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Songkhla, City of Nag and Mermaid (Exploring Southern Thailand, last part)

Singapore? No, take a look closer on the statue. Yep, it’s not Merlion. It’s Nag the Serpent, the iconic statue of Songkhla, half hour driving from Hat Yai. On the last day of exploring southern Thailand, I moved to another city. Leaving Aonang in the early morning, the minivan took me to Hat Yai. While some other tourists decided to stay in Hat Yai and enjoyed the city crowd, I continued the journey to Songkhla by taxi. Songkhla is one of tiny province in the south of Thailand which becomes the melting pot of ethnic diversity (Thai, Chinese, Malay and other visitors). This important  port city is flanked by two famous beaches,  Samila dan Son Awn, and popularly known as “the great city on two seas”. It was 04.30 pm when I arrived in town and checked in at a cheap yet comfy and fancy hotel. Without wasting further time, I rented a bike to have a short city tour while hunting the sunset on the beach. Although not as dense and as hectic as Hat Yai, …

Ao Nang, Another Beach City (Exploring Southern Thailand, part 3)

 We got beaches in mind Man, it’s been too much time Not a care in the world is where I wanna be Beaches in mind… As a boy who loves beach so bad, sandy shore and breaking waves do turn me on. Therefore, every time I have my trip schedule, I will always pencil in beach agenda on the priority list. No matter, if the major plan is going to a landlocked region, I will insert another visit to its neighbor which has beaches. Too much, though, but that’s how I value my vacation 😀 This is why, on the next day, after spending the whole day in Phi-phi Don, I kept visiting Ao Nang–though Phi-phi did give me great beachgasm. Ao Nang is another beach city which could be found in Thailand besides Pattaya and Phuket. Ao Nang also becomes one of Krabi highlights which has to be visited. After one and half hour leaving Phi-phi Don and being tossed around on ferry, I came back to Krabi to continued the journey to Ao Nang by …

Phi-phi Island View Point (Exploring Southern Thailand, part 2)

It was day two and the ferry which would bring me to my next destination had slowly left Krabi pier. Yup, the next agenda was visiting Phi-phi island, one of Thailand must visit island. This island began to hit its peak popularity when Leonardo Dicaprio and the Beach movie crews took some scene there. I didn’t remember which scene it was, but some said that the Island is worth a visit for it wonderful scenery. When arrived at Phi-phi pier, I was greeted by some people showing boards with different home stay names on it. Thanks God, the home stay name which I booked by online was there too. Therefore I didn’t need to look around searching for it by my self and then getting lost. The guy then took my backpack and led the way. And again, I was thanking God for meeting this guy. The pathway in this island were way way too much and yet complicated. We walked straight then turned left, turned right again, then turned left again, then walked straight, and …

Sawadee Krub Krabi! (Exploring Southern Thailand, part 1)

It was approximately 09.00 AM after a long and boring queue in Krabi International Airport Immigration border. I got out of the airport and took shuttle bus to town. Krabi province is located on the west coast of Southern Thailand, particularly in the south of Thailand’s Andaman seaboard. Beside Aonang as the highlight of the province, Krabi town, as I read, is also a recommended place to spend a night or two. The shuttle bus dropped me at a the office, before letting me to take a free taxi to the hostel where I stayed for one night. It took less than five minutes to get to the hostel which was located at the heart of the town. The town was a tranquil at that morning. Less cars were passing by and it seemed like the daily activity hadn’t really yet begun. While waiting for the crowd getting awaken, I had a few hours resting in the bedroom. However, as I woke up at noon and got out walking around, the crowd wasn’t still that …

Seven Exhausting yet Fun Tiers of Erawan Waterfall (Sawadee krup Bangkok, part 3, end)

Good morning Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit, a.k.a Bangkok. After two consecutive doing nothing days (you can read this in The Art of Doing Nothing), this very early morning I already sat in a car which will bring me to Kanchanaburi with my two friends, Jay (Indonesia) and Pi (Thai). At 4 AM, Jay and Pi picked me up in Khao Sarn road and we started our journey for about two hours. Along the way to Kanchanaburi, we talked a lot while the car was drove through the darkness. I know Jay from a group named ASEAN Community on FB–he is one of the admin. He stays and works in Bangkok since seven months ago, leaving his hometown in Java, Indonesia. Jay is a nice guy to talk to and we had an interesting conversation. When we arrived at Kanchanaburi, Pi and Jay took me to Srinakarin Dam, a power plant which utilizes river regulation and hydroelectric power generation. …

A night at the Khao Sarn Road (Sawadee Krup Bangkok, Part 2)

Welcome to Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit, which means City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visyakarman at Indra’s behest. Well, to make it easy, local usually uses Krung Thep as Bangkok name. Yepp, this country is my third stop for my first small South East Asian tour. I arrived at a district where Khao Sarn road lies at 8 PM. The minibus dropped the last passengers (me and some Philippines girls) not really far from the main area. I stayed at Rambuttri road near to Khao Sarn road After checked in at the hotel in Rambuttri road–near Khao Sarn road–and take a few minutes rest, I got out of the hotel and walked to Khao Sarn road. Khao Sarn road really reminds me of Bangla road in Phuket. The crowd of tourists passing by, the music is beating …