Journey to the South, stopping at Hoang Mai

Hanoi

Yeah! Finally! The start of my awesome motorbike adventure to Flipside Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City from Flipside Hostel, Hanoi by doing the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Ho Chi Minh Trail…Is…Just wow, such a mind blowing, spectacular, awesome, amazing and beautiful road to go on. And it is heaven for motorbike riders and wanting to travel to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, or even anything along the way.

I bought my motorbike from such a good reputable motorbike shop, called “Hanoi Motorbike Adventure” And they have got pretty decent and reliable motorbikes either to sell or for rent. They treat you like friends, and not as a customer, which really amazed me. They are such good bunch of friendly, kind and caring people and offered you free beers which is lovely, having a good conversation with them about anything from sports to our cultures. They will also provide helmet, map of Vietnam, extended luggage rack and bike chain to secure your bike for parking. And they always will be there for you while you are traveling down south to Ho Chi Minh City, and they message me around twice a week which is a nice touch.   Hanoi Motorbike Adventure, if you are reading this, I want to say thank you!

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My motorbike

Hanoi, what can I say about Hanoi…Hanoi is an awesome city, but trying to get out of Hanoi is so crazy! I started my journey at 7am, thinking I will miss the rush hour, but I was wrong! It is sooooooooooo busy! Took me ages, approximately around 30 minutes to get out! I have witnessed two crashes, it is mainly between cars and motorbikes! So always use your horn, it is your life saver! To warn them and get them out of your way! Horn is your best friend in Hanoi or even in any major cities in Vietnam if you want to stay alive! I know I used it a few times! Always keep your eyes open! Don’t even blink!

Mai Chau

Journey to Eco Homestay, took me around 3 hours and 30 minutes from Flipside Hostel, Hanoi and it is approximately 140 km (87 miles), it is an alright drive, but nothing special about it, since I had to get onto a highway, but not on the highway itself, no motorbikes are allowed there. But there is a road right next the highway for motorbikes. It was dull driving there and boring, but afterwards when I got on QL6 road, it was a more pleasant ride, and seeing lot’s of mountains along the way and just enjoying the scenery, the wind  on my face and sun warm on my back. I went on Ho Chi Minh trail for a little while as it was faster, since, I wanted to get to Mai Chau as quick as possible and just relax.

While, I stayed in Mai Chau for 3 nights, I had a wonderful time staying there, the family who owned the homestay was so lovely, kind and caring. I ate their food, home cooked meals for 3 nights, it was such good food. It is well worth the money. You get a free breakfast for staying with them which is a nice touch along with amazing Vietnamese coffee. I met interesting people who stayed there, ranging from Colombians to Czech Republic and English,  Jarmila and Will (Sorry Colombians I can’t remember your names!)  and we played a few card games. On the 2nd day, I went for a ride around Pu Luong, seeing the views was just breathtaking and seeing the sights, and how Vietnamese people live. On that day I rode for nearly 4 hours and lost track of time because I was enjoying it so much, but needed to get back to the homestay before nightfall, driving at night can be really dangerous because sometimes you may not see potholes and no time to swerve out of the way.

On the last day, I decided to wander around the local area by walking, But you can borrow a bicycle from the family to move about easy, but I chose to walk. I was amazed to see many Rice Paddies,  Vietnamese women were working  the paddy fields, and no sight of any men . I went to a cave, called Hang Chieu, to get there, you have to climb 1002 steps! I took a few  photos while I was there, the photos unfortunately were not very clear, that’s why I haven’t put any photos up.

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Tamcoc, Ninh Binh

Journey to Tamcoc Riverview Homestay, Ninh Binh, took me a good 3 hours and 30 minutes and around 142 km ( 89 miles). It was a pretty good smooth ride all the way, a pleasant ride and sunny. Not a single drop of rain! I did not use the Ho Chi Minh Trail at all, since it will take me even longer to get there, an extra 1 hour 30 minutes.  I found it not worth the fuel and time. But the views while riding was pretty awesome and still a pleasant drive.

