Sukhothai & Kanchanaburi

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After a 6-hour bus ride on the 14th of December, we arrived in Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam. It was already late in the evening, so we checked in to our guesthouse, grabbed some dinner from a cafe next doors and then went back to our room for the night.

The next morning we rented bikes and headed to the Historical Park of Sukhothai. But to be honest, the park wasn’t anything so special, and the entrance ticket to each separate zone was 110 baht per person, which to my mind, was a bit too much. We first visited the central area, which had some interesting ruins but we saw them all in about 30 minutes and there wasn’t anything too noteworthy. We then went to the West zone, paid the entrance fee again, and just drove through without even properly stopping anywhere. From there we went to the North zone, only to see that it cost another 110 baht, so we just looked at the temple from behind the fence and then went back to the guesthouse. So, we spent the rest of the day just relaxing and booking our accommodations for Malaysia next month.

Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park

We had a flight to Bangkok early in the next morning and since there was no other way to get to the airport, we had to take the way too expensive airport taxi from our guesthouse. The Sukhothai airport, however, is the coolest airport I’ve ever been to. Since it only has three flights a day, it’s tiny, but it has an open-air waiting area with fountains and a garden around it and for some reason, there were even some zebras and giraffes there. Not even kidding. Once we got to Bangkok, we went to the bus station and let me tell you – the bus station in Bangkok is not a fun place. It is huge, chaotic and extremely confusing. Other than that, we were hoping to find something to eat before our bus to Kanchanaburi, but couldn’t find anything, so we just got some chips from 7-eleven.

When we got to Kanchanaburi, our hosts picked us up from the bus station and drove us to our Airbnb. The place where we stayed was across the river from the city centre, and the fastest way to get there was to cross the river with a small boat. So, after settling in, we took bicycles and went to the city for dinner.

The boat to the city

The next day we just decided to relax and do nothing for the whole day. So that’s exactly what we did until late afternoon. At 4 o’clock we went to the local fresh market with our hosts, since they had offered to show us how to make pad thai. We got some ingredients and went back home to cook the food, which turned out very delicious.

Since we didn’t really do anything that day, then the next day we decided to see as much as possible. So, we rented a scooter again and headed to the Wat Ban Tham temple first. The temple was on top of a hill and we had to climb a lot of stairs to get up there. And I mean a lot. And I don’t like stairs. I felt like Kung Fu Panda the whole time and my phone says that we climbed 62 floors that day.

The first half of the stairs went through the mouth of a dragon and led to a magnificent cave. I was already dead by then, but we continued climbing and eventually got to the very top of the mountain. It was very windy up there, but the view was great.

Wat Ban Tham (the dragon had stairs in it)
The view from the top

From there, we went to another temple – Wat Tham Khao Noi. To avoid climbing more stairs, we took a quite scary cable car upstairs. The temple itself was nice, but not quite as impressive as the previous one and the huge crowds of tourists kind of ruined it for me.

Wat Tham Khao Noi

Then, we went to see the Giant Tree, which is, well, a giant tree. And it really was giant. What I enjoyed more though were the three adorable puppies there.

The Giant Tree
One of the puppies

Then we went back to the city and spent quite a while searching for a restaurant. When we finally found a place and got our foods, neither of us liked it. So we left and went back to the place where we had eaten the first night. After eating, it was already getting dark outside, so we just took a quick look at a famous bridge which is a part of the Death Railway and then we went back home to pack so we could leave for Hua Hin the next day.

Stay tuned!



Chiang Mai & Pai

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On the 9th of December, we arrived in Chiang Mai for the first time. We had booked an Airbnb in the old city of Chiang Rai and had to take a taxi from the bus station to get there. After arriving, we went for dinner at a place called Peppermaint Guesthouse, which had a nice vegetarian/vegan restaurant. After being on a pad thai diet for the past eight days, having to choose from a whole menu of vegetarian foods wasn’t easy 😄. After having a nice meal, we went to the Saturday night market for a bit, but it was very very crowded, so we left soon and went to sleep.

The next day, we started with a late breakfast and then spent the day walking around in the heat and exploring the temples of the old city, which there’s a lot of. After visiting the ones close by, we sat down for a cold drink before going on to Wat Sri Suphan, which was a bit further away. We were planning on walking to the temple, but it was extremely hot, and a tuk-tuk driver was waiting right in front of the cafe, so we asked him to take us instead. The temple is also known as the Silver Temple because it is completely covered in silver. There were even a lot of silversmiths working around the temple, and you could see the monks working on the silver. The details of the building were fantastic, and even though I couldn’t go inside (apparently there are too many important and expensive things in there to let women enter), I’ll have to believe Ken and say that the temple was beautiful inside out.

