Kanchanaburi – River Kwai

Last weekend I visited the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi for a couple of days. Since we live in the capital, traveling to anywhere in Thailand is easy, so we took the bus. However, the bus ride was horrible, it felt like you were in a roller coaster with all the holes in the road. Finally, after a 3+ hours drive, we arrived in Kanchanaburi. When we got to our hotel, we found out that we had an amazing view over the River Kwai. It was so beautiful.

The next day we had a cultural-historical day. First we visited a war museum in Kanchanaburi, which showed us everything from WWII in Kanchanaburi. Apparently, lot of military from the allies were held captured by the Japanese in order to create a train track from Thailand to Birma. The allies made a bridge in Kanchanaburi, which is currently world famous. After the museum, we visited the cemetery and the bridge. When we walked over the bridge, a train came and showed us that it was still in use. Furthermore, when on the other side of the bridge, there was this place which was traditionally Chinese, with all the buildings and colours. It was super beautiful.

Since this week was a festival week about the history in Kanchanaburi, there was this big market with lots of different food, for example cockroaches, chestnuts and more. Besides that, a musical was played every night of the week. We visited the musical since it had subtitles and people really recommended it to us. Normally, I am not a fan of musicals, but I did like this one. It really showed us the story from the war and they even had fireworks used as bombs. It was spectecular and I would go again.

On our last day in Kanchanaburi, we went to the Erawan National Park. The park is about 30square km so we decided to just go to a waterfall in the park. The waterfall had different layours and when you walked more towards the start of the waterfall, the falls became more beautiful. You could swim in the water, but I did not dare to. There were huge fish in the water and FYI I am scared of fish. Also, when a friend went into the water, she told me that the fish were just onto her entire body. AWFUL.

The next day, we had to go back to Bangkok. Our planning was to chill at the swimming pool until 5 or something, but the weather did not feel like it, so we went home earlier. But then there was the horrible bus ride again…

 

Exploring Bangkok

I know, I know, I haven’t written anything about my trip to the city centre of Bangkok last week, but here it finally is!

So last weekend we went for the first time to the city centre of my new hometown, Bangkok. We visited a local market (of which I don’t have any pictures). The market basically sold everything, from jewellery, to makeup to clothing, to shoes, to suitcases. You name it, and they had it. However, if you went there with a specific purpose, you might had to look for a couple of hours. The place was massive. I think there were more than 5k stores and even more people. You could not even walk without touching someone else. Whenever you wanted to check out a store, you could expect to lose the person you’re with. After the market, we visited China Town, which also had lots of markets.

Yesterday, I visited Bangkok again. First going to Lumpinee Park, which is a beautiful park in the centre of the city. The park had this beautiful lake in the middle, on which you could hire pedal boats. Moreover, I saw a massive wild iguana for the first time in my life.

After the park, we walked around through the city, visited some skyscrapers to see the view, and went home by skytrain and bus.

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Dress: Goldust Bali

Watch; My Jewellery

Flipflops:  Havaianas

Thailand!

As some of you may know, I have been for about a week now in Bangkok, Thailand.

The flight from Bali to Thailand was amazing, I got 2 meals and had 3 chairs for myself, so I could just lay down and sleep. When arriving, I did not know what was happening, as I was used to the latin alphabet from Bali. The entire language and writing was totally different from what I was used to and expected to be in the country.

I had heard from other students, that arrived already before me, that traffic could be insane. I mean, the traffic on Bali was already insane, but after a few days in Bangkok, I get what they meant. Some of the students were in a traffic jam for 8 km from the airport to the apartments, for 2 hours. So when I heard that, I could only pray that we would not get into a traffic jam, since the airport I was arriving on, was further away. This time we were lucky.

On our first day of uni, we were introduced to a massive university, PIM. Our uni basically has 5 buildings, all with 3 floors and one with 16 (I guess) floors. The uni even has a swimming pool, a gym and a tennis court!!

Sounds amazing right? Well the sad thing is that I have a lot of school hours the upcoming weeks. So you won’t find me there a lot.

Anyway, before we got a tour through the campus, we were introduced to the Thai culture by Thai language class and Thai dance class. The Thai language is quite hard for me, but it is useful to know some words, because a lot of Thai do not (or barely) speak English. After the Thai language class, we had to choose whether we wanted to drum or dance. I choose the traditional dancing, which was still pretty hard, but once you got used to it, it was fine. In the end, we had to dance on the drum music of the drum group.

The next couple of days basically excisted of going to uni, studying, sporting and sleeping. This was due to the long days we had. However, today we had a fieldtrip to Ayutthaya, which was the capital of Thailand before it came into a war. After the war, the city was destroyed and the country had to assign another city as capital, which is now Bangkok. We visited some ruin temples, a big laying Buddha, of which I cannot publish a picture since it cannot go out of the country for bad spirits, and a royal palace. In most of these places, you had to were a sarong, in others you did not. Whenever it was not necessary, I was so glad, since it was way too hot this day.

Tomorrow I am going to the city centre of Bangkok to explore the city I live in. I am really excited and I know for sure that fun things are coming up!