Doing it differently this time
So for the second time in 2013 we are retuning to SE Asia. We decided that after another gruelling summer season in Salou that another trip would be just reward and make it all worth while. We saved hard and worked harder to do it a bit differently this time.
The plan was to take a nice relaxing month in one place in a comfortable serviced apartment to relax then don the backpacks and try somewhere new - Vietnam.
We found the backpacking thing quite tiring last year as you are constantly on the move. Whilst it's exhilarating, it's also exhausting.
Well a few weeks ago we were trying to find an apartment on the coast of Thailand for our rest, but due to the time of year high season the prices were scandalous and condos in short supply.
We opted instead for a city break type experience, temples, museums, markets and food lots of glorious food. Bangkok seemed like the perfect solution. A month there really getting to know the place then the following month backpacking and beaching it up round Vietnam.
Little did we know that there was a political uprising brewing in Bangkok and 48hrs before we were due to travel the foreign office issued tourists warnings to avoid the mass demonstrations and gatherings happening all over the city.
At this point we were still going to go to Bangkok thinking "oh well, our condo is not near the sites and we can still have a nice time"
- Photo of demonstration, still peaceful at this point.
As the 48hrs to our departure proceeded it became clear that the demonstrations were gathering momentum and causing widespread disruption across the city. We figured whats the point? If we can't get around we will miss out on the things we like.
So 11pm the night before travel we cancelled the apartment and tried to find an alternative further down to coast away from the city.
In the next few days to follow it really kicked off in Bangkok with the protests turning nasty, seems like our decision was the right one.
Remember our friend David lives in Bang Sare about half an hour from Pattaya? Well we looked for something to rent close to him as we knew from our last trip the transport links are good from here.
We struck gold this stunner on Air B & B in Jomtien, bang na.
It's an eight story penthouse studio apartment with a 51" plasma, roof top pool and a well equipped kitchen so it means we can just chill here catch up on our rest before returning to backpacking in a couple of weeks.
This is the view from our balcony.
If anyone's looking for a long stay they rent out flats for 10,000THB (230€) a month and it's in a handy location.
Pattaya (the next town over) is really not our cup of tea but I'll tell you more about that next post.