Looking back on my 2016 EOY Trip: Thailand!

This must come across as very abrupt, but a couple weeks ago, around the time when the global cyber attacks struck, I heard of some websites hosted on WordPress getting hacked, and so, decided to back up all my stuff. And in the process, I REALISED I NEVER TALKED ABOUT THE EOY TRIP I BLOGGED ABOUT BACK IN DECEMBER!

OMG! OOPS!??!!??

Haha! Yeah! So, this post is going to be all about my EOY holiday! Read on if you’re interested to know what I got up to last DECEMBER (omg I procrastinated for half a year…) in Thailand and Malaysia!

Day 1 (Dec 27): Arriving in Bangkok

  • Touchdown!
  • Checked in at Chic Hostel, which by the way has a great breakfast buffet option (they’ve a partnership with the hotel next door)
Because there weren’t all that many places for us to do our laundry, well… there are many uses for a bed!
  • Visited Or Tor Kor Market, the cleanest wet market ever
  • Met with Meerkats at Little Zoo Cafe
They’ve all kinds of animals! Meerkats, parakeets, naked mole rats, foxes and that one special corgi! Super cute 🦊
  • Watched a Muay Thai match at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium! What an experience!
Here’s our ticket! Because we’re foreigners, entry cost us 1,000 THB, but the experience was worth every penny.

Day 2 (Dec 28): Hiking up Erawan Falls!

  • Woke up seriously way too early to catch the 6am bus to Kanchanaburi, after which we hopped on another bus to Erawan
  • Hiked up to see all seven waterfalls in Erawan National Park! Difficulty level: pretty okay from levels 1-5? The terrain gets much steeper and harder to climb up from there onwards. And as always, coming down is way harder than going up.
Thank goodness for stairs!
Finally at the seventh level. What a sight!
  • Ramen, Bingsu and clubbing @ Demo Nightclub
I think we were half starved at this point!

Day 3 (Dec 29): Shopping at Pratunam, Clubbing at Route 66 and some surprises in between!

  • Went shopping for clothes at Pratunam
After having finally visited this stretch, I can now safely say that I get why people fly all the way to Bangkok to shop 😅
  • Took in the sights of the city at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Us trying desperately to squeeze into a square for instagram! Also I love Hilda’s dark matte lipstick 💋
The view is so beautiful!
It’s my first time having ever seen anyone getting a tat done! Scary much?
  • Danced the night away @ Route 66

Day 4 (Dec 30): Temple Hopping + Bus Ride to Koh Samui!

  • Stood in awe at Wat Pho & the Grand Palace
The architecture is seriously just amazing!
Couldn’t resist uploading this selfie.
Here’s a drawing I did later of a temple guardian at Wat Pho.
  • Hopped on a bus and ferry to Koh Samui!

And at this point I really must say that it is incredibly paramount to research the transport option you’ve chosen. Hilda and I ended up having a really… questionable ride, to say the least. Not only was our bus late by over an hour, meaning we waited by the road side for that amount of time, they also dropped us off for another couple hours at a rest stop in the middle of the night with no information on when our next bus would arrive. Plus, when we finally got to the ferry terminal for Koh Samui, we were made to wait yet another hour or so. Valerie, who took a different transport option, left Bangkok two hours after us, and arrived Koh Samui two hours before. If I was alone, I’d have been so scared!

Here’s the station where we took our bus from.
Us the disgruntled passengers!

Day 5 (Dec 31): Arriving at Koh Samui!

  • FINALLY arrived at Koh Samui, and checked into our hotel, The Lodge
Hello, Koh Samui! What a beautiful change from busy Bangkok.
  • Checked out Fisherman’s Village along Bophut Beach
We discovered this wonderful gem of a cafe which had the best green curry! We actually came by twice for their awesome food.
  • Took a life-threatening (I am not kidding) speed boat ride to Koh Phangan for the FULL MOON PARTY! There ain’t no better way to usher in 2017 than this!
We danced all night! Well at least till it started raining.

Day 6 (Jan 1): Temples and MORE CLUBBING

  • Visited Koh Samui’s Big Buddha
It’s kinda interesting how numerous islands in Thailand have a Big Buddha. I remember visiting one in Phuket also, some time back.
  • Chilling out at Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui’s most popular beach
Here’s a random selfie with the waves!
  • Clubbing at Ark Bar
It’s crazy! Koh Samui is the absolute best beach party destination! I remember there were some crazy fire breathing dudes doing crazy stunts on a what looked like a billboard just a couple tens of meters away from shore. It was a great show!

Day 7 (Jan 2): Off for Malaysia!

  • Bid Valerie a fond farewell 😭  If you’re reading this, it was wonderful having met you! Thanks so much for making our trip so memorable!
  • Because it started pouring (the streets were flooded, in fact) we camped out at Fisherman’s Village, and had more awesome green curry
  • Finally, we left for Penang on a huge ferry from Don Wai pier
Did I mention I’m terrified of boats?

Thank you, Thailand, for the beautiful memories! Okay, I don’t think I’ve ever clubbed as much as I did in a week alone, but drinks and dancing aside, thank you also for gifting me with beautiful sights, sounds, meaningful conversation and insane experiences! It was amazing.

And now, off to Malaysia! At least, tbc in my next blog post. Stay tuned! 🙂

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