chicken and mango & sticky rice, a popular dessert consisting of slices of mango paired with a very sweet rice.

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Thai Food.

After strolling through the mall’s beautiful rooftop garden and taking in the view, we walked South to Benjasiri Park, which was bustling with locals running, doing fencing, getting in some pull-ups, or simply sitting on benches people-watching. The park surrounds a large lake and there’s great views of skyscrapers in every direction.

I met up with another local friend and we took motorbike taxis (basically getting on the back of someone’s motorcycle and holding on) to the rail station to which we needed to go. It was my second time ever riding a motorcycle so a bit scary at fast but quite fun. We headed to the Silom area, a hot-spot of sinful and fun activity and home to Bangkok’s largest gay scene. We walked into a back alley gay red light district known as Duangthawee Plaza off Surawongse Road and found ourselves surrounded by men inviting us to come inside their businesses for massages, shows, and who knows what else. Research where you’d like to go ahead of time as I’ve heard some of the less-known places will misrepresent their prices and not allow you to leave until you pay an exorbitant fee.

 

Silom – Go-Go Show & Karaoke

 

We went to Classic Boys Club to see a go-go boy show – 300 baht admission got us into a wild and unforgettable 40 minute performance which included ladyboys expertly performing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” an underwater show (a man doing somersaults in a giant water tank), an obligatory ode to Ginuwine’s “Pony,” and dancing men in trench coats who finished wearing a lot less than when they started.

We walked a block over to the main gay strip (Silom 4) and went to Telephone Bar, one of the most popular gay bars in the city. We went to the upper level to do some karaoke– for a one-drink minimum, you get free, unlimited karaoke shared with the other tables on the level. Basically you request the songs you’d like, the karaoke coordinator (what a job!) takes turns granting each table’s request, and when your song comes up you take the mics and perform for the small room (either standing or sitting at your table – it’s casual). Since I think alcohol is poison and only drink on the most special of special occasions, I had a banana shake. Yum!

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Night clubs of Bangkok.

From there, my friend and I took local buses to his place and called it a night. I was fascinated by his small bathroom which he described as being an old-fashioned Southeast Asian style – there was no separate stall for the shower. When you shower, the bathroom floor, toilet, sink, etc. get soaking wet! So definitely not my fave but it was a cool cultural difference to experience.

Click here to go on to = Bangkok Day 2 Blog as I head to the historic city of Ayutthaya and the tallest rooftop bar in the world.

Click here for a travel guide to Bangkok outlining cheap, free, and local-endorsed things to see, eat, and drink.

 

*This article comes courtesy of Austin Rose at PeaceJoyAustin travel Blog.

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Ditch Phuket!!! And Head North to Khao Lak instead

Ditch Phuket!!! And Head North to Khao Lak instead

Ditch Phuket!!! I hear what you’re thinking, Is this guy serious?

Perhaps I am being a little harsh, because Phuketis great, yes great!!! And if that is your preferred holiday destination, I’ll be the first to say there is nothing wrong with that. Especially if you love the busy atmosphere that comes with the popular tourist island of Thailand.

What if I could tell you that there is another option just as appetising for travellers, that is situated along the West Coast of Thailand that overlooks the Andaman Sea, and better yet, it’s only a short 60-minute drive from the Phuket International Airport.

Sounds Great!!! Well let me introduce you to Khao Lak.

The chances are you have probably heard of it, some of you have probably paid a visit, but if you haven’t stumbled across Khao Lak during your time in Thailand or if you are just plain unfamiliar with coastal town, I am going to give you a few reasons why you should head North to Khao Lak and ditch Phuket in the process.

Ditch Phuket

Jump for joy, it’s Khao Lak.

 

 

Less hustle and bustle

 

Less, crowds, less tourist, less worries. Walking around the town centre and the major markets of Khao Lak are a breeze, especially when there is less chance of colliding with people on the streets and watching your step at every turn. Another bonus is the amount of traffic on the streets, it is considerably less, which also means less motor bikes to doge.

In the quieter streets of Khao Lak you have the luxury to shop with freedom and without getting hassled constantly by a shop owner, at least until you are ready to buy because that’s when the bartering begins. The same can be said with laidback nature of Khao Lak’s bars and restaurants, wander in grab a seat and enjoy a relaxing Chang beer, while mingling with those around you, and at the end of night, either stroll back to your hotel or catch an affordable taxi that are readily available.

