In Bangkok, we often took the boat taxi to go from one place to another. When we arrived we first sailed to a restaurant of course (we were very hungry) where we ate good with a breathtaking view over Bangkok.
The coolest thing we did in Bangkok I thought was the guided biking tour. We biked through the whole city and not only urban part but also through small districts where very poor people lived and through coconut- and banana farms.
We also visited temples and a lot of Buddha’s. Believe me, they have enough of them in Thailand! The most impressive Buddha I thought was the lying Buddha. In the temples, your shoulders and upper legs always need to be covered and you need to take off your shoes.
Chiang Mai was our fifth destination. I noticed that Chiang Mai is very globalized. You can find McDonalds, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and KFC (which you can’t find in the rest of Thailand except in Bangkok). Personally, I didn’t see a lot of Chiang Mai (except for our wonderful hotel). We visited the night market but the rest of the time we were there, we were on a two day trip to the jungle.
The jungle trip was very adventurous. Unfortunately, we had a lot of rain and all our clothes were wet to the bone. Because it is very moist in Thailand, our clothes never dried out so when we woke up the next day, our clothes were still wet from the day before. Except for that we were wet, it was of course a wonderful experience! The view was very beautiful. We visited a waterfall where we could jump of the rocks and a cave with bats.
At night, the whole jungle group slept in a big bamboo hut. We also sailed on a river with a fleet and we went to an Elephant Rescue Centre. In the Rescue Centre were among other things elephants who had been used for transport. The reason why we didn’t ride the elephants was that many of those elephants are being mistreated but we could feed and wash them instead.
Pai was my favourite destination I think. We visited everything with a rental scooter. The nature in Pai is unbelievably beautiful! Sitting on the scooter and at the same time enjoying the view was amazing. We visited the natural hot srpings, a cave, a village where almost all Chinese people lived and the Pai Canyon. The Pai Canyon was a bit scary I thought (I have a small fear of heights) but it was definitely worth it!
Hua Hin was my least favourite location and I wouldn’t do it again. My parents chose this destination close to the sea because they wanted to relax during the last days. We (my boyfriend, my brothers and me) would rather have been out discovering as much of Thailand as possible. That’s why we decided to go to the zoo, visit a cave and go admire the Pranburi park.
Unfortunately, the zoo was a real disappiontment. Tigers and even babytigers are lying on super short chains as well as the elephants. You could enter the cage of the tigers to go cuddle them but then they were anaesthetized beforehand. It was very pathetic.
The cave and the Pranbur Park were luckily worth it. We wouldn’t have wanted to miss those two wonderful natural phenomenons. We also enjoyed the beach for one day but it didn’t have to be longer for us.
What I really noticed in Thailand was that the people are very friendly, even though there is a lot of poverty. The people in Thailand are very grateful and we felt very welcome as a tourist. We think it’s mostly because of their belief, namely the buddhism.
The animals you see the most in Thailand (except for a lot of street-dogs and -cats) are geckos. Geckos don’t do anything but they eat insects which is very useful in Thailand. I was less fond of the spiders. They are big and sometimes there are coming 100 baby spiders out of it like it was the case with us. The cockroaches that were on the streets also were a bit less pleasant.
The streets in Thailand are full of street-dogs and -cats. They have scabs and fleas most of the time and there are so many you can’t take care of them all. They are also very dangerous for the trafic because some dogs just go lay down in the middel of the street.
Next to the dogs (an even cows sometimes!) that were lying on the street, the trafic was better than I expected. Of course there is a lot more chaos as in Belgium but luckily, the cars wouldn’t drive you over. The rules in Thailand are less severe though. Driving through a red light for example isn’t exceptional. It is also cheaper to pay a fine in Thailand for driving without an international driving license than to buy one in Belgium.
I like the food in Thailand very much but you need to watch what you eat. I, for example, always brushed my teeth with bottled water, I didn’t eat unpeeled fruit, raw veggies and I almost never took ice. What I thought was very good is, that you can eat vegetarian and very often vegan almost everywhere. During our trip, I tried to eat almost only vegetarian. By the time we needed to go back home, everyone got tired of the Thai food because becaue it’s often the same but now that I am home for three days, I would already be able to eat it again!