Visit South Korea from 26-01 till 03-02-2019. What a beautiful city, lovely food, lots of shops where you can spend days! My friend loves the color contacts, where you can buy everywhere. A place you must visit!
Here you see the entrance of the China Town MRT in Singapore. When you walk out you walk straight ahead into this busy street of China Town Area.
This was the first hotel in Februari i booked in Singapore. Its small, but i love it.
Little late but here the impression of my hotel room in Hong Kong @ Bonham ’99 in 360°.
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The skytrain in Bangkok surprised me. The way how it is build, the way how they create a full working metro system above the ground. Sometimes 2 different lines above each other. Here a impression of the skytrain that go across Bangkok.
Across my hotel i saw a Thai Massage Salon. Ok the name was strange for me “Magic Hands”. I chat with a guy and he told me he worked there. So it was ok already and went to there yesterday. I choose a traditional Thai Massage and after oil Massage. Total 2 hours. We went up and the guy was very polite. We had in meanwhile a nice conversation. He told me he work there now for 2 years and started in his 18year. The thai massage was hard, painful but good. He told me that lots of massage salons do massage but soft and when finished the customer goes back to his hotel or home and don’t have any feeling he went to a massage. Thats why this guy do a massage how it has to be, and if its to painful then the customer will tell that.
After 1 hour of pain haha the oil massage started. That was soft, and my whole body become relaxing. Funny because the conversation stopped as well haha. After a while we talked again. He asked me sometimes if i’m ok. When he moved my leg of arm it was so gentle to hold this relax feeling of the body. He used a towel sometimes to give some pressure on muscles.
At the end we get down and get some hot tea. He had a hot towel and did little massage on the face, hands and let me rest for a moment. It was excellent massage and i told hi to check if he can learn for physiotherapist. Bang thank you for this last experience of my journey in Bangkok Thailand!!
Insane !!! But wonderful to experience it!!! All images are GoPro images. Im not taking my Nikon D3s, 24-70 f/2.8 lens into this water festival.
It was yesterday morning, woke up and thought i goto the Sathorn Unique Tower. Using the MRT and skytrain and arrived. It is a insane building. Lots of rumors around his building as well. I was there, look up, want go in. But something inside said no. And lots of people know me and overtime i said: I GO IN THERE!!! but that 1 moment that said inside NO. was for me a reason to let it go.
Suddenly a man asked me where i come from, i always don’t say the right city and country. So i said: Im from Antwerpen Belgium. The man was excited. I talk to him so: 1-0. He told me that the building is shutdown completely and you cannot go up anymore since may 2015. In past it was possible you have pay 500bath. But he want show me something else, a buddha. There was also a tuk tuk waiting for his ride. Not a normal ride. This was a plan!!!
He said to the driver to bring me to the buddha after that to the pier so i can get a boat to Kings Palace. I pay 30bath to the tuk tuk driver and thats it. Ok, i already had little feeling this is not right, but ok when we arrive at the buddha and i don’t want use it i pay and walk my own. Arrived at the buddha i go in the building, a guy was on the phone and said: You can make photo. I’ll did that because it was a temple (saw that on the map) and the man talked to me: Where you from my friend? The last part “my friend” was a signal… not good. But again told me where i come from and i goto the pier. Showed im the map and he point me a place where i can buy cheap cheap stuff… The tuk tuk will bring you there he said.
Outside i told the tuk tuk go directly to the Pier. I don’t want see the cheap fashion mall. The driver said: Go its nice, stay 5 minutes and then we go. This conversation was done after 10 min, I said no and he every time yes go… 2 liter gas is 200bath.. you pay me 30bath .. not enough. I knew that when i goto the fashion mall he get money for that. And said: NO. Ill pay you 30bath and i want goto the pier. Or i pay you now 15bath for the ride and i walk.
I agreed with the ride to pier. Yes after 5 min we arrived there. NO normal taxi boat. The normal one you pay 14bath. This one i pay 450bath. I ask where is the normal boat. A woman said very rude: No, you take this one. I knew this is not right. And walked away the alley was long. So walked bit faster. Some tourists walked as well and they paid 500bath per person from downtown to this pier. I said: Your scammed. And they agree, yes we are. But because i talked to those tourists the guys and woman become little aggressive. We all walked to the 7-11 and wait there for while. I checked online the normal pier, that was 1 allay further. So i walked to there. And finally had my 14 bath boat ride. Told the people there what happen, they knew this already but they can’t do anything about it.
