Whenever my brain starts to smoke, I pack my backpack and leave. Thailand was the first destination of our South- East Asia trip.
This trip which originally was planned as a Thailand trip, turned out to be a one month travel across 3 countries.
To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.– Freya Stark
Starting in Bangkok and being very disappointed of that city, we left Thailand after only 4 days. Bangkok is just another big city, crowded and nothing special to see. People try to rip you off all the time, especially when using the Tuktuks.
There are 4 things which I found worth seeing or experiencing:
- Food/ Street Food
Street food in Chinatown
Khao Pad (Fried Rice)Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)Sticky rice Mango
So some places I could really recommend is the street food area of china town (see pictures) and then trying the seafood!!! It is just delicious! Another great and vegetarian cuisine you can find in Samsen area, it is called “May Kaidee Samsen – Vegetarian Restaurant”, definitely worth trying.
@ Shewa Spa: oil massage (if you cannot handle a Thai massage)
- Kao San road
for fun at night!
- Grand Palace
for cultural experiences of course..
Before leaving to Cambodia we decided to visit Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya used to be the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai and was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.
From the ruins in Ayuttaya we continued by bus to Siem Reap. We passed the border at Poipet. The scariest place I have ever been so far.
3. Crossing the Border at Poipet – Thailand/Cambodia.
The most convenient way to cross this border is doing it by a bus company who brings you across the border until Siem Reap. Those buses are a bit more expensive but if you are crossing that border you should spend that money especially if you are traveling alone, or as a woman.
The guys from the bus helped getting the Visas 10 minutes before the border. Just before the border everyone had to get off. However we were told 1000 times not to follow everyone on the way to the border, not to listen to anyone and especially to hold on to you passport as firmly as you could. Even though we were told that there were people outside who would try to scam us on the 5 minute walk to the border, the people from our bus almost handed in our passports at a fake border, where people sit there scamming tourists.
Guys in dark cloths and with masks and gloves approached us asking for you passport. A girl who was on her own without the bus group and who did not wear th number of the bus around her neck got grapped and attacked by those people.
Once we made it to the Thai border and entered no-men’s-land we got confused a lot. There was not a real road leading to the Cambodian border, instead of that there were shops, casinos, stalls, and many people on the streets. At one point after walking and walking we had the feeling that we got lost.
Once we figured out how to get to the border everything was fine, we found our bus and got in there again.