On the day I got to Tamcoc, I met my friend, Gabriel who I met recently at Hanoi he came from Hanoi, while I was riding from Mai Chau, we decided to ride to Da Nang via the Ho Chi Minh Trail, we arranged to meet up with Marco who joined us the next day, from Hanoi (who we all met at the Flipside Hostel). Now there are three of us, British, American and Canadian on the road around Vietnam, like top gear  (I’m obviously the good looking one) and we will be going to Hai Van Pass soon to get us to Da Nang. Along with our motorbikes.

The Riverview homestay is located next to the  river or lake. Is it a Lake or river? After couple of minutes having a discussion with Gabriel, we still have no idea which it is Staying at Riverview homestay is so cheap, cost around £5.35 per night, and that is included breakfast which is pretty decent. You get fried egg, cheese, bread, pancake and their homemade marmalade, that marmalade tastes so awesome. I know my late grandad, Poppas would have  loved that marmalade so much. Marmalade was my grandads favourite food, more than anything. Every morning, he used to have a really thick slice toast with lashings of marmalade for breakfast as well as supper.

So let’s get back on topic of what I did, or we did, along with Claudi and Bianca (Two lovely and kind Germans that I met at Phuket, Thailand). We went to Trang An, along with Gabriel, Marco, Pra and Thomas as well as with Claudi and Bianca also know as Bi Bi for half a day which is the “38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha” (Yes I did use that words from google) Trang An is a boat cave tour and it is cost 200,000 Dong (£6.73) if you want to do the full tour, which we did  it is well worth the money, the views are just, wow…Breathtaking and we were guided by two lovely Vietnamese women . My god, these  women are very strong, paddling the boat all day and they are not even tired. (Women power!) The tour is so breath taking. There are many wonderful, amazing sights throughout the tour and going through the caves. Seeing temples, King Kong Island (They did the movie at Trang An for King Kong) Trang An is a place  definitely not to be missed. Mother nature is beautiful in Trang An.

 

Everything we did at Tamcoc, Ninh Binh has just been amazing. Doing it with friends makes things even more amazing and sharing memories together. We also went to Hang Mua to the top of the mountain and again, the view are just…Wow and so breezy! And cost around 100,000 Dong which is £3.37

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Half way on the steps
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3/4 way on steps to the top
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At the very top

 

 

Hoang Mai

After Ninh Binh in the morning, the three of us, Gabriel,  Marco and I along with our motorbikes made our journey to the south, a little town called Hoang Mai which is right on the beach. Took us approximately 6 hours via Ho Chi Minh Trail and around 250km (155 miles) That ride was spectacular.

Once we got there, we found a hotel for a reasonable price. Gabriel went out for a smoke and asked to see where we could get a bottle of spirits, which cost us £3.31 which is pretty decent, and we quickly drank it all, but we suspected that it may have been watered down as it was a weak vodka. only 29% prof.  Marco and Gabriel decided to wander and see if they could find another bottle while I, stayed in the hotel to do my blog. Marco came back to get me as they had found a place for us to drink, once I went to the restaurant, my god, these Vietnamese guys went crazy and wild when they met us, challenging for arm wrestling and giving us food, sadly none of these dared to ask me for arm wrestle, only Gabriel and Marco. They are scared of me, haha! They have said, that bottle of vodka was supposed to cost  £1.35 for a bottle! We had been ripped off, but it was still cheap compared to the prices back home in England. Afterwards, we went to the most crazy karaoke bar I have ever seen with so many strobe lights.

 

I really need to use my camera more than my phone to take these awesome photo’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ha Giang, Vietnam

So, yeah Ha Giang! Ha Giang is a province in the North-East of Vietnam. It is very close to China, a cheeky cross over the boarder? Hmm, maybe, lets see! I think it is the most beautiful place in the north, breathtaking scenery, such an incredible drive through the mountains, forest and towns. I  highly recommend you to do it either with a tour group such as Flipside or buy a motorbike yourself and be your own guide. Have a look at their website, Flipside Adventure Travel

To discover the north of wonderful country, Vietnam! The trip between Yen Minh and Dong Van, and then across the Mai Pi Leng Pass to Meo Vac is quite mind-blowing and so spectacular. The most amazing road, and my, what a ride!

