Durian, the world stinkiest fruit

Happy 1st July everyone. Here is another piece from my Thai adventure.

Woke up early in the morning, packed our stuff and went to take our ferry from Ao Nang to Phuket.

It was a pleasant 3 hour journey  on the board of the ferry, with a short stop at Ko Phi Phi Island. We were able to see some really cool cliffs and islands on the way.

Once we arrived to Phuket, a shuttle took us directly to our hotel, this was another 1 hour journey.

We arrived safely to our hotel, looked really luxurious with a nice swimming pool, actually several of them. You know what, it surely looked really nice, but I think it is a wast of money. Why? Here’s the thing, when you are having a trip like us, visiting Thailand and planning loads of activities to do during the day, you wont really have the chance to stay and enjoy the pool. Believe it or not, within what? 2-3 days I didn’t even touch the water in that pool.

Anyhow, although it started raining we took our rain coats and went out to grab something to eat. What else can you do when ever it’s raining?

We found this place just next to our hotel, it was quite empty, but hey, let’s give it a chance.

I have ordered a prawn pad Thai and Ciprian a dip fired fish with some sauce. Pad Thai is probably the most popular Thai dish you can get and it is really tasty. You will have rice noodles with peanuts, prawns or chicken, bean sprouts and some soy based sauce, delicious! The deep fried fish is also something you need to try out, i would advise the deep fried fish with garlic, oooh man it is amazing. Be careful, the fish might have bones, I almost chocked with a bone from this fish. I had to quickly run to the bathroom and pull it out from my throat and it wasn’t pleasant, could have been really dangerous.

It was quite cheap, £2 the Pad Thai, £1 fresh fruits, around 50 – 80p coconut water and about £6 the fish.

After we finished having dinner the rain stopped and we went out to explore more the city. You will find food everywhere, had a really nice nutella pancake with banana..wow, delicious, cant remember how much it was, but for sure under £1.

So many cool places to see and things to do. Sometime you just wanna walk around and enjoy the pace and breath, but this is not possible as everyone try to pull you into a pub or restaurant or tuk tuk or sell you something, it can be really aggressive sometimes and definitely really annoying.

Right! After 4 full days in Thailand the time finally came to try out the world stinkiest food, durian. Maaan, that stuff is smells sooo so bad. I cant really describe the smell, well it smells like something rotten. The taste is sweet, really sweet, the taste is not as bad as the smell. It has a weird silky, creamy texture, I would say…like pudding.

I managed to have 2 spoons and we gave the entire thing away to some local Thai people from the street. The durian cost us around £10, but you either love it or hate it. I think even after 2-3 hours I could still feel the horrible taste, smell, cause I was keep burping it back.

Such a great first day in Phuket, but what is ahead of us for the next day is one in a lifetime experience. Spending a day with the elephants in the Elephant Sanctuary was such an emotional and beautiful experience.

Stay with me, follow this blog, follow me on YouTube to see our great adventure further on in Thailand. Thank you so much for passing buy and reading about my experience. I hope I inspired you in some way. Have a great day.

 

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My last day in Ao Nang, Thailand

Our last day in Ao Nang. Well, the day tour came to an end and after spending a bit more time around the islands and jungle we returned to Ao Nang. Spent the evening walking around the beach and as always looking for places to eat.

This was our last day in Ao Nang and surely a place we will miss. Just as I am writing this, I am having flash backs from this place, realizing that investing  in a day trip as such, is a much more memorable and valuable experience, than spending a day on any beautiful white sand beach.

Probably it is just the way I am, I enjoy more hiking a mountain, exploring new places or going on an adventure just like this day trip, instead of relaxing on the beach. I could do that too, but not too long, cause my mind is always thinking of doing something new…I just need to be active.

I am curious, who is following my adventure and enjoying reading about my experience. Leave me a comment guys, lift a hand… come on 🙂

Our 4th Day in Thailand will be in Phuket, another popular Island in the Andaman sea.

Stay close because shortly I will get back to you with another adventure.

