It was time to leave Koh Tao again and this time it would be a trip of around twenty hours to Manila. This is the joy when you are on an island without airport, it takes forever to get anywhere. I could have saved about 5 hours if I would have taken a flight from the nearest island Koh Samui but after consulting my favorite flight booking site, momondo.com, I came to the conclusion that I rather spend an extra 5 hours traveling then forking out an additional 130 Euros on already expensive flight. You might wonder how it can take twenty something hours when flying, it's not like you going around the world. The answer is: Hours quickly adds on when you have to walk to the port, take a ferry, a bus and two flights + you want to add some extra time for delays in between. You especially want to add some extra time in between if you book two flights with two different airlines. If you don't and you delayed missing your connection flight, you screwed. So why book separate airlines might be your next question. My answer: save money, in this case 100 Euros. That's good enough reason when you are on a budget for me at least!
Started to get something that looked like sever teenage acne on my lower arm one day. This seemed to get worse the next day and of course but I couldn't help myself but to pop them. Maybe this was not the best idea in the world because next day it was even worse and it started to hurt like h**l. At the same time I also started to get 5 big red, sore bumps on my thighs. Convinced by a Canadian girl, I went to a pharmacy and he gave me some anti bacterial cream and antibiotics. Yep, antibiotics over the counter, they are not exactly as strict as in Europe on the antibiotics here.. Two days later and no change except for both arm and thighs were getting worse, I took the decision to visit a doctor. Little did I know then what was up next!!!
One plus traveling in Latin America compared to Asia is that most countries gives you 90 days visa on arrival. At least if you like and holds a Swedish passport, the second best passport in the world 2016, only the Germans beats the Swedes:) Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of 90 days here in Thailand where you only get 30 days visa on arrival when you arrive by air. If I would have arrived over land then I only get a short stay of 15 days... Lucky enough you can extend the visa on arrival with another 30 days but that means a trip to an immigration office, so this is what I had to do!
Above is defiantly one of the first meals I always have when getting in to Bangkok. Som Tam (Spicy green papaya salad), sticky rice and BBQed pork bought at a street stall normally outside the shopping centre Central World in Siam. So simple, cheap and delicious! So what/where to eat when in Bangkok?
Waiting to cross a 7 lane street in the centre of Bangkok with a perfect iced Americano in my hand I think to myself "I do really love this city". You don't here many other travellers utter those words when you speak to them though. Instead you more likely to hear one of below statements a couple of minutes in to the conversation:
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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