There are so many great passes to discover in Vietnam, Mai Pi Leng is one of them.

 

You will not regret it! It is the best thing I have done so far in Vietnam. You get to see small towns that are not properly developed for tourism, but many homestays and motels.  If you have got the time and money. I urge you to do it! I have recommended this to a few travelers in Hanoi, and they went for it and they did say. “That’s the best thing I ever did” So, don’t think…Just do it!

 

Motorbike Adventure! Vroooooom Vroooom!

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So, with this adventure, I did it with Flipside tour because:

  1. Iv’e never riden a motorbike in my life.
  2. Going with a tour guide gives you peace of mind incase of break downs or run out of fuel ( That happened to a person who went on the tour with me!)
  3. Moments you could never have.
  4. And meet new friends.

 

Did I cross over to China to have a beer? Yes I did!

 

 

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital city of North Vietnam and is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. And it is mainly aimed at backpackers or low budget holiday/city breaks in the old quarter.

So, when I first arrived in Hanoi it was evening  5pm on 6th of October. My goodness! It is soooooooooo busy and crazy! There are millions of scooters and motorbikes in the city alone! (no exaggeration)It is no wonder that Hanoi is the most polluted city in  South-East Asia. That is why there are many,  Vietnamese that wear mouth and nose masks to stop them breathing in the awful air pollution.

The old quarter is affordable,  you can get a decent sized sandwich  for less than $1.20. Phở Gà which is a Chicken Noodle Soup and Phở Bo which is Beef Noodle soup. These soups are traditional noodle soups of Vietnam. It is one of the most famous street food all over the world, and it is cheap! Cost around $1.10-$2.20 (20k VND- 50k VND) You see lots of commuters riding their scooters/motorbikes in the morning, parking alongside the cafe and slurping down a bowl before they continue on to work. And it is not just mornings, you can have them for lunch and/or tea. These famous dishes, are the first things I tried before tasting anything else. It is really tasty, you can add lime juice and chilies to make it spicy. These Vietnamese chilies are very spicy!

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Phở Gà

Bia Ha Noi

Many beers, famously “Bia Ha Noi” is the worlds cheapest beer. Not only is Bia Hoi the cheapest beer in the world, but it is also the freshest! Bia hoi is a very light beer, not strong at all. Bia Hoi is made in Hanoi every night and delivered to drinking establishments early every morning. Each day you’ll see men and women driving motorbikes with 4-6 kegs strapped onto their motorbike delivering the beer or removing empty kegs. I have been told, it is the freshest beer because it is made without any preservatives and must be drunk within 24 hours of production. For this reason, Hanoi and its surrounding areas are the only places you can find Bia Hoi. After 24 hours, it have to be thrown away.

Beer Corner is located at Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Although it is referred to as “Beer Corner” or “Bai Hoi Corner” it has become such a popular drinking spot for locals, expats and backpackers. It is also one of the busiest street in Hanoi where everyone gets together and drink away! So, drinking Bia Hoi is a great way to start the evening!

 

 

 

Flipside Hostel

If you are looking for  a good lively atmosphere, I recommend staying at Flipside Hostel.Flipside Hostel is a Kiwi owned and operated hostel in Hanoi as well as in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) the staff are very friendly and speak excellent English. Bare in mind I have not been to Saigon yet, but I am planning to stay there when I get to Saigon.  Flipside Hostel  is  affordable and provides free breakfast to give you a good start to your morning! This hostel is based in the old quarter within walking distance to Bai Hoi corner, Ho Hoan Kiem Lake and many others. They are many activities, for example,  Happy Hour and Pub Crawls. But the best thing I ever did so far in my travels in Vietnam is the “Northern Motorbike Adventure” which I will tell you about on my next blog post. Not to be missed!

