Thailand

Bangkok

Tonight is our last night in Thailand, and I can’t believe it. I’m going to miss it here, but I’m excited to spend the last days of our vacation in Bali. We arrived in Bangkok yesterday around 2:30pm, and we booked a hotel at an airport kiosk. Our flight to Indonesia is at 6am so we are leaving super early so we don’t miss it… Again! (see previous post)

How we got here: plane ride from Krabi- 2,500 baht approx $81, then we took city rail from the airport to our hotel
Where we stayed: PJ Watergate Hotel- 1,700 baht a night, approx $55 which included free breakfast. It’s a small, older hotel near lots of shopping malls.
What we ate: Thai and Indian food near the hotel
Sightseeing: The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha.
When we booked our hotel, the lady who helped us offered us a free tour.  A tour guide and a driver picked us up from our hotel at 1:30pm.  They took us to the Grand Palace which is absolutely gorgeous! I loved it! The entrance fee was 500 baht and Christian had to borrow pants because shorts are not acceptable attire. (You are not allowed to enter with shorts, or tank tops.)
Our “free” tour was free, but we had a few unexpected stops before we were dropped off at our hotel. The guide explained that she had to take us to a jewelry store, a tailor and her travel agency so she could have a job tomorrow. The stops were short so I didn’t mind, but it was kind of funny because we had to explain to a pushy salesman that we didn’t want any custom-made clothes.
(Dip the flower in holy water, then dip it on your head)

Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is a beautiful, quiet island. We decided to stay here for a couple days, and for the first time on our trip, we actually got to sleep in.  We’ve been on the go since we got here, waking up early for diving, adventure tours or traveling.

How we got here: One hour ferry from Phi Phi – 300 baht each
What we ate: I keep going back to a place near our resort that has ginger tea, and I’m already starting to feel better, otherwise… everything we’ve had is delicious.
Where we stayed: Lanta Sunny House – a bungalow with a fan is 700 baht, including a free tuk tuk ride from the pier.  Also included with your stay- guaranteed lizard sightings in the bathroom and balcony and the occasional random noise at night. Supposedly it’s a giant gecko, but I haven’t seen it yet. (It is loud though)
Activities: We rented a scooter for 250 baht and rode around the island. On our way to Old Town we spotted some elephants, but kept going since we had planned to check them out later in the day on the South part of the island. We also hiked to a cave and a waterfall. 
(Our hiking guide to the waterfall)

When we first planned this trip, we booked tickets from Bangkok to Bali on March 27th. We had been flirting with the idea of extending our trip, and a few days ago we decided we would try to change our flights. On the day we called, we realized Christian booked his flight to Bali on March 23rd., and he had already missed his flight! You can imagine his reaction when he found out he was a no-show!  So we had to change my flight and get a brand new ticket for him. 

 
 
Next stop: Tomorrow we are going to the Krabi airport, and flying to Bangkok. All the trains back to Bangkok were booked, so we decided that we rather pay extra for the flight, than sit on a bus for 16 hours. 
 
(Photos by Christian Rodas) 
 

Koh Phi Phi

Maya Bay is “the beach” from the movie.  It is really beautiful, but extremely busy, and you need to take a boat to get there. You can’t walk 5 feet in Phi Phi without seeing a company that offers a tour there.  Around lunch time the place turns into a circus, with many more boats, and thousands of tourists.
(Maya Bay)
 When we got to Koh Phi Phi I was a little disappointed. The island (Phi Phi)  is overcrowded and very dirty, and you can see trash everywhere. There are no cars, only bikes and small carts to move stuff around.

 

How we got here: We took an overnight ferry from Koh Tao to Suratthani, a two hour van ride and another two hour ferry to Koh Phi Phi. 1000 baht approx. $32
(Not Maya Bay)
Where we stayed: Garden Inn Bungalow – a room with a fan is $900 baht. We only stayed in Phi Phi for one night.

 

Activities: I was a little sick so I couldn’t go diving. Christian booked two dives and I went on the same boat, to do some snorkeling instead. He saw a turtle and Nemo.
What we ate: I picked an Italian restaurant on the beach, and it was terrible. Our first bad eating experience, at least the view was nice.
We are now in Koh Lanta, a much more quiet island. It’s only a one hour ferry ride from Phi Phi. The ticket was $300 baht approx. $12.