South East Asia part 3: Thailand

Well, actually, that’s what I should write right now. But there were so many things I had to do in-between that by now our holiday is such a long time ago that it’s hardly appropriate anymore to write about it.

You deserve a short overview, however.

We spent one night in Bangkok in a lovely hotel close to the über-touristy Khao-San road which we visited in the evening. For the following day we had hired a driver with a Volkswagen van who brought us to Kho Chang. This island is situated off the coast of Thailand’s region bordering Cambodia.  The island is a national park except for the beaches that are packed with hotels and tourists. In the last years innumerable hotels, ressorts, pubs, shops and restaurants have popped out of the ground and turned an Robinson Crusoe island in a standard tourist-place. Except that they refrained from building the hotels more than 2 storeys high. Which is at least something.

It seems that tourists, no matter how much they seek to be remote from civilization and immersed in nature, still do not want to forego commodities as pubs, beer, internet and shopping.

We made a terrific snorkeling trip. That was probably the highlight of our Thailand holidays. So clear water and an abundance of colourful fish. Otherwise we did nothing special on the island because we were all in need of some serious relaxing. After all, we had spent quite a long time before on the move and seen a lot of things already.

After leaving Koh Chang we spent two more days in Bangkok, visited the king’s palace, Wat Po, Wat Pra Keo and Wat Arun. The architecture is strikingly different from what I knew from Europe. It was really nice. On our last day we visited the national museum which was also really cool. The history section was very interesting with the facts arranged in a way that they gave the impression that Thailand always was the leading power of the region. Moreover it supported Thailand’s claims on certain areas that once (a long time ago) belonged to Thailand. It was as if in a German national museum there was be a display of Sicily as a rightful part of the German empire (because, of course, as everybody knows, Sicily belonged to the German empire in the times of the Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich II). Okay, I admit it, that is a bit too far fetched. But you’re getting the point. For the critical mind of mine it was a tad too biased and that again a bit too obvious.

But the people of Thailand were usually extremely friendly people and made us visitors fell very welcome. It is indeed a nice country. But before going to Asia again I want to see America north and south.