Monthly Archives: May 2013

Arrival in Bangkok

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Its been a week since I’ve arrived in Thailand now and I’m having the time of my life!! So much have gone on in so little time…

On the day I arrived, I took public transport from the airport in Bangkok (City line train) and when I got to the last stop, a taxi needed to be taken to my accommodation. Even though there were many around, it took me nearly 45 minutes to take one as I was requesting they turn on the meter because they were trying to charge me upfront triple the normal price. Finally caught one with the help of a nice Thai guy and arrived at my destination (the place was at Khao San road). Immediately, I got in I had no time to rest. I met some cool people and got invited to a ‘ping pong’ show which I thought was actually a table tennis competition. Turned out to be a sex show with women taking blades out of their vagina and using it to turn water into coke… it was surprising to say the least. On the way there, we took tuk tuks which we ended up racing each other with and afterwards, we went to a bar and spent the rest of the night there getting to know each other. It set the precedence for what was to come. I have been having such an amazing time since.
I’m currently in Ko Tao right now, one of the gulf islands in thailand, on my way to the full moon party which is on the 25th of May. I had absolutely no intention to come here let alone spend a total of 4 nights but everybody in my accommodation seemed to be going so I followed, something I certainly don’t regret.
Ill definitely keep updating more regularly and keep you posted..
There’s so much to say..!!
ps uploading from my phone so expect a few mistakes
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Recap + new information before I go!

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Hi guys! I leave in two days :).

Just thought I would do a quick recap before I go since its been a while!

Vaccinations: I did my vaccinations about 3 weeks ago which I obviously will not recommend. It’s best to leave a sufficient amount of time (at least 6 weeks) due to availability and the course of the vaccines. I had the Hepatitis A and Polio, Direthia combo vaccines as well as Typhoid and Malaria tablets. In the UK, each prescription cost almost £8 each so it’s not that expensive. My nurse also gave me literally 50 pages worth of medical information which I have skimmed through. I should  basically just be careful with what I eat, drink and stay away from needles.

Money: I intended to get a FairFX card which is the best prepaid currency card to get to date however, for some reason whilst trying to order it, the website kept declining my card :(. So I gave up because it takes 7 – 10 working days to arrive and I didn’t have enough time. As an alternative, I ordered the Travelex sterling card which charge much more (2.49% as opposed to FairFX’s 1.4%), although there are no ATM fees. Also, the Travelex card can be done in store, takes 15 minutes maximum and you can get the card there and then (Can you tell I used to work for them? lol). I plan on taking some cash with me as well, about $150 for visa’s and miscellaneous items and a few pounds in Thai Baht. I’ll change the rest when I get there. I’ll also be taking my other cards with me for emergencies.

Luggage: I bought a 45L backpack. I have not started packing yet, however I have gathered everything I need into a huge pile to start tomorrow evening. I may do a list of stuff I brought with me on a later date. I also purchased a money-belt to put my cards, passport, cash etc into and I will also be bringing a zipped up shoulder bag for my camera, guidebook, prescriptions etc. I will not be bringing my laptop for peace of mind.. I don’t want to have to keep worrying about it.

The day of my last exam is the day I’m catching my flight so it’s been stressful to say the list, with myself simultaneously preparing for this trip and revising but it’s still manageable.

This will most likely be the last time I post anything on here whilst I’m in England but I will try my hardest to update whilst I’m over there. Exciting!

Final note: I have a real fear of bugs and I know being in SE Asia would be like I’m in an episode of “Fear Factor“. So it will be a real challenge… Already dreading it. My bug spray is definitely going to be my new best friend!

I will definitely keep you guys posted!