The death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week, following a 70 year reign, has shocked the entire country. While the King was unwell for many years, his passing stopped the nation and brought people together in grieving for a figure considered almost holy to Thais.
Ok, first of all, an admission. I didn’t realise I would be spending Chinese New Year in Bangkok. To be honest, I didn’t even think about it when booking my flights. A few friends planned a trip to Thailand and, in a particularly spontaneous moment, I booked a ticket.
I secured my helmet in place and tested the brakes. I don’t know a great deal about bikes but as long as the brakes work, I am usually happy. We made our way outside the shop and clipped our water bottles onto the frames and piled on sunscreen.
Koh Chang, Thailand’s second largest island, isn’t on many first time visitors’ bucket lists. While tourists flock to Phuket for their package holidays and backpackers do the obligatory island hopping on the “Banana Pancake Trail”, Koh Chang’s white sandy beaches are still relatively unspoilt.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller
MBK Center, Bangkok, Thailand
The MBK Center is one of Bangkok’s most famous and popular shopping malls with hundreds of retailers, two food courts, numerous restaurants and a cinema multiplex.
I first stopped over at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport 2 years ago on my way back to London from Australia. With Chinese airlines gaining prominence and offering some of the most attractive deals to Western customers, more and more holidaymakers are choosing to fly to South East Asia and beyond with airlines such as China Southern.
Those that have been following my updates on Facebook would know that I have become somewhat of a keen cyclist on my latest trip to Thailand. Not because I cycle at home – I don’t even own a bike – but because I like being active on my travels and think that exploring on two wheels is one of the best ways to get a feel for a place.
Koh Chang Day Cruise
The speedboat appeared from around the corner and made its way to the beach, hopping across the waves. We jumped on and a couple of minutes later were climbing onto the deck of Thaifun’s boat where we were due to spend the majority of the day cruising around Koh Chang and the nearby islands.
Escape the crazy pace of Bangkok and head north to the charming city of Chiang Mai. The laid-back pace of life here seems at odds with the throngs of tourists visiting the city, yet it somehow manages to retain an air of calm not found in the capital.