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A month in Bangkok

sunny 32 °C

Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I posted my last blog. The last two weeks there was nothing really exciting going on. Normal life kicked in and the homework as well.

Last time I just came back from the Full moon party in Koh Phangan. For that week we had two field trips planned. The first one was on a Wednesday to the Or Tor Market. This was a very nice food market. We got some explanations about particular herbs and spices and other things about from our teacher. Later on we were free to walk around, try some things and also buy some things. The following Friday we had another field trip planned to the world spa convention day. This was pretty interesting. I bought some nail product(surprise!)It is crazy to see how asian people are so obsessed with skin product and also put a lot of whitening in their products. For us, who are trying hard to keep our tan very tanned, it seems crazy.

For the weekend we booked another hotel in the city. I am always so very happy to jump a nice, soft comfy bed, because these beds in the complex are like rocks. This time we only booked the hotel for one night instead of two nights. I need to watch my money as well a little bit since the vacation is coming up. We spent a day in the city, and afterwards we went out with 6 girls for sushi and a night out in the town. Next day Merle and I planned to go the Chatuchak weekend market. This market is one of the popular markets in Bangkok. I think it is just as big or even bigger than the Bazar back in Beverwijk near my home town. It was a very warm day and we were walking with our backpacks, so after 1,5 hour we decided to go back to the complex and get ready for the school week coming up.

Monday we had our last massage workshop, so I should be an expert right now in giving traditional thai massages. I also btw had my first traditional thai massage in a wellness centre near the complex. For two hours being tortured, but in the end very good for my body. On tuesday we had a grand opening day from Stenden Thailand. This school year, the thai University we are going to, Panyapiwat Institute of Management, started a collaboration with Stenden University. Therefore, there was a whole programme organized. All the important people from Leeuwarden came to Bangkok to celebrate this day. There was a lunch included and at the end of the day, there was a possibility for a small (non alcoholic unfortunately) drink and some networking.

On Friday again we had another field trip to the CentaraGrand. This is an hotel in the centre of Bangkok. We were very warm welcomed by the Spa Director which was a very nice Australian lady. We got a tour through the spa department, the sky bar. Again, the lunch was included, and luckily for us this lunch was the hotel buffet. Now for us poor student, this was a festive meal and I walked to the buffet for like 5 times (no shame in my game). I think this was one of the nicest field trip we had so far. The spa director gave us a lot of information which we could really use for our module assignment and maybe even for the students who would like to pursue a career in the spa industry.

The weekend already started, nothing much planned actually. On saturday, an old friend of mine started her journey of 5 months through Asia, so Merle and I meet up with her, and show her around a bit in Bangkok. We had a really nice day, visiting the Asiathique market. For the first time I felt like I was not in Bangkok, but just in a normal european city, walking across the river. After that we showed my friend one of the many rooftop bars Bangkok has. After the drinks we went to Khao San Road to get some buckets and have a good time.

Next week it is time for our vacation. Merle and I booked a flight to the south of Thailand. Planning to stay in the Khao Sok National park for 2 days and one night. Yes that means that I have to stay in the jungle for night, and I am already shitting my pants. After that we do not really have a set planning, but we are definitely planning to go to some islands... FINALLY!

This was it for now. It is crazy to think we already been here for a month! Time is going faster than ever!!

Greetings from Sunny Bangkok!

Posted by abhofman 07:22 Archived in Thailand

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