Thursday, October 1, 2015
That solo adventure
Before i tell you my adventure, i would like to clarify that i was supposed to meet my best friend there and shared this adventure with him. It was supposed to be a little getaway from all the hassle we both faced but little did i know, he bailed out on me at the very last minute. But that's OK, i wouldn't mind having a solo trip, exploring Thailand. I was mad at first but i kinda stumbled upon a nice quote on the internet that convinces me to go on this solo adventure.
Mind you that this trip was not well planned. I only had one ticket out from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. I was pretty nervous at first but i thought to myself, if I'm not doing it now, when am i going to do it? My 4-day trip turned to 15 days of tranquility. The first 4 days i spent it in Bangkok, doing what most tourists do - visit some of the favorite tourist spots such as Grand Palace, Siam Square, Paragon, and MBK. (Brunei like them shopping malls! Haha!). The visit to the Grand Palace amazed me as i was surrounded by exquisite architectures and shiny gold rimming. The huge paintings on the walls made me glance twice. The details on the building was really worth the time. Although the entrance was 500 baht, money was well spent here. After the visit, i went to meet my friends at the mall known to most Bruneians, the MBK. it was this huge mall that wasn't really interesting. Not trying to be prude but most of it are low quality with a high price. I seriously don't know what the hassle is about. We then moved to Siam Square and Paragon to do a little bit of shopping. Oh boy, did we shop. At night, we went to Nana Street to eat some dinner. While walking, i was really surprised with the stalls that sells sex toys and DVD porn out in the open. Mind you that, that was in Arab Street. ARAB! SHOCKER!
After dinner, we went on our separate ways - i went back to my hotel in Khaosan district. Khaosan district is famous for being filled with tourists because of its location to nearby clubs and pubs. I was staying in the Khaosan Palace Inn and it only took me one minute to swamp by tourists thats looking for a drink or two. The music was pumping, people were dancing in the streets and girls be like flirting. Surprisingly, i tried something new on this trip. Meeting new random people and party it up. Till like at 4am.
The next day, i went to Kanchanaburi to meet the elephants. I was accompanied by Rozie who happens to be interested in the same thing: riding them ellie. It was quite far from Bangkok where it took us 3 hours to reach. Before reaching to the elephant sanctuary, we made a pit stop for lunch and a 20 mins visit to the world war 2 museum and that famous bridge that got bombed during the WW2. These were included in our 1500 baht package. I love weird things so i think this was also worth my money.
that unique candle I was awed with,while visiting the museum.
that World War 2 bridge
that scary yet fun ride on ellie
bathing with ellie.
The next day was my free day where I went to central world to do a bit of shopping on my own. I also went to this place called Major Ratchayothin, 20 mins away from town. the reason i went here was to find this 2553 indie local brand who i am currently obsessed with. The bag costs around 1500 baht which didn't take me long to decide in buying. I love how clean their design is. Unfortunately, i didnt have pictures of it but you could check em out in instagram and facebook.
The next day was hanging out by the pool with some relaxing song, just chilling. I was really bored with Bangkok and decided to fly to Krabi for 4 days and spent 2 days in Phi Phi Island. Phi Phi island was one of the major hits in my list. The place was gorgeous, blue water, white sands and soft music in the air. As i arrived in the island of half naked people, i thought to myself, damn i wish i was here with my partner. I recommend you to go here in a big group or with your love ones. Since im alone, i looked really ridiculous with all the couples im having tours with. I remember the look on their faces when i told them i was alone and travelling solo. I was expecting the pity look but in fact they were pretty jealous as they don't have the guts to do it. So, by then, i was pretty confident with myself and enjoying every bits of it. I took a half day tour around a few island which i forgot the names except for Maya Bay. Maya Bay was famous for the scenes that was taken from The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I was pretty bumped upon reaching there as it was on my first list of 'to-go places'. that was it. It didn't look like in the postcards maybe because the weather wasn't right and it was filled with a lot of boats and people. One of the things i love about this trip was i get to swim with the fishies.
Here's a short video of me snorkeling.
I also got the chance to explore the island and was amazed with how amazing it is. Well, i did eat a lot there but mostly trying its Italian food. I also did try some in Krabi. Krabi was a place for me to unwind and tone down a bit. I cant stop reliving the moment, where i just lay down by the beach and stare into the sunset (and sunrise). Imagine how tanned i was.. it was more of a burnt than tanned. Haha! I also went to Luna Beach for a full moon party but too bad, my phone died that night so i wasn't able to take some pictures. I was also invited to go to Fox Bar, which is self explanatory. Haha! #yolo
I went back to Bangkok to go to places i didn't get to on my first trip. Terminal 21, a mall that is subdivided into different themes mainly on countries or cultures like the first floor is Japan, then the second was London and etc. It was pretty interesting as each floor is decorated with their iconic monument like Paris has its Eiffel tower, japan for its sushi, London for its double decker...you get the idea..Asiatique is simply gorgeous as they turned old warehouse into a theme parkish (sort of). There are 7 buildings; one for restaurants, gifts, knick knacks, shows and etc. This is where the Calypso show is and the infamous Muay Thai show. I didn't get the change to watch both as i arrived 10 minutes after the show starts. It costs around 1900 baht, if I'm not mistaken. How did i get there? It was just a BTS and a boat ride away. The boat ride's free, so no need to worry. Soi cowboy and Silom was the most funny experience but im not gonna go in depth in it but i have to tell you this..id prefer Silom *wink*
Lastly, the famous open air mall named Chatuchak. 3 words to describe this; huge, hot and aight.
