It has been almost a year since the last time I went to Thailand. I am still grateful that I decided to visit Siam (the country’s old name) again. The first time I visited was year 2005 but I did not enjoy as much as I did from my recent trip because it is more of work and city life experience. This second visit is more of RnR and I felt the culture of Amazing Thailand (Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Phuket) more.
First stop – Bangkok
We decided to go to Ayutthaya on our third day. We went to the train station very early in the morning to catch the earliest ride to the old province. It took two hours until the last stop. The train was quite old but the ride is a refreshing sight to see from urban to rural Thailand. Once we arrived at the Ayutthaya station, tour guides have approached us from all directions. One must be firm enough to say “no” for those who have their own maps like us or at least haggle as low as you can from the first price they quote you. There is also an option to ride your way through the temples. (For those who are used to cycling that is, my two girlfriends, don’t know how, so we were stuck with haggling as best as we can with a tour guide/tuk-tuk driver). We thought we did not get a good deal with our tour but we were wrong. Visiting the temples in Ayutthaya is priceless and having a tour guide who knows how to speak conversant English is a plus too.
Second stop – Ayutthaya
Third stop – Phuket
We went to Phi Phi Islands on our second day in Phuket. It was drizzling in the morning so we were not that excited going in for a swim. After hours of going to the port, we went to this big boat. I am used to beaches so I am not as exhilarated as other tourists were. The rain stopped just enough to give us time to snorkel and appreciate the underwater beauty of Phi Phi islands. Too bad I do not have an underwater camera.
To sum it all up. I had a great time in Amazing Thailand. Looking forward to visiting the rest of Asia.♥