Wat Chedi Luang
The Silver Temple

After walking around for a while, we decided to go to eat at the same place as last night and after that go to the Sunday night market. The Sunday market was in a different place than the one on Saturday, and it was my favourite market I’ve been to here so far. It was less crowded, and it spread out in every direction, including between some temples. We spent almost 6 hours at the market and bought a lot of stuff we definitely didn’t need. Including deep-fried sandwiches.

On Monday, we were picked up at 11:30 to go to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. We drove for over an hour until we got out of the city and into the forest. Once we got to the sanctuary, we were given traditional Karen clothing to change into, so the elephants wouldn’t be scared of us. Then it was time to meet the elephants. There were six elephants in the camp, and two of them were still babies. First, we got to feed them bananas and then we went for a swim together with the elephants. After the swim, we gave them a mud treatment which helps them cool down and keep the mosquitoes away. Before returning to the city, we also had a dinner at the camp and then drove back.

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

The next morning we were woken way too early because the students of a school next to us were practising the drums outside. We were supposed to take the 10:30 minivan to Pai, so we packed our things and went out for a coffee. Once we got to the bus station, we realised we had bought tickets for the wrong date, even though I swear I checked the date and time about a thousand times. We then had to pay a little extra to change the tickets and take the bus in two hours instead. Apparently, there are 762 curves on the road from Chiang Mai to Pai, so I was expecting a sickening four-hour drive in an uncomfortable minivan, but the trip was actually surprisingly pleasant. The bus was comfortable and coming from a completely flat Northern European country, the super curvy road surrounded by lush jungles was something very different and interesting.

Once we got to Pai, we checked in to the guesthouse we were staying at and then went back to the centre to rent a scooter and have some dinner. This time we paid 250 baht for the scooter, which definitely wasn’t the best deal, but we spent more just to have a cool looking pink one. After eating dinner at a restaurant, we found ourselves at the night market, which was once again very different from all the other markets we had been to. It was way calmer and had a nice chill vibe to it. Also, there was so much good street food, everything from brownies to lasagne, that we basically had another dinner at the market 😅.

The next morning we had brunch at a place called Charlie & Lek. We had their pad thai and vegetable fried rice and then went to get coffee at another cafe since they didn’t have any. We then got the idea to go to Cross Tattoo Studio just to ask about the price of a small tattoo. At first, neither of us had any intention of actually getting a tattoo, but while we were looking through the work they had done, we both got some great ideas. After discussing our thoughts with the tattoo artist, he told us to come back in a few hours so he could draw us a design. So, since we had some free time to spend, we thought we would drive around and visit the Mo Paeng waterfall and Wat Phra That Mae Yen, the Temple on the Hill. We had to climb a 300 step staircase to get up to the huge white Buddha, which wasn’t very fun in the heat, but the view from up there was great.

Mo Paeng Waterfall
Wat Phra That Mae Yen

On our way back to the centre, we stopped by at a vegan restaurant called Earth Tone. The atmosphere of the place was nice, there was a small river running by the tables, and the food was delicious also. After that, it was time to go back to get our tattoos. We were both happy with the designs he had made and decided to get them done in a traditional bamboo style instead of a tattoo machine. Ken got his done first and it took about 1,5 hours of pain. Then we took a small break, got some avocado toast from the night market, and went back to get mine done too. I just got some flower designs added to a tattoo I already had on my back, so it didn’t take long, but it was definitely a lot more painful than with a regular tattoo machine.

Ken’s Tattoo
My Tattoo (I had just the triangle with the mountains before)

When we woke up today, we packed our things and drove to Earth Tone again for breakfast. We had a smoothie bowl and a tempeh salad, which were both really good again.

Breakfast at Earth Tone

From there, we went to see another waterfall, the Pam Bok Waterfall and from there we drove a bit further to the Buddha Bamboo Bridge. It was basically a long bridge going over rice fields and it seemed to go on forever. We never got to the end of the bridge, so I’m not sure if it actually leads anywhere, but it was a nice little walk.

Our Very Cool Pink Scooter

Then we went back to the centre, grabbed some food, took our bags, returned the scooter and caught the bus back to Chiang Mai. We are just spending the night here today to move on to Sukhothai tomorrow. The bus ride is supposed to take 5-6 hours (😒), but I couldn’t find a place to buy the tickets online, so we’ll just have to go to the bus station in the morning and hope for the best.

Stay tuned!



Chiang Rai

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After a short 1 hour flight on Wednesday, we arrived in the small town of Chiang Rai and grabbed a taxi from the airport to our hostel. The staff here were very friendly and warm from the moment we stepped in. We were given two options for our room – a private double room or a tent. There were a few large tents in one room, each of them had a bed and some free space in it. But since we’re not exactly very social people, we decided to go for the room.