Private Boat Tour – Hong Islands, Thailand

Wow, what a day! Our second day in Ao Nang and finally the peak of our trip has arrived. We have booked a private boat for a day to take us around Hong Islands, just about 45 minutes away from Ao Nang.

A massive long tail boat, piked us up with a tour guide to take us around the islands. We have stopped at Hong Island, Lading Island, Pakbia Island and Daeng Island.

In a clever way we started our list of islands from the bottom up to avoid all the boat tour agencies and the big crowds. So we went straight away to Hong Island, which had a really impressive white sand beach and a beautiful turquoise water.

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We had a long tail boat just for ourselves and on top of that, an entire beach as well! How awesome is that?

IMG_1703Had a good swim, got a nice tan…, actually not that nice, cause it was painful.

After we got tired of swimming, we took the kayaks down from the boat and we went around Hong Island to go in its lagoon. I mean this was mind blowing, beautiful water, seen some jellyfish on the way, loads of flying fish racing with us around the island.

We got into the lagoon, seen some giant bets hanging on a tree which was a bit spooky and right after that the rain came. By that time our boat arrived to the lagoon as well, so we got on it and had lunch.

We have been really lucky you know. When we arrived to Bangkok, we had a really sunny day, but the time we left, we heard from our friends that there was a huge flood and heavy rain in Bangkok. In the same way, when we arrived to Ao Nang, it was raining, kind of all day long…so you can see that the second day when we had the day trip the sun was up and shining. It was exactly the same in our trip to Phuket, a one day rainy relaxing day and the 2nd day when we had our activity planned the sun was up and shining again. We were blessed.

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I think we had about 2-3 hours on the sea when actually set down to  have something to eat. Mmmm sooo good, I was so hungry, maan, I could have eaten anything, but the food was really lovely. Button squash soup with chicken, rice, omelet and deep fried chicken. Yam yam, spicy, but maaan it was good.

After we had some good food, while the rain was still falling, we jumped off the boat into the blue, turquoise water…I am not that of a skillful jumper as you can see from the video, but surely had loads of fun.

We had our time at Hong Island and than we went to a different one, I cant really remember the order, but it is the island were we met the mafia of the island. A monkey, brave enough to steal anything and all of you stuff.

We didn’t spent too much time on this island as it was still raining, but we spent enough to enjoy the water and have fun with our tour guide Tony.

Our last stop was at a really small island, where we got the chance to see some yellow fish under the water, explore a bit of a jungle and yeeei, fly my drone which was fun.

I will continue this article with our second part of the day, till then have a look into the vlog I made about our 3rd day in Thailand, 2nd day in Ao Nang.

Let me know what you think. Which one is your favorite part of Thailand?

Ao Nang, Krabi – Thailand’s one of best holiday destination – Day 2

Looking out on the plane window it was disappointing to see all the thunderstorm clouds covering Krabi. Once landed we took a shuttle from the Airport to Ao Nang, a very popular beach destination in the Andaman Sea. Our accommodation was around 50 min away from the airport and cost us 150 THB / head.

As the thunderstorm clouds slowly faded away, the rain stopped and you could witness this amazing scenery of the clouds lifting up from Krabi’s, hundreds of cliffs and beautiful green mountains.

We arrived to Cliff View Resort, it felt like you are in the middle of the jungle. The sounds of the jungle made its presence, you could hear the crickets, insects, frogs and green vegetation was simply mesmerising.

We stayed at one of these summer wooden villas, it wasn’t the tidiest little things but for the price it was worth it. Payed just under £13/night, including breakfast.

Suddenly the jungle went silent and within 15 – 20 minutes the rain started pouring down. Until the rain will stop again, we decided to go to one of the restaurants and try out some thai food.

We had some really good food, made peace with our enemies as Ciprian say’s quite often.

After all that good food, you had to have a thai massage as well, so that was our next destination. 1 hour thai massage, costs around £6 and can be really relaxing, or not, depending how hard the masseuse breaks you bones.

By the time we finished with the massage, the rain stopped and explored further on the island and its food.

