Into the sea – Southern Thailand

Imagine a place with white sandy beaches, from party islands to pure relaxing areas, sun all day long and many interesting people to meet. This is what travelling through Southern Thailand is about! I got off the plane and fell in love with it immediately. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful seasides in Cambodia and Vietnam before but Thailand beat them all, no doubt.

Koh Lanta
is a pretty big island with a quiet atmosphere, chilling beaches in one hand and on the other hand you can have crazy parties, too. You just have to ask around where to hang out tonight and it won’t take you a long time to find high visited bars even with live music almost every day. I spent my first two nights in chillouthouselanta (at Long Beach) which I would definitely recommend to anyone who thinks of visiting Koh Lanta! Friendly staff, free drinking water and you literally sleep in a tree house (pretty adventurous). Unfortunately, I tried to extend too late for my third and last night on the island. So the hostel was already full booked and I needed to find another hostel which I honestly didn’t like… not even worth to mention. However, I feel safe to tell you that you will have a wonderful memorable time in Koh Lanta BUT don’t forget a mosquito spray, just saying.

cab sharing from Koh Lanta pier to Long Beach :)

cab sharing from Koh Lanta pier to Long Beach 🙂

quiet cool beach in Koh Lanta

quiet cool beach in Koh Lanta

I'm not afraid to walk this world alone

I’m not afraid to walk this world alone.

Koh Phi Phi
is way smaller than Koh Lanta. It’s a beautiful little island (about an hour away from Koh Lanta) but don’t expect to arrive there alone. You will find many many tourists there and the beach goes crazy at night. Party inevitable. I didn’t spend a lot of time there (2-3nights are enough, for sure) but I enjoyed my whole stay. If you want to go there, be aware that you will need a bit more money than on the mainland. During the day you can relax on the beach or do a boat trip to go snorkelling, diving or heading to other even smaller islands around Phi Phi. One highlight of this island is the View Point, for sure. There are signs anywhere so you won’t be able to miss it and it’s so much worth to visit it. As earlier you go, the less people you will find there … Tourist hotspot during sunset.

Koh Phi Phi View Point

Koh Phi Phi View Point

Beach in the evening

Beach in the evening

Quiet seaside in the morning on Koh Phi Phi

Quiet seaside in the morning on Koh Phi Phi

Krabi
is one town where the ferry leaves to the islands. I stayed there for 3 nights and I loved it. Countless delicious and cheap street food (especially on the night market at the pier), one of the very best fruit shakes Thailand’s and even wonderful sights and beaches around. Two highlights and actually more or less MUST-DO’s are visiting Railay Beach and hiking to the Khao Ngon Nak View Point. Railay Beach might be busy, therefore, I recommend to wake up early to get there (trust me, it’s worth it). Khao Ngon Nak View Point is around 40 mins away by scooter and a bit hidden. Maybe I will write a blog entry in the near future about how you can get there 🙂 It’s a kind of exhausting hike, especially when you are not used to doing it at 35°C. However, the big advantage is that you won’t find many tourists on the trek AND it’s so beautiful up there!! I met an inspiring guy from England on the top as he left his home roughly 8 years ago and moved to Australia to start his own business. I even hung out with him again on the next day in Krabi town. I’m so happy to meet these people on my journey. For me, there is no Good Bye any more. Just a see you there or see you soon … which makes travelling so special.

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Khao Ngon Nak View Point

Railay Beach, Krabi

Railay Beach, Krabi

See you soon Michael!

Thanks for the beer Michael! #seeyousoon

I’m so glad that I can share all these memorable moments with you guys. Follow me on Facebook to see some more adventurous photos. I know already that I will come back to Thailand and its wonderful islands soon. Pretty sure you will love it, too 🙂

Stay safe,
All the best,
LuckyLuki

 

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One week in Pa(i)radise

Pai 
is a very relaxing village, based in Northern Thailand. It’s around 3 hours (bus drive) from Chiang Mai, which is the closest city to visit Pai. I was supposed to stay only 4 nights but I enjoyed myself so much I kept extending my stay until I was there for a whole week. In Pai, I met travellers, backpackers, locals and Hippies – Thailand even has a nickname for it “Hippieland” ; ). It definitely deserves the nickname!!

On my first day, I didn’t do anything besides relaxing in the hammock, reading, writing and playing the Ukulele (believe it or not, I’m getting better; )). The following day, I rented a scooter. If you want to be flexible when sightseeing this is a must -do in Pai and I would highly recommend it.  I believe this is also the best and cheapest option when exploring the area – you can get a scooter for 100 ThaiBaht which is ~2.50€/ day.

Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon

Selfie @PaiCanyon

Selfie @PaiCanyon

countless starsky

countless starsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first day with the scooter I went to Pai Canyon with some guys I met at my first hostel stay. You probably haven’t seen me with the rain jacket (photo) before. I had to wear my jacket because I was surprised by the rain!!. It lasted for maximum 10 minutes but those were enough haha. We got completely wet but I was glad that I brought my rain jacket with me : ). So we didn’t have perfect weather during the day but the view was still amazing and definitley worth seeing. A friend recommended that I should visit Pai Canyon during the evening and it didn’t disappoint me. I saw the most wonderful sky full of stars – perhaps one of my highlights from Pai. For those who only see darkness in the photo of the night sky: your eyes are good, I can’t see anything either, it’s because I don’t have the very best camera equipment but you need to imagine a wonderful, light sky full of stars! : )

The following photos show more of my adventures from lovely Pai:

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Big White Buddha

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Sunset from @Big White Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pai View Point

Chinese Village View Point

on the road

on the road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there is wonderful scenery everywhere. I already know that I will visit Southeast Asia again… A stop over in Pai is definitel compulsory! I couldn’t get enough and I couldn’t see everything that I wanted to because I got sick for my first time. Guess what happened?  A little bit of food poisoning. It was not too bad so I just stayed in the hostel for almost two days, doing nothing, eating nothing in order to get better.

These are my must-do’s in Pai:

  • rent a scooter – don’t pay more than 150 Baht, you can get it for 100 but then don’t expect to get the strongest, fastest superroller!
  • visit the night-market: delicious and very cheap food (try mango sticky rice once and I can guarantee you will want to get it everyday…)
  • Pai Canyon – I recommend to go there twice, once during the day and once at night … it’s worth it!
  • hot springs: there are some natural hot springs not far from the village (around 15mins by scooter)
  • Big White Buddha
  • Waterfalls: there are a couple of waterfalls around Pai – unfortunately, there is a dry-season right now which meant I was a bit disappointed when I visited them.
  • Chinese Village View Point

Also, I would recommend going to the Yellow Sun Bar as there was the best atmosphere when I stayed there. I liked it the most.
Acommodation tip: Up2U Guest House – quiet, friendly staff, 5mins walk to the night market. You can also rent a comfortable and pretty cheap bungalow anywhere you go.

I’m in Southern Thailand right now, looking forward to my upcoming adventures.

Stay safe,
All the best,
LuckyLuki

 

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Welcome 2 Thailand

Bangkok part two

Sounds boring? It's the complete opposite of that. I stayed there for three nights. Where? Khao San Road. Ever heard of that road? This is the main backpacker street, perhaps the biggest one on the whole globe, which I believe is a must-see in Bangkok. You don't have to spend the night there as I did (if you're looking for a quiet sleep - wrong place, I promise). As it is a usual street during the day, it turns crazy at night - guess I don't have to describe it any longer but it's definitely worth a visit.

Khao San #1

Khao San at night #1

Khao San at night #2

Khao San at night #2

So if you think of heading to Bangkok in the future, in the following a few highlights based on my personal experience:

  • Do a little sightseeing, for example, with a tuc-tuc driver. Advice: Always negotiate the price before a ride. When I did it on my first day, I saw some temples and the standing Buddha (over 30m tall).
Tuc-tuc

Tuc-tuc

standing 32m tall Buddha

standing 32m tall Buddha

  • Food, food, street food - good, cheap and anywhere you can look ... you can't starve in Thailand ... I promise!
  • Jam-session with this local Thai (even though my Ukulele skills are not existing yet) - that's a way how you get in touch with locals 🙂

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  • Waterpark/ amusement park with some super friendly guys I met the day before. Nobody knew why but the park was almost empty - good for us!
    That was also my first experience to ride a rollercoaster without any other visitors.

group photo @the park entrance

group photo @the park entrance

Chiang Mai
was my first destination of Northern Thailand. I took the night train from Bangkok, by the way, definitely recommended (comfy, pretty cheap and you safe one night acommodation!). 
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When I arrived, I was honestly a little bit disappointed, I probably expected to much after I heard so many positive reviews. I mean, I rented a scooter and had a wonderful mountain ride on an amazing road. 

However, up there, the view was terrible, although, the weather was beautiful - blue sky, ~30°C but I could hardly see anything because of the pollution. Chiang Mai is with a population of 200 000 people a way bigger city than I thought. 

Anyway, even though I stayed for only one night, I enjoyed it. AND I met one of the most inspiring guys I've met so far. His name is Many from Australia and a full-time traveller, earning income just through his online business for three years already - A real exotic, australien vagabond - as I try to find an acceptable description. He is an expert in low-budget travelling, too, he said that he backpacked through Europe with only 10€ per day - incredible for me. Oh and in case I forget: He blogs, too. So if you are looking for super low-budget travel tips and techniques - check out his website: http://www.rawsafari.com

Pai 
is my present place I stay and I love it so far. Quiet, friendly unstressed people and a beautiful scenery. Last day was probably my first real lazy day on my journey where I did nothing but relaxing in the guest house. Reading, writing, having naps and improving my Ukulele skills was basically the main productivity of the day. Compared to my last month (already 33 days abroad feels like a week!!) where I never spent longer than 3 nights at one place, I'm definitely going to stay a little longer here to settle down and to gain back some energy 🙂 

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view from the guest house


To sum up, if you are looking for a quiet, relaxed place without any hectics or stress in Thailand: go to lovely Pai. 

