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How to experience the weird and wonderful cultures of Southeast Asia

A few years ago, I spent a few days in Koh Samui, and it’s safe to say that it was one of the greatest destinations I have ever visited – and I’ve been to countless destinations in over 38 countries! Because of this, I have become even more determined to check out what the rest of Southeast Asia has to offer. However, I’m keen to stray away from your everyday tourist traps and check out what the REAL areas of Southeast Asia have to offer. This is how to experience the weird and wonderful cultures of Southeast Asia if you want to try something new:

Meine erste Reise für meinen Instagram Account war vor ein paar Jahren nach Koh Samui. Obwohl ich schon in 38 unterschiedlichen Ländern war, hat Thailand mir besonders gefallen! Aus diesem Grund möchte ich auf jeden Fall noch erfahren, was der Rest von Südostasien zu bieten hat. Jedoch wisst ihr ja, dass ich nicht so gerne die typischen Touristenfallen besuche, sondern gerne herausfinden möchte, was die REAL-Gebiete Südostasiens zu bieten haben. Wenn man etwas Neues in Südostasien erkunden möchte, sollte man folgende Events erkunden:

Join the Thaipusam festival in Malaysia

If you’ve ever wanted to see what a traditional Hindu festival looks like, you might want to book your flights so you can check out the Thaipusam Festival. The epicenter of this festival takes place in Penang, but you’re going to have to prepare yourself for a long walk! Those involved in this festival shave their heads, carry a giant Hindu God on their shoulders and walk for miles in the name of pilgrimage. Although you don’t have to participate, it’s definitely something you have to see to believe.

Wenn ihr schon einmal sehen möchtet, wie ein traditionelles hinduistisches Festival aussieht, solltet ihr euch Direktflüge buchen, um das Thaipusam Festival zu besuchen. Das Epizentrum dieses Festivals findet in Penang statt, aber ihr müsst euch auf einen langen Spaziergang vorbereiten! Diejenigen, die an diesem Festival beteiligt sind, rasieren ihre Köpfe, tragen einen riesigen Hindu-Gott auf ihren Schultern und gehen kilometerweit im Namen der Pilgerfahrt.

Check out the street food in Cambodia

The food in Southeast Asia is notorious for being incredibly weird and wonderful – if a little bit odd! Although most of us would look at flies, grasshoppers and insects with an upturned nose and often run away from the critters, the people of Cambodia see this is dinner. In fact, one of their most favored delicacies is the Cambodian Tarantula. Despite the hairy legs, these fried tarantulas are considered a delicacy, so you just have to try it out.

Das Essen in Südostasien ist berüchtigt dafür, unglaublich komisch und wundervoll zu sein – wenn auch ein bisschen seltsam! Obwohl die meisten von uns Fliegen, Heuschrecken und Insekten mit einer umgedrehten Nase betrachten und oft von den Tieren weglaufen, sehen die Menschen in Kambodscha, dass es sich um ein Abendessen handelt. In der Tat ist eine der beliebtesten Delikatessen die kambodschanische Tarantula. Trotz der behaarten Beine gelten diese gebratenen Taranteln als Delikatesse! Probiert sie mal!

Walk past the Hanging Coffins in the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, so it makes sense to explore the wild surroundings and check in on nature. If you ever find yourself walking through the impressive Eco-Valley, you might find yourself face to face with all kinds of caves and hanging coffins that adorn the rocks. These wooden boxes are precariously attached to the rock face and painted in all kinds of colors. In fact, it’s the definition of weird and wonderful.

Die Philippinen sind eines der schönsten Länder der Welt, daher ist es sinnvoll, die wilde Umgebung zu erkunden und in die Natur einzutauchen. Wenn ihr euch jemals durch das beeindruckende Eco-Valley bewegt, findet ihr euch möglicherweise mit allen Arten von Höhlen und hängenden Särgen, die die Felsen zieren, konfrontiert. Diese Holzkisten sind prekär an der Felswand befestigt und in allen möglichen Farben bemalt. In der Tat ist es die Definition von seltsam und wunderbar.

Go tubing in Laos

There are countless little villages in Southeast Asia, and they all have their own fun little activities to pass the time. In the village of Vang Vieng in Laos, these guys have found the perfect way to pass the time – and tourists are now getting in on the action. Many of their bars are located next to the beautiful waterways, and it’s not uncommon for revelers to grab themselves a rubber tube and float down the river with a beer in their hands. Join the locals for a drink and check out the countryside at the same time!

Southeast Asia is full of weird and wonderful cultures to explore if you know where and how. Have you already been and seen something out of this world? Let me know in the comments how you would experience the weird and wonderful cultures of Southeast Asia!

Es gibt unzählige kleine Dörfer in Südostasien, und alle haben ihre eigenen lustigen kleinen Aktivitäten, um die Zeit zu vertreiben. Im Dorf Vang Vieng in Laos haben diese Jungs den perfekten Weg gefunden, um die Zeit zu vertreiben – und die Touristen zu unterhalten. Viele ihrer Bars befinden sich neben den schönen Wasserstraßen, und es ist nicht ungewöhnlich für Nachtschwärmer, sich eine Gummiröhre zu schnappen und mit einem Bier in der Hand den Fluss hinunter zu schweben. Begleitet die Einheimischen zu einem Drink und schaut euch gleichzeitig die Landschaft an!

Südostasien ist voll von wunderbaren Kulturen, die man erforschen kann, wenn man weiß, wo und wie. Seid ihr schon mal in Südostasien gewesen? Lasst es mich in den Kommentaren wissen, was ihr so erlebt habt!