A quote from Flipside hostel on Hostel World. “It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a cheap, comfortable, clean dorm bed for you and your friends to rest your weary heads, or if you’re looking for a private room for a slice of peace and luxury that we all need from time to time – we have you covered! And they all come with a yummy free breakfast! More reason to join at Flipside Hostel and it crew. They also have an awesome rooftop bar where you can meet the travelers from all over the world and drink awesome beers!

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Train Track

I  found a little place, near Flipside Hostel, where there are train tracks running  between narrow houses, and it is so incredible how they build the houses around the train tracks. And also the houses look like they are blending into one. It is one of the most unique places to visit in Vietnam, not to be missed! It is really easy to find, and I was shocked not to see many tourists, I only saw a handful of tourists! Many Vietnamese live there on these streets, next to train track! They have a house on one side, they have to cross the track to get to other side of the  for the bathroom. It is a residential street. It is such a crazy place to live, but  they are so friendly. I even offered to help a Vietnamese lady in her early 20’s to move goods from her motorbike to the shop! Every little helps and make their day! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture with a group of Vietnamese to prove that I had helped them! Oh well, I’ll remember for next time!

Before you say something, I have asked for their permission to take photographs of them. All is well!

 

 

 

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Panoramic view, as you can see it is a narrow street!

If you want to know whereabouts this track is in the Old Quarter, I have provided a map for you. It is on the left side of the map with 2 markers in between.

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Lotte Centre Hanoi 

Lotte Observation Deck is approximately 15 minutes drive from the centre of Old Quarter. And it is the 2nd tallest building (272m) in Hanoi after Landmark 72 which is 328m. Lotte Centre is a pretty cool building! You will  also walk over the clear glass and see below! when you get on a lift from the ground level to 65th floor, it takes just fifty seconds. Really fast! I could feel my ear my ear drums popping! It was that fast! It is also the first ever  Sky Walk built in Southeast Asia. The best time to visit is just before sunset to see the changing skies. on my visit it was 7pm and it was cheaper than going during the day.  the views are breathtaking, as you can see from the pictures below. (not for the faint hearted).

 

 

As you can see, I tried my best to take few decent pictures but you know…Glass windows reflection! Grr! I need to learn about my camera and how it works! Haha!

 

Back to Phuket and onto Ao Nang!

Back to Phuket!

Sorry for lack of blogs due to being busy with travelling and enjoying it!

So let’s get on topic! Yes, I went back to Phuket. Why!! Simple, I like Phuket, especially on Karon Beach. It is such a beautiful beach and gorgeous looking. So, why did I come back? As you can remember from my post, My Adventure in Bangkok and Phuket. I went for a days training with group of friends. This time, I went for  four days training of Muay Thai Fighting, with a professional instructor, Tony Naka. He is an excellent trainer, who knows his stuff, if you ever get to Phuket, I highly recommend him if you want to learn Muay Thai fighting and keep yourself fit. He really pushed met to the maximum and I was struggling toward the end of the lesson, but it was well worth it, and I felt i had achieved something to make  it through the lessons. If I ever come back again to Phuket, especially to Karon Beach, I will come back to Tony Naka Muay Thai without any hesitations! I also recommend you to visit his website, Naka Muay Thai.

I have also met another wonderful group of people, here at Doolay Hostel. Yes I went back to Doolay Hostel. It is such a great hostel! The staff are so friendly and willing to help and make you feel at home. The mattress is really thick, to ensure that you will have good night sleep. (very important!) I know I did! It is only cost 200 baht a night! Such a bargain price! And it is in such a great area, away from party areas.

We all went for meals together, sharing food, and afterwards going to the bar for some beers, karaoke and live music. It was such a great night! Lots of laughter! Everyone is so understanding with my hearing, and speaks slowly and clearly for me and they all look at me when they speak to me. I feel forever grateful for that and I feel wanted to be part of the amazing bunch of group! We shall meet up again somewhere through our travels!