 

Khao Lak Markets

Get out and about in the markets of Khao Lak.

 

Pristine beaches

 

From the time you enter Khao Lak and take your first glimpse of the coast line over the Andaman Sea, you will be mesmerised at how beautiful the beaches look from afar. Very white and pristine. The first thought will be take camera out and take some amazing photos.  

Once at the beach itself, there is plenty of room to move about, with crowds simply not an issue and the seas quite calm in most areas. Best of all you will find the beaches are kept relatively clean, so take of your thongs and enjoy the soft sand underneath your feet and enjoy a stroll by ocean.

Khao lak beaches

Ditch Phuket for these beautiful Khao Lak beaches.

 

Delightful beachside resorts

 

When a town is situated on the beach, there are bound to be some fine beachside resorts and Khao Lak doesn’t disappoint with many fine resorts spread out through the town. You will find a number resorts either within walking distance of the town or some a little further out.

Some great resorts of note in Khao Lak is the Mai Khao Lak Resort, Laguna Resort, Beyond Resort and the delightful Anda Mani Resort. Be sure you that you will find plenty of accommodations in the area to suit most budgets.

Heading to Khao Lak? Check out hotel prices at TripAdvisor.

 

Mai Khao Lak

Mai Khao Lak Resort.

 

 

Khao Lak has everything you need for a perfect holiday

 

Whatever it is you desire for a luxury holiday, khao Lak will not let you down. Shopping, beaches, waterfalls, restaurants and bars and many attractions within close proximity to town. Khao Lak has all what Phuket has to offer, just with less crowds.

You want a day trip out to James Bond Island or Phi Phi islands, Khao Lak and their popular tours will deliver. You want a trip over to Phuket, it’s only a short drive away and you can be back in time to watch a gorgeous Thai sunset to end the perfect day.

If you didn’t know much about Khao Lak, well now you know a little more, but nothing can beat seeing this fabulous town for yourself and witnessing true luxury. It may persuade you to ditch Phuket for your next holiday and explore a different of Thailand.

 

Khao Lak Beach

Overlooking a beach in Khao Lak.

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Khao Lak Diaries – 2nd Edition – Getting active in Thailand

Khao Lak Diaries – 2nd Edition – Getting active in Thailand

 

The weather started to clear up and whatever holed me up in a bed during the first edition of Khao Lak Diaries was somewhat easing (even I was a little weak). That meant my body finally had some of the capabilities to get active and embrace the surrounds of Khao Lak and see how beautiful the area truly is.

Although taking in the surrounds of Khao Lak, with its vibrant town centre and beautiful beaches wasn’t the only thing that will captivate my memory bank from the time I leave the tourist area. Heading out to Phang Nga Bay and its gorgeous islands, along with its stunning mangroves was an experience to saviour.

Getting active in Thailand was the theme of the second and last edition of my adventures in Khao Lak, and that meant getting out and about more often, swimming a lot more in the Mai Khao Lak resort swimming pools and exploring the region with the limited time left in Thailand.  

 

family James Bond Island.

Great family memories at Bond, James Bond.

 

Highlights of Khao Lak Diaries – 2nd Edition – Getting active in Thailand

A Longboat into Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is as beautiful as it gets. Even on an overcast day, it didn’t take away the phenomenon as we set sail on the old longboat with the wind flowing through, bringing much relief to everyone from the humid conditions. The scenery was simply breathtaking as we by passed each island scattered in the bay with its hidden beaches, it had me thinking, if only I had my own boat to do as I please.

It was an active day out and about in Phang Nga Bay and it started with a canoe in the mangroves and through the Limestone Caves, with guides doing most of the work with the paddles, although I chimed in a little. James Bond Island (featured below) and the floating markets of Panyee Island, which is owned by the Thai Muslims were the other highlights during the busy day in the bay.

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Canoeing the Mangroves in Phang Nga Bay.

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Entering the caves.

 

James Bond Island

A part of the scene to the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” and don’t Thailand like to utilise it for their day tours. With Good reason too, a spectacular setting with its lonesome rock and hidden beach and its overpriced markets that is run by the locals.

Time on the James Bond Island was unfortunately limited for our crew, but there was enough time to take selfies with the famous Island in the background, take a dip in the bay amongst the crowded with people keen to take a picture and to quickly rest up in the shade and admire everything around us. It was simply stunning.

