Watery journey

I’m sorry for not writing for a while but I’ve been so busy, mostly with chilling, that I haven’t been able to write a blog. But I’m making up with it by posting a really long blog this time. And with a lot of pictures that makes you want summer come even faster.πŸ˜‚πŸŒ΄πŸŒ…

In Bangkok I shared a airbnb with Devin and Julia, I arrived at the first day of Songkran and in the evening we went to Khao San Road to celebrate. Within 10 minutes we were soaked and getting cold. Because of the dead of the king last year the celebrating at Khao San Road was ended at 20:00. We had some dinner and went home for a nice girls night. The next day Julia left and I went shopping with Devin for her last day of her travel. She left to go back home in the evening.

Songkran ready(notice the bikini πŸ‘™)

 

Found Nijntje/Miffy at the mall

 

 

 

 

The morning after I went to the airport to pick up Luca who came to visit from Italy. I was looking forward to spend some time with someone I knew and to just talk about home for a bit. When he arrived we brought our stuff to the hotel and went celebrating Songkran. It was the last day and it looked like everybody went even more crazy than the days before. There were people with buckets of water everywhere! In the end we got(totally soaked again) a foot massage. The next morning we had a walk in the park where there were supposed to be monitor lizards. Since I’m not impressed anymore by the smaller ones(just oversized lizards) I thought it wasn’t that amazing. At noon we got on to a plane to Phuket. As soon as we got of the plane I was annoyed by the amount of people offering things! Stupid tourist place was what came into my mind, and didn’t leave anymore. We rented a scooter in the evening to go drive around a bit. It was not only scary because of Luca’s riding skills(after his stories about his countless bikes he already crashed) but also because we got attacked and chased by a crazy dog, which wanted to bite my legs. After our not so relaxing scooter drive we wanted a nice massage. We went to the only place that was still open. And got massaged by girls with super short shorts and who gave us the idea they also did other stuff next to massaging. πŸ˜‡

The next morning we got a scooter again and went to gibbon sanctuary where they adopt gibbons which have been held like pets or to earn money by taking photos with tourists. It was impressive to read the stories of those poor animals. After that we went to the waterfall close by. It was a small one but we had a nice swim and it was really refreshing. When we were on our way to a restaurant it started to rain and rain and rain. So we stopped at a 7/11 and I introduced Luca to the super nice tostis which can function as a perfect meal. Especially when you don’t wanna go outside because it’s raining, or it’s hot, or you are alone, or hangover. You actually don’t really need a reason to eat one of those tostis. They are always ok! πŸ‘Œ Β In the end we arrived at the restaurant anyways and had a delicious seafood hotpot😍.

Good food and cocktails all day long! (Not the hotpot)

In the morning we got picked up by a taxi to go to the boat to Koh phi phi.Β Which is an amazingly beautiful island. There are no cars and only two motorbikes, I counted, so there are no streets. We had to walk 20-30 minutes to our hotel. Which was on a private beach at the end of a bay. The only problem with that was that it was midday and it was about 35 degrees Celsius and walking for such a long time with your backpack is not the most pleasant experience. When we arrived we immediately got into the sea and went for a kayaking ride.
In the evening we went out in the city (definitely 30 minutes walk because I refused a couple of times to walk because there were cockroaches on the path). We had a bucket with a cocktail and enjoyed the fire shows on the beach. Then we went to the boxing bar to see drunk foreigners boxing with each other for a free bucket of alcohol. A lot of people went really crazy and kicked each other really knockout.
The next day we chilled at the beach and took the kayak to another more remote beach. In the evening we went to the view point to see the sunset and got a really good massage in the city. The walk back to our hotel (35 min this time) was awful and there were so many insects. 😫
The next morning we went to a part of the island you can only reach by a 45 min walk or by boat. We did the walk and were happy we ended up at some nice beaches. No people around and only a half finished resort close to the beach. One of the best places of the island.

