Bangkok is one of the few cities that I never get tired of visiting. Apart from the fantastic shopping and food, another thing that stands out for me about this remarkable city are the locals. Polite and humble, they always make me feel unusually welcome.
This time, we decided to spend some time outside the city and its usual haunts (Platinum Mall, anyone?).One of the highlights of this particular trip was a large open-air mall called Asiatique The Riverfront, which we visited with our friends Kevin and Zhixin.
Cheap shopping aside, we were wow-ed by the spectacular sky-high view of the beautiful river and lights from atop a ferris wheel called Sky Asiatique.
And then we headed towards unexplored territory. The town of Hua Hin is some 200km from Bangkok, which makes it a journey of around 3 to 4 hours – enough to enjoy some relaxing downtime.
It was our first experience taking a long cross-country train ride, and it was nice to see parts of Thailand that we had never seen before along the way.
After the hustle and bustle of the busy city, the quiet town of Hua Hin provided a nice reprieve.
One of the first places we visited was Santorini Park, built to the likeness of its Italian namesake (which we also hope to visit soon).
Continuing the out-of-town experience, we also took a short trip to the nearby Swiss Sheep Farm. Simply put, it was an animal poo and petting galore.
My favorite part of the trip had to be the beach, though, which was conveniently situated directly in front of our Airbnb apartment. It was a time of firsts for us, such as riding a horse on the beach and taking a joyride on a jetski.