After enjoying a beautiful Christmas with my family at home, I was looking very much forward to new years eve in Bang- Bang- Bangkok.
4 weeks of traveling ahead – I thought that would give me and my partner back then plenty of time to experience Thailand but as it usually is with traveling, when you are having fun, time just flies. So what did I do to prepare myself? I got a lonely planet – which turned out to be so helpful for just being able to plan a route on what to see and what to skip.
I´ve been to Thailand once but only for a week enjoying Koh Chang & Bangkok before I continued my travels to Australia. Unfortunatly I got very- and I mean very sick during my last visit to Thailand (Whatever you do, do not! and I repeat: do not drink a Sangsom bucket! I learned sticking to bottled beer is your best bet.) After this sickness experience, I was pretty happy to leave Thailand again but promised to come back one day, since I saw the beauty in the country. And that is exactly what I did.
But lets get started with the first stop
I have to say I am not really a big fan of the capital city of Thailand. It is just so much going on there, all the time! (I am aware of sounding like an old lady)
So, to make things more pleasent we booked a really nice hotel – a R-E-A-L 4 star hotel. After that Turkey disaster – We had the best/worst time trying All-inclusive in Turkey I was very picky about the place. I spend so much time on researching the best hotels. This hotel in particular cought my eye since it got very good reviewes. I booked over booking.com and I learned not to book anything that rates underneath 8,5! After checking out the best locations in Bangkok we landed in the Natural Ville Executive Residences.
On the left you can see the the kind of crazy contrast which is still very visible in Bangkok between the big, luxury buildings and the poorer surroundings. (This is actually a building area but you get what I mean). On the right, you can have a look at the Natural Ville Executive Residences Breakfast Buffet – Oh yeah!
The only thing I got abit upset about is that they didn’t not offer any soy milk (again, it’s Asia? why no soy milk?) but that was the smaller issue. Since you can buy soy milk basically everywhere.
The hotel was a great choice, The hotelroom was literally bigger then my appartment! Massages were offered inside your hotel room and all of this luxuries like THE BIGGEST BED I’ve ever slept in.
The location was pretty amazing: close to the Siam square, very close to the park and to the skytrain. Streetfood basically just arround the corner. All in all I was very happy with my choice. On the picture below you can see our night out on new years eve (or European new years eve) Just in the middle of the city, heaps of people, even traffic stopped for a short while! The fire works were amazing and was followed by a big party. We were lucky to celebrate this countdown with friends of mine who just recently moved to Bangkok! Which was such a lovely coincident. Wee started on the roof tops of their apartment building and then made our way downtown. For you that is traveling to Thailand it is maybe good to know that you cant buy alcohol during certain hours 3-5 pm and after Midnight. We took a cap to manage to get into the city center, traffic was crazy (as usual) we basically parked on the street. That’s when we jumped out of the cap run to the next seven 11 and got us som serious last minute drinks before midnight and made it just in time for the countdown (with sparkly).
Happy New Year!
The truth about this article is that I started writing it for nearly exactly a year ago.
I know, Shame on me… 2016 was a intense year for me but I promise to be better. Starting today. I will leave some impressions of Thailand here with you.
After Bangkok the travels continued to Chiang Mai. Which I would call “Vegan heaven”. Lot’s of Indie music a lot of “young” culture and most known for it’s incredible weekend markets. I can’t repeat myself enough by saying I LOVE street food. Chiang Mai is a great place to visit, the only thing that Isn’t optimal is that there is no water (to swim). Of course you can book a hotel with a pool but I did’t do that.. So it got really, really warm sometimes.
During the stay in Chiang Mai we also took the opportunity to travel to the golden triangle which is the meeting point for three countries in the Chiang Rai province. Thailand / Laos and China.
We took a boat to go over to Laos. It was actually a pretty sad side with cheap markets and children beggars. This was obviously mapped out as a tourist trap. Laos itself is a beautiful country and this short trip really did’t gave it justice.
We also took the opportunity to visit a village that has a special beauty standard for women. These rings around the women’s neck weight about 5kg and are not really comfortable but apparently suffering and beauty comes hand in hand – not only in Thailand.
The White temple is definitely a wonderful building but don’t get fooled by the pictures, there were literally hundreds of people trying to get a glimpse at this amazing building. This temple is not real temple in it’s traditional way. there are no monks and it is only 15 years old. A private person build and designed this masterpiece and also financed the building out of his own pocket.
More Thailand impressions from Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai had more street food to offer on it’s floating markets
I even got my henna tattoo done in Chiang Mai, we spend about a week there
After all the impressions of Chiang Mai and it’s City flair it was time to leave the town and go for a retreat. I was looking forward to some relaxing beach time and I was most definitely not disappointed. Khanom Beach is easily one of my favourite spots in whole Thailand. Very quite, if you are looking to party then this place is not for you. But if you enjoy good food, lovely people and piece & quite then this is your dream destination.
I can say this was a amazing vacation and if you are interested, there are more pictures on my Instagram, down here you see the fabulous dawn when we where on a quest to see the famous pink dolphins (we sadly did’t saw any but getting up at 5 am was still worth it for this amazing view.
I am sorry for keeping you waiting for so long and I do hope you enjoyed this piece about Thailand. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Also, I was so in love with some of the henna tattoos that before I left back to Sweden I actually got the real deal in a tattoo studio recommended from a friend of mine.
With saying that, much love