Living the dream
Sunset at Koh Phi Phi
Entry to the beach 😍
Beach time

In the afternoon we got the boat to Railay where we were just in time for the sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning it rained and we stayed at the swimming pool to chill a bit. When it was dry again we went to the beach and to see a cave. There was not much to around Railay and we mostly chilled the rest of the time(and got another massage).

Sunset at Railay
Being crazy on one of the boatsπŸ˜‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railay beach
Hair flip πŸ’
Sunset set up! πŸ˜‚
Smile!! 😁
Sunset from the lake

 

 

 

 

The next day we left for Khao Sok national park for a two day trekking. The taxi drive was kind of scary and about 3 hours longer than they had promised us. But it was a good experience. That night I felt so bad and had to throw up a couple of times. The next day I felt a bit better luckily so we could go on the tour. When we arrived at the park we got into a long tail boat which gave us a good view on the nature around. We checked in at our cute bungalow at the lake and had a refreshing swim in the lake. After that we went on a hike to a cave. 5 minutes into the cave the water came so high that I had to swim. I was a bit afraid of putting my feet back on the ground. It was so amazing to see all the animals that live in a cave like that. When we got back we had a nice dinner and had a nice night with the other people from our group. In the morning we went on a wildlife search. We saw a hornbill toucan, which I recognized before our guide did. πŸ˜‡πŸ§

After breakfast we went on a hike up a mountain and got to another cave. On our way we saw a tree with bear claws in it where the bear had climbed up the tree. And we heard gibbons shout, it was to far to go and find them but it is nice to know they still have some good areas where they can live. That afternoon we got a flight back to Bangkok and had a crazy night out at Khao San Road.

The black house in Chiang Rai.

 

 

 

 

 

The morning after Luca left and I went for a chill afternoon with Julia at a pool somewhere in Bangkok. I had an amazing pizza and an Italian beer at a restaurant called “Il bolognese” which costed about a day budget. But I needed it so much!!

The next evening I went with the night bus to Chiang Rai, where I arrived super early in the morning yesterday. I explored the city with my roommates and left this morning to go to Laos. Now I’m in a hostel in Laos waiting until it stops raining to go for dinner. Tomorrow I’ll get on a boat for a two day boat ride to Luang Prabang.

The white temple in Chiang Rai
Pirates of the Caribbean! Can’t wait for the next movie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the Laos experience begin!
Xxx Elisabeth

Island journey

Back in Bangkok I met up with a guy who I met during the hike in Myanmar and we had some drinks at Khao San Road. The next day I had to go to the travel clinic to get new malaria pills. I left the clinic with two shots and not the amount of malaria pills I wantedπŸ™„. In the evening I met up with Nim(my Bangkok friend) and we had dinner together. When we were walking on the street, we saw some places where they were doing henna tattoos. So we both got one!

Drinks at khoa San Road

Tattoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to go to Koh Chang the next day so I went to bed early. The next morning it was raining so much. And I had to search for all the rain covers to protect my bags. When I was at the place where the bus would pick me up I met Devin. We decided to get to a hostel together and when we were playing pool in the evening, Jo and Szandra dared us for a game, so we played a few games together. The next day I was supposed to go to the dog rescue center with Devin(she already booked through work away) but there were too many people and it wouldn’t make sense for me to come by(don’t think a dog ever died of having too much attention but yeah…) so I decided to go to the beach with Jo and Szandra. We started talking about our next plans and also they wanted to go to Koh Kood(or Koh Kut, same same) so we started making plans. In the evening we prepared a really nice meal in the kitchen of the hostel. Cooking made me so happy and I’m missing it so much😫.

Cooks😍
10 minutes before we got the final picture πŸ˜‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the early morning we got picked up at the hostel to go snorkeling. We had the best time with all the amazing fish we saw. We even went down the slide on the side of the boat. After our cookies(to attract the fish) were finished, the fish were still hungry and started to eat us… that was the end of the fun. πŸ˜‚ In the evening we decided to go out with a big group of the hostel. We had so much fun, and when we got back(around 3am) we went swimming in the sea to see the plankton lighting up!