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The Beginner’s Guide to Traveling to Koh Samui

Koh Samui, Thailand

Last year in May I made a trip to the famous Koh Samui. To get to this amazing place, I flew from Bangkok to Surat Thani province then from the province I took a bus and then a ferry to Koh Samui. All the transport services were provided by Air Asia for 20€ including luggage. This was very pocket-friendly.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Letztes Jahr im Mai ging meine Reise zu der berühmten „Touri-Insel“ Koh Samui in Thailand. Um zu diesem wundervollen Ort zu kommen, flog ich von Bangkok nach Surat Thani, von dort aus nahm ich einen Bus und dann eine Fähre nach Koh Samui. Alle Transportdienste wurden von Air Asia für einen erschwinglichen Preis von 20 € inklusive Gepäck zur Verfügung gestellt.

Koh Samui, Thailand

I stayed at Kala Samui, a beautiful resort which is located on one of the most fabulous parts of Samui-Chaweng Noi. The resort is situated on a cliff with express access to the waters of Chaweng.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

Kala Samui offers complete sea-view rooms. The rooms allow one to view the natural beauty on the island. The rooms are fitted with natural handmade bed sheets and curtains and complete bathroom amenities from natural coconut oils. The lovely and modern rooms make the place enjoyable. Also, all the villas have private pools.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

In addition, resort front has a beach that is perfect for kayaking, snookering and fishing activities which are offered free of charge. From the resort, the supermarket is just 3 minutes away by feet. A very nice beach bar, which offers fresh smoothies, is only 5 minutes away with the kayak.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Gewohnt habe ich im Kala Samui, ein wunderschönes Resort, das sich auf einem der fabelhaftesten Teile von Samui-Chaweng Noi befindet. Das Resort liegt auf einer Klippe mit Schnellzugang zu den Gewässern von Chewang. Kala Samui bietet tolle Zimmer mit Meerblick. Die Zimmer erlauben es, die natürliche Schönheit auf der Insel zu sehen. Die modernen und wunderschönen Zimmer sind mit natürlicher handgefertigter Bettwäsche und Vorhängen ausgestattet und verfügen über komplette Pflegeprodukte aus natürlichen Kokosöl.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

Close to Kala Samui is Lamai beach which is a popular holiday destination. This beautiful beach offers a variety of activities which are suitable for all ages. Some of the popular activities in this island include; kayaking tours, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, elephant trekking and shopping in the traditional market.

Koh Samui, Thailand

In der Nähe von Kala Samui ist der Koh Samui Strand, der ein beliebtes Urlaubsziel ist. Dieser wunderschöne Strand bietet eine Vielzahl von Aktivitäten, die für alle Altersgruppen geeignet sind. Einige der beliebten Aktivitäten dieser Insel sind: Kajak-Touren, Angeln, Klettern, Wandern, Elefanten reiten und Shopping auf dem traditionellen Markt.

Auch alle Villen besitzen private Pools. Darüber hinaus hat die Resort-Front einen Strand, der perfekt für Kajak, Taucher und Fischen ist – die Aktivitäten werden kostenlos angeboten! Mit dem Kajak fährt man in nur 5 Minuten zu einer coolen Strandbar. Vom Resort ist der Supermarkt nur 3 Gehminuten entfernt.

Another hotel is Vikasa Yoga Retreat. I just went there for breakfast and dinner twice. The place was very modest, comfortable and clean. The people there were welcoming and relaxed. The food offered was healthy and fresh. I loved the view from the restaurant above the sea and the relaxed atmosphere.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

Ein anderes Hotel ist Vikasa Yoga Retreat. Ich bin dort zweimal zum Frühstück und Abendessen hingegangen. Der Ort war sehr entspannt, komfortabel und sauber. Die Leute waren einladend und relaxed. Das angebotene Essen war nicht nur zum Teil vegan, sondern auch gesund und frisch. Ich liebte die Aussicht vom Restaurant auf das Meer und die entspannte Atmosphäre.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Another great restaurant at the beach is Som Restaurant. It offers delicious food and also provides a romantic view of the sunset. I rented a scooter for two days which took me to all the places. Looking back, I should have rented a scooter for all days!

Koh Samui, Thailand

While in the city, I visited Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant. It offers tasty and cheap food. Other activities to do in the city include; massage, manicure, and salon.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

 

Ein weiteres tolles Restaurant am Strand ist das Som Restaurant. Es bietet leckere und exklusive Speisen, die man mit romantischen Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang genießen kann.

Während meines Aufenthaltes mietete ich einen Roller für zwei Tage, der mich zu allen Orten führte. Rückblickend hätte ich besser meinen Roller für alle Tage gemietet! Während meines Besuchs in der Stadt, aß ich im Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant. Es bietet leckere, großzügige und preiswerte Speisen an. Andere Aktivitäten, die ihr in der Stadt unternehmen könnt, sind: Massage, Maniküre und Shopping.

Koh Samui, Thailand

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Wenn auch du nichts von deinem letzten Urlaub vergessen möchtest, erstelle dir dein Pixum Fotobuch! Pixum hilft dir, deine Reise-Erinnerungen zu behalten. Mit Pixum könnt ihr euer Fotobuch entwerfen und bestellen. Wenn du noch kein Ostergeschenk hast, oder du deine Urlaubserinnerungen zusammenfassen möchtest, hole dir dein Pixum Fotobuch und deine Erinnerungen werden für ewig bleiben!

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Annika, Travel Blog

Koh Samui

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.
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