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Hellooo Bangkok!

Hi Everyone!

It's so great to read all of your scraps! I have 19! Whoohoo

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My gosh, I don't even know where to begin. So much has happened in two weeks time (is it really only two weeks?). I'll split my story up in a Thai and Cambodian version. So I was flying on the 15th and while it was only half 1 in the Netherlands I already witnessed a beautiful sunrise; local time half 6. My first impression of Thailand (sky perspective): It looks a lot like the Netherlands. Seriously, I thought it was typical Dutch to have the country split up in squares and rectangles. Even England has more exotic look from the airplane! There were only three factors causing doubts to my conclusion 1) the sun was shining, 2) People were driving on the wrong side, 3) Instead of having cows they flood their land with wate. So this is Thailand...

Bangkok is a very nice city to arrive in and to start your travels. It is so very western like. I checked in this very cute Danish Hostel called New Road Guesthouse, but didn't stay that long as all the people sleeping there were Danish and not in the mood to speak any other language than Danish. So the next day I checked out and went to Khao San Road (Backpackers walhalla) and checked in a nice and quiet guesthouse called Sawasdee Banglumphoo Inn (sawasdee is saying hi in Thai). Only it wasn't as quiet as it appeared to be. A reggae bar was attached to it and pumping its speakers till I don't know what time!! But the guesthouse was nice and a good place to explore Bangkok for when my sister arrives. That was saturday.  Together we saw a lot of temples and came to the conclusion that temples won't be our highlight on a next trip (yes, they are very beautiful, so are the churches in Europe and I skip those also on my cultural agenda most of the time). So the next day we decided to go and explore the city by foot. Although this sounds relaxing, it is actually quite a challenge. try reading street signs and names saying something as 'uurrnnrn ururnrnrnn rnrnrnrnn ururnrnrn'. Right.... Don't they know at the municipality that a lot of non-Thai speaking people visit their capital?

Talking about tourism, the Thai have this 'joke' of considering themselves as service minded. Well let me tell you one thing: THEY ARE NOT! Rather they are money minded, does that mean giving some service?? 'aaah allright then, I'll give you minimal service in the 5 words of English that I speak' . This was quite a dissapointed I'd say. You really start to question everyones intentions and when someone is helping without charging money or whatever I'm surprised. btw, this asian version of being service minded does not only go up for Thailand, but for any country in this region for that manner.

So after our attempt to walk around -and use tuktuks to get back to our guesthouse- we decided to go for a swim (I was already spending 4 days in 40 degrees with 100% huminity). There should be a swimmingpool somewhere available to the public right? Well no, there is no such thing. But we heard about a swimmingpool in this D&D hotel at Khao San Road that's also available to non guest and, if you sneak in, you can swim for free! oh yeah, so me and my sis are armed with a bikini and towel and sneak in the hotel. We take the elevator, put our bikini's on in the restroom (so far so good) and as we walk towards the swimmingpool having this facial expression 'yeah we are guests' we hear 'Ticket?', damn! But we weren't allowed to buy a ticket anymore so we spend the saved money on cocktails! great eve!

For next day we booked a tour to see: Floating market, Tiger Temple, and Bridge over River Kwai. This was very nice although very touristy too. Tiger temple should be a rehabilitation centre for tigers, but at the same time people can go on a picture with several of them. I know that these institutions most often drug the dangerous animals so that they do not attack the tourist while posing for a photo. Well, at least they are not slaughtered... Again, we experienced that very nice service minded attitude. We paid premium for the tour and still we needed to pay entrance fee at some stops that weren't even listed on our tour, such as the snake farm. So annoying and very stupid. I now know that I should be reluctant to immediately say yes to these type of tours. After one more nite in Bangkok drinking cocktails together with Jenna (US) we were preparing ourselves for our next stop: Cambodia.

More about this country soon, me and my sis going to the beach now.. Meanwhile, you all can give me an update on your lives!

Laughing

Hugs and kisses for now!

--Suzanne & Heleen

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Charlotte

Hey zusjes!

Fijn om te horen dat het allemaal goed met jullie gaat! Ben ik blij om!
Leuk ook om te lezen wat jullie allemaal beleven!

Ik heb Heleen een sms gestuurd. Ik weet niet of ze die ontvangen heeft maar anders mail ik je de boodschap ook nog even.
Dikke kus foar jim beiden!!

Charlotte

Stuur snel maar weer een vehaal :-) doei doei

Rian

So far so good suus! Wist niet eens dat je met je zus ging :O!!! Leuk man!

Even op jouw berichtje: Alles goed hier, sociale leven ligt plat (tsja, en je weet dat half mexico daarvan leeft), maar gaat weer de goede kant uit :)!!! En we hebben de zon he, dus mag niet klagen ;)!

Nog heel veel plezier, take care!

x

Eva

Hey meis!
Dat klinkt goed daar. Hier is het leven wat minder spannend. (surprise ;)) Maar alles gaat zn gangetje. Eindelijk met scriptie bezig. Veel plezier en geniet van Cambodja!

Kus

patricia

haha...soesan...it is me YYY peren...klinkt leuk! lekker op avntuur! jammer dat je wel een beetje op moet lettten...hopelijk heb je de truckjes snel door en anders sponsor je zonder te weten misschien de armen..;)

heel veel plz! en geniet van het strand en all het andere!
xx

pappa

hoi lieve schatten,
wat een leuk verhaal. Inderdaad is het minimale service voor geld, maar het gaat meer om het grotere geheel. striekem proberen te zwemmen bv (ik zie jullie koppen al sneeky kijken). Ben benieuwd naar het volgende verhaal. Liefs Pappa

Marieke

Hi Meissie!!

Super weer je verhalen, dan begint het bij mij ook altijd weer te kriebelen...ach serieuze leven voor mij is begonnen, dus geniet er maar lekker lang van zolang het kan. Heel veel plezier!!!!!!

Oncle Laurent

En wie komt er -vooralsnog onzichtbaar- mede op het toneel verschijnen? Je oudste zus! Heleens aanwezigheid geeft het plaatje opeens een ander perspectief / contour.
Ik wens jullie bijtjes / beidjes -over there- een fantastische en leerzame tijd! And don't forget: you have it & they want it: money.
Vanuit de polder: 2 x xxx, oncle Laurent.

Marloes

Hi suus!
Mooie avonturen in Azie zo te horen! ik zit nu niet al te ver bij je vandaan: vandaag in Singapore en overmorgen in Kuala Lumpur. Ik herken volledig wat je zegt over de (non-)service mindedness, maar ik moet zeggen dat ik in Maleisie 't compleet anders ervaar! Word hier niet afgezet en mensen helpen graag zonder daar wat voor terug te verwachten behalve een dankbare glimlach (die ze zelf overigens ook continue hebben). Een welkome verandering t.o.v. Thailand kan ik je zeggen! Wie weet reden voor jou om ook hierheen te komen?? Ben er nog 2,5 week ;)
Geniet ervan meis!! X

Renate

wat gaaf, we wisselen elkaar af ik crazy Azia. Geloof me, ik snap je verwonderingen, irritaties en euforische momenten helemaal. Geniet ervan!! x

Thijs

Hey Suzanne!

Ooh super memories coming up (L) Klinkt goed :D Leuk om je verhalen te lezen! Keep us up to date

(ow ja even een update van ijn kant, HRM verliep goed :D thnx bossie!)

Grts

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