 

During my last few days in Phuket before heading to Ao Nang, Krabi. I went to the sea food market to buy some seafoods, but I am not a seafood person! However I went along for experience. There are hundreds, if not…Thousands of differant seafood to choose from such as Crabs, Cods, Tunas, Squids, Mussels, Clams and Cuttlefish, they are so many different types of food! Sadly, I couldn’t bring myself to buy any seafood to try! So I went for chicken fried rice with vegetables, yes I know…I am boring and should try it! Maybe next time! A friend of mine, an American, Jerry bought a huge fish which was approximately 45cm long! It was really huge!  I didn’t take a photo of My bad! I’ll remember next time! When you have bought your seafood and vegetables, you can simply walk across to a restaurant and hand your goods in and they will happily cook it for you and make a meal out of it. We went to Khun Pha Rawai BBQ which is a pretty decent place!

 

 

Ao Nang

 

Firstly! I would like to say….Welcome to Ao Nang!

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Ao Nang is a resort town in southern Thailand’s Krabi Province and the busiest in Krabi Province. It’s known for its long Andaman coast beachfront. There are many longtail boats that will take you to Railay Beach for no more than 150 baht per person and takes around 15 minutes. Railay Beach is very well known destination for rock climbers whether you are a novice  or experienced climber.

Fun fact : Rai Leh is primarily known as a rock climbing hot spot, attracting climbers from all over the world to its superb towering limestone crags.

Ao Nang. It is such a lovely place and certainly more lively than Karon Beach which is a nice change of pace. I stayed at the Sleeper Hostel, it is only approximately 10 minutes walk to the beach, there are many shops and restaurant dotted about, especially lots of massage places! I spent half a day on the beach with the Canadians whom I met at Phuket, and at Koh Phi Phi, and again at Ao Nang! It is such an amazing how you get to know other travellers and end up spending time with them  on the beach and going out for tea, yes tea! Not dinner (Let’s not argue which is right and which is wrong!) Its always tea! Okay! So, let’s get back on topic! We went to an Indian restaurant, my goodness it was amazing! But I cannot remember the name of the dish, but it was under specials! And it is yummy, yummy! It came with plain steamed rice, vegetable curry and  naan bread,  we all shared, it is such an  experience I would do it again!

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Next day. I went to Railay Beach, it is such an awesome little beach there were many rock climbers about! It is one of the best destination in South East Asia. If you want see an awesome viewpoint and to see Lagoon in Railay, please, please don’t do what I did! I went with flip flops and had to climb over rocks  climbing up and down on the ladders. I had to do it with bare feet, luckily I wasn’t the only who went bare footed. So bring   hiking boots or trainers, bare in mind it will be very muddy! I met a German guy, called Hans  we just met before the  start of the climb, so we helped each other  its very tiring but well worth the visit to see such a lovely Lagoon. It  feels like you’re in a Jurassic Park!

 

I followed a recommendation from my friend, Danial who has lived in Ao Nang for a very long time, his recommendation is to visit a restaurant called Pooky’s Place. It is about 20 minutes walk from the beach, but it is worth it and you will not be disappointed! My goodness! The best burger I had ever tasted in my life!! They also do homemade chunky chips which tastes awesome! It is called “Pooky’s Burger” Yes I also ordered garlic bread with cheese, I was hungry! And it is…Yummmmmy! Whoops, I made a mess on the picture below! Oh dear!

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These pictures below are sunset of Ao Nang at the beach, enjoy!

 

 

All pictures are taken by me from my smartphone and my Lumix camera and I am no expert.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Phi Phi island is probably the most famous island in Thailand. We all remember it as the gorgeous white beach that Leonardo DiCaprio finds in “The Beach” this is known as Maya Beach. Owing to the film  this  island is one of the most visited island in Thailand.  This beach is quite busy  with lots of longtail boats and speedboats parked up on the beach,  I personally like quieter beaches with fewer people.