All the best
Stay safe,
LuckyLuki 

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Halong Hanoi Bangkok

Hey travellers,

Halong was so beautiful! Around 2000 limestone islets are based in a pretty small area and it really took my breath away. Even though the weather was cloudy and cold, it was overwhelming to see these hundreds of islands rising up from the water and seeing them up close from a boat was really something special.

I did the Halong Bay Boat Tour. It was something I felt I had to do after coming all the way to this wonderful place. It was, for sure, the most touristy thing I have done on my travels so far. Usually, I try to avoid overcrowded places (at least when I’m outside a big city) because they tend to be expensive and it spoils the magic of a place when you can’t even move because of the  other tourists around.

Kayaking through Halong Bay - definitely one highlight of the Boat Tour :)

Kayaking through Halong Bay – definitely one highlight of the Boat Tour 🙂

However, on that day, high season was over and as I told you, the weather was cloudy and pretty cold actually. I thought this boat trip is a must for any to do-list in this part of the world but I would be lying if I said I really enjoyed the trip. I mean, I met some nice people on the boat and took some amazing photos. BUT if you don’t want to be surrounded by other tourists while travelling, I honestly would not recommend to do this boat tour. If I had done this in high-season, I think I would have collapsed!

Halong Bay panorama

Halong Bay panorama

After the Halong Bay Boat Trip experience, I met this little kid on one island. He was so cute and polite when he asked me for a photo with me. Immediately after we took the photo, he ran quickly back to his father with a “yes”, “yes”, “yes”. I am really starting to enjoy moments instead of things. That’s what life is supposed to be. Being happy, living, loving, sharing and enjoying!

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The next day, I rented a motorbike to explore Cat Bá island. I rode across the whole island which was beautiful because I love to explore new places by myself. There were not many people living there and visiting this island anyway. However, this amazing motorbike tour didn’t last long… When I came to a small town (probably the only one of the island), someone followed me and forced me to stop. When I stopped, he said the motorbike belongs to him. I replied: “No, I rented it, it can’t be yours!” I mean anyone can say this is mine so I didn’t trust him and wanted to move on. Suddenly, he became serious, he took the keys off me and called the police. Slowly I realized it really might be his…

To sum up this “adventure”: They rented me a stolen motorbike and the real owner recognized the bike. That means at the end I was kind of stuck at the island but I found a nice Vietnamese man who took me to the ferry station and even showed me the Cat Bá National Park. Sometimes you find such friendly human beings while travelling. To be in touch with locals is important to me when I’m travelling because I can learn so much about their culture and behaviour.

Met those guys on the ferry to Cat Bá (when I still had my motorbike) - always amazing to talk to new people - #partoftravels

Met those guys on the ferry to Cat Bá (when I still had my motorbike) – always amazing to talk to new people – #partoftravels

from Cat Bá National Park 

boundless

boundless

Hanoi &Bangkok
After my stay in Halong I had to go to Hanoi from where my flight to Bangkok went on the following day. So Hanoi was just a one night stopover for me. Although as a city it will always be unforgettable for me because (maybe you remember my post where I had my first ukulele lesson on the beach?) it was where I bought my first musical instrument – a ukulele. Even though I cannot really play, from now on I can practise whenever I want to.

faithful little travel buddy

faithful little travel buddy

Well, I’m back in Bangkok right now to plan my adventure for the next few weeks. And where will I be spending the next few weeks? Here in Thailand – I will be heading up to Chiang Mai on an overnight train on the 23rd.

I’m so glad to share my experience with you and I’m already looking forward to my adventures.

Take care,
LuckyLuki

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Adventure button: on

Hey guys!

I originally wanted you to introduce into my first day experience and the exciting unknowing hours before departure. So as I already knew, I´m definitely the person you can call a “last second travelling packer” haha. I´ve packed my staff just the evening before leaving and always thought I´ve too less with me but now I know I have way too much! I become desperate right now and I am probably going to ship some clothes back home because it´s too heavy to care it all day around.

BANGKOK as my first place to stay, really fascinates me. There live over 8 mio people, which is basically the population of Austria. Comparing with cities like Vienna, there is so much traffic. People commonly use motorbiketaxis, actually never wearing any helmets, to overrun stucked cars. I haven´t trust them yet but I have to try once haha. As a walker you have to pay a lot of attention, too, because cars seem to never watch if you walk over a crosswalk or not.

At my first day, I´ve been to a beautiful rooftop bar at night as you can see on the pictures. Then I rent a bicycle on an island the following day. I almost got lost but I kept riding and found the base where I rent it before sunset (lucky me;)). Right now, I am staying at a hotel in Bangkok for my last night in Thailand, heading to Cambodia tomorrow in a small group with very nice and friendly people. I also know now that my english is much worse than I thought but it feels like it´s getting better every hour. I´m pretty excited for my trip to Cambodia tomorrow, so as it´s almost 2am and I have to wake up at 6h tomorrow to reach the bus, I am sending a good night from Bkk.

Best wishes,
Lucky Luki

Bangkok at night

Bangkok at night

rented bike @theisland

rented bike @theisland

ferry from Bkk city to the island

ferry from Bkk city to the island

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