I couldn't find some of the pictures but i hope you enjoy reading this..
till next time.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Whilst being abroad, you gotta go and do something that you don't normally do in your country. Something that's unnecessary yet touristy to fulfill the necessities while being abroad. One of the things i love to do was going on a visit to the zoo. So, i met this one guy somewhere who happens to be a tour guide. What do you do once you know someone who knows places and be able to bring to these places for free. Well before i tell you this, i might omit some information as its unnecessary for you to know.
The day started at 9am as he picked me up from my place to go to a place called 'Mae Rim'. It is a place where you can find anything from Zoo to ATV and even farms. Our first agenda was to go to the Tiger Kingdom. This was my first priority as I fell in love looking at baby tigers in the ad at the back of the Song Teaw. Upon arrival, i glanced to the prices of different sizes of tigers available, and the most expensive one was the small tigers, which costs around 600+ baht. I immediately chose that as the bigger ones look scary to take pics with, although they are in deep sleep. I was so lucky that day as there were not much people or i was freakishly early so the queue was really quick. As I entered the gate, I was filled with excitement. I was ushered to the baby tigers cage, and were asked to take off my shoes and wash my hands. Once I'm done, I was asked to read some instruction of the Do's and Dont's when being inside the cage. I wasn't really reading as I saw some of the tigers were already running around playing with joy. I was more excited than I was. The tigers were so cute and was very active..well, some of them are. It was a magical moment. The keeper even made my experience fun as he joked and scared me while I was in the cage. I was expecting to hear some roar, but it was more of a tskk and grrr... ha-ha! Cute description, Shafiee! I was given an hour to be in that pen. Oh, I also bought some pictures from them, which you can see as follows;
The next one was snake farm, i wasn't much of a fan, but I was loving the snow. It was more audience involvement than I thought it would be. I was so scary I almost peed myself when that guy came up to me and wanted to put the snakes into my pants. I kept a brave face and slowly pushing his hands away from me as everyone watches me in anticipation. I was going to scream, but then again, I prefer to be more compose than that one girl who ran around the audience crying for help ha-ha! It was interesting.
The other show i was entertained with was the one at the Monkey training school. It was more of a hands-on than just sitting there and watch. The monkeys did everything you could imagine of, from picking a number you want to riding a bicycle and even, giving that Sawadeekap hand gestures. It was the cutest thing ever. I was really happy to take some pictures of/with them.
Another place i visited was the Elephant camp. By this time my gout on my left leg was acting up but i had to suck it up as i am going to enjoy the moments and not be a bitch about it. We did everything from feeding the elephants to watching an amazingly funny show and also to watching them poop while taking a bath. I was more amazed by how big and green their poops are and and ....how splashier when they peed. It was like waterfall. Damn! When feeding the elephants, i had the chance to take some pictures with them and oh how they sucked my face was not the action i imagined i was getting. But it was after all the only action i got in Chiang Mai haha.
The Strawberry farm was not as exciting as summer hits Chiang Mai so i didn't see much of the strawberries and everything was almost dried up. Nevertheless, it was pretty. But the orchid garden was much more prettier as you can be big orchids everywhere and butterflies. Oh such a romantic place...i have to say it was very movie-like place. I let u be the judge of that..
All you need is a map and a camera
Hello!! I am updating this blog with my long (nearly two months) overdue stories from Thailand. Breathing in the Bruneian air makes me reminisce the moments i had with Jastina whilst in Chiang Mai. There was this one time where we were so stressed with our school work and decided to just go out and enjoy the 'summer' breeze as we decided to roam around town and explore the interesting cultural capital of Chiang Mai. Question is, when you're bored out of your mind, what would you do to have fun? You go to a park! Wow. interesting, PE! Haha. We arrived there around noon and decided to stroll in this gorgeous park named Suan Buak Haad Park. As we walked in, we saw people, mostly tourists, laying on the green grass and enjoying the sun. Some had picnic, some buried themselves with their non-fiction books and some played hoolla hoops while others just stare into space, breathing in and out, indulging every inch of scenery of the gorgeous park. After strolling down the path, we decided to sit at a bench near the pool, eyeing on cuties nearby. Grindr was on for obvious reasons; on for the look out.
Not long after or should i say, after feeling sweats dripping down my back, I suggested to walk and wander in the small streets to look for some historic monuments. Five minutes later, we found ourselves in this Indie coffee shop that serves iced coffee and most importantly, air-conditioned. I couldn't say NO to that. I opened my map and browsed through the tiny lines of roads to mark our way out from the small streets - we managed to find some interesting places to go along the way- but mostly are temples. Fortunately, i remember this particular temple as recommended by Trip Advisor as it listed #1 of places to visit in Chiang Mai. It is located near the Tha Phae gate and i promise you, the place was picturesque. Before reaching to that place, we went to different ones to check just in case, we didn't miss any. The architecture was detailed and full with stories. I don't know what exactly but it was like telling a story to its visitors as colours filled in the voids.
It was funny when we found ourselves at the streets of prison rehabilitation centre, or was it, mental institutions. We laughed our asses off when we saw a couple of orange-coloured coveralls. After passing that place, we then found ourselves at the Three Kings monument. I thought to myself, ' wow i cant believe we walked that far and how the hell putting those institutions or centre at the center of the city. lol. It was funny, nonetheless. As of now, i am dripping wet - my hair was shiny and brilliantly combed back just like the Gatsby, so to speak.