My Almost Paradise

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Before we knew it Roselina and I were off. Gatwick airport was always, a mad chaos of people. Once we’d overcome it and arrived at our gate it was nearly time for our departure. Roselina, ever the poser, had to stop to take a few quick selfies.

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Our flight to Oslo was quick and effortless. Roselina even got a free carrot off of one of the air hostesses.
Arriving at Oslo airport. Roselina yet again wanted a selfie. Mainly as it was quite warm yet the close by mountains still had some snow on top!

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The second flight onto Bangkok mainly involved a lot of sleeping, as well as a few inflight films. Before we knew it we were in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok airport. As soon as we stepped outside we were hit with the warmth and humidity of the city.
Now just how to get to our hostel.
A bit overcome, we are English after all, we opted for the easiet one, a taxi.
Bangkok is a huge city, half built and half still under construction.
Before we knew it we’d arrived at our first hostel called Nappack near Khao San Road. We did arrive at 7am so it was a quick drop the big bag off, and then to go and explore the city.
Roselina and I had loads of fun wandering around until the heat became too much.
We soon found shelter in a bar down one of the side roads. There we met a couple called Tom and Juilet. Cousins from Oxford, they had been travelling around Australia and New Zealand since January.
Together we all spent the evening wandering around the spots of the famous Khao San Road. A few too many drinks later we ended up at one of Thailand’s Specialist Nightclubs, something that both Roselina and I do not want to repeat. I even had to cover Roselinas eyes a few times.
The following day we all relaxed around a roof top pool for lots of swimming and to get used to the sun.
Even though we made sure we used our skin protection, Roselina ended up with a burnt nose.
Once back at our hostel, we met some new friends, and went out for an evening of pampering to get our feet massaged on one of the many beauty palours here. And so cheap too, only £4!
After we stumbled on and extremely great singer, so stayed for a Chang or two.

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We then met Marnix, who had decided to come to Thailand, with just three days notice.
The following day, we met with Juilet and a friend of hers from Australia, to go sightseeing around the temples.
We started by going to Wat Arun.
First, we had to board a ferry which crossed the river. Trying to avoid the touts to stop us paying extra. Done right it should cost just six pence, however some people tried to sign you up to a tour costing £28 pounds.

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After finding the right ferry, we wandered down to where Wat Arun is placed. It’s an encaptivating temple, towering up into the sky. Currently under renovation, normally visitors can walk the steps to almost the top. Unfortunately we were unable to, but wandering around the base, you could see how impressive this temple will be once brought back to its former glory.

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As the Grand Palace, is a sacred place, we all had to do a quick dash back to the hostel to change into longer clothes and close toed shoes.
Roselina loved the Entrance to the Grand Palace, and had to have a selfie in front of these huge pink elephants.

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The Grand Palace is certainly that. Covered in gold and jewels it glistens in the hot, bangkok sun.

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Going round there’s some much to see between all the huge statues, including, an Emerald Buddha. Still worshipped today by Thai locals.

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Exhausted after all our escapades, we retired back to our hostel for dinners and unknown to us at the time, the start of Thai New Year.
Returning home from dinner we walked down Khao San Road. All of a sudden we were hit with a blast of ice cold water. Symbolising good luck for the new year, the celebrations weren’t due to begin until the following day, April 12th.
After getting soaked and dancing quite a bit, we returned home to prepare for the following day.
Songkran normally lasts for three days, from April 12th until April 15th.
Anytime we tried to leave the hostel we were greeted with blasts of water and clay to represent the earth and start of the monsoon.

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Over Songkran our team grew. Before long we were a fully-prepared ninja team, throwing ourselves in the festival.

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Songkran is the best festival I’ve ever been to. With live acts lining the streets on stages by day and followed by djs by night.
By the time out flight was booked for Phucket was due, we were exhausted by the acitivies.
A short one night stay in Phucket, before we boarded the ferry to go to Kho Phi Phi.

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After a two hour ferry. The tops of the famous beach trees started to emerge on the skyline. Before long we arrived at our second hotel, Ibiza house. Famed, as we found out on the boat, for its Sunday pool parties. Aftet check-in we made straight for the pool, to cool off and meet Tom and Juilets friends.
Koh phi phi tries to be an ultimate form of paradise for travellers. With beautiful large beaches to relax by day. And by night using them to have stages for dancing as well as climbing walls and rodeos bulls. Whilst each bar blares out music. I’ve never seen a beach this busy since New year’s eve on Palolem, Goa in India. Everyone mingles with everyone in the crowd. A truly rememorable experience.
The only downside I have had so far is that I caught a small ear infection and a mosquito bit my eye lid. Currently I have one eye and one ear working properly, and under doctors orders to stay here for at least few more days. Also meant I missed my boat trip to smaller islands and water sports, so spent today just relaxing by the pool. Even though I can’t go swimming.

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Lots of love,
Roselina and Sarah xoxo

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