Six month prior to the trip we started organising everything; searching for the best price for plane tickets, picking the places to visit, and dreaming…. After all, the trip starts like this, right? Dreaming of what is to come.
The big day came and we hopped in the plane. Arriving in Bangkok, we went through a very bureaucratic immigration, with lots of fill in here, show there, fill in there... we packed our bags and were scared to death of the chaotic traffic. But no… everything was normal, flowing perfectly.
Rest after 20 hours flying and 9 hour time zone difference? No way! We were too exited to be there. We took a shower and went straight to Khao San Road. The famous backpackers street has its charm: sidewalk massage, elephant trousers everywhere, coconut ice cream and even a scorpion skewer (no, I did not have the “time” to eat).
We went to a small restaurant and there it was: our first curry! Mine was red curry, mushrooms and shrimp. And I loved it! First impression was the best. Thai cuisine caught us instantly!
We went off Khao San Road, down on a parallel street, with other and much more charming restaurants, and there I had the first Thai beer; Chang! I’m not a beer expert but the chill Chang was a pleasure for a hot night, not a craft beer, it was very light,… the way I like it!
In the other 2 days in the Thai capital, we went to check the temples.
The first of them was Wat Phra Kaew, the most beautiful and impressive, in my opinion. That’s where the Emerald Buddha, the holiest of Thailand, is to be found. The site is a complex of temples, with various statues and mythological figures. My tip is to get started with this temple. Then very near is located the Grand Palace. Where the king's body was still veiled.
The next day we went to the ancient capital of Thailand Ayutthaya.
There we had a few nice surprises: The first was to see the ruined temples, one prettier than the other, built in different periods of history; The second was the royal summer house, a beautiful place open to visitation, with several houses inspired by architectures from places in the world such as China and Europe; The third was lunch in a simple, family-run restaurant where we were able to taste a unique taste of Thai cuisine. One of the best meals we had in Thailand.
And then, after those days in Bangkok, we went to well known Thailand Coast.
Well December and January are the best time to visit the country, and we can confirm that! Unfortunately in Koh Phi Phi we were not lucky. We had two intense rainy days. Rain in paradise, two days inside the hotel…
Thailand Coast is must-must go, but plan to get there on the best seasons.