Introduction to Thailand:

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18th Nov 2018
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Day 1

Red eye 4 hours flight from Mumbai to Bangkok

Checking in: Mumbai to Bangkok

Photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Navpada, Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Mumbai, Maharashtra by JD Mehta

4 hours to Bangkok

Photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Navpada, Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Mumbai, Maharashtra by JD Mehta

After celebrating Diwali with family and friends in India, time for some tourism before I head back to my home in New York, USA. To make most of my trip to India, I chose to combine tourism to another country and this time it was Thailand.

Unlike my previous solo backpack trip to Japan, I did not research much into Thailand and its culture before starting the trip. All I knew was what places the tour includes and it was relatively cheaper country. Thailand is very easy country: to eat, shop, go around.

We spent a few days in Bangkok, then took an overnight train to Surat Thani to be at Khao Sok national park (lake) and ending with relaxing stay for 4 nights at Koh Phangan Island enjoying Full moon Parties and beaches. I will let the pictures narrate most of the tale...

Photo of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by JD Mehta

Visa on Arrival was very easy. Thailand also exempted Visa cost. FunFact: Visa application line was shorter at immigration than regular line, so I was out in city earlier than someone who already had Visa.

Sleeping pad for next 4 days

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

Restaurant at the hotel

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

Since, it was a red-eye flight I took long nap and then headout for first time in the Bangkok city. Taking advantage of the weekend, I went to the Weekend market and then a few more places for the day by myself.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

My Favorite - Coconut IceCream with Buffet Topping for 50 Baht

Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Banana Nutella Crepe for 50 Baht

Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Quail Eggs

Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Weekend Market, กำแพงเพชร 2 Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

After a few hours at Weekend Market, I took a cab to Google Thailand. I like to Badge in and see different Google office around the globe. Unfortunately, my this time I could do it only on weekend

Photo of Google Thailand, Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Google Thailand, Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Google Thailand, Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Google Thailand, Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Google Thailand, Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Iconic

Photo of Google Thailand, Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Knowing me, Day 1 hasn't ended yet. My hotel was close to Khaosan Road, the iconic Party street of Bangkok. I came here for next 2 nights with my fellow travelers again..

Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Street Food

Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Ending the night with Singha Beer and Pad Thai

Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Day 2

That was my Day 1 -

Day 2: Walked to The Grand Palace with a fellow traveler.

Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Palace Guide: Sunny - Working for last 50+ years at the palace.

Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Met my New Yorker friend Reshmi and Mickey, they hosted me to really great restaurant with good view... The Deck by Arun Residence.

Photo of The Deck by Arun Residence, ซอย ประตูนกยูง ถนน มหาราช Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Deck by Arun Residence, ซอย ประตูนกยูง ถนน มหาราช Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand by JD Mehta

Pumelo Salad - Pleasantly Surprised with the taste of this fruit..

Photo of The Deck by Arun Residence, ซอย ประตูนกยูง ถนน มหาราช Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of The Deck by Arun Residence, ซอย ประตูนกยูง ถนน มหาราช Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand by JD Mehta

Green Curry!!

Photo of The Deck by Arun Residence, ซอย ประตูนกยูง ถนน มหาราช Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand by JD Mehta

Sky tower with Fellow travelers..

Photo of Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Ratchaprarop Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Ratchaprarop Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Ratchaprarop Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Ratchaprarop Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Ratchaprarop Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Day 3

Day 3: Temple Run in Bangkok

Photo of Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan, Chakrabongse Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan, Chakrabongse Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan, Chakrabongse Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan, Chakrabongse Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan, Chakrabongse Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan, Chakrabongse Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Boat Rides..

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

Our Awesome Tour lead

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Bombay Blues, Chao Fa Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Bombay Blues, Chao Fa Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Bombay Blues, Chao Fa Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Bombay Blues, Chao Fa Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

Ending Day 3 at Khao San Road - it was pretty much a ritual to end nights there..

Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta
Day 4
Photo of May Kaidee Restaurant and Cooking School, Chang Moi Kao Road, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of May Kaidee Restaurant and Cooking School, Chang Moi Kao Road, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of May Kaidee Restaurant and Cooking School, Chang Moi Kao Road, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of May Kaidee Restaurant and Cooking School, Chang Moi Kao Road, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of May Kaidee Restaurant and Cooking School, Chang Moi Kao Road, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by JD Mehta

Overnight Train to Surat Thani...

Apparently it was a Kids and Female compartment.. used for General booking.

Photo of Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station, รองเมือง Rong Muang, แขวง รองเมือง เขต ปทุมวัน Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

People Standing for National Anthem.. @ Railway station

Photo of Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station, รองเมือง Rong Muang, แขวง รองเมือง เขต ปทุมวัน Bangkok, Thailand by JD Mehta

And then we took Van and Motor Boat to Plernprai Rafthouse, where we did not have access to Electricity and Phone Signals for next 20+ hours.

Day 5
Photo of Plernprai Rafthouse, Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Plernprai Rafthouse, Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Plernprai Rafthouse, Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Plernprai Rafthouse, Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta

Great Food: Green Curry Eggplant / Stir Fry Vegetables

Photo of Plernprai Rafthouse, Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta

KAYAKING - Khao Sok Lake

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

Raft houses

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Day 6

.... From KhaoSok National Park, we went back to SuratThani to head to Koh Phangan Island to the east of Thailand. We spend next 4 nights, 5 days there.

Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta

... and finally reached Sarana Bungalows, and we spend most time in pool and beaches..

Photo of Sarana Bungalows Koh Pangan, Baan Tai, Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Sarana Bungalows Koh Pangan, Baan Tai, Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Sarana Bungalows Koh Pangan, Baan Tai, Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Sarana Bungalows Koh Pangan, Baan Tai, Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta

and more Selfies....

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

Swing from Heaven

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

and we did various things on the island, ... such as:

snorkeling, motorbiking, Full moon party, shopping, street food, beaches, Muay thai classes etc.

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

... Hikes

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

... beaches

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta

Muay Thai #intro

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Day 8

Apichada View Point

Photo of Apichada view point bar, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Apichada view point bar, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Apichada view point bar, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta

Last Day - Rental Bike and Great food

Day 10
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta
Photo of Koh Phangan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand by JD Mehta

..... and Ride to Ferry > Koh Samui (Airport) > Bangkok > Dubai > JFK (NYC) --- 40 hours of Journey

Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Photo of Introduction to Thailand: by JD Mehta
Day 11

.... and Finally reached NYC - Manhattan (Home)

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