Back in Stockholm
25.11.2010 - 06.12.2010
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4 days in Koh Kood; where we enjoyed the honeymoon room upgrade, were followed by an extra 5 days in Koh Chang, another island in the Gulf of Thailand about an hour away by boat from Koh Kood. These two stops were an amazing way to wind down and take some time to rest, swim and enjoy the sun, without the manic pace we had been travelling at before. And this is what we did, which translates to literally nothing, sleep, breakfast, beach, lunch, beach then some dinner and the same the next day. We did go diving; and it was amazing! Though I was a bit indecisive at the beginning about giving this a try, I can tell you now it was worth every penny. Despite visibility not being at its best, being under the sea is simply breath-taking, an unbelievable and indescribable experience. All in all we were under the water, between 6 to 10 metres, for 2 hours (two 60 minute dives) and I wanted more. Just great!
It was then off to Singapore, where we visited some friends and toured around at a very leisurely pace, perhaps because of our previous ten restful days. It felt like we had travelled in time or to some other world. Though in the same region this tiny country is unlike any of its neighbours; clean, organized and expensive. With so many western comforts and with the first sight of Christmas decorations it made us miss home, but maybe only a little.
In Bangkok, once again, for the last three days. This time we actually discovered that in Bangkok the backpacker area is actually a very nice and busy area, contrary to our thoughts and those we experienced elsewhere. A bit of shopping around town and in the mother of all markets, Chatuchak, a weekend market north of the city, spread over many blocks. We also squeezed a day trip, to the floating markets in Ratchaburi and to Kanchanaburi where the movie-famous bridge over the River Kwai is located. An arranged tour which like most proved to be disappointing, not because of the sights but because of the fast paced at which it is conducted. Had we had more time we would have probably done this trip by ourselves, but given the situation we had little choice. A last taxi to our hotel, dinner and the metro to the airport, gave us more than enough time to reminisce, about our travels and adventures. We felt sad, we realised we had developed a love-hate relationship for this region, one where the same things that drive you crazy are the same ones you will miss once you’re back at home. The hectic chaotic traffic, the selfish careless driving, the palette of smells from fruit, food, smog, incinerated garbage (amongst others), the crazy stares, the cheap food, the haggling, the cheap beer, the cheap hotels and the many words we learnt in the many languages to be polite with all the locals. All that was to be over once we returned home and in the freezing cold. And indeed it is, we’re back and it is all just memories now, but the best we will have for a long time!
PS. You can look at the last set of uploaded photographs