Party night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day we changed hostels cause suddenly our hostel almost doubled the prize and we were annoyed by it. The rest of the day we had a chill day with a little bit of planning for the next days in Koh Kood.

When the taxi picked us up the next morning it was raining so much and we were happy to see that after an hour on the boat, the clouds were moving away and a nice sunny sky was welcoming us at Koh Kood. We were supposed to sit on the back of a scooter taxi with our big backpack. But as soon as I tried to get on there I felt back and landed(luckily) on my bag. I couldn’t get up anymore. Mostly cause of the weight of my bag but also cause I couldn’t stop laughing. We checked in and were gonna rent a scooter to go to the beach. But Jo got into an accident, not sure if she thought that the drain water next to the road was good enough to swim in, but she steered straight that way. We all were in a bit of a shock but luckily there were no bad injuries. The scooter guy thought it was not the best idea of us to take the scooters for any longer rides than those 3 seconds so we got into a taxi. We went to a waterfall and left just in time for the big rain. We got at a big resort and played some card games until the rain stopped. After a walk on the beach we went for happy hour at a resort close to our place. And stayed there till they put of the lights.

Waterfall
Walking on palm trees 🌴
Beach walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning we went to another waterfall. And when we wanted to go to another beach we decided to walk(still no scooter rentingπŸ˜‡) when we let the last taxi pass, the rain started to come and we luckily found a place to shelter for the rain and the falling coconuts. 🌴 After the rain we walked to a restaurant and had some nice food. Then we went back for happy hour at the resort of the day before πŸ˜‡.

Waterfall group pictures

 

 

 

 

 

The day after Jo and Szandra left, but not after a proper fotoshoot!

IMG_1479(click the link to see the video)

 

 

 

 

 

I moved to another hostel where I have a private room, because there are not that many people on the island. I chilled a bit at the beach and worked on my tan. This morning I rented a scooter and went to the most amazing beach ever.😱🌴 Tomorrow I’ll go back to Koh Chang and meet up with Devin again. Later this week we will leave for Bangkok together and celebrate Songkran! Cause I haven’t celebrated enough New Years this yearπŸ˜‡πŸŽ‰

😱😍
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xxx Elisabeth

Summary of my Myanmar journey

The last days in Myanmar were relaxing, tasted wine, went to a botanical garden and hitchhiked to the last destination, Mandalay. A terrible city if you ask me and there were only two good things about my visit there:

1. The dumpling place I found
2. Leaving again after 24 hours.
My Myanmar story came to an end(for now) and looking back on this amazing land I’ve made a summary of some typical Myanmar things.

1. Everybody here will try(and succeed) to put a smile on your face😁.

2. Anyone who is planning on being famous, go to Myanmar for a couple of weeks. Away from the touristy areas and see if you still like all the staring and endless photo sessions πŸ˜‚.

Forced pictures with me😱

3. A bucket and some ice cold water combined are a really good functioning shower.

Shower!

4. Always take a nurse with you while traveling.

Blisters!!😫

5. Bus rides are terrible, or really nice. No real categories in between.

Bus meets truck

6. If someone on a scooter stops next to you in a dark, empty street at 21:00 in the night, probably they are worried about you and want to help you. Not rob you.(warning: not suitable for probably any other county)

no picture of this! But the guy was nice thoughπŸ˜‡
7. Hitchhiking comes with snacks and drop-off in front of your hotel.

Cookies on our hitchhike

8. Long skirt on the back of a scooter? No problem! Just sit sideways.πŸ˜‚

Trying on my lungi!!

9. If you want to master the squatting toilet position, Myanmar is the place to be.

(you definitely don’t want to see a picture of this…)
10. Seriously the best place I’ve ever been.

Happy!!!

Thanks everybody for giving me the first(and last) push to go to Myanmar. Loved it.

Now I’m back in Thailand and will travel to some islands. First stop: Koh Chang, with an animal shelter which is searching for volunteers. πŸŽ‰πŸΆ hugging dogs mode on! βœ…

Xxx Elisabeth

 

Monk in his free time

Waterfall😍