Happy Makha Bucha Day

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Wat Phan Tao, Chiang Mai Thailand

Read my post about celebrating Makha Bucha Day in Chiang Mai.

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A Day in Pai

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The morning in Pai

Pai is a beach town in the mountains. It attracts travellers looking to experience the lazy mountain beauty of Thailand and are of a Bohemian, Hippie, Health conscious and Cannabis friendly type.

Some consider Pai too touristy, too full of Westerns looking for a party.  Ignoring the fact that Thai’s also like to party ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I found Pai had far less of the obnoxious North American tourists that drunkenly loiter Khao San Road in Bangkok. Instead it is the domain of Wealthy Asian tourists and the deadlocked, bohemian European backpackers.

I loved Pai for its mix of traditional conservatism and open-mindedness, its compactness, its surrounding natural beauty and friendliness.

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Getting Lost in Bangkok’s Chinatown

TheKollektive_Bangkok_ChinaTown_02I planned most of my tourist wanderings in Bangkok based upon destinations I could walk to.  My Thai hosts found this very strange as Thai’s don’t walk much in Bangkok because it’s frankly too hot to do so.  But, I was on vacation so it didn’t matter to me if I was sweaty when I got to my destination & I like to walk to orient myself in a new city.

Bangkok’s Chinatown was within reasonable walking distance … if walking an hour one way is reasonable to you.  To me it was at the time, although it turned out to be decision I questioned on the way home.  “Why don’t you take a Tuk Tuk, Kinga?” You ask, well I would have if the driver’s hadn’t wanted to over charge me by 300%, because they could & another tourist will their price anyways.

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Bangkok Temple Hopping: Wat Pho

Wat Phra Kaew it the temple everyone says you must see, but Wat Pho was my favourite. Wat Pho is the oldest temple in Bangkok, founded in the 17th century as Wat Photaram, a name that refers to the monastery of the Bodhi tree in Bodhy Gaya, India where Buddha attained enlightenment.  In 1801, Wat Pho received the name it is known under now under the reign of King Rama IV.

 

Wat Pho is located south of Wat Phra Kaew & the Royal palace & you can easily walk there after visiting Wat Phra Kaew.

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Solo Backpacker in Bangkok

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Night view of the Democracy Monument

I didn’t hate Bangkok, but I didn’t love it.  It reminded too much of all of the other cities I’ve been to &  I was looking for something different in my trip. Something less noisy & urban.

I can’t describe my time in Bangkok in one post as it would be extremely long (& boring).  I’m going to start with the place most backpackers start in Bangkok, my hostel &  Khao San Road.

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