Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thailand - The Land of Smiles

Total cost for two person including everything: 1,25,000INR
Month: In December the weather will be perfect pleasant.

You must carry a lot of bucks as there are plenty of things cheaper for you to shop. We carried 500฿ cash with us. You can visit Chiang Mai(North Thailand) incase you do not want to visit islands. You can do both if you are living in Thailand for a longer duration. Our's was 12 days trip. You cannot compare Chiang Mai and Phuket/Krabi. Both have their own beauty. I would definitely visit Bangkok again in my life. Thailand was one of the best trips till now. You just cannot get bored of the food and life in Thailand. I am a food craver and Thailand is heaven of delicious street food. We have a lot of wonderful beautiful memories which I would like to share through my photo clicks. 

Visa Details. For On Arrival it will be 2k more than actual fee for visa. Our trip was like flight from Bangkok to Krabi, then to Phuket by bus and Phuket to Bangkok back flight. You can book bus after reaching Krabi. Thailand is definitely a safe country as their survival depends on the income they earn by tourism. There are dark sides too like prostitution but nothing can affect the tourism. Women in the workforce earning wages or salary are part of a modern phenomenon and that's what you will find more in Thailand.


We were staying in Ramada Hotel in Bangkok. It was one of the best and reasonable price hotel. Then Aspery hotel in Phuket and Marina Express Fisherman in Krabi. A3 ac bus from Bangkok airport will take you to Pratunam where we had our Ramada Hotel. We kept our excess luggages with Ramada Hotel and took with us only stuffs required to stay in Phuket and Krabi. For more details, check out the baggage policy of the flights in Thailand.

Places must visit in Bangkok: 
  • Always check with the days and timings for markets here. You must check this before planning Thailand trip.
  • Take a ferry to Chinatown. Spend half a day, mostly afternoons and evenings.
  • Visit Siam Paragon, Platinum mall and MBK mall.
  • Ferry to Jim Thompson Museum
  • Sky Train to Asiatique, a night market with Thailand's tallest ferris wheel. 
  • Big C, Thailand's second-largest hypermarket operator.
  • Patong Market, Neon Market and Pratunam market
  • Lumpini Park is also a must. Spend half a day, mostly late afternoons and evenings. We just fell asleep one afternoon in the park relaxing. It's that tranquil.
  • Chatuchak weekend market is a must visit. You should not skip this at all.
  • Khao San is a street to shop and enjoy street food.
  • One of Bangkok’s most visually striking landmarks, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) towers over the Chao Phraya River. 

We covered all the above places in Bangkok in five days which is including a weekend as we did not want to miss Chatuchak weekend market where you can buy a lot of things.

Things you can buy: Inhalers, glares/glasses, hair clips, 2 side eyeliner, coconut lip balm, miniature elephant figurine, sling bags, customized passport cover and magnets.

Fruits must try: Mangosteen, Rambutan and dragon fruit.

Things to do in Thailand: 
  • Foot massage(you must bargain)
  • Make use of all public transports(Boat, Bus and Trains). Play with Google Maps and explore places by yourselves. You can check with the bus numbers on maps plus the drivers and conductors are helpful too. Spend time walking on the streets and enjoy the nightlife.
  • Rent a bike in Phuket or Krabi and explore places. Experience the 4 island tour.
  • Enjoy all mouth-watering street foods in Thailand.
  • Grab drinks and snacks from 7/11 and relax on islands.
  • We mostly had milk, bananas and muesli/cereals for breakfast.
  • You can try having fish here as well. I liked cat fish.

Things to remember:
Carry sunscreen lotion and motion/sea sickness tablets for the island trip.
Careful with the motorcycle exhaust pipe. You might come in contact and burn yourself when you rent a bike.
The taxi drivers can be rude as they don't understand any other language but Thai. They are quite annoying.

Neon market

The making of Pad Thai

Sticky rice with mango

Wat Ratchanatdaram

Wat Suvannaram

Thai curry and rice


Sleeping Buddha, Wat Pho


Wat Arun



Boat Taxi

From cocoon to silk, Jim Thompson, House Museum


MBK mall

Durian fruit

Chatuchak market with 15,000 stalls


Koh Poda

Chicken Island

Chicken Island

Tup islets

Phranang Cave Beach

Phuket

Pineapple rice

Big Buddha, Chalong, Phuket

Big Buddha, Chalong, Phuket

Wat Phra

street food on bike

Patong beach

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Nainital

Nainital is one of the popular hill station in India.

From Mumbai we had to fly to New Delhi. We had bus to Nainital from Anand Vihar metro railway station. We had booked the bus on the very last moment so it was disastrous. I will not recommend the travels. It took around 20 min in traffic to reach metro station. We had to change the train at Rajiv Chowk to reach Anand Vihar.

We had a very bad experience with City Heart travels to Nainital. No proper timings. Not punctual and lot of people stranded waiting for bus. They did not even drop to our destination as promised while booking. They dropped us at Haldwani bus stop from where we had to take another bus to Nainital and then cab INR 200 to our hotel. To our misery, it was raining heavily. Nainital is very pretty. Our hotel was the prettiest. Just walk down from the hotel and visit all places by walk. Satellite view of Nainital Lake looks like kidney shape.
As we were in Nainital during Holi festival, we played Holi and ate Gujiyas and fryams for snacks complimentary to our stay.



Cave garden

Naini Lake

Nanda Devi Temple

Sonam's momos and chowmein

Gujiya, Fries

Cheese Paratha

Parathewali Galli, New Delhi
Shopping:
  • Ponchos
Places to Visit and Eat:
  • Tibetan market
  • Wildness church 
  • Naina/Nanda Devi temple 
  • St John's church 
  • Aurobindo ashram 
  • Mukteshwar high altitude zoo  is closed on Mondays, Diwali & Holi 
  • Cave garden INR 50 entry fee ( don't visit incase you have back pain )
  • Embassy hotel church
  • Watch a bollywood movie in Capitol cinema(optional)
What to eat:
  • Bal mithai 
  • Tibetan market(Yummy Sonam's chowmein and momos)
  • Lunch/Dinner at Machan restaurant 
  • Sev and chewda at mall road 
  • Tibetan market(Sonam's chowmein and momos)
  • Samosa or Aloo tikki
  • Wine shop besides Shere Punjab hotel

Spiti - The land between Tibet and India




Chandratal Lake







Itinerary

Katha Paan
Chandratal Lake





Langza

Key


World's highest post office



Budget Stay- Cost per person a the group of 6 adults- Rs 21500/- (excluding service tax)
Luxury Stay- Cost per person a the group of 6 adults- Rs 28400/- (excluding service tax)

Book your trip with Incredible Spiti.

P.S. In Spiti, travelling can be hectic as lot of the time you are spending in your transport. You need to live in tents. Chandratal is extremely cold but you should try your best to click those millions of shooting stars.