We continue this Final Thoughts series with a few final observations on Thailand. Having loved Thailand on our last trip, we were very excited to get back there this time. We had a most wonderful time during our fifteen-day stay but were ready to move on to Singapore too. Here are a few things we noticed this time:
- Beds are HARD in Thailand…like hard as a rock. Our bed in Bangkok was essentially a box-spring with a fitted sheet on top. Definitely took a bit getting used to.
- The anti-government protests (Bangkok Shutdown) began while we were in Bangkok. We didn’t quite know what to expect and were extremely cautious about where we went. No, parents, we didn’t go to any of the protest sites. The roads were quite devoid of traffic on the first day, and cars only marginally increased the subsequent two days. Some shops were closed, and there definitely were not as many people on the streets. While we sunbathed on our hostel’s roof, we could hear some of the protest speeches being broadcast from a closed-off massive bridge. We didn’t experience anything bad or weird, but we are glad that we safely got out of Bangkok. Just kinda an eerie feeling of visiting a city that could end up being volatile…
- Russians love Thailand. Phuket literally had more Russians than Thais. Most of the menus at restaurants and all signs in the Phuket airport were in Thai, English, and Russian.
- The prices throughout Thailand have gone up a bit but are still very, very low. Definitely the place to come if you want to shop, drink, and get massages all day. Bangkok is much cheaper than any of the other places in Thailand that we have been too. Phuket is still cheap, but massages will cost double what they are in Bangkok.
- The last time we came to Thailand, it was in October (the rainy season). There were mosquitoes galore that loved Hanna, and it rained a lot. This time it was hot, dry, and thankfully mosquito-free. The only problem with coming during peak season is many more tourists. We really liked Phuket in 2010, but this time it was a bit of a draining experience. It was extremely crowded, loud, and just a bit much for us.
Enough observations and onto the photos!!!!!!