Month: June 2016

Island hooping in Greece – First stop: Mykonos

Where to stay?

Angelika Apartments and Studios are located really close to the city center. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to get there by foot. You can reach the old port in about 20 minutes. A mini market and a scooter & ATV rental is less than 5 minutes away from Angelika’s comfortable and enjoyable Apartments and Studios in Mykonos. I paid 50€ for a double room, which is quite cheap for Mykonos. The rooms are very clean, have a TV and free WIFI. The rate also includes a free pick up from the airport. Angelika is really nice and you feel very welcome at her apartments and studios.What to do?

You should definitely visit Mykonos city center. The shops open around 12pm and offer clothes, accessories, jewelry and leather goods. In the morning or during midday it is less crowded than in the evening. Don’t miss little Venice and the windmills, which are close to little Venice. Little Venice is especially beautiful in the evening with its small restaurants. If you go through Mykonos small shopping street, you will reach the old port, which is also fascinating. To get a good snapshot, walk upstairs after the old port.

Mykonos has several beaches, which you can all reach by bus. One bus station is right at the beginning of the city center and the other one is at the old port. Just check the timetable before you go to the bus station. I went to the peaceful Elia Beach. The bus ride takes about 25 minutes from the old port. At Elia Beach are loads of sun beds, which you have to pay for.

How to get there?

Ferries go between the Cyclade islands every day. Direct Ferries offers to compare ferry tickets and to book them online. Mykonos also has an airport.

Next stop Naxos. Stay tuned!

Facts about the Chatchuchak Weekend Market

Chatchuchak Weekend Market

 

  • 27 Sections and 15.000 shops with goods from everywhere in Thailand (source).
  • More than 200.000 people visit the Chatchuchak Market on a day (Only Saturday and Sunday). 30% of them are foreigners (source).
  • It is open from 6am to 6pm (source)
  • I have been to several markets in Bangkok but the Chatchuchak Market is definitely the cheapest market in Bangkok with local prices (not tourist prices!)
  • Bargaining is typically at the Chatchuchak Weekend Market. Always try to get a good deal.

Behind Section 13 and 15 at the Chatchuchak Weekend Market you find almost every pet, which exists.

Use Google Maps to find your direction! Don’t miss the unique experience!

 

 

 

48 hours in Bangkok

My first day in Thailand

  • As I arrived on a Sunday, I went to Chatchuchak Weekend Market. It is one of the largest markets in the world. This market offers all which the heart desires such as food, clothes, accessories, furniture, animals and more.
  • My first temple in Bangkok was Wat Arun, which is one of the few temples you can climb on. When the sun goes down, you can take great pictures of the Temple and the riverside next to it.IMG_0670
  • For the evening, I planned to go to the Sky Bar in the State Tower, which is famous from the movie ‘Hangover 2‘. The view over Bangkok is awesome!! You do not have to pay for the entry, but the drinks, which cost around 650 – 900 Baht, are a bit more expensive. Be aware that you have to wear formal clothes, especially at the weekend. I could not visit the State Tower during the day as you cannot go upstairs and there are only four shops on the ground floor.

12 hours left in Bangkok

  • On my second day, I left the hotel around 8 am to take the shuttle to Grand Palace. I did not know that I had to wear long trousers to go inside the palace. Luckily, you are able to borrow long skirts. If you want to enter the Grand Palace, you have to pay 500 Baht. Close to the Grand Palace is Wat Mahathat one of Thailand’s Buddhist universities.IMG_0745
  • 10 minutes walk away from the Grand Palace, the Old Town Cafe Bangkok makes a delicious coffee and sandwiches.IMG_0763
  • One of Bangkok’s first shopping malls is the Siam Center. It has several, separate buildings and you will find every well-known brand as well as young Thai designers there. Several restaurants are in the Siam Center; most of the restaurants also have live cooking.
  • A quick walk away from the Siam Center, you find a small market in front of the Big C Supermarket, where you can buy food and accessories.
  • One of the top sights in Bangkok was the historical town, Ayutthaya, which is about 70km away from Bangkok. Ayutthaya’s ruins are a Unesco World Heritage. It takes about one hour to get there with a minivan, which leaves every hour from Bangkok’s Victory Monument. A return ticket costs 100 Baht. In the Ayutthaya Elephant Village, visitors can also ride elephant until 5pm in the afternoon.IMG_0948

 

 

If you have any questions or recommendations, leave a comment below.

 

Off to Bangkok

Flight

  • “320€ for a return flight to Bangkok, you definitely have to go there“ – those were my thoughts two months before I actually flew to Bangkok. IMG_8447Luckily for me, Eurwings offers cheap flights to Bangkok. A direct return flight to Bangkok costs only 320€ from Cologne, Germany – this does not include food, entertainment, and luggage. If you want to take a suitcase, you have to pay around 30€ extra for each way. The entertainment program costs 9,99€ on board and menus are bookable in advance or you can buy them on board. To avoid paying 9,99€ for the entertainment program, you can download movies on your tablet. Also, every screen has a USB connection which you can use for charging your phones or tablets. The duration of this flight is around 11 hours. A handy and interesting travel guide is the Lonely Planet pocket guide about Bangkok.

Sim card

  • Buying a SIM card for my phone was the first thing I did in Bangkok. It costs around 400 Baht for 10 days and it comes with 1GB. There are several phone shops before you exit the airport.

Transport in Bangkok

  • You have several means to travel in Bangkok. I highly recommend using the UBER because the price for your trip is shown IMG_1007in advance and in my opinion, it is the cheapest possibility. It costs around 380 Baht from the airport to city center. Using Google Maps on your phone helps you find directions to your destination – it also shows you the cheapest way, which includes public transport and UBER. Taxi driver and TUK TUKs are often twice as expensive as UBER, but you have to try a TUK TUK and a river boat just for the experience!!

Bangkok Hotels

  • Tara Place costs around 35€ per night for a double room and is located in the center of Bangkok. In front of the hotel is a massage salon and a cafe. Furthermore, the hotel offers a free TUK TUK shuttle six times a day to main attractions such as the Grand Palace or Khaosan Road. The large rooms are very clean, comfortable and the WIFI is for free! In the lobby, you get coffee and snacks for free.

Visa

  • As European you don’t need an application for a visa.

If you have any questions or recommendations, leave a comment below.
Read more about my 48 hours in Bangkok!

 

 

Meet me

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Santorini, Greece, Oia, Fira

Hi there, I am Annika .

Facts about me


  • When I was 18 I visited almost all European capital cities in my spare time.
  • I went to school in England, did my Bachelor in International Business in Ireland and my Master in IT in Scotland. There is no reason why I studied in different countries, I just wanted to do it. By the way, I finished my Master a month ago (May, 2016) and started my dream – this blog.
  • I already worked for a German bank for two years.
  • During my studies, I worked 2 years in Munich for an e- commerce.  I travelled every week from Dublin to Munich. At the venture of Rocket Internet, I gained my first insights into the world of blogging.

  • I am addicted to our dogs & my phone.
  • My motto: You’re the happiest when doing what you love most.