7:00 am the bus picked me up at the hotel. Along with four young Germans. I was glad to have some company! Then an Italian couple. But we dropped the Italians before we got the pier. The Mannsvolk and I took the ferry to the mainland and then a minibus to Aranyaprathet/Piopet at the border. I slept most of the 5 hour ride. Before the … Continue reading To Siem Reap, Cambodia
Napalai Thai Cuisine School is run by it’s owner, Bunny. Her nickname in Thai is rabbit so she goes by Bunny in English. Bunny has a beautiful outdoor kitchen attached to her home. It has a concrete floor, and a covered roof, but the rest is open air. She has stainless steel gas stoves and everything is spotless. She grows fresh herbs and vegetables within … Continue reading Cooking Thai with Bunny
Street Food – Breakfast Thais don’t have breakfast food. They can eat anything for any meal of the day. I’m still partial to carbs and no meat, so none of this was my breakfast. Food is stored in clear plastics bags. If you buy something they put it in another clear plastic bag. Drink are sipped through straws. No drinking from the bottle you barbarian. … Continue reading Thailand Randoms
Today has been cold, relatively speaking. My phone says it’s 30C, but it’s overcast. It feels pleasant and only mildly sticky. This morning I went on the Tree Top Adventure (1000 THB = $37). It’s a rope course-zip line trip in the jungle. I finally saw some monkeys. There are signs everywhere telling you not to feed them. There were only two other girls on … Continue reading Tree Top Adventure and the Kind Travel Agent
I finally got to go out snorkeling today. I love snorkeling. It’s swimming without having to swim, breathing in water, or getting salt in your eyes, while amazing nature scenes scroll by. I took a day-long tour, the boat took us to four different islands (Koh Thong Lang, Koh Yak Lek, Koh Rang, Koh Wai), and provided lunch, of course. 340 THB ($12.50). The crew … Continue reading I swam around an entire island!
Enough of the city! Let’s go to the beach. Today was a travel day, and I was glad for the rest. The bus ride from Ekkamai Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Laem Ngop ferry dock is over 5 hours. That means 5 hours out of the sun, off my feet, and in an air-conditioned first class bus. The ticket date is 24/9/2558 (I didn’t know … Continue reading To Koh Chang
I took a recommendation to take a tour of Ayutthaya. I tried to buy a ticket from a travel agency, but the first one said “Nicole’s not here.”, meaning there was no one to speak English. The second one mainly catered to Chinese and Korean tourists, and they didn’t really have what I was looking for. I randomly went into a Sheraton (to find a … Continue reading Ayutthaya
I’m at a wonderful new hotel, Red Planet, with a queen sized bed and my own bathroom, and it’s right near the train line. It costs almost twice as much as the last hotel, about $55/night. I love it! They even have a bellhop take my luggage to my room. He made me smile. He showed me how to use my swipe card to work … Continue reading Cabbages and Condoms and Jim Thompson House
I decided it was time for a new neighborhood, so I moved hotels. I found another great review and good price ($32) on Agoda.com, and moved to T-Boutique. I had to stay at the old hotel until my load of laundry was ready, at 10. My laundry was neatly folded, which was great, but it smells of towels you left in the dryer and forget to … Continue reading Change Hotels – I regret Everything!!
I had such a good morning! Since I am up at 4, I decided to visit Wat Pho because they are open at 8. I grabbed a tuk-tuk (I’m an expert now), and arrive just on time. Wat Pho opens at 8:00, but the reclining Buddha isn’t up until 8:30. This meant that there were hardly any guests and I could explore the grounds pretty … Continue reading Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha Day