James Bond Island

Entering into James Bond IslandJames Bond Island

James Bond Island.

 

Khao Lak Night Markets

Another Southeast Asian country and another night market, but you can’t visit any part of Thailand without taking in the experience of the local towns major market’s where a bargain is sure to be found as you sharpen the bartering skills.

The Bang Niang Markets is the attraction of the Khao Lak town centre, with plenty of stalls of clothes, souvenirs, fruit and veg, bars and restaurants that will occupy your time for hours. Don’t forget to grab a cheap fresh fruit smoothie, they are great, refreshing and appreciated in the Thai heat.

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Khao Lak Night markets, Bang Niang.

Khao Lak Markets

Dinner time!!!

 

 

Sky Bar – Khao Lak’s only Rooftop Bar

The setting of Khao Lak’s only rooftop bar happens at the gorgeous Mai Khao Lak Beach resort. The Sky Bar, on my one and only visit was quiet and there are a few reasons surrounding this, as it is a fair stretch out of town and the drinks are overpriced as you would expect at a resort bar.

However, if you wander in to the neat bar and restaurant around 5;30 pm, you will witness the best sunset in Khao Lak and it won’t hurt you to grab a cocktail or two as you witness the stunning views of the resort and out towards the Andaman Sea.

Heading to Khao Lak? Check out TripAdvisor for great hotel deals.

Mai Khao Lak

Khao Lak’s only rooftop bar, The Sky Bar.

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Great views from the Sky Bar.

Check out the previous edition of travel diaries, Khao Lak Diaries – First Edition – Wild Thailand.

 

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Khao Lak Diaries – First Edition – A Wild Thailand Welcome

Khao Lak Diaries – First Edition – A Wild Thailand Welcome

Another trip and a return to Thailand, wild Thailand to be exact, because on this occasion we weren’t exactly treated to sunshine and blue skies that you can expect with the popular tourist Country. This time from the moment our AirAsia flight landed at the Phuket International Airport it was nothing but grey skies and heavy rain.

If the wild Thailand weather wasn’t enough to deter matters, when things finally turned pleasant, I was struck with sickness and bed-ridden for over a day. Tortured luck I say. Then again, I just remind myself that worse things could happen in this world and getting sick is only a pain in the butt.

With the first few days affected by weather and another sick in bed, I was not about to let the situation get the best of me and the first trip to Khao Lak was not going to be ruined, so I soldiered on and made sure I got the most out of the unfortunate circumstances.

 

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Family shot at the falls in Khao lak.

 

 

Highlights of Khao Lak Diaries – First Edition – Wild Thailand

 

Where I Stayed

A family trip to Thailand requires a fine family resort, and Mai Khao Lak Beach Resort delivered in spades. Large stylish rooms, hundreds of metres of swimming pools, kids club for the children, an adult only Rooftop Bar and seven dining options of Thai and Western Cuisines.

The resort had a little of everything for everyone, where the kids were spoilt with an array of activities and adults could enjoy luxury with a pampering of the highest of standards. All with a suitable location by the beach with plenty of entertainment happening nearby. Oh, and a two-bedroom hotel room made sure there was a little separation from the kids for cuddle time at night.

Heading to Khao Lak? Check out TripAdvisor for hotels.

 

Mai Khao Lak Resort

Mai Khao Lak Resort.

Mai Khao Lak Resort

The water slides of Mai Khao Lak.

 

 

A little about Khao Lak

Khao Lak is around 90-minutes north of the Island of Phuket, and a lot quieter than its popular neighbour. Khao Lak is known for its wonderful beaches, gorgeous sunsets, a vibrant town centre, relaxed locals and luxury beachside resorts.

If you want a little quiet time in paradise, that is easily assessible, yet still offers everything that makes Thailand great, then give Khao Lak every consideration, because paradise really awaits you, especially if visit during the right time of the year, which is between November and May.

 

Khao lak beach

Looking good on a Khao Lak beach.

 

Discovering Beach Towns

Heading out to the beach from the resort, either left or right, it was a surprise to stumble upon a couple of beautifully crafted beach towns, at least that’s what I call them. Anyway, they were simply a delight.

Assessable by foot, these towns are right on the beaches edge, with the Andaman Sea only metres away. The beach towns contains all that you would expect from a small tourist village, restaurants, massage centres, tour agencies, markets stalls and even a currency exchange bank with decent rates. The best bit is the price of food and drinks, you pay about half than at the resort.