Im so glad we have a program in Netherlands called “Opgelicht in buitenland” or “scammed City”. Learned a lot to see those series.
This was the first bad experience in Bangkok. Beside the taxi driver from Airport to hotel … See other blog post.
On 9th April i went to the floating- and Maeklong Railway Market. Later the eventing check the fire flies. The Railway Market was a experience. The train will pass buy all the umbrella’s and after that umbrella’s close again and the market goes on. This phenomenon happen 8 times a day.
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Yesterday went too the Dead Railway (Birma railway) and visit the World War II Cemetery of the soldiers that died by building this railway. After that we make a ride on the train over the railway that has been created in that period. Then we went too a elephant trekking and last stop was a waterfall. Nice location!
This old location was the capital city of Thailand between 1350 and 1767. But there where some wars and this city burned totally. Only whats left behind are the stone walls and temples. Its a big area and there where in past around 1 milion people and 1700 temples. This is a beautiful location yo must see!!
After my sad moments in airplane because of leaving someone behind i landed on Bangkok International Airport Don Mueang. Everything goes well. Immigration was fast. Bagage pick-up was fast. Find a taxi was fast. The ride to hotel was a worse moment. I always look where the driver goes to by checking on a offline map on my mobile. There was a highway that goes directly to the Sathorn area but he took a other highway and ask him why? The driver told me because of traffic jam on that highway we normal use to the hotel. Ok first moment i trusted this but after a while we went off the highway and came into the city itself. TRAFFIC JAM!!! ohh my.
After we almost halfway he makes a turn, and told me where arrive within 10min. I showed him the map and told the driver, no… We have to go back because there is my hotel. He makes some sounds and Ohh sorry, sorry, didn’t know… bla bla…
So again traffic jam and wait, make turn again and start over again the long street before we finally arrive at the hotel. I dropped first my baggage and photo bag into the hotel. Then walked back and told him i have a image of his paper (some information about the driver and taxi number etc). Asked the price. If it was to high for me i will tell him, otherwise he knew he was wrong and give me a good price. The meter was on 360bath. He said: 420bath. That was a ok price, because at Airport they tell you have to pay toll, and 50bath for something. So the 420bath was ok. He looked at me with his eyes and at that moment i knew that he makes a round to get more money. For me 420bath is still a cheap price to travel 1,5hours from Airport to Hotel. That long did it take because of use a different highway then the one that goes directly into the Sathorn area.
Be careful and tell the driver you already know and find out how to dive and you will watch him on your mobile using Google Maps. Later in hotel a friend told me: Never trust Bangkok taxi drivers. They always make circles to get more money.
Arriving i hotel… one word: GREAT, Nice room in a corner, no rooms around me. Only STAFF area’s.
Im now at the airport waiting for my flight to Bangkok. Yesterday had my last evening with my dear friend Tairo. We chat almost 2 years already and finally we met. It was a great time to share my time with him and we sad that i have to leave Kuala Lumpur.
But we can video chat, whatsapp call, voice call to hold this contact and the friendship we had before this meetup is become even stronger. Im honest i will miss him! But these moments of sharing will hold in my memory. Im sure i will see him again!
Beside this, Kuala Lumpur was a great place to stay. Modern, of you know lots to see, friendly. I can settle here if its comes to that.
Kuala Lumpur thank you for this nice stay, Le Apple Boutique KLCC thank you also for the great stay in the hotel and last Girls and 1 boy from ROKKO thank you for the breakfast and every day the good morning (おはよう) and goodbye (さようなら) in Japanese.
Yesterday a friend took me for dinner to a restaurant called Steamboat. We had a dinner called Hotpot. A pot with 2 different flavors of soup and you put all kind of ingredients in. Wait when done and eat. Was very nice and a new experience as well. They told me im probably the only white guy who was there 🙂
Here 2 nice 360° images of the Putra Convention Centre and Masjid Putra Mosque
Went this this new city “Putrajaya” creation stared in 1995. Everything is new. Alle government departments are now in this new city. Because Kuala Lumpur get full so they moved everything to a new place. I walked there and had no feelings i was in Malaysia anymore. Feels like home. Went into the Mosque and had the oppertunity to make a wonderful 360 degrees images in middle of this Mosque. This image i will post into a new blog.
Here some impression images of Putrajaya:
On 31th of March went into the top of Petronas Towers. What a view. It was rainy so the images are not what i was expected… But still the view is beautiful.