After almost a week of tropical beach bliss on Koh Samet, I thought I should move on to explore another island before I got too used to doing very little. Koh Chang was next on my list for a few reasons - it was relatively near, it seemed to have quite a different landscape from Koh Samet and a few of my friends who had visited Thailand before named it as one of their favourite places on Earth.
Although both tropical islands, Koh Samet and Koh Chang have very distinct reputations. Koh Samet Read more [...]
As I sat on the beachside terrace at Samed Villa Resort on Koh Samet, sipping on my newly discovered favourite beverage, Thai iced tea, I thought to myself - a few weeks ago I would have considered spending £20 on a meal out at home in Glasgow as somewhat of a bargain and if I had stumbled upon accommodation in the city at that price, I would have presumed that someone had scrubbed off the last “0” out of boredom. But spending £20 on accommodation in Thailand is considered somewhat of a luxury Read more [...]
It's Sam here again, this blogging thing is addictive. I have visited Bangkok three times now, and have had very different experiences each time. These are my third impressions of Bangkok.
Bangkok is great!
After my first visit, I didn’t think that much of it. I stayed mainly around the Khao San Road area and didn’t know where else to visit. Everywhere I tried to walk seemed dirty and uninviting. But, like every city, you need to know where to go in order to really appreciate the place. Read more [...]
Bangkok is a bit like every other bustling, sprawling big city. Add intense humidity, overpopulation and the sheer amount of things on offer and people trying to offer those things to you and it is easy to get yourself in a bit of a flap when trying to decide just what to do in Bangkok.
Despite consuming various tidbits of Lonely Planet’s literature on the subject, reading various blog posts and listening to others’ recommendations, I didn’t really have a clear plan of how to spend my time Read more [...]
From time to time on Wee Wanders you may notice a cumbersome apparition in the background of photos over on Instagram eating, drinking, drying themselves, looking perplexed, trying to avoid the camera etc. It is therefore perhaps relevant that I contribute a few words to this operation, as I am in some ways involved in it.
Deciding that teachers’ holidays were not nearly ample enough, I decided to join Lisa on her quest around Southeast Asia. I love this part of the world for a number of Read more [...]
My expectations of Suk 11 were perhaps too high upon arriving. I had read a few reviews of the hotel situated in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, raving about the building, the staff, the location, and most importantly, the types of people that choose to stay there.
I arrived at the start of Soi 11 off Sukhumvit Road near the point of exhaustion after a long and somewhat arduous arrival in Bangkok. I couldn’t wait to rest my wee head and get settled into the Bangkok way of life.
From the Read more [...]
I arrived at Glasgow Central train station accompanied by my nearest and dearest in preparation to begin my journey to Bangkok. After a few tearful goodbyes, I made my way to the platform only to discover that my train to Manchester had been cancelled and I would have to get several subsequent connecting trains instead.
After an overnight stay at an airport hotel near Manchester airport, a flight to Doha (conveniently sat behind the family from hell) a few hours of gorging on coffee and cake Read more [...]
Unbelievably, it’s now less than one week before I’ll be wandering around the streets of Bangkok, hopefully feasting on street food and resting my weary tootsies.
As ever, I still have a fairly lengthy to do list, supported by several other scraps of paper, post-it notes and illegible scribblings on my person relating to my backpacking preparations.
Selfishly I thought I would try to organise this collection of thoughts into one coherent format: a blog post! I hope you find my backpacking Read more [...]
Sometimes the most unexpected days are the ones that I enjoy the most. A few weekends ago I managed to squeeze quite a lot into 24 hours in Glasgow and enjoyed the day so much, that I thought I would share it with you!
Cake in my Face
I do love a good cake. In fact, I can easily make my way though a pack of Mr Kipling’s finest delights within a matter of minutes and don’t even get me started on sticky toffee pudding...words can’t even describe my fondness for that beautifully bronzed Read more [...]
Seeing as it is only a few weeks before I set off travelling around Southeast Asia, I paused to consider a few of the less obvious things that I would miss about my dear home, Scotland.
“It’s pure baltic!”, “let’s go get some scran” and “haud yer wheesht” are amongst some of my favourites.
Scottish “patter” or slang is like music to my ears, particularly in Glasgow. I never get tired of throwing the odd “glaikit” or “dreich” into conversation to Read more [...]