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I’m back home now, completely jet lagged. I went to be at 8 last night, woke up at 1am, went back to sleep at 7 am and woke up at 10am. Jet lagged.
Anyways, a couple of nights before I left, Max and went to Victoria Peak and had a romantic dinner together with an amazing view, amazing dinner, good wine, and a delicious dessert.
It was wonderful
We could have had our normal breakfast but sometimes we want something extraordinary since pancakes really aren’t on the table in Hong Kong.
A few weeks ago we found this Western style bakery far down the road and we decided to go back to grab some croissants.
We then sat in a bench area behind a Buddhist temple where the sound of the birds slightly overpowered the sound of the traffic. It was a little getaway right in the middle of this busy/loud city.
One day we decided to go on a walk. We had no idea where we were going but kept making twists and turns wherever we wanted to.
We entered a sketchy type of strip mall area and decided to run back because there was nothing there but I said, “Let’s just go a little further and see what is there.”
Interestingly enough, it was th ferry dock! And for only 3.4 Hong Kong dollars (like 45 cents or something in Canadian) we hopped on the ferry and headed to the Island. We were going to go there anyways but via the subway, so it was such a treat that we made it there by ferry for a little change!
This is how construction is done here and I think it’s fascinating! These men seem fearless. They just climb this thing all day long with minimal harnesses.
The benefits to bamboo are that it is really strong and completely recyclable. That’s why they use it.
You should see one of these structures being built. They work so fast!!
In these pictures, these workers are on their lunch break.
We shot a lot of video with the Go Pro on our little adventure so Max made a short film. It’s really good!
This was our last full day in Thailand before heading home the next morning.
Although it would have been amazing to travel 4 hours outside of Bangkok to a really beautiful beach, we just didn’t have the time. Tourists in Bangkok often travel only 2 hours South to Pataya to enjoy a beach (although not very beautiful) and we really didn’t want to go to a not so beautiful beach. So someone suggested we take a ferry from Pataya to the island Kho Larn right off of the coast. The beach was pretty there.
We were planning on heading back to Bangkok that night so we could take a cab to the hotel in the morning but when we called the Imm Fushion to see if they had any rooms available, they were booked, so we walked down the streets of Pataya looking for a hotel (we noticed that there was an airport express bus directly from here so it worked out well).
We ended up finding exactly the one we needed, with amazing service. Did we mention how awful the service was the night before in Bangkok at another hotel? No? It was a terrible experience and we did not want to have to go through that again so this was a pleasant surprise.
After taking the last ferry back to Pataya from Kho Larn we found a restaurant where we could sit directly by the water and enjoy some of the best Thai food I have ever had.
Then we were waking back to our hotel when we noticed a sign for Thai massages. We both ended up getting a Thai massage for only $5 each! The best massage of my life, I’d like to add. Have you ever had a Thai massage? They move you around and stand on you and use their elbows…it’s really wonderful. Go get one NOW!
So the day ended up working in our favour!
Until next time lovelies
The waterfall from the movie The Beach.
Riding fast in the back of a pick-up truck.
These are the last of the photos from the national park (there are still more Thailand pics to come though!).
Such a beautiful sunset to end off the day. What you don’t see in the sunset photos are the many many people lined up along the roads with their DSLRs and their tripods to get photos of the wild elephants. The tour was over by then though and we had to get back to Bangkok that night so we left.
Such a gorgeous yellow snake. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE SNAKES! Ever since my childhood obsession with the crocodile hunter, these slithering beauties have had a spot in my heart. I especially love to pick snakes up but I didn’t dare in Thailand because they have deadly snakes.
Real live elephant tracks from the evening before.
We’re thinking of you in Khao Yai!
We went on a real jungle trek.
A viper! If you get bitten by a viper you have 40 hours to make it to the hospital for the antidote or else you will start bleeding out of everywhere on your body that bleeds (like you eyes, nose, gums, finger nails, etc.).
What are they looking at?
A little gibbon.
This is part 2 of Khao Yai national park. The tour around the park was amazing. The tour guide provided water, snacks and lunch so we were all happy campers and the park is teaming with wildlife.
In the last Khai Yai post tomorrow, you will see even more wildlife!
Again, it was the highlight of our trip.
I have a part in a part. As in Khao Yai will have three posts within my already part-ed posts on Thailand. It was really the highlight of our trip!
We went back to the South bus terminal in Bangkok after Amphawa and took a cab to the North bus terminal and hopped on a bus to Pak Chong and arrived at midnight to this beautiful guest house. We stayed in the place pictured above, just the two of us for the night and it was only $5…yes, I said that right.
We saw this little bugger on the way from our room/cabin to go have breakfast in the main area.
Then we hopped in the back of a truck to take us to our day long tour in the national park.
The trip included leech socks.
What are they looking at?
This! (photo taken through the scope)
Gibbons! One of our first sites of wild life for the day.
There are so many more pictures to come from this park. Really, this is just a hint but these photos are so pretty I couldn’t leave them out.
This national park is known for it’s wild Asian Elephants which come out at dusk (we literally left the park an hour too early). Tigers used to live here but one has not been spotted for five years which is very sad considering that they are probably extinct in the area now.
Stay tuned for two more posts!
Curious local school kids.
“Hello to you too!”
After our very short visit and delicious Thai breakfast at the Imm Fushion in Bangkok we took a cab to the bus stop and hopped a bus to Amphawa, a small town around 2 1/2 hours away from Bangkok.
There is a floating market here every morning and in the evenings on Friday and Sunday. We planned to stay to see the market open up in the evening but had to catch a 2 1/2 hour bus back to Bangkok and then another 3 hour bus ride up North because we booked a night in a guesthouse outside a national park and had to make it there. So we literally left 1 hour before the floating market happened.
Amphawa was great! It was boiling hot and humid (but I love that kind of weather) so our little coconut drink break was very much appreciated. There are cute little shops, a massage place (great Thai massages are only around $5 in Thailand!…we had one but not this day so more on that later), food vendors, and 4 or 5 floating restaurants.
We found a quaint little Thai restaurant kind of behind the main walking boardwalk along the water and had the most amazing (but incredibly spicy) lunch, with Thai iced tea, sitting on a comfy bench.
After lunch we hurried off to Bangkok as quickly as possible so that we could make it to the national park before midnight.
More on that tomorrow…