After settling in, we went to look around at the night bazaar, which was just a short walk from the hostel. It was entirely different from the markets in Bangkok – there was a lot of handicrafts for sale, and there was live music on two separate stages. There was also a big food area with a lot of stalls, where we got some pad thai with cashews. We only got one to share at first because I wasn’t that hungry, but since it was very delicious, we still ended up getting another one.

The Night Bazaar

The next morning we rented a scooter for two days. We could rent one straight from the hostel and one day of rental cost 200 baht, which is about 5€. The first place we wanted to go to, was the Khun Korn waterfall. A curvy road surrounded by forests took us to the parking lot of the forest park, and from there it was a 1.4km hike up to the waterfall. Once we got up there, Ken also went for a swim under the waterfall, but I already got soaking wet just by standing next to it. The cold water was very refreshing though, and the hike downhill went very fast and easy.

Khun Korn Waterfall

Our next stop was Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. This is probably the most famous attraction around Chiang Rai, and I can see why. Not only does it look good on photos, but it is also a unique place, every detail there (even the toilets) is thought-through very well and the artist, Chaloemchai Kositpipa, has put so much work and effort into it. There was also a very nice art gallery on site.

Wat Rong Khun

In the evening we walked to the bazaar again to get something to eat and eventually just got the same noodles as the night before.

The next morning we hopped on the scooter again to go the Black House (Baan Dam). The entrance ticket seemed a bit pricey at first, but there was a lot more to see than what I had expected. Instead of one house, there were around 40 different buildings of all shapes and sizes scattered about in a peaceful garden. A lot of animal skins, skulls, horns, etc. were used in the decoration of those buildings (which is something I can’t entirely like), but it was fascinating nevertheless.

The Black House

In the evening we found ourselves at the same bazaar again. We initially went there searching for food, but that was the only thing we didn’t get. Instead, we walked to a place few streets from there, only to eat basically the same noodles again.

Tomorrow we have a 3-hour bus ride to Chiang Mai ahead of us. We will stay there for three nights also and on Monday we are visiting an elephant sanctuary, which I’m really excited for 😀

Stay tuned!



Bangkok & Ayutthaya

Hi! It’s me. And I’m in Bangkok now.

We arrived in here on Friday morning and went straight to our Airbnb, which was about an hour away from the airport. The train system in Bangkok is quite cheap and easy to use, so we used the train to get to our apartment. Once we had settled in, we decided to go to the Siam area to just look around. Siam is home to many important shopping malls, restaurants and cafes and it is one of the most popular shopping areas in Bangkok.  But, once we got there, we didn’t get to look around much. After stepping into a few shops and grabbing a coffee at Starbucks, we realised that we were super tired and jetlagged from the flight. So, we headed back home and fell asleep almost immediately.

The next morning we went to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is the largest weekend market in the world. It has been running for over 70 years and more than 200,000 people visit the market every weekend. The market is huge, chaotic and you can buy almost anything there – food, clothes, antiques, plants, and anything else you can dream of. We only bought some coconut ice cream and passport covers, but it was still really interesting to walk around the market and look at all the different things people were selling.

Coconut ice cream

Around midday, the market got really crowded and we left to go to the Jim Thompson House. It was the home of an American businessman and architect, who, after falling in love with Thailand,  moved to Bangkok and then established the Thai Silk Company Limited. He also became a major collector of Southeast Asian art, so there were many interesting pieces of art in the house. All of his six houses were built and decorated in a traditional Thai style and he also had a very cosy and beautiful garden with a lot of trees and plants. A guided tour was included in the entrance ticket, which only cost 100 baht (2,5€). The guide gave us a lot of interesting information about the life and customs in Thailand, the silk industry and of course, Jim Thompson. Once the tour was over, we could also look around in the garden and take photos for however long we wanted. From the Jim Thompson House, we went to the MBK Center and ate noodles at a stall outside.

The Jim Thompson House
Noodles at MBK Center

On Sunday, we visited Ayutthaya, the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. Ayutthaya is about 1,5-2h from Bangkok and there are two main ways of getting there – a bus or a train. We chose the train since it is the cheaper and more scenic option of the two. The train tickets were only 15 baht each, but since we missed the earlier train, we had to wait an hour for another one. The train station was full of ‘helpful’ travel agents and tuk-tuk drivers, all trying to convince you that taking the train is a bad decision and you should definitely use their services instead. In that case, it is always better not to trust anyone who isn’t sitting behind the ticket counter.

Once we arrived in Ayutthaya, we crossed the river with a boat, rented bicycles from the other side of the river and spent the day touring the numerous temples of the historical park. There are a lot of huge ancient temples, which are now in ruins, as well as some newer and working temples. After biking around in the heat for 5 hours, we returned the bikes and headed back home.

