One month interrailing through Europe passed by quickly. We’ve seen many beautiful castles, discovered hidden gems like Bohemian Switzerland and met wonderful people. Now it’s time to go back to the continent we love most: Asia. As we travelled on a high pace for a month it’s time to relax a bit and work on some new blog posts. We are looking forward to some relaxing days on an island: Phuket here we come!
But first, we have a long layover on Changi airport in Singapore. Probably the best airport in the world to have a long layover. We have twelve hours, so we explore a lot. We see all the gardens, they have so many! For example, a sunflower- and cactus-garden. We go to the cinema and I get very enthusiast by all the games you can play, the best part: everything is free (something we love as Dutchies). On Monday, Wednesday and Friday there are even free tours you can join if you want to see the airport, crazy cool! Whenever you book your next flight, look into one with a long layover on Singapore 🙂
Yummy, Pad Thai!
We arrive on Phuket and the first thing we do is eating Pad Thai! We’ve missed Thai food, it’s so delicious (read our Thai food & recipes article!). For two nights, we stay at gay-friendly hotel CC’s Hideaway. We are welcomed with open arms and feel at home right away. It’s the perfect place for us to relax. And it’s pool is so cool, look at those colourful balls & floaty:
To see more of Phuket we rent a scooter for 24 hours and go on an adventure. Phuket has a lot to offer. Since Phuket is a well-known party island, it was never high on our list, but as it turns out: there’s much more to see and do! Patong is the place to be if you are looking for chaos and party. The other parts of the island are more peaceful. We like Phuket Old Town a lot, it’s very cute and colourful. It reminds us a lot of Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia.
Talking about Penang, last year we did our first housesit there, for 5 weeks. We had a fantastic time and Tiger, the dog we took care of, is adorable. Exciting news: we are going back there. More about it later!
Khao Sok National Park
From Phuket, we travel to Khao Sok National Park. We do it the local way and this saves us so much money (around $35). It takes a bit more of your time but it’s definitely worth it to look further than the travel agencies that offer tourist minivans. Maartje is already dreaming about Khao Sok National Park for a long time. Sadly, sleeping on the lake is pretty expensive, so we decide to do a lake tour our way: on a budget! Let’s see if that’s possible.
Read our article How To Do Khao Sok National Park On A Budget
Cheow Lan Lake
September is the wettest month in Khao Sok, and just after we arrive it starts raining cats and dogs. It makes our jungle bungalow extra cosy, but luckily it’s sunny the next morning. We take our chances, hop on a scooter and drive to Khao Sok’s famous lake, Cheow Lan Lake. On the way, we already see the most beautiful limestone mountains. And wow, the lake is breathtaking. As we love to have freedom, we rent a private longtail boat with a drive for three hours, it’s just enough to see some parts of the lake.
Khao Sok From Above
We visit a raft house on the lake for a swim, which also makes for a great opportunity to fly our drone! Since we don’t have an escape plan (no quick running away from floating bungalows), we ask if we are allowed to fly our drone. And surprisingly the answer is yes. We were used to the strict drone rules in Europe ;). Every time we fly above water I get a bit scared. You remember our travel journal about our drone dropping into the water? Luckily the drone we have now is a bit more trustworthy.
On Cloud Nine
We shoot the best drone shots ever early in the morning the next day. We wake up for sunrise but notice it’s super cloudy. Maartje gets the idea to fly our drone above the clouds and it’s incredibly beautiful. Look at this:
Is Khao Sok already on your bucket list? We've arrived yesterday and are blown away by the beauty everywhere! See it for yourself ?
Posted by Once Upon A Journey – Travel Blog on Saturday, September 29, 2018
Penang, We Are Back!
Next stop: Penang! We have asked the homeowners of our first housesit if we could stop by and say hi since we miss Tiger a bit. Fortunately, they were already looking for someone to take care of Tiger, what a coincidence! So here we are again, on one of our favourite islands in the world. We will stay here for about a week and afterwards we will travel to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
In Singapore, we will attend ITB Asia. If you are there as well, let us know! More Asia adventures coming right up, stay tuned!