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So, the trip has ended and destination scouting for the next trip is about to begin… but before that, there are a few things that remains to be stated…. surprising, I know!

For those who are travelling to Thailand or Indonesia for the first time here are a few pointers…

a. For Thailand

i)Thou shall Avoid tuk tuks like the plague: so much has been written about the notorious tuk tuks of Thailand, yet still so many travellers are scammed by them.. use the BTS or MRT, in Bangkok or hire a taxi… the pink ones are mostly honest… if you must hire a tuk tuk, make sure that you fix the price beforehand and ensure that the driver understands exactly where you want to go.. for Phuket and Northern Thailand, just have use your brain and be on the guard while dealing with them… Consider renting a bike for a day…

ii) If an Offer is too good to  be true, it probably is... sightseeing in Bangkok for 10 Bahts?! offers like these have scams written all over them… if you accept offers like these, expect to spend a whole lot of time shopping for jewellery and shit, at crappy stores

iii)Thou shall always use the safe deposit boxes: Losing your travel documents or cards will ruin not only your mood, but also your whole vacation… be safe and use the safe deposit boxes to store your valuables..

iv) Thou shall choose your hotel carefully... when booking a hotel dont just look at the price and the facilities…make sure that the location is good… read the reviews of fellow travelers on websites like travel fish, trip advisor and ofcourse, lonely planet…

v) Most importantly, thou shall never ever argue with a Thai… just always know that they are always right… there is no shame in apologising and walking away from an argument in a foreign land…. having said that, make sure any serious incident is report to the tourist police who are just incredible…

b. For Indonesia

i)  Thou shall not use or carry drugs… it carries a death penalty..

ii) Thou shall stay away from the magic mushrooms… I know the name sounds tempting, but if found high on the mushrooms, you might be heading to the slammer for a couple of years atleast

iii) Thou will always be respectful: Indonesians are mellow and quiet by nature.. do not misbehave or disrespect…

Now, there are a few regrets that I have had on this trip…make sure you include the following in your itinerary when you visit these places:

a. Climb Kintamani Volcano… various tour groups organise trips from Kuta and Ubud to trek all the way to the top…costs about Rp600000 and the trek usually starts at around 2 am and lasts about 4 hours, depending on your speed

b. Visit Bangkok safari park…its receiving great reviews from travellers all over…

c. Have some Arak in Indonesia… recommended by a local, I really regret not having this..

d. Rock climb at Railay.. Phra Nang beach has some rock climbing opportunities…

And now for some of the must dos…

a. Hold a hairy little Orangutan in the Bali Safari and Marine Park

b. Have buffet lunch at any of the restaurants overlooking the Kintamani volcano and lake Batur

c. Swim your ass off at the Phra Nang Beach at Railay….just remember to use sunscreen when you can…

d. Shop till you drop at the Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok.. its a 2 mins walk away from the Mo Chit station…

e. Visit the Kuta beach in the evening… if you are lucky you may just catch the sunset ceremony at the beach…

Thank you for following my blogs… be happy and keep travelling!

Live Long and Prosper \\ //

 

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