Hello and welcome to my blog for week two and three in Bangkok. There is never a dull day in Thailand when there is so much to experience, with a range of activities to keep you entertained when you get some time away from work. These last two weeks have been full on to say the least but I’ve enjoyed every moment.
Week two saw us take our first trip away from Bangkok, to the beautiful province of Krabi, which is famous for its amazing views and beautiful beaches. Railay was my personal favourite spot. We had to take a boat ride from Ao Nang to Railay, which was quite chaotic and rocky. However it was all worth it as I can wholeheartedly say Phra Nang Cave Beach is the best beach I’ve ever seen and that’s saying a lot considering the amazing beaches New Zealand has to offer. Phra Nang Cave Beach gets its name because of the spectacular rock formations that are lined with caves. One of the most famous caves is the Phra Nga Cave or Princess Cave. Inside the cave is a fertility shrine. The combination of the caves, the crystal clear, warm water and the views of the mountains and trees full of monkeys was a site worth seeing.
Work and Food
One thing I love about work are the colleagues. All of them seem like great people and although some of them speak very little English they still make an effort to make me feel welcome. My work buddies also show me the best local spots for food, which is giving me an authentic experience of real Thai food. Seeing their faces when a customer happens to be a foreigner is surreal, something they’re obviously not use to. But they are always willing to learn about where I’m from and my journey in Bangkok so far. Plus the food they make is amazing! I’ve definitely developed an appreciation for Thai food, something I will take back home to New Zealand with me.
As well as sharing this experience with my twin brother, who is also here in Thailand, this week I was lucky enough to catch up with a good friend from New Zealand. He has been backpacking around South Asia for the last couple of months. It seemed like such a small world when we found out that we’d all be in Bangkok at the same time, and this made the catch up so much more special. Getting the opportunity to experience a new country with such a different culture to home with good friends, is a special memory I won’t forget.