Awesome beaches and crazy Khao San Road !
05.03.2013 - 19.03.2013 34 °C
Hi everyone! It's been a busy last few weeks and we've been on the go quite a bit but its all been fantastic! We are in Vang Vieng in Laos now and loving it but that's still two blogs away We left Sri Lanka and had another long layover in Singapore but by the time we found the right terminal and crossed customs, we had just the right amount of time to grab a nap and some dinner and get back on the plane for Thailand. Trust me if there's any airport you could kill a lot of time in really easily, its the Singapore airport wow is it awesome! Anyways we landed in Thailand on the island of Phuket, its one of the largest Thai islands, we were using Phuket town as a jumping off point for Ko Phi Phi and ended up staying in an overpriced dump for two nights before catching the ferry to Ko Phi Phi, I don't even have any pictures of it, Phuket town was nothing to pull your camera out for, or at least what we had seen of it that short time. But Ko Phi Phi was another story!
We spent almost a week on this island, which was pretty expensive for Thailand but after our busy week in Sri Lanka we were ready for some more beach time Although along with the beaches came so many tourists! Don't get me wrong we ARE tourists I'm aware of that, but in Thailand theres a special breed that are covered in tattoos, have "killer" tans and huge dread-locks ick, that stumble around drunk out of their minds and to me are extremely obnoxious, the whole island must survive off of tourism, there was nothing else to it, full of bars and restaurants and 7elevens, and the same shops with the same t-shirts weve seen a few countries in a row now. We were standing out in this bay where the tide leaves it completely empty at night and you can stand out amongst the rocks and coral look back on all the crazyness of bars on the beach packed full of people and its not our ideal beach but it definitely serves its prupose if you are between the ages of 19-25 or just love to party every single night you couldnt find a better place for it! for We figured out very quickly that we wanted to head north so we made the best of our time there and walked to a few different beaches that were a little quieter during the day and one day we rented a kayak and headed out on our own which was probably the highlight of our trip there! We had it for half a day and found some really great spots that were amazing, did some snorkeling and then planned our overnight bus to Bangkok!
We took another ferry to Krabi decided against spending the night there and caught the overnight bus that took us straight to Bangkok. We ended up getting there two hours early, and got woken up and kicked off the bus at 4:30 am in what we thought looked like the edge of the city. We had no idea where we were and when you can't find wifi and you can't tell what street your on to find it on your map you have to cut your losses and grab a cab, so we did after bartering the price down over 60% and agreeing on what we thought was reasonable for however long we thought it might take to get us to Khao San Road ( the cheap backpacking area) we hopped in and drove literally around the corner and got dropped off for 50 baht. Getting ripped off like this becomes the norm very quickly if your not careful, buggers. We luckily found a place to check in early and showered and crashed for a few hours. We found that Khao San Road was pretty similar to Malaysias Chinatown area but more more bars and more people, its so busy at night with all the vendors and bars and food carts you can barely get down the street! We spent the next two days around the Siam Square area that is much more modern and had lots of massive shopping malls. One was four malls combined and would put the West Ed to shame ! We caught a movie in the nicest theatre I've ever seen and just toured around all the stores, there was a full amusement park, a Lamborghini car dealership, and any kind of food you could imagine there, plus SO much more! It was cool to see how modern and tech savvy these Asian cities really are it was like walking around in the future. The stair cases were solid LED screens so they would move like water or change to basketballs and footballs bouncing down the steps as you walked down them, very cool!
We took tuk-tuks everywhere and they were super cheap and got you anywhere in a hurry, they looked the same as the ones in Sri Lanka but a little more pimped out
On our last afternoon there we just went wandering around and found a huge food warehouse that was close to the water, we figured it was either all food going out on the boats or food coming in on them getting prepped and then spread around the city. I caught a few pictures of the women working with the food, a hundred bags of ginger stacked like sacks of potatoes behind them one women chopping them and the next shredding it all up into huge baskets, amazing to see the quantities that were there and all that fresh produce mmm The same walk we also found a really nice park and got some pics of the canals that go through town. It was a nice break to get out and away from Khao San Road. The next day we took an overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai which was such a good idea! We both got our own decent bed clean sheets and a pillow what more could you ask for ?