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Krabi, Thailand

Laid Back

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Krabi, on southern Thailand’s west coast, is a province characterized by craggy, sheer limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore islands. Some of its most popular beach destinations include the Phi Phi Islands, which jut from the sea like giant rainforested boulders, and Railay Beach, accessible only by boat and a prominent rock-climbing spot.

4/10/19

Spending my last few days in Thailand at Railay Beach. This place is so beautiful and the water is incredibly warm. To get to the beach I had to take a mini bus from Krabi Airport to Ao Nammao pier which took about 30 minutes then get a long boat to Railay Beach which takes about another 30 minutes. Here are some pictures waiting for the longboat, on the boat heading to the beach and arriving at the beach.

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Here is the view from my room at Blanco Hostel on Railay Beach.

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Myself and Imran after a nice swim in the Andaman sea.

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Bangkok, Thailand

The City of Angels

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Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

20/9/19

Had the funniest thing happen today, a tuk tuk driver was running a scam which I picked up on pretty quickly. When I told him I would not be using his services he got instantly pissed off and informed me I was stupid. I let him know that calling people stupid is probably not the most ideal way of getting customers, hahahahaha.
This time around in Thailand, I have noticed a very aggressive attitude from business owners and the local markets. If you do not purchase, many of them get quite indignant, some actually tell you how displeased they are. I think they get so many tourists, they just don`t give a toss if they upset a few.

21/9/19

Tried to purchase a new pair of swimming shorts today, went to many of the local markets to have a look. Found a few that were promising but left them all due to not being able to try them on to see if they fit. I am not sure how people are supposed to buy clothes if they don`t know that they fit. I think this is totally unreasonable so if you are travelling to Thailand be aware. I also had this problem in Chiang Mai.

1/10/19

Checked out Khao San Road. Ridiculously loud and obnoxious tourists, music so loud your brain vibrates and many insects are sold cooked on a skewer, everything from scorpions to tarantulas and locusts. There was also a crocodile BBQ.

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2/10/19

Went to Jim Thompson`s House this morning. Jim was according to all information was an american spy who made his home in Thailand. He was well known in Thailand as he built 6 teak structures that became his home. He also built them following and adhering to the Thai customs. This meant that all the buildings are elevated 1 floor above ground to avoid flooding during the rainy season. Jim was also a collector of art, so there are many rare and old pieces throughout his home that is now a museum.

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There is a jadestone statue in one of the many gardens that is 1400 years old (pictures below).

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On March 26th 1967 Jim disappeared while visiting the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. The local authorities spent 2 years looking for clues to where he may have gone but to this day not a single clue has turned up.

They also showed how they extract the silk from the silkworm cocoons. You will see the yellow cocoons are from Thailand and the white cocoons are from Japan.

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Experienced an authentic Muay Thai boxing tournament between 6.30 - 10pm at Rajadamnern Stadium. It cost $1800 Baht ($90 NZD) but I had amazing seats in the club area which gave an amazing view of the ring and fighters. There were 9 fights and 1 knockout.

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Phuket, Thailand

Overpriced Island

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Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.

I stayed at Kata beach on the south west of Phuket. The beach and the area are really nice but like all of Phuket a lot more expensive than Thailand in general. That is not unusual for tourist spots anywhere in the world though. I stayed at a place that seemed to be central to all the food and local amenities , so that was helpful.

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Decided to go on a speed boat tour with a company called Vitamin Sea, it was priced at $3500 Baht per person or $180 NZD. It was a whole day and included round trip transfer from your accommodation to the wharf, all the stops at different islands and bays, buffet lunch on Phi Phi island, water, coffee, tea, soft drink, fruit, soft drink, masks & snorkels and most importantly, insurance. The staff on the boat were superb and spoke good English.

First stop Bamboo island where we swam in the Andaman Sea for roughly an hour. The water was clear and probably the warmest ocean water I have ever been in.

