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From Thailand with Love

Another travel story on Thailand? Actually, it’s my first one, but you are right! You can find blogposts and travel stories about good old Siam just about anywhere. But you know why that is? Because Thailand – despite the mass tourism – is still worth visiting. And by ‘worth visiting’ I mean f*çk!^g awesome! Of course there’s nothing I could write about Thailand that hasn’t been written before. And everything has been photographed as well. But luckily I’ve got one piece of film that you might find interesting and unusual (scroll all the way down, last movie). If there’s anything original about the blogpost, this might be it…

Before I went on my backpacking tour, I was doubting whether or not I was gonna enjoy Thailand to the fullest. I don’t see myself as a mass tourism kind of tourist, if you know what I mean. But I had to give it a shot, I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about. And I must admit I came back with a smile. A big ass smile!

Now for the practical side of things: I only had three weeks to see as much as I could. And before I arrived in Bangkok, I thought I’d head up to Chiang Mai via Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. And then come back and maybe do one island, if there still was time. But when I got to Bangkok (in February), it was hot. Really hot! So I decided to go to the beach instead. So I went to the train station and looked at the trains to Krabi, in the south (see map): 14 hours by train, followed by 3 hours in a bus. Joy. If you have more time, a journey this long is not really a problem. And it’s cheap! But with only a short holiday, I decided to invest less time and more money on transport. So I booked a one hour flight, for only 25 euros, to Krabi. And because the woman from the travel agency was so friendly and helpful, I booked four other flights at the same time. Four other flights? Yes, since I wanted to see more than just Bangkok and beaches, I had to get out of Krabi as well. Which means, after my second day in Thailand my itinerary looked like this: flight Bangkok-Krabi, stay in Ao Nang for a couple of nights, boat Ao Nang-Koh Phi Phi (two nights there), boat Koh Phi Phi-Phuket (one night), flight Phuket-Chiang Mai (four nights there), bus towards Myanmar, boat to Chiang Rai, flight Chiang Rai-Bangkok, flight Bangkok-Trat, ferry to Koh Chang (four nights there), ferry back to Trat, flight back to Bangkok. The price for all of these flights? About 150 euros. Time saved? About 70 hours! Conclusion: well worth it in my case!

Now I could start writing about every town I visited, about every trip I did, about the beaches, the cities, the food, the people… But I won’t. I’ll just say that my night in Phuket was awful. But unfortunately I had to stay there that one night, in order to get my flight the next morning. Ao Nang and Koh Phi Phi are touristy, but fun and breathtakingly beautiful. Chiang Mai was definitely my favorite city. The weather was much nicer (less hot and humid I mean), the food was even better, the people were more friendly and the prices were much lower than in the south. A trip on a longtail boat from Myanmar to Chiang Rai, on the Mae Kok river, is amazing and you can stop in small charming villages. But Chiang Rai itself is a bit of a disappointment. You can better go to the Golden Triangle instead. And Koh Chang is the most amazing island! Just loved it, so beautiful.

Conclusion: if you wanna keep it cheap and not get your sun blocked by big European bellies on the beach, go to the north! If you don’t mind paying more for a few good beaches, I’d say Koh Chang is the place to be! And if you wanna see it all in a short amount of time: travel by air! It’s so easy, convenient and cheap.


Bangkok


Reclining Buddha, Bangkok


Emerald Lake, Ao Nang


Krabi


Koh Phi Phi


Koh Phi Phi


My Dream guesthouse next to Mae Kok river


Chiang Rai


Koh Chang


Tiger Cave Temple, Krabi (after climbing more than 1.200 steps)


Long tail boat on the Mae Kok river


Drunk Swedish dude dancing to a popular Thai song

13 comments on “From Thailand with Love

      • That would be fantastic! Good idea about linking other pages…we’ll do that too. How long have you been blogging for? We’re new to it…just started in January 2012 actually.

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      • I’ve had a blog in the past, but it didn’t really have anything to do with travelling. And it was written in dutch. With this blog I only started two weeks ago.

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    • I’m sure some people would disagree with me when I say Phuket is awful. Maybe I should be more specific: Patong Beach to me is awful. It’s crowded, it’s touristy, it lacks charm, it lacks authenticity, it’s expensive, it has rows and rows of tourists on the beach. It’s probably awesome if all you do is wanna get waisted drunk, sleep it off in the sun during the day, party again at night, do a bit of swimming, party again, … But Phuket is a big place, so I’m sure you could find some nicer beaches and quieter spots as well.

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  1. Nice to read that other people enjoyed Koh Chang as much as we did. And to be honest: Koh Chang doesn’t have to be expensive. We stayed at Lonely Beach for 380 Bhat this January (http://bit.ly/IJqCfg). And I think I have to go again. We missed the north (went to Cambodia instead).

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  2. You’re an incredible photographer and your posts are great. So how many countries have you travelled to so far? I’ve been to Thailand and I agree it’s an amazing place. I went there back in 2001 when there were not soooo many tourists I suppose. Anyhow, I love your blog. I’ve subscribed :D

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