Wat Maha That
A Buddha head in Wat Maha That

Yesterday we finally got around to seeing some of the main sights of Bangkok. We bought a day pass for a boat and used it to move from one place to another. The first place we visited was Chinatown, where we also had lunch and saw the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Chinese temple. Next, we visited two of the most famous temples in Bangkok – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, which are across the river from each other. Wat Arun is one of the most iconic landmarks of Bangkok and it’s colourfully decorated towers are quite impressing. Wat Pho is home to a huge golden reclining Buddha. We did skip the city’s most famous attraction, the Grand Palace, though. Since it closed already in the afternoon and the entrance tickets to the palace grounds are quite pricey, we decided not to go this time. We will have to come back to Bangkok at some point anyway


Wat Arun

Today we haven’t really done anything because in the morning I had a headache and now Ken is asleep and completely unresponsive to my attempts to wake him. We might still go somewhere in the evening, but I doubt it will be anything interesting to write about. Tomorrow we are flying to Chiang Rai, so see you again in a few days!

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My Plans For The Next Few Months

Hi! It’s me. Been a while.

I simply haven’t had anything to write about. Seriously. I’ve done nothing for at least the past few months. I did visit Iceland in September and I even wrote about it, but I wasn’t happy with the post so it never made it up here.  Maybe it still will one day, who knows.

Right now, however, I am sitting in the Moscow airport waiting for my flight to Bangkok and since I have to spend the next few hours here, I thought I’d write a little about my plans for the next few months.

After a 9 hour flight, we will arrive in Bangkok, where we will stay for a few days. After that, we will fly up north and visit Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Pai and Sukhothai. Then we will return to Bangkok for a day and travel south. The places we are planning on visiting are Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin and Koh Samui. From there we will move on to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

And that’s about how far we have planned our trip so far. All we have is a one-way ticket to Bangkok, a backpack and a pretty tight budget. God knows where will we end up or when will we go back home. I guess we’ll have to wait and find out 🙂

Stay tuned!



A Short Roadtrip Through Estonia: Viljandi, Taagepera And Pärnu

Most tourists who visit Estonia, usually stay in or around Tallinn, and even though Tallinn is a beautiful city, they miss the chance of seeing our small towns, villages and beautiful nature. So, when we had to drive someone to Taagepera on the other side of Estonia, I saw it as a great opportunity for a short road-trip through my country. Because the distances between towns in Estonia aren’t long, I did the whole trip in a day and was back in Tallinn the same night. But of course, you can choose to spend a night (or few) in any of those places and take as long as you want. I started my trip in the morning from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and started driving towards our first stop, Viljandi. The drive to Viljandi takes about 2 hours or a bit less, depending on the road you choose to take. If you have some extra time and you wish to see more of Estonia, you can also make a stop in Paide or Türi, which are both towns situated in the center of Estonia. The drive itself is very scenic too – the nature varies a lot from season to season. In summer you can see a lot of beautiful green forests and yellow rapeseed fields. In winter all the trees and fields are white and covered with snow. On your way, you will also pass through plenty of cute small villages and if you have more time, you can explore, look around and discover some old churches and manors.

I started my trip in the morning from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and started driving towards our first stop, Viljandi. The drive to Viljandi takes about 2 hours or a bit less, depending on the road you choose to take. If you have some extra time and you wish to see more of Estonia, you can also make a stop in Paide or Türi, which are both towns situated in the center of Estonia. The drive itself is very scenic too – the nature varies a lot from season to season. In summer you can see a lot of beautiful green forests and yellow rapeseed fields. In winter all the trees and fields are white and covered with snow. On your way, you will also pass through plenty of cute small villages and if you have more time, you can explore, look around and discover some old churches and manors.

Besides Viljandi, I also visited the small village of Taagepera and our summer capital Pärnu.

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hi, it’s me.

Hi, it’s me. Luna. Or Johanna. Or Your Royal Highness. Whatever you wish to call me.

I’ve been around for almost 19 years and most of the time I have spent in the capital of a lovely small country called Estonia. Only 0.017% of the world’s population is lucky enough to call Estonia their home and I happen to be one of them.

(Fun fact, the area of Estonia is actually bigger than Denmark’s or The Netherland’s, we just have a loooot of empty space)

And, like a true Estonian, I love dreaming of living somewhere where it is always nice and warm or in a huge city with millions of people. But deep inside I actually love my country, love my city and I like showing other people that it’s not all cold and boring here.

To my mind, the best way to grow love for your own home is to go on adventures. To see all the places where it is always nice and warm and the huge cities with millions of people. And then come back home. Look around you. Discover things and places you’ve never noticed before. Go on a long walk. Get a coffee from your favourite coffee shop. Watch the sunset from your favourite spot. And fall in love with your hometown all over again.

And I guess this is why I’m here. To take you on an adventure. To infect you with wanderlust. And maybe you’ll go outside and look at your own home from a different point of view.