Bangkok stolicą Tajlandii
Thailand is a country that is visited annually by 35 million tourists from around the world. I was also encouraged by positive reviews about Thailand and went there for 3 weeks. I organized the holiday myself, without any operator, which is extremely simple, because if you go out of season, and I chose this period, there are a lot of free places on the plane, as well as in the most popular resorts. The most important is the flight, which is easy to book on the so-called “one ticket”. There are plenty of competing companies on the network, but I recommend Mazurkas Travel. The search engine will find you every possible connection. We chose the connection Wrocław – Warsaw – Doha – Bangkok. We start our journey in Bangkok, because it is he who is the first tourist destination. I stated that I want to see Bangkok because it is the capital of Thailand and gives a picture of life in this country. Taking advantage of good bookings, because I emphasize that few tourists go to Thailand during the rainy season, we chose the famous hotel from the movie Hangover in Bangkok: Lebua State at Tower, which is characterized by one of the highest sky bars in the world and beautiful views of the city and winding across the river Menam. I conclude that it is worth it because the hotel has great food, friendly service that speaks English fluently, which will later turn out to be a surprising exception against the background of non-Thai speakers. The hotel is very comfortable, the rooms are large and we, in 3 people, easily fit in a regular apartment.
Bangkok is shocking from the first moment. Already at the airport you experience the first shock when you go out to the row of taxis and crowds of Thai people moving around this place. Taxis come in two colors and belong to two corporations, which is also surprising because there are practically no private taxi drivers. Taxis are green and pink. Most are Toyota Corolle or a specific Asian SUV model for larger luggage. In turn, Vans are actually only the Toyota Commuter model. The city of Bangkok is a concrete desert, a network of 2-3 strip streets, intersections and high, shabby skyscrapers, which are built next to low, makeshift houses resembling barracks or huts. Thai people also live in them. As in every society, there are social classes here, and so it is in Thailand. Depending on the wealth of the wallet, the average wealthy and rich have cars. To our surprise, 90% of the cars are models that do not appear or occur with us, but in other versions, e.g. large Isuzu, Nissan with v6 engine etc. Each Honda has the inscription V-Tec you can see that the people of Thailand appreciate this engine. In our Honda models there is no such inscription on the flap. Thai people love cars with front bumpers, roof rails, chrome inserts. Here everything is supposed to shine and there should be a lot of it and look solid. Taj is small but he carries a big car. Western brands such as BMW and Mercedes are rare, but they exist. They are reserved for the richest and practically always have very dark all glass. We have specific darkening standards for front and side windows, but as you can see there are no such standards. In Thailand, there is left-hand traffic, which is a nightmare for tourists renting scooters and is the cause of many accidents involving them. Imagine that on the island of Phuket, the most visited island of Thailand, one foreign tourist dies every day in a traffic accident on a scooter! 365 deaths per year. Asians can’t drive, they don’t follow any traffic rules and they don’t respect pedestrians. If we add the drunk alcohol that is allowed in Thailand, then you have an explosive mixture. Bravado, left-hand traffic and children on two-wheelers, three on one rickety scooter, is the perfect recipe for an accident. Bangkok is primarily poverty. You go out into the street and see people dressed in beggars, without teeth, with greasy hair, selling street food on the street, using gas cylinders to prepare meals. Nightmare! You, as a tourist, must avoid such things because of the brick intestinal flu. Most Thai people don’t cook at home, they just eat on the street, and those are the quick street snacks for them. My first good advice is to use a restaurant where you can see a fairly professional kitchen, pans on burners etc, with a toilet. But the risk still exists, because hygiene and Thailand don’t go hand in hand. Along with the lack of hygiene, there is a visible lack of compliance with health and safety rules. For example, going up the stairs you hold on to the handrail and hit your head on the ceiling too low. It happened to me three times. Going down the stairs, in turn, and you can easily slip because the stairs have no security and are made of slippery elements. Maybe this is the reason for so many plastered tourists. They are about crutches, orthoses and other inventions 🙂 We happily avoided injury but it was close. In Bangkok, we visited two temples:
The next point of the trip in Thailand is the island of Krabi. After 3 days we went by plane of the local airlines Air Asia, which are very cheap and well connected.
Then by ferry we sailed ashore the island of Kho Lanta, belonging to the island of Krabi, and we went through another shock. This island is 99% inhabited by very orthodox Muslims. Women wear burqas. some with their faces covered. Men in long cassocks, with hats on and mainly beards long. First impression: a third world country, disgusting shops, dirty streets and pavements, and a plague of homeless dogs and cats. Something terrible, zero standard. English at absolutely zero level. Thai Language does not meet the needs of communication. Locals do not even understand simple questions, e.g. where to refuel. Let’s move to the place where we spent 5 nights. It was well located, right on the beach, which was practically not tourists. The beach is beautiful, even wild but very cluttered which is a terrible contrast, when we see crabs coming down after this garbage. The locals do nothing to make this place clean. They are not aware, they take care of their affairs and are lazy all day. The bungalow was large, spacious but very poorly made, but there is nothing to complain about. The rooms were cleaned by women who were dressed in burqas. The biggest disappointment was the food, it was so bad that there was practically nothing to eat. You had to feed on the main street in Kho Lanta, but the compensation for these inconveniences were the views and wild nature and the possibility of swimming in clean water. On the island of Kho-Lanta we visited the national park and we were on a boat trip the so-called long tail boat on the mangroove forest or mangrove forest. It was a trip combined with a trip around the islands on kayaks. Along the way, monkeys greeted us everywhere – entire gangs of macaques accustomed to tourists who regularly feed them with fruit treats. This was the biggest attraction. The monkeys turned out to be excellent swimmers which was a shock for us. Macaque got on the boat and then jumped out of it into the water and caught the catching fruit floating in it. During this trip we saw about 100 monkeys and there are really a lot of them there. Captain Jack, a guide in his broken English, explained that macaques hunt crabs and water birds, which is why they can dive. We were in the jungle twice and saw while crawling through the thicket dragon trees, two small cobras and two types of monkeys and two elephants. Kho Lanta is truly a beautiful island that shows the beauty of Thailand’s nature. Virgin, unpolluted by tourists but for a western townsman may not meet his standards of rest. We really relaxed and it was a great point on the program. Bottom line: Krabi is virginly beautiful and inexpensive, I emphasize in the rainy season. It is inhabited by unexplored but nice inhabitants who are just learning the right approach to tourism. Keep in mind that it was only in 1997 that electricity was installed. You can spend even a week on Kho lanta and we were not able to see everything during the 5 days of our stay. I especially recommend this part of Thailand to people looking for peace, true relaxation among the peace and the lush greenery of the island.