 

Khao Lak Beach town

Khao Lak Beach town.

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A dodgy bridge inbetween a Khao Lak beach town.

 

 

White Water Rafting

 

A fantastic family adventure in the village of Song Prack,  just outside of Khao Lak. This white-water rafting experience is as safe as it gets when it comes to navigating the river with kids (no one in my raft fell out, so that was a positive straight up). A single raft sits four with two guides at either end doing all work, that means you can experience the thrills of the low-grade raft without paddling an oar.

Amongst an adventure with turns, collisions and thrills, sit back and enjoy the ride amongst pleasant scenery and even enjoy a dip in fresh river. After the white-water adventure, there was even a decent Thai buffet lunch, which is included in the package.

Check out some white-water rafting activities in Khao Lak.

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Enjoying the scenery of Wild Thailand.

Wild Thailand

White-water rafting

 

 

 

Sa Nang Waterfall in Phang Nga

It wasn’t what you call a stunning waterfall that reaches any great heights, but a waterfall amongst a Thai jungle is still a refreshing way to spend an afternoon away from the heat.

The Sa Nang waterfall has a refreshing jungle walk amongst the flowing stream of water that is a pleasant sound to the ears, and if you can bare the cold water, it is also a pleasant swim.

Sa Nang Water fall

Sa Nang Waterfall.

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Time for a splash.

 

 

 

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Transiting at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport

Transiting at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport

Transiting at any airport for long periods of times can be frustrating for any traveller who is keen to get to their next destination and begin a new adventure. Transiting at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand, puts a new perspective into long layovers, because this crazy airport, built in 2006, is hip, modern and a fantastic stroll through a wave of fellow travellers or business people with jet setting on their mind.  Suvarnabhumi Airport focuses on traveller’s needs and nails it in many ways. While the prices are through the roof on most purchases, Suvarnabhumi airport has a unique design with plenty of shopping, food outlets and relaxing available when your stay in Bangkok is longer than anticipated. Let’s get into it, a deeper look at this fascinating airport.

 

Suvarnabhumi airport

Suvarnabhumi airport

  Relax in comfort: Chilling on a relaxing chair with your smart phone out or perhaps enjoying a transit nap, you are more than covered with plenty of lounges available inside the airport that comes at a cost. Even if you don’t want to wander into a lavish lounge area, there are plenty of quiet spots throughout the airport on various floors of the airport to spread out and relax for a little quiet time.  Shop till you drop: Every International Airport has duty-free shopping available, at Suvarnabhumi airport there just seems to be a little extra. It is an airport that covers about one kilometre in length and when walking through busy foyer, it will seem as if it goes on forever. Duty-free stores make up a lot of the space from one end to the other and finding right alcohol spirits or perfume won’t be a problem. Be prepared to spend big however.

Suvarnabhumi airport

Duty-free at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Have a transit massage: Not your normal cheap Thai Massage, but perhaps your back needs some treatment after spending hours on the plane. Located throughout several floors on the airport you can get in a relaxing foot, shoulder, back or Thai massage at the Chang Foot Massage and Spa. Restaurants and Café’s: At either end of the lengthy airport you will find plenty of cafés and restaurants to sit down to enjoy a good meal or drink while waiting for your next flight. Thai Cuisine, Western Cuisine, Starbucks, or a cold frothy, whatever your tastebuds desire, this airport will have you covered and generally the food is not too pricey.

Airport food.

Enjoy delicious Thai food.

Transit Hotels: The Miracle Transit hotel is available for those who need a little longer transit while stuck in the airport. Book in blocks of hours and enjoy a good sleep and shower ahead of your eagerly awaited holiday. The Boxtel is also another cosy Transit Hotel where a good sleep and a shower is provided and all within the airport walls without needing to go through customs.  Take in the Sights or have a prayer: While in Thailand see Thailand with some lovely cultural sculptures spread throughout the airport that will get your camera out for picture or two. Also available for those International travellers with religion, is a prayer room, which is generally the case in most major airports worldwide.

Suvarnabhumi airport

Great Thai scupltures inside the Airport.

It is Suvarnabhumi airport, it is big, crowded and expensive. But it will occupy most travellers who need to be stuck in transit for a few hours. Then again there are worst places to spend a few hours of your life, for example your day job, where you would normally be if it wasn’t for the holiday you are about to embark on.