 

Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful island to visit and there are many islands surrounding it such as Bamboo Island,  Bida Nok Island, Bida Noi Island, Maya Bay, Monkey Island and Mosquito Island. There are lots to visit and see.  All of these beaches are beautiful and delightful to visit. Bamboo Beach and Maya Bay are amongst the most gorgeous islands I have seen in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is the largest island of the group. Koh Phi Phi has no cars and very, very few scooters which is brilliant, because the Island is so small and everywhere is in walking distance! And they use push carts to transport goods around the island.

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Across from the hostel

I went on a boat tour on a longtail boat around Phi Phi and nearby islands to explore the wonderful beaches. It was a brilliant day. As you can tell from the pictures that I took with my camera and my phone, it is a beautiful little island. Did I mention beautiful? IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS! I highly recommend a visit Koh Phi Phi whether you are going in the high  or low season. Let’s get back on topic of my longtail boat tour, I recommend this as you get see all the islands such as Bamboo Beach, Maya Bay and Monkey beach and many other things. You get your moneys worth! It is only cost 600-700 Thai Baht (Depending on tour company) plus 400 Thai Baht towards Phi Phi Marine National Park.

I went to Phi Phi viewpoint, it is a very steep walk up to the viewpoint, however it is worth it  to see the whole view of Phi Phi and if you are lucky, you may get to see a glorious sunset at around 6pm, I was unlucky! All I got were clouds covering the sun! Not a happy person! But hey ho, thats mother nature for you.  As you can see from the picture of the viewpoint. Do you know what this reminds me of? It looks like a shape of dumbbells! So thin in the middle of Phi Phi and wide towards the each side!

 

 

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If you fancy blowing of steam   you can take part in a Muay Thai Fight. Go and visit Reggae Bar (It is in the middle of Phi Phi). Very easy to find! Every time you step in the ring and fight, you’ll get  free bucket of your chosen spirits/liquor and mixer and a gold medal for participating. My friends and I all volunteered to fight each other for fun! We all wore protection pads and gloves! So it’s safe!

 

 

What do I think of Koh Phi Phi?

Koh Phi Phi is the most expensive island, that I have visited during my stay in Phi Phi,  due to the tourism and it is over development. its very popular due to the stunning beaches, especially

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As you can see, the tide goes out in the middle of the day, but goes back in in the late evening

long beach where it has white sands, and feels so soft. On high or low season,  you can  go to the main beach, it can  be crowded but once the tide goes out, the beach doubles in size. If  its crowded, I recommend you to take a twenty minute walk to the other side of Phi Phi to Long Beach, it is stunning, but the water is not as clear but it still looks beautiful. As you can see from below pictures. However, on the main beach you can rent a kayak in open water for 150 baht, I highly recommend it only if the weather is good! Don’t do it when it is choppy and raining badly! When you get into open water and away from the main beach, turn left toward another beach, it is the largest beach I have ever seen and there is clear water too! It is called Monkey Beach, Nestled in a cove, north-west of Loh Dalam Bay. Monkey bay is reached by walking or renting a long tail, but the most fun way which we did was to rent a kayak! This takes at least 20-30 minutes to get there depending how strong you are whilst paddling. Walk along the coast and consider buying a waterproof bag if you plan to bring your picnic or camera. Just be very careful when you are there, if I were you, don’t bring any food because the monkeys can be aggressive. I have heard about them attacking people, so don’t bring any food!!. If you want to leave your bags on kayak on the beach, you can do so but you need to be very alert! When we were there the monkeys tried to steal our bags! So we put some very heavy rocks on the bags to prevent them stealing our bags! And it works a treat! We tried to chase them away but didn’t work and one of the monkeys ended up chasing us! And we had to run into the sea! Then they kept watching us, after a while they got bored and went back to the tree, finally we can enjoy ourselves on the beach for an hour. When we came, it was four of us, two, British, , an American and a French guys. When we got there, there was Three more people! All Canadians, on that monkey bay alone, it was only seven of us. It is so peaceful and we all can enjoyed the peace and quiet (apart from the monkeys chasing us). It is amazing how you can meet people while traveling around! The four of us ended up spending a lot of time together, going out for food and drinks so you do not need to be alone!

