After my wonderful time in Cambodia, it was time to go back to Thailand. This time, I planned to explore the south of Thailand with its Island. I slowly had to make my way towards Kuala Lumpur from where I would eventually fly to New Zealand. On my way south, I had to stop in the place where I started my whole trip; in Bangkok. Since my first impression of Bangkok wasn't the best, I wanted to stay in a different part of the town. My hostel was in chinatown and I tried to avoid all the touristy areas, like kao san road and the big temples. Even though, I preferred this part of Bangkok, this won't become my favorite city. Of course, there was lots of good food in chinatown and the business district is pretty close by as well. I spend my day walking around the business district, eating some lunch with locals and then spending some time in a cafe full of students. Walking through the business district, I barely saw other tourists and no street vendors trying to sell me something every 10 meters.
After Bangkok, I took a night train to the north of Thailand and spend there around 10 days in Chiang Mai and Pai. Taking the train is a very popular way to get up north, especially for backpackers, since its cheaper than flying. When we arrived in Chiang Mai it was mainly backpackers getting off the train. The journey itself was really nice. During the night, the train seats were flipped into beds. The beds were quite comfortable and it was possible to get a good sleep. For me it was the first time on a night train and thought it was really nice.
The first stop for my trip to southeast Asia was in Bangkok. I spend 2,5 days in Bangkok and at that time I thought that was enough time, since I had seen most of the sight seeing spots and I wasn’t too impressed by the city itself. Having enough of a city after just 2 days is really unusual for me. I love big cities and most of the time, I want to stay longer in a big city and I am sad that I have to leave it already. Not with Bangkok.