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Suvarnabhumi airport on a bleak Thai day.

Suvarnabhumi airport

Lovely Thai decorated designed shops.

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On the way to Bangkok.

 

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Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Six countries in six months won’t break any records but it was good to get out and explore the world and see different cultures at every opportunity. It started with Vietnam and ended with a brief trip to Bangkok. Every country had its own unique difference but each six countries were as unique and special as the next.

Let’s take a peek at the travel report for January to June 2017 –  Six countries in six months.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.

Vietnam

The year in 2017 started with little madness in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. The first visit to the Vietnamese city, it was a real eye opener from the moment we arrived, grabbed our Visas, luggage and made our way on to the streets of the city using Uber. The chaos had well and truly begun.

A family trip and our first visit to Vietnam, we didn’t waste any time checking out the great attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting great locations such as the four islands on the Mekong River, Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, Ben Thanh Markets and stunning French architected buildings like the Cathedral and the Old Post Office. BTW the Vietnamese food is the real winner around these parts, especially the rice noodle soups and so cheap.

Da Lat was the next little city we visited in Vietnam, a short plane ride and we were in greener pastures with divine mountain ranges. The city centre of Da Lat still packed a punch, it’s what’s on the outside that delivers its real beauty with lovely lakes, stunning waterfalls and epic scenic nature.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat

Beautiful Da Lat

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One night in Kuala Lumpur, certainly not enough time in the Malaysian city, but enough to get a little tease. A modern city that delivers on all fronts, with shopping, food stalls and of course famous high-rise buildings known around the world. This great city left such a positive reflection on me, that I will be back in April 2018 for a longer stay.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower in all its lights

 

Bali, Indonesia

An accidental trip to Bali but I will take it any way I can, especially when I got the opportunity to work with two luxury resorts on the Indonesian Island. It started on the white sands of Tanjung Benoa, a real hit with the water sports. I stayed at the Sakala Resort, a perfect stay for any luxury escape in paradise, with a stunning beach club, swimming pools and restaurants.

Check out the link to Sakala Resort post.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort

 

Next stop in Bali was inland to Ubud, a pretty tourist township known for its rice fields and monkeys. I stayed at the incredible Alaya Resort, beautiful in many ways with its stunning rice fields being the back drop to the Manisan Restaurant. The resort has lovey lovely outdoor setting with large palm trees and boutique swimming pools as well as the decorative Indonesian theme throughout Alaya. It was a pleasure to stay in a fine resort such as the Alaya.

Check out the link to the Alaya Resort post.

Bali

Alaya Resort.

 

Perth, Western Australia

A quick trip to Perth for a camping in a slightly different environment away from the woods and in the vicinity of the CBD. The time in Perth during this Easter break was not wasted at all, exploring the city centre and the beautiful Elizabeth Quay, discovering Whiteman Park and getting up close and personal to a few Australian Native Animals and we even stopped in at NIB stadium to watch Perth Glory play a little soccer.

City of Perth

City of Perth, so close you can touch it.

 

Vientiane, Laos

A journey of a different type, this time volunteering to school kids and Monks in Laos. It was an incredible experience like no other in my life. The proud feeling of giving back to travel and helping a community in need gave a great strength of personal satisfaction. The trip was not cheap but it was fulfilling nonetheless.

Obviously, there was a time to do some sightseeing, checking out Vientiane and the attractions it had on offer such as various temples, markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. It is a smaller city but it is steep in culture and tradition.

Vang Vieng was another little city that I visited in Laos. A pretty city with lovely mountain ranges and the Nam Song River giving I is picturesque scenic look. The city itself is full of foreigners looking for a good time, with a range of bars and clubs that keeps the party going all night.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Another one night transit stay and another tease. Not too far away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, I stayed at the Thong Ta Resort, perfect for transit stay. In the brief visit, I explored the streets of Bangkok, wandered through some markets and tasted some delicious food from the streets of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the Thong Ta resort in Bangkok.

 

What’s next in 2017?

Right now, the second half of 2017 is a little low key, but that’s what I initially thought of the first of 2017 when in planning. As of this stage, travel plans for the rest of the year are planned around the great state of Western Australia and another trip to Thailand where I will visit Phuket and Khao Lak. Stay tuned for some great travel stories to come and who knows where I will land next.

Six countries

Six countries in Six months

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