 

I recommend you get a Lonely Planet guide book it recommends visiting Pa-Noi in the Food market area. I got a Pad Thai with Chicken which tasted delicious , and they do excellent shakes! (I kept going back there because it is so cheap),  I also tried different meals there and not once was I disappointed. If you are traveling  on a budget, I highly recommend you visit there! You will not be disappointed at all! You must, must, must visit this little restaurant!

If you want a hostel that stays away from the main beach and away from party area, I recommend Chao Koh Dorm Room which I found very reasonable,  only  250 baht per night. Bear in mind, it is one huge room with 32 beds. As most of the hostels/hotels are more 400 baht a night or even a luxury which could cost over 1,000 baht a night!

Would I recommend visiting Phi Phi? Yes I would recommend it, but for only  3-4 days. Because any longer than that i would be struggling for new things to do,  since it is such a small island. Everywhere is walking distance. There are many boat tours you can go on and also they are numbers of scuba diving company! I wish I could have gone scuba diving, but due to my hearing and the pressure of the depths i could not go, however if I had emailed my Manchester Implant Team earlier to find out how deep I could go without damaging my “Nucleus” then i would have found that i could have gone to a depth of 20 metres, I would have done so but I left it too late. If you like scuba diving, I highly recommend it and you will enjoy it. I used to do it when I was younger before I had my Cochlear Implant.

They are few fire shows around Phi Phi, but the best fire show, in my personal opinion is across from Chao Koh Dorm Room. Also they are a few on the main beach. But across from the hostel beats any other fire shows. I have not took any pictures as I was too busy enjoying myself and laughing with  people that I had met from the hostel!

So, I recommend visiting Phi Phi in low season if you don’t mind the rain every now and again! (In high season, it can cost you a lot more).  So go and visit Phi Phi, do the boat tours, visit Maya Bay and see Bamboo Beach. Beware of the aggressive Monkeys (learn to run fast) 🙂

 

My adventure in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand

Thailand is such a wonderful country to visit whether  it’s for a holiday or backpacking on a limited budget. Thailand is known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.

At the start of my travels, I decided to start at Bangkok for a couple of nights then head south to Phuket, Phi Phi, Ao Nang and Krabi. Just staying around in Southern Thailand before heading to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Bangkok

Bangkok is a nice city to explore, but I only stayed there for two nights and didn’t see much, but I hope I will come back one day to explore properly. On the first day, I arrived at Bangkok at 6:50am and was ready for some sleep! After being in the plane for 11 hours straight from Copenhagen. So I spent half of my day sleeping at the Thaitone Hostel, which is a good hostel. It is a good distance away from Khao San Road and very quiet if you want to get a good night sleep. I went on couchsurfing app on my phone to see who’s there and a

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Chinatown

potential meet up. This app is brilliant for meeting local people and hearing about their lives and culture. I met a lady called May who is Thai, she is a wonderful person  who took me to Chinatown for some street food and afterwards, took me to Khao San Road for few beers and have a laugh! It was such a good night! I hope I will be able to see her again in the future for catch up! Next day, I went to watch Muay Thai Fight at the stadium, it was a brilliant atmosphere, and there was lots of fights and a few knockouts! It’s well worth the baht (Thai currency)

 

Phuket

Phuket is such a great place to visit! I stayed at Doolay Hostel. This hostel is the best I have seen in Thailand by far, (not that I’ve been in that many). The staff are brilliant and so understanding. There is a common room with a big curved TV, with many DVDs and they have Netflix, which is ideal on rainy days especially in low season with the monsoon. Doolay Hostel is located right across from the beach where you get to see beautiful sunsets. (It’s a photo opportunity) You can meet and interact with other backpackers and guests in the common room. These few days have been very enjoyable, meeting other people and doing things and going places together. I  went training in  Muay Thai at Tony Naka Muay Thai, who is an excellent  instructor  and a professional fighter. We also went  out to the Bangla Road, Patong. I have really had an excellent time and hope this is the start of a really enjoyable experience for me.
These are a great bunch of people! Hey guys….Reunion next year? 😉 😉

 

 

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