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Author Archives: Menno & Janneke

Refuse in Thailand. What the brochures don’t show.

One really sad thing that is obvious in Thailand is the refuse & pollution everywhere. It’s overwhelming & something we did not expect here. Refuse is everywhere, whether it be city or countryside, town or beach. It really seems like the locals have no idea that they are being swamped by refuse. Everywhere we went, … Continue reading »

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Stray dogs living the beach bum lifestyle in Thailand

Our perceptions of the proverbial “dogs life” that many stray animals may have may have changed somewhat over the last few weeks that we have been in Thailand. We have seen a great number of seemingly “stray” dogs, loafing about in the streets & especially on the beaches. The difference in Thailand however seems to … Continue reading »

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711 in Thailand. The Westerner’s refuge.

It’s unbelievable how many 711’s there are in Thailand. In every place we have been, there is a 711 every few blocks & they’re always busy. Get to a major bus terminus & there is a 711. Basically they sell items like sweets, cooldrinks, toiletries, fast foods, dairy products etc. Things that we regard as … Continue reading »

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Getting to and from Bangkok and getting around in Bangkok.

Wow. Complex, confusing, frustrating & infuriating. That sums it up. We arrived in Bangkok early morning after an overnight trip from Phuket via bus. There are a number of long haul bus services running between the major centers like Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi & many more. Usually these buses come in 3 categories, ie, … Continue reading »

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Washing and “ironing” while backpacking

We’ve got into the routine of wearing the same old 2 or 3 pairs of clothes everyday. After all, who cares & who knows us here. We’re not on a fashion parade & within 10 minutes of leaving an air conditioned room, the sweet is pouring off one in any case. Talking about air conditioning. … Continue reading »

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The “Land of smiles”.

This sure describes the Thai people. Friendly & spontaneous without the jaded edge that often comes along with a difficult line of work. An example can be found with the working girls of the party district of Patong. One would expect them to have an antagonistic & jaded attitude at foreigners gawking and taking pictures … Continue reading »

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Food markets and street vendors. To eat or not to eat…..

Although everyone has told us that food is cheap in Thailand, if you need to eat everything from restaurants & cafe’s & keep on doing this throughout a whole month, you will be spending too much of your budget on food. Anyway, that’s what we are starting to realize. Also, when in Thailand, one would … Continue reading »

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Wat Chalong

“Wat” meaning temple. This is said to be the most important of the many temples in the Phuket region. Although we are not familiar with the traditions, rites & ceremonies of the Buddhist faith, I personally always feel reverence & a peacefully calm in these beautiful monuments built in honor of ancient spiritual leaders. I … Continue reading »

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Getting to grips with transport in Thailand

WOW. That is the most difficult part. Firstly the language difference makes it almost impossible to explain to locals what & where you want to go. At hotels it’s OK, but from hotels to other main routes & place is expensive via hotel shuttle. Once they drop you off at a public bus stop, the … Continue reading »

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Nai Yang Beach resort

Found this lovely resort less than 2 km’s from the airport. At a budget price of ZAR 442 for the two of us. A few hundred meters from Nai Yang beach. Quite a luxury for a backpacking trip though, but I think we’ll need this 1st night to be in comfort after the long flight … Continue reading »

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