Thailand, a taste of Asia – A Top Travel Experience

Buddas in a Bangkok Temple

Buddas in a Bangkok Temple, Thailand

Colourful temples so intricate and shiny.
A stark contrast to the smoggy streets and smells of tasty food stalls.
This was my brief taste of Thailand.

Step back 6 years, it’s 2010, I’m leaving New Zealand for the second time, but this time it’s going to be for quite a bit longer. I leave New Zealand behind and land in Bangkok for my first culture shock.

It’s busy and bustling, a bit polluted and dirty, but its real.

Temples in Bangkok

Temples in Bangkok, Thailand

My first full day there (and my last day of enjoying sights) was spent wandering around Bangkok on a walking tour. I wandered in and out of temples, awed by the architecture and bravery to use such bold colours in buildings! They were truly beautiful.

Temples in Bangkok

Detail of a temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Detail of a temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Temples Bangkok Temples

There was a boat trip along the river to see houses sitting on water, some feeding of piranha’s and plenty of walking.

Speedboat on the water in Bangkok

Speedboat on the water in Bangkok

Houses on the water in Bangkok

Houses on the water in Bangkok

Boat travel in Bangkok, Thailand

Boat travel in Bangkok, Thailand

Women travelling by boat in Bangkok

Women travelling by boat in Bangkok, Thailand

Sadly, that night I fell incredible sick, having successfully caught the bug my nephew had the day I left New Zealand. So, this was my only day out and about. The next day I flew to Koh Samui somehow and the next day checked myself into hospital. That ended up being for three days before they would release me for my next long haul flight to see my friend in Sweden before heading to the UK. I did get to see a little bit of the beach the afternoon I was released which was nice.

Path of huts in Koh Samui, Thailand

Path of huts in Koh Samui, Thailand

My hut in Koh Samui, Thailand

My hut in Koh Samui, Thailand

Beach with the path lead in Koh Samui, Thailand

Beach with the path lead in Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand. Copyright Ngaire Ackerley

Koh Samui

Thailand was a memorable travel experience in more ways than one. It made it’s way into my Top 30 Travel Experiences before I’m 30 for it’s uniqueness. There aren’t many places in the world with temples quite like those I saw in Bangkok. It’s worth delving deeper past the food, smog and parties that go on in Thailand and check out the culture.

That was number 28 of my Top 30 Experiences, check out the full travel list growing by the day (literally) here »

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