All posts tagged: Thailand

Last night in Bangkok

I admit: I have not been a huge fan of Bangkok – until last night. I came to see a completely different side of this city, no longer dirty and loud but rather stylish and trendy – thanks to my friend Bob, a Kiwi who has lived in Bangkok for years now and knows all the hip spaces and places. Bob wanted to show me all the hidden gems of Sukhumvit’s Soi 11, a trendy side street of Sukhumvit’s main road – and oh, the places we’ve seen! We started with a drink at Cheap Charlie’s where my personal highlight was a sign telling that they were now offering a toilet – for ladies only and kindly asking for “no shit, only pee”. Next stop was a lovely garden restaurant with live music where almost at the end of my Thailand trip I finally got to taste some delicious fish cake and chicken in banana leaves. We headed on to another garden bar where a Thai interpreted traditional western christmas carols the Thai jazz way …

Pictures from my perfect paradise island

Good news! I have found exactly what I wanted: a long, perfectly white beach on a quiet island that is not yet as popular as its bigger island brothers around. There are no cars or roads here, electricity is only available four hours per day, internet almost never and phone reception is rather a coincidence than permanent. The bungalow I rented for five Euros per day is basic but sufficient, stands under a palm tree a couple of meters from the beach and comes with a slack line in its front yard. I can hear the waves while I fall asleep, see them from my bed first thing in the morning and jump into the warm turquoise water instead of the morning shower. There’s a pile of books waiting to be read on my table, I have found a couple of slack line and dinner friends and at my favourite café in the little village they already know that I will order a fresh coconut for breakfast. I can blend alone time with company, explore the …

Time is running in Thailand

Wow, I just realized that I am running out of time in Thailand – so it was about time I found my perfect paradise beach on a secluded island off the Thai west coast. It took me a while to get here (34 hours to be exact, two boats and six different buses) but I can already tell you – the journey was definitely worth it. More pictures in my next post, I promise!

The search for the secret Thai paradise island…

After one week in Chiang Mai I was craving for some beach time in South Thailand. Maggie wanted to continue her travels further up north into the mountains so we went separate ways and I hopped on a bus southwards. Avoiding busy Bangkok I opted for a bus directly to Hua Hin, a beach town three hours south of Bangkok. An excellent choice as I found out on that bus – no tourists at all and plenty of empty seats to stretch out during the night. I arrived well rested at eight in the morning, sorted out my travel plans for the coming night and thus ended up with a full day in Hua Hin at my hands. Perfect, since Hua Hin is well known for its brilliant Kite surfing conditions. I spent three hours splashing around in the lukewarm Gulf of Thailand – no wetsuit, no freezing, staying in the water for ages. Another side effect: Kite surfing got me perfectly tired for the next night bus ride – this time down to Chumphon …

A week of peace in Chiang Mai

Our destination in Northern Thailand has been a heaven of relaxation so far: A clean room, good food and incredibly cheap massages – exactly what I needed after busy Bangkok. We stayed on the usual tourist paths during the first days but as soon I explored some neighborhoods outside the traditional city centre I came across a completely different, more modern style of a Thai city. Pedaling through the Western and university districts I stumbled across the Chiang Mai Academy of Ballet – an adventure in itself, and close-by were the departments for Art and New Media – a heaven to explore if you’re interested in those kind of things.

Get me out of Bangkok, please!

Whenever I arrive in an Asian capital I am immediately struck by the busyness, the noise and dirt of those giant cities. Same thing in Bangkok: It is hot, steamy, loud and I constantly feel threatened by a motorbike. I have to admit it stresses me and I can’t wait to get away from here (we also came across some major demonstrations in the centre of Bangkok and only then found out that the Austrian foreign ministry had issued a travel warning for Bangkok). How come I talk about we? It turned out that my Austrian friend Maggie flew out of Sydney the same day as me and although we were not on the same plane we almost simultaneously flew from Sydney to Bangkok. And since we’re both not huge Bangkok friends we decided to get out of here as soon as possible. Thailand’s South is currently flooded my massive rain falls so Maggie will show me her beloved Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, hoping that the weather will improve in the South. Two of …

Finding the cheapest, best-value flight to & from NZ with amazing beach stopover. Or how to drive your travel agent nuts.

With my planned departure to New Zealand in about a week or two it’s high time for some travel planning. New Zealand is literally on the other side of the world so doing a full round suggests itself, doesn’t it? To me it does and I had a pretty clear picture of my dream-route in mind (Munich-Auckland-Papeete-San Francisco-Austria). And that, of course, at an unbeatable price, without any hassle at the check-in over all that luggage I’m going to take and preferably with flexible fares to change dates in case I decide to stay in Tahiti for – like – ever? Or should I rather fly back via Asia and get some sunlight after two winters in a row? So many paradises on the way home – Philippines, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka just to name a few – and so little clarity in my mind. To sort it all out I drew a little map of my options and thought I’d leave those decisions to what the travel agency could come up with and their …