First night in Bangkok was interesting to say the least. The gueshouse was in the middle of nowhere and there was only one (lovely smelling) bathroom/toilet between about 20 people. Soph and I moved to a cozy backbacker hostel a few roads away from the infamous Khao San Road the following night. We knew we wanted to be near but not on the road itself. It turned out to be one of the best hostels we’ve stayed in so far. Infact it’s so good that we’ll be heading back for a night after Bali!
Headed to the Khao San for a late afternoon Chang beer. Yes, three years at uni without beer and I spend 2 weeks in S.E. Asia and I’m converted.
There were backpackers everywhere and it was a great way to meet people. We headed out and saw a Buddhist temple not far from our hostel. It was so quiet and peaceful, we were the only tourists there!
Had quite possibly the best thai green curry of my life from a street stall. Could eat this quite happily every day. Obviously Khao San itself is completely westernised. If you wanted Maccy D’s for dinner you wouldn’t struggle. Lived the atmosphere though, especially at night.
We headed to RCA, a strip of bigger clubs in a different part of the city. Met people from all over the world. Was great to experience Bangkok nightlife, always a good sign when a lot of thais are around too!
We visited Bangkok’s huge weekend outdoor markets the following day. They were amazing! Huge selection of clothes stalls, food, electricals etc. It was pretty decent stuff as well compared to most markets!
After a final night on Khao San road we visited the grand palace on our last morning. The buildings were beautiful, colourful mosaics and shimmering gold. Shame it was ‘Real Feel’ 45 degrees.
That evening we took the oh-so-long but oh-so-worth it journey by land and sea to Koh Phi Phi. Although not quite up to Malaysia standards the over night buses here are pretty good with (freezing) air con and almost fully reclining seats.
We arrived near Krabi at around 10am (left Bangkok at 7pm the previous evening). Instead of getting a ferry across there and then we had to wait for two hours in a stop point. Here they promptly put ‘The Beach’ on the dvd player. This was without a doubt a daily occurence to somehow make up for the fact you are arriving in paradise 4 hours later than you thought. By this point we were no longer surprised that the ferry was due to arrive in Phi Phi at 3:30pm.
Phi Phi was quite accurately described in The Lonely Planet guide. Beauty can indeed be a burden. I loved the fact that the stunning beach was completely transformed at night to make way for fire breathers, fire jugglers and buckets. Lots and lots of colourful buckets filled with miscellaneous alcohol. But the next morning it was straight back to peaceful idyllic postcard perfect paradise.
Couldve stayed here weeks if you could possibly live on three hours sleep a night. Our hostel was right on the beach. Which was brilliant unless you (stupidly) decided to try and sleep before 4am. The bass shook the bunkbeds until dawn but we never complained. On our last full day we did a boat trip to ‘Maya Bay’ ( The Beach beach), monkey island (self explanatory) and Phi Phi Ley for snorkelling. Saw lots of colourful fish and then after dark swam with glowing plankton. Well worth the money, the beaches are beautiful although cant I imagine what they’re like in high season!
Here we treated ourselves to a double room with ensuite (oh hey!). Caught up on sleep and spent two incredible days on Railay beach a short boat ride away. It was stunning.
Spent a few hours in Krabi town this evening to browse the night markets. Grazed on lots of yummy thai food before heading back to pack (without a doubt my least favourite part of travelling).