Bangkok is an exciting and enchanting city. With its many street markets, temples, palaces and countless fragrant food stalls to explore you could spend a lifetime in this city and still come back begging for more. Although there is a myriad of adventures to experience in Bangkok there are also many opportunities for exploration outside the city limits.
Bangkok has become one of my favourite cities: amazing temples, floating markets, sky bars for a chill out drink at night, unforgettable street food and drinks. The metropolis is as peaceful and slow-paced as it is dynamic, depending if you are willing to go around exploring, even the less touristy places. I go around on a bike, trying out various street food, drinking Thai Chai, loving the vibes of the city, imprinting the smiles of the local people into my heart.
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Thailand – The Land of Smiles
When I came to Thailand, I had no idea what it means to live in a monsoon time (that your clothes and glass case and nuts can go mouldy in a few days cause of the moist), what is 7-Eleven, Swensons, Family Mart, Tao Kae Noi, or Pad Thai and who was Bhumibol Adulyadej. I equally had no idea there are at least 13 different smiles that a Thai person might use, each one having a specific meaning.
Bangkok – Must See and Do
Bangkok has got a lot of charms, some touristy, some not so. For me, there were five places which I loved and would recommend:
Phi Phi Islands, Thai Box and How I Stopped Throwing Ice Away
If you stay in Krabi, you are bound to visit some of those beautiful islands in the area. There are many to choose from, the weirdly shaped Chicken Island, the James Bond Island (famous – obviously – thanks to one of the Bond movies, The Man with the Golden Gun), the lovely Hong Island or the National Park of the Phi Phi Islands which became notorically famous thanks to the movie The Beach, starring young Leonardo Di Caprio.
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Trekking in Krabi II – Hot Stream and Emerald Pool
These two places are widely discussed online and the opinions on them differ greatly. My personal one is that the Hot Stream is overrated and a complete rip off, especially if you go off season, but the Emerald Pool is quite a stun – especially at low season when not many tourists are around.
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Trekking in Krabi I – Dragon Crest and Tiger Cave
If you love trekking and hiking, you are bound to fall in love with the lush jungle and cliff area of Krabi. Among my top treks there would definitely be the amazing jungle trek of Dragon Crest (Khao Ngon Nak), the Tiger Cave trek and The Emerald Pool and Hot Stream trek.
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Immersing into the Krabi Life
When it comes to living in Thailand, you are bound to speak about the local cuisine. Thai cuisine is something people love to talk about because yes, it is good, with a spicy edge, lots of herbs and other ingredients with medicinal benefits (such as garlic and onion), colourful, varied, and nutritious.
Community Life in Thailand
Working in Marina Yoga and Reiki centre in Krabi, Thailand, you are constantly exposed to a high degree of spirituality, which might be inspiring but sometimes also demanding. Time runs quickly here with two yoga classes every day, reiki healing sessions, going to beaches, temples and for forest walks with the ten dogs Marina has taken in to look after so that they would not go stray in the streets.
Setting off again
Sometimes people go “Wow!” when you go “Oh…”
Yes, I am off for another journey, another adventure. A month in a yoga and reiki centre in Krabi, Thailand, with a flight to Bangkok then to feel like a tourist for a couple of days, and then off for another yoga centre, this time for two months – in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. And then, if all goes well, a month in the Sunshine Coast near Brisbane, spent by dog-sitting, with a Christmas invitation from the family who I will helping.