Islands of Thailand – Phi Phi
Another destination is the island of Phi-Phi o, where hotel employees on Kho-Lanta did not have the habit of expressing themselves in superlatives, probably to stay longer with them and leave a little more cash in their “resort”
However, we expected a great rest because it was recommended to us by those who were already on it. Using the lowest possible tourist occupancy period of all possible (this is September and October), we chose Hotel No. 1 on the island that we would not normally be able to afford: Phi Phi Island Village. To the island of Phi-Phi you take a ferry for about 1 hour in relatively comfortable conditions. However, you have the strange feeling that if something happened in this sea, you would be on your own. At every step you see the helplessness and thoughtlessness of the Thai people. Then, at the port of Phi-Phi, you will be transferred to the hotel by taxi in the form of the Long Tail Boat or Gypsy boat mentioned earlier. Our hotel was located almost at the very end of the island and we paid 800 BHT. Here you have to negotiate the prices strongly because the range is huge, reaching up to 1500 BHT. The resort was excellent, crystal clear water, a long sandy beach, the only downside of which was a rather significant runoff which took the “sea” and revealed a swampy goo. You had to walk about 100 meters then to submerge and take a bath. Surrounding with beautiful vegetation and palm trees, two large swimming pools, a modern Hawaiian reception desk and 3 restaurants. Lots of birds and great dragons walking around the resort. One was even caught swimming in the pool. We slept in an elegant, better made than on Kho-Lanta Bangalow. Very nicely equipped, with a modern bathroom and a specially separated wardrobe. Fairytale surroundings, like from postcards. 3 days spent in this place is real relaxation, if you want to relax choose a good hotel on Phi-Phi and you will not regret it. A big drawback was the monotonous food, no animations: here you can see the Thai mentality, who do not know how to entertain guests. They can only be artificially nice, nodding their head with hands folded as if to pray. The food offered by the hotel restaurants turned out to be too expensive and inedible so it forced us to eat outside the hotel in a local village inhabited by locals called sea gypsy. They are the owners of long tail boats, whose families run restaurants. It resulted in food poisoning, which I had a hard time with 40 degrees fever. Thank goodness that my body coped with it quickly. When it comes to trips to Phi Phi Island, we organized jungle trekking ourselves to the viewpoint through the forest, the island’s main attraction. There is no road network on phi-phi, you can go by boat or walk. After 6pm, walking is not recommended due to wildlife, especially the cobras and monkey gangs that throw coconuts at you. I also recommend diving, the island of Phi-Phi is the cleanest water in Thailand and you can even meet a shark when snorkeling or diving. We regret that we did not go snorkeling and that we were here so short. It is worth noting that the island of Phi Phi on December 26, 2004 survived the most tragic consequences Tsunami, which cost the lives of over 2,000 people and 70% of the infrastructure was destroyed. Today there are no traces of Tsunami. Hotels have been rebuilt, new ones have been created, although not much because the island is mainly covered with jungle. At the viewpoint there is a plaque reminding of this tragedy and instructing tourists that during the tsunami you have to run up the island. No words can reflect the charm of this island: You have to feel it yourself and I recommend it!
After Phi-Phi, it was Phuket’s turn. Usually trips start or end to Phuket because there is a large international airport
Phuket is a Mecca for hedonists and party people. Full of noise and noise, filled with premises of dubious reputation. It is also a center for sex tourism and shopping for fake products. Phuket was the worst stage of our trip and I wish we had been here for 4 days. The area of Kata Beach is dominated by Russians. You will find Russian speaking here more often than English. There are plenty of mixed marriages here. It’s sad to see young Thai women marry old men for money. Kata Beach has one advantage: you can go surfing here because the waves are big enough. Only one day of our stay was extremely successful. We went to Green Elephant Sanctuary Phuket. I recommend checking reviews about each place, the aforementioned sanctuary with elephants focuses on humane treatment, so without chains, without violence and without drugs. In other places, trekking is offered and elephant guardians can discipline elephants with pointed objects. This is not good for the sensitive psyche of the elephant. There are currently 13 elephants in the sanctuary that we visited, each of them rescued from misery. They are only females and two tiny elephants. Definitely a must see if you are here. We said goodbye to Thailand after 16 days of stay and we still have mixed feelings about this country. One thing is certain, we will definitely not go there again.