2nd Day in Ao Nang, really excited, a 1 day private boat trip around the islands and beaches, just like the once on your favourite wallpapers.

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Thai city life – Bangkok, Thailand

After a 13 hours flight, we finally arrived to Bangkok, Thailand. The first experience we had stepping into Thailand, was the heavy humid heat that punched us straight in our face and for a few moments we were learning how to breath.

The second thing we did when arrived at the airport was to take a taxi and go to our hotel. Well, by the time we finished our holiday, we realized that the taxi driver charged us twice as much than the actually price. If you ever take a taxi in Thailand show them the meter and ask them polity to turn it on, it will save you loads of money.

A third experience was the tuk tuk scam. Freshly arrived to Bangkok, eager to explore the city, we stopped for a moment to look at our map and decided where to start. At this time a very kind local man, with a fluent English, approached us advising the ultimate and ideal plan for the day. Without any experience or proper research, the mans plan was very plausible and genuine. He even stopped a tuk tuk for us and explained the driver where to take us, and here is were the adventure started.  We got onto the tuk tuk, enjoyed our first experience having this very loud and fun ride.

At first we stopped at a local street food place, had some tasty tom yum soup, some stir fried noodles and experienced how does it feel when your face is burning off from a really spicy dish. Next to the street food stall was the Standing Buddha temple, really nice and genuinely impressive. I even said, Bangkok is very similar to Romania as in both places you will find temples at every corner of the street.

Leaving from the temple we realized that we actually fell into a very common scam, as the next destination was a suit store, where we supposed to get a suit from the tailor and the tuk tuk driver to get a commission out of it. We had to go to the first tailor, a second tailor, than a tourism agency, an invitation to a jewelry store, to eventually the tuk tuk driver tell us…Duuude, i cant make any business out of you guys, so this is your last stop.

For 40 THB, it was a good deal to have the first tuk tuk experience and visit a few temples and learn what we had to learn about scams. If in Thailand you must try the tuk tuk, I mean, come oon, you have too. All you have to say: Take me to this location without any stop and for x amount of money, some smiled and refused, but there was always someone who was happy to take us to our destination.

Street food stalls, thai massage places, shops, bars are everywhere you look and they are happy to welcome you into their place.

At the end of the day we managed to visit a few malls and sit down as well to have some brilliant flavorful Thai food with my great friend Pang from Bangkok and Cata, a Romanian friend who happen to be working in Bangkok that week.

I hope you enjoy the video and shows you a bit from what we have seen, tasted and experienced.

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The Best of Thailand

It’s funny how at the beginning of this year I said to myself I will travel less this year and still ended up having an 8 day trip in Thailand. I haven’t even properly recovered from the jet lag and I am already dreaming about my next trip to visit another corner of this world.

Can someone pay me to travel? Wouldn’t that be the perfect job?

I just returned from an 8 day trip in Thailand. Went with my buddy Ciprian and had a wonderful time. Stayed 4 days in Bangkok, visited the temples, Chinatown, old town, new town and the crazy night life.

I also managed to catch up with some great friends whom I haven’t seen in a long long time, so it was good to catch up with everything that happened lately in our life.

Beside the temples and the cities great vibe, I experienced the most amazing foods I ever tasted, green curry, pad thai, amazing snacks like deep fried shrimps and crabs and some crazy ones like scorpions, grass hoppers and crickets.

I’m glad I was able to visit the south as well and had a great weather considering the horrible forecast. Spent 2 days in Ao Nang, living in the jungle and visiting Hong Island and the nearby places.

After Ao Nang we took a fairy boat and crossed the Andaman Sea to Phuket and stayed at Patong beach. Really enjoyed going with the motorbike up to the mountain and into the jungle spending one day with the elephants at Phuket’s Elephant Sanctuary.

On the way back to England we had a 12 hours layover in Amsterdam, so we decided to go out into the city and explore the great architecture, food, canals and by default Red light district 🙂

Here is just a short video about the best of Thailand, but stay tuned as I will post one or more vlogs about each day I spent there.

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