A three hour flight away from the bustle of Bangalore and you’re in Thailand! I was in serious need of a break after working throughout December while I see my friends post their pictures of their exotic vacays on Facebook. Sunny skies and beaches – yup, it was time for me to hit the islands too.
First stop was Bangkok or should I say: “The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma” (thanks Wikipedia).
Yup, that’s what the name means. After a day of sightseeing and also getting taken for a ride by a tuk-tuk driver who was adamant that I visit numerous gem stores, I had a pleasant meet up with one of my friends who has been galavanting around South East Asia since the end of his internship late last year.
By the way, in terms of getting around in a tuk tuk, this is where I was missing India the most. These Thai tuk tuk drivers will shamelessly charge a tourist between 100 and 200 Bhat for less than 2km – what a rip off. This was when I was missing Indian tuk tuk rates. I opted to walk instead which was not even 15 minutes. Luckily, most of the attractions in Bangkok are within walking distance from Khao San Road.
The next morning, it was off to Kanchanaburi and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai and the Thai-Burma death railway, aptly named because during its construction, it is said that 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along it. Yeah… morbid for a holiday I know…
Finally, last stop for the next four days was Koh Samui. A perfect ending of sun, surf and white sands.