Touristing in Thailand
14.10.2015 30 °C
And so the big adventure across the water towards kiwiland has begun. Nothing can stop us now! Well, except a two month stopover in Thailand. It seemed like a good idea at the time... The first ten days were kept free for 'being the tourist', after which we have some voluntary projects planned at buddhist communities, with some room for flexibility and improvisation.
So, let me tell you a about what has been going on so far. To start with, we had a little excitement in the airport when they couldn't find any stamps in Scott's passport documenting when he had entered any European countries, which could have him banned from Europe for several years. Thankfully, they found one, which was enough to let us go. On the flight to Kuala Lumpur we watched all the movies we wanted, and after a smooth transit to Bangkok we finally arrived at our hostel, tired, and ready for a nap.
Bangkok turned out to be a busy place at all times of day, with black fumes coming out of cars which ruthlessly fight for their space on the road and won't allow themselves to be stopped by any pedestrian. A place with hardly any street signs at all, so walking far distances by yourself is not really an option, and scammersscattered around, ready to try their luck on ignorent tourists. It is also a place with seducingly delicious smells coming forth from the omipresent stalls of streetfood, excuisite food at ridicoulous prices (the equivalent of about 1 to 1.5 euro for a meal - so yes, we eat out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, ànd snacks if we can't help ourselves - more on that later), and wonderfully decorated temples with gigantic buddha statues in the middle.
The latter part counts for most of Thailand, I guess, as does also the hot, but relaxed temperature allowing you to go out at any time of day, without having to worry about a jumper for later. Also, the Thai markets are fantastic, and the smiles from the locals heart-warming. As I mentioned before, the humerous prices also go for accommodation, which has not been any luxuries in our case, but cheap and clean, and the fresh coconuts -why drink water from a bottle if you can sip it from a young, juicy coconut?
Anyhow, after two days of exploring Bangkok, Scott and I got tired of the hustle and bustle, the continuous shoutouts from taxi- and tuk-tuk drivers, and decided to go to Ayutthaya, Thailand's former capital, known for its ruins of what were once majestic palaces and temples. The stories were true, although they did not mention the naughty red ants which eagerly start nibbling at your toes as soon as you stand still, nor the hundreds of stray dogs, which when felt territorial might attack you. The warning we got from one of them -although staying way out of its way- was enough to make us carry around 'dog rocks' in our pockets. Thankfully, we did not need to use them.
It was hard to choose from all the wonderful, paradise-like sounding islands where to go next, but as Scott has a friend on Koh Lanta, it's beautiful, not too touristic and in the south (we won't have another opportunity to go there during this trip), we dicided to head down by night bus and get our milky white butts out in the sun.
After a long travel we were warmly welcomed by Glenn, Dave and their incredibly friendly dog Georgie in their absolutely stunning guest appartment, which turned out to be all ours for the next few days. What can I say, it's way better than we could have dreamt of. The island is lush, filled with palmtrees, mangroves and beautiful beaches, and the appartment is simply heaven: tastefully decorated in Thai-style, with two bedrooms, a view on the ocean and sounds of monkeys im the surrounding rubber trees.
Pictures will follow soon! (If I'm not totally eaten by the mosquitoes by then).
Sending so much love, cuddles and smiles to all of you loved ones; we're so glad to share our story with you!