Thailand in 15 Days: Back to Bangkok

Back to the exciting sensory overload of a city, Bangkok!

Day 13: Bangkok
Time to bid good bye to beautiful Krabi. We took the hotel courtesy water taxi to Noparat Thara Pier, a taxi to Krabi Airport and here we are boarding our flight back to Bangkok.

The New Year celebrations have taken over the city and people in large numbers have ascended upon to the Central World area.

We checked in to the beautiful Anantara Siam
Day 14: Bangkok While teenagers were still in bed, Giri and I crossed the Chao Phraya to Taling Chan and hopped on a long tail to observe behind the scene of BKK’s mega malls, traffic jams, hipster neighborhoods, sky-walks, and glitz.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market: Giri and I chose this weekend-only floating market because it’s the least touristy one. It’s about 30 minutes from Pathumwan and full of locals, and no signs in English. There are hundreds of food stalls in a makeshift building along a canal. Each vendor sells different foods. We loved it! People were so ni…

Thailand in 15 Days: Krabi

Surrounded by breathtaking limestone karsts that adds excitement to not so easily accessible amazing beaches and serpentine mangroveforests, Krabi along the Thailand's Andaman coast is home to a racial, religious and gender diverse community of Buddhist Thais, Chinese Thais, Muslims, and Thai Sea Gypsies who generously extend a very warm Thai hospitality to visitors.  As for visitors, they are mostly Europeans, Chinese, and Russians on package holidays here, along with the occasional American, Arab, Indian or other Asian travelers. This place in one way is a crazy tribute to alcohol, the scantily dressed, and the massage trade. The fact that the predominant Muslim community in this area puts up with all this is one of Krabi’s most perplexing features. Pure speculation suggests that money answers this riddle. 

Day 9: Krabi
After attending the tsunami memorial at Phi Phi Island Village we took a long tail to the Ton Sai Pier to board the public ferry. 

Giri researched this leg of the …