Oh such fun. Being away during a super long weekend. You might not know it, but the lunar new year falls every year between the gregorian calendar months of January or February. And after giving out red packets (of money) and eating all the
peanuts equivalent to a year’s normal consumption what is one to do?
In the past we used to stay in the little red dot and visit even more relatives and friends (and eat more peanuts). But today with the constant contact we already have every now and then, plus social media it seems we’ve run out of conversations when we meet face to face! So this is the second year that we’ve determined to move away from the familiar faces and to a place where we are not so familiar with.
But where can one go in these months of the year? For a quick jaunt that is.
Obviously China and much of northeast Asia (except Japan) is closed. Tokyo would be wonderful to be for a few days… or it might be places such as Australia. Our surrounding archipelago of islands sounds like fun too. Or it could be the land of smiles. Where’s that you ask? You must have not been watching any of the infomercials promoting Thailand huh?
So here we are lounging by the pool of the Conrad Bangkok, writing and sending this post before we head off for another culinary orgasm in the Asian city of Angels (yeah here’s looking at you Lala land).
Think of this as a post card that says “wish you were here”… (NOT!)
Do you enjoy visiting Bangkok? Because we do. What are your favourite things to when you visit a city besides eating?
Heheh… it has been some months since we came back from our little road trip around Hua Hin. Was it fun? Of course. Would we recommend it? Definitely!
Today we finally finished the translation of our offline journalog to the blog for sharing with you. There was A LOT of material and trust us that this is surely just an abridged version.
First it is important to note that we picked up a rental car from Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. From there, it was supposedly a 3-hour drive (approximately 220km). But you see we did not just jumped in the car and made the drive. For we determined to stay the night near the airport and popped over to nearby Rod Fai market. Have not heard of it? Oh then you need to find your way there too!
And did you think Hua Hin was just about the sea and beach? Oh no! Well, not the city itself anyway. In any case we did not get into the water on this occasion. Instead, we stayed dry on land.
So how did we fare? Here’s the checklist we had:
- Vineyards. Yep we did visit one. And it was such a surprise to taste good vintage there! Even on a rainy day it was so busy… but the highlight was – drumroll – the cheesecake. Heheh… ok the wine’s good too.
- Royal retreats (definitely saw the railway station), if only without the train coming in. This option of getting to Hua Hin (5 hours from Bangkok) is definitely not in our consideration. And we did sneak into a palace too.
- Night markets. Guess we’re becoming “atas” (malay word for “upstairs”, but in Singlish it means being ‘high class’). Couldn’t fancy eating at them… all three that we visited and spent quite a bit of time walking through but not a bite.
Are you ready for our journalog? Let’s go, by reading on here. Have you been to Hua Hin?
It would be cliché to say yet again how time flies, but then it really did. Heheh. And now we are into the last months of the year. Oh what a year it had been so far! Having just come back from Hua Hin on our road trip, we have to report that it was a wonderful adventure making that drive. A journalog cometh soon…
And it has been a little more quiet in this last three months. Time to let Bankie recover a little! But that might have to wait. You may recall we’ve been longing to get to Jordan for the longest time right? Well guess what? The group has formed!! Yaaay! It means sometime in the middle of December we shall be waltzing to the airport on the way to another of our bucket list destinations. Woohoo!
But of course that would still be some months away.
We hope you too had a fun filled three months. Even if not traveling a lot, there can still be fun in our own backyard too! Sometime towards the end of the year, we shall make an announcement. It has a lot to do with having fun in your own neighbourhood(s). Look out for it!
Here’s our latest newsletter: The Long Journey Q4-2017. Enjoy!
No. We are not trumpeting any flight upgrade or that sort of thing. It’s just that after 7 days of no wordpress, we feel that we ought to summarize how it has been. Both on the road trip and also about being offline. So before we fly off from the city of Angels, we are sending off this post. So how did we feel?
The word to describe it : emancipated.
Yep. That’s really how it felt.
You probably know we schedule our posts ahead. So coming up with posts wasn’t the issue. It was not having the “strain” of thinking about the blog, responding to comments or reading the posts of others, from which we felt a freedom that we did not experience for some time. Incredible to realize this isn’t it?
Sometimes we simply put ourselves through too much pressure to read all the posts out there. And we really shouldn’t. Because if what we said is true : ie that time is but the only commodity that cannot be stored, then we ought to live our lives first and worry about the blog later. Don’t you agree?
The road trip has been more than fabulous. We are already so full of ideas as to what to share with you in the journalog and handprint stories… And Mel was soooo wrong. The Queen of shopping DID find quite some places and not a few things to buy. All utilitarian around the house of course!
And now, back to your regular programme of scheduled posts.
Yaay! We are going on our road trip to this coastal resort town approximately 200km south of the city of Angels. Even as you read this we would have touched down in Bangkok and picked up the rental car to make the drive to the timeshare apartment. Yesterday… Yep this is a scheduled post so note the past tense.
Well, not quite.
For first we spent the first night not far from the airport, as we stock up on necessities and made a stab at Rod Fai night market. Heard of this one? Well look out for the journalog where more will be shared.
Only after that in the following morning (like now) will it will be a 200km+ drive. And we expect to take more than the 3 hours Google suggested since we will most likely sidetrack:
What will we be doing? For one thing when one have their own set of wheels, the road is open! Can you hear the music or our bad singing? Heheh… Suan has crafted out the following that we must do:
- Vineyards (huh? Yep there are quite a few)
- Royal retreats (Definitely see the rail station)
- Night markets (For the food only)
No shopping? Yep. In this parts, there is nothing for even the Queen of shopping to identify for a browse. But mostly in between we shall be taking it easy. So no wordpress for a whole week. We’re suppose to be on vacation right? Hence our advanced apologies if it seemed we’ve ditched reading your posts… we are busy… heheh
Wish you are here! A journalog cometh. Watch this space and TTYL.
Lanna, as the political entity that the region of Chiang Mai is formerly known, was an independent Kingdom until the late 1700s. Well, specifically Chiang Mai was Lanna’s capital.
If you dig a little deeper into history, you will know that Lanna was known as the land of a million ricefields. A million? Yep, that’s what they claim. But you see, this is where linguistics come into play. So we’ve got to be careful with translations. They are sometimes lost… Realistically anyway, how do you count rice fields? Perhaps by the plots? Anyway we digressed again.
Come here to see rice fields you ask? Not really, though that could be one of the activities. Did you also know that the notorious golden triangle of drug production and trafficking is said to be nearby? Won’t this make your heart flutter a little? Sounds dangerous doesn’t it?
And adventure we had both within the city and outside of it. Not only did we veered close to the supposed land of drug kingpins, we mingled with hilltribes too! Phew not head hunting ones, but ones with long neck.
Read more here about our adventures in Chiang Mai itself.
There is so much to do. Better yet, find out more about what you can see outside of the city. Will this egg you to make a journey to northern Thailand?
So ends our Thai series at this time. We do plan to go to our Hua Hin timeshare later this year, so look out for it!