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The next pictures are of the famous Maya Bay where they filmed the movie the beach. Unfortunately they no longer allow the tourist boats to land on the beach. This was due to the amount of people coming here every day and it was damaging the coral.

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I don`t remember the other bays but here are the pictures anyway.

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These pictures are from Phi Phi Island where we stopped for lunch.

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

City in the Mountains

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Hi All, I am finally back on board after having a bout of Dengue fever. I can say with total certainty that this fever is the shitest you will feel without going to hospital. Actually I did go to the hospital in Laos and they gave me panadol and in broken English said, sorry don`t speak English and sent me away again, not before charging me $80 nzd for the Panadol, hahahaha. Oh and I had to pay $50 nzd for the Tuk Tuk to get me there and back as well.

Chiang Rai is a city in northern Thailand, in the mountainous province of the same name. They city is near the borders of Laos and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Wat Phra Kaew is a royal temple that once housed the jade Emerald Buddha and now displays a replica. Nearby, the Navel City Pillar is a monument made of more than 100 Khmer-style pillars. Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park is a museum showcasing Lanna artifacts.

I am on day 2 in Chiang Rai. I really like this place, it only has about 70,000 people so is much quieter than a lot of the other cities I have been too. There is also a surprising amount of things to see here as well. Typically there is the temples, however, I have found 2 temples that are not the norm which has made it more interesting.

One of the first things I saw after checking into the hostel was the clock tower/roundabout in the centre of town. This thing has to be the most elaborate and ornate clock I have ever seen. The whole thing is painted gold and every night at 7, 8 & 9pm has a light show that lasts about 5 minutes.

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26/8/19
BLUE TEMPLE (WAT RONG SEUR TEN)

I think this intended to actually be a temple however, it is far more a tourist attraction than a temple. It is far more interesting even if it doesn`t have the history of many of the other temples in Asia. Literally everything is blue with many of the idols and statues contrasting in white. Another nice thing about this temple is that it is free to enter, this was a nice change.
I am not sure if the pictures do it justice as the sculptures and the artwork are amazingly unique, it takes a while to see all the different pieces as there is so much to see.

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THE BLACK HOUSE (BAAN DAM MUSEUM)

This site is the creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. If I remember correctly there is 40 structures that are an ecclectic mix of traditional Thai buildings and some modern and a little crazy designs. He uses a lot of animal skins within his art, so probably not to everyones taste. There is bear skins, crocodile skins, snake skins, wolf and even fox. I believe it is part art studio, part museum and part home as the artist lives on site when he is in town.
I really enjoyed wandering around the gardens and viewing something a little different to what I have been exposed too in Asia. The first building is absolutely immense and the whole place is very gothic/medieval.

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27/8/19
WHITE TEMPLE (WAT RONG KHUN)

First things first, do not pronounce the name of the temple incorrectly. I absolutely laughed my head off at this temple, I saw the staff harrasing the tourists and making a huge fuss about legs and shoulders being covered before you were allowed to enter. Give me a break, if it was a temple that was used for worship, ok fair enough but this temple is 100% to make money! end of story. Even the website calls it a privately owned art exhibit in the style of a buddhist temple.... not a temple, so why you have to cover your legs and shoulders to view art is a little confusing.
Anyway, it was still an amazing display of art.

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BIG BUDDHA (WAT HUAY PLA KANG)

Known as the big buddha, it is actually a representation of the god of mercy and is a 25 floor temple perched on the side of a hill about 6km out of town. You can get to the top of the temple via a lift that will cost $2 nzd. As with most things in Thailand, it is very elaborate in the way it has been decorated, even the lifts are done the same way. once you get to the top there is a round window called the 3rd eye that you have an amazing view of Chiang Rai from. This is absolutely worth the trip as I found it one of the most interesting buildings I have seen so far.
To the right of the temple is a 9 floor pagoda.

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Lift at the 25th Floor

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Inside the 25th floor

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View of the 9 floor pagoda from the 25th floor and also the carpark.

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Guard dog at the entrance

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Pagoda from ground level

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