Hello from Thailand! I like the fact that I’m writing from a place that is so far away from home. If you’re asking yourself where is home, let me tell you that I moved from Madrid to Miami some months ago, so South Florida is my new home. My family still lives in Argentina, and my dreams and love ones are spread around the world.
I’ve been in this hot and humid country for ten days already. This is my third visit to the kingdom but it’s my first visit during the ruling of new king Maha Vajiralongkorn. His father, king Bhumibol Adulyadej, passed away last October. I’m happy that my first post on this blog will be from here.
During my days in Bangkok, I visited the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple (Reclining Buddha’s temple). Both of them along with the Wat Arun (Sunrise’s temple) are the three more touristic places in the capital. I also took the famous river tour in the waters of the Chao Phraya, another attraction just for tourists. When I took the same tour on 2010, I promised myself not to do it again, and this second time only helped me to enforce the same thing: there won’t be a third time. The river is so dirty and the tour just shows you the miseries of the city. What I liked the most about my days in Bangkok were my lunches and dinners in a little Thai restaurant called Feuang Nara. I love Thai food and this placed cooked delicious dishes. My favorites ones were “green curry with chicken” and “pad-thai with prawns”.
The third day, I traveled to Phuket. I had heard wonderful comments about this province. However, I think I should have gotten a villa like my friend did in order to be able to gaze the same wonders. I did not like Phuket as much as I expected. The most famous beach, Patong, is very ugly. Very dirty! The intense smells in Thailand are very common but this area won all the odor’s awards. The best beaches are in the North: Bangtao, Kamala and Surin. They are not a big thing though. I regret that I did not visit Koh Samui island as a Turkish back-packer suggested me. His pictures looked amazing, but the island was on the other side, in the East coast of Phuket. Luckily, not to far from the beach, you can find elephants and I had a great time feeding them.
My fifth sunrise surprised me at the Phi Phi Islands. To get here, you have to take a ferry from Phuket pier and the journey takes two hours. I was so excited as we were getting closer. Getting off the boat was a chaos but I knew it was going to be like that. There were too many people on board. The strong odors kept bothering my walk through the island’s little streets but it seemed that I was getting used to. Koh Phi Phi Don (the biggest island of the island chain) is full of young tourists and it has an informal and casual atmosphere. Dressing up was not something that mattered. Neither was brushing their hair. Maybe the 85ºF and the humidity had something to do with it. In the evening there were bars with parties, live music and some drunk folks. During day time many people took some tours to the other islands where it’s possible to scuba dive and go snorkeling, or just go to the beach.
The Phi Phi Princess hotel was the best option to stay in the island. The food was pretty good and it had a big pool facing the ocean. The tide went up during the morning bringing the water very close to the hotel. At that time the landscape was very beautiful. The mix between the blue sea, the white sand and the green of the mountains reflected a paradise. In the afternoon the water went down and the canoes that were too close to the shore were left buried in the sand. Unfortunately dogs were not allowed in the resort so Matilda had to stay in another hotel up in the hill. I had to go up and down a couple of times a day to check on her and give her a walk.
Asian cultures are very fascinating and it’s worth to discover them. I have enough at the moment but I’m already thinking of Japan for my next adventure.