03.09.2016 - 03.09.2016 33 °C
Welcome to my blog. In this blog I will be telling you all about my adventures in Asia. For the people who read this and do not know what I am doing here. Currently I am studying International Hospitality Management and I am doing my minor Spa and Health for 3 months in Bangkok, Thailand and my minor Spa Business Strategy in Denpasar, Bali.
At this point I am already for 5 days in Thailand! Together with my friend Merle from Germany, we travelled on monday from Schiphol Airport to Bangkok, with one lay over in Qatar. The flights were okay, both times we had the luck that we had one free seat in between us, so we had some more space. From Qatar to Bangkok, I slept most of the time.
We arrived at 13:00 and we took the public transport from the airport to the hotel. I booked the Holiday Inn for four days before we can move into the accomodation from school. The hotel was very good and a very refreshing pool! The journey to the hotel was already pretty challenging, because we both had a big heavy suitcase and a backpack and it was so hot!!! Luckily pretty quickly we found the hotel and jumped in the pool immediately. We did not had the urge to explore Bangkok right away, because we were pretty tired of our trip and we have 3 months here. In the evening we had dinner in the restaurant because I had discount anyway with the employee rate of my previous work. After diner we decided to walk a bit outside and actually got to meet the crazy traffic of Bangkok. It was sooo busy and no one is actually following the rules. After a while we decided to go back to the hotel and we slept for almost 12 hours I think. The next day we went for breakfast outside and decided to stay at the pool one more day and leave around 5 ish. We try to do as much as possible with public transport, since this is the cheapest way and you do not really deal with the traffic jams. We went to a big square which entails like 3 or 4 malls. Mind you, they like to put the airco the same temperature as the North pole, so after dinner and doing grocerie shopping in the supermarket, we were pretty cold!
The next day we decided to be a bit more touristic. So we came up with the plan to go on a boat and discover Bangkok from the Chao Phraya River. Again we took the public transport to Saphan Taksin. From here it was only a minute walking to the Pier. We chose to go with the express boat with a day pass. This means that we were able to get out at one of the 8 Piers and walk around a bit. We got out of the boat at some cute places. We saw the famous Temples close to the water and the Grand Palace. However we were not really dressed to the occasion ( To go into a temple, your knees and shoulders need to be covered). Well you all know me, when it is hot, I were my little shorts and a top. So we will save this for another time and we will go early in the morning. It was very nice to see all these things on the water. Around 5ish we arrived back in the hotel and rushed to take a refreshing jump in the pool!
After receiving a great tip from my friend Veronique, we went to a restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms close to our hotel. This was a very nice restaurant, and a fun fact is that almost everything is covered by condoms. As you can see on the pictures I will add. After dinner we decided to meet up with two other students from Stenden, who arrived on wednesday, to have a drink at the roof top bar Cloud 47. This is one of the few rooftop bars where you can go in your shorts and fitflops. The view was amazing!! I still cannot really believe that I am actually here in Bangkok, and even staying for a longer period. My mindset was always, I want go to the Caribbean and nothing else. Now that I become older and wiser(???) I figured out I need to explore more of the world before I set off to the Caribbean. After the drinks we went to the Patpong district(this is one of the red light districts in BKK). We had a lot of laughs and I saw the first rat. I think the whole street could hear me screaming. This was also the first night that we went with the taxi. With all the stories I read and heard, I am actually a little bit hesitant to use the taxi's. However, I was pretty persistent that I want the taxi driver to drive on the meter. So I said to him, I need to go to Sukhumvit and I want you to use the meter. He immediately said a price, which is way more! I replied with naaahh... I will go with the uber, which is cheaper. Ending my sentence, he did not think twice to press the meter button and the little trip was only 65 bath, which is about €1,60.
On friday, the two other student, Thomas from Holland and Jon from Ireland, decided to come to our hotel for one last swim in our pool, since we had a late check out till 14:00. This way we could also share the taxi and share the price. It was about 50 minutes with the car and a bit of traffic jam to our new accomodation in Pak Kret. The accomodation is brand new! And with brand new I mean that we are the first ones to ever use the room. It is a simpe apartment with a kitchen, living room, bed room and bath room. Only minor thing is that we have to buy every thing new in order to keep things clean. We accomodation also has a pretty big pool. A very big plus! We got a quick tour and we were able to go in the room. After a jump in the pool, Merle, Thomas and I went to the mall, to buy the necessary things. For example, toilet paper, trash bags and some drinks and food. After skyping with my dear grandparents and showing them my new home, Merle, Thomas, Jon and I went for some food on the streets. Ofcourse the two scaredy cats of us (Merle and Jon) saw a rat running by! After this we decided to go to the room and chill out. Around eleven there was a knock on the door and the students from Stenden South Africa arrived. 30 minutes later we all sat in the taxi on our way to some bar/club in BKK. It was a fun night, but nothing really special.
Today is a chill day at the pool and maybe some more groceries shopping at the big mall near the complex. Tomorrow the last group of students will arrive and we will be all complete. We also have a meeting at 2 o'clock with all the rules and regulations and a little tour around the neighbourhood and the school. Because ofcourse, the first and foremost reason I am here is school .
I will try to keep my blog as up to date as possible with all my adventures (some of them are not for the blogs)
Greetings from Sunny Bangkok!