Thailand Adventures — Vlog 3: Elephants, Journey to the Phi Phi Islands & Krabi

Happy Saturday my lovely readers!

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I trust that you had a good week and that you’re looking forward to relaxing this weekend. This is my last weekend of my holiday before I go back to campus which starts on Monday, the day before my birthday! I am so excited to be turning 21 and just spending some time with my family and friends.

This post is about my journey to the Phi Phi Islands but before that I actually contracted food poisoning. This is why this particular vlog is so short. Don’t worry, getting sick on holiday has become a common occurrence since I was young already. I also explained in my previous vlog that every time I took out my camera it really detracted from my holiday because I had to make sure I had footage all the time and that I was able to showcase everything and eventually I just took a step back and said I could not do it anymore. I really hope everyone understands and that you’re not upset that not much went on in my vlogs.

I want to do a separate post detailing exactly what the tour was like and what exactly I got up to during my vacation. I’m so blessed and grateful for the opportunity I had to travel and see a different part of the world.

If you enjoy the vlog, please feel free to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can be part of my little family. I genuinely enjoy creating content for my readers and viewers and due to the fact that I have more time on my hands this semester, I really want to create more content for my blog specifically. I upload YouTube videos every Friday.

Want to see what I get up to for my 21st birthday shenanigans? Feel free to follow me on Instagram or Snapchat: just_deeanne. I’m always active there. I have also been posting a ton of photos from my trip which you might not see on the blog.

 

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Thailand: Everything a Thailand tourist needs to know.

“We travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”

For my 21st birthday I decided to trade in the classic Cape Town bash for a few stamps on my passport. Thailand has always been on my bucket list and for me to have ticked that off is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Instead of a laid-back vacation I asked if we could do an island hopper package in which I was fortunate enough to explore the islands of Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi as well as Koh Poda, Koh Ghai (better known as Chicken Island), Koh Tub and Koh Mor.

I have seen most of what this beautiful island has to offer and have made my fair share of memories. Due to this, I have gained quite a bit of knowledge and do’s and don’ts regarding this beautiful country. If you’re looking for more general information or simply just doing some research for your next trip, you’ve come to the right place!

GENERAL FACTS:

Capital of Thailand: Bangkok (I was unable to explore Bangkok as this was not part of my package but if you are able to go then I would suggest doing your shopping for luxury items such as make-up, clothing and other things here as these are not available in the local areas. I did not do my homework and I was dying to go to a Sephora!)

Currency & Exchange Rate: Thai Baht. This was extremely friendly in terms of the South African Rand which is always a bonus. I would HIGHLY recommend not exchanging your currency at the airport but rather within the city as I have found that you lose out so much more at the airport.

Visa: A visa is not required for stays shorter than 30 days. Only a passport is needed.

Electricity/Plugs: Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets. Take note South Africans as our 3 point plugs are of no use here and due to the fact that I did not have an adapter, I did not have a blowdryer.

Weather: November to February is the popular tourist season and summer in Thailand. This might be unpleasant if you do not like busy tourist seasons and the beaches tend to be a lot fuller. March to April is hot as well. May to October is Monsoon season and it tends to rain, however when I went it was July and it was so nice and only rained once or twice late afternoon towards the night so it did not put a damper on my holiday at all.

Language: The main language spoken is Thai although most people do understand English.

Greeting: Traditionally, you would greet a woman by saying “Saswasdeeka” which is pronounced sa-wah-dee-kah and you would greet men by saying “Saswasdeekrap” pronounced sa-wah-dee-crup. It is of extreme importance that the difference is heard in pronunciation as men find it disrespectful if you greet them with the woman’s greeting. A greeting is usually accompanied by “The Wai” which is the traditional greeting gesture which consists of a slight bow with both palms pressed slightly together similar to a prayer stance.

Thank You: Manners are of extreme importance. The same rules apply with the difference between men and women. To say thank you to a woman you would say “Kap kun ka” which is pronounced khap-coon-caah and to say thank you to a man you would say “Kap kun krap” pronounced khap-coon-crup

Country Income: The main source of income for Thailand is tourism, secondly fishing and thirdly cashew farming.

TOURIST ETIQUETTE:

Keep Calm: Losing your temper in public or displaying negative emotions in public is frowned upon in the Thai culture.

Respect: This has been mentioned before but I cannot stress this enough. The Thai culture pays respect in a hierarchical fashion which means that respect is first paid to the elders. The higher the social status of someone, the more respected they are.

Cover Up: As a sign of respect, always cover yourself when going to holy places. This includes covering the legs and shoulders. No cleavage.

Feet: Your feet are considered to be the lowest part of your body and the least clean. You should never point with your feet or have your feet higher than someones head. It is therefore extremely common in the Thai culture to remove your shoes before entering someones home. I went to a nail salon and was asked to leave my shoes outside as well as in the temples

Photography: Always ask before taking photos of someone.

Table Manners: Fork to be held in the left hand and spoon in the right. Only pour drinks when the cup is less than half full.

Monks: Never touch a monk or sit next to him.

I still have my hotel reviews which should go up. Would you like a blog posts with things to do in Thailand?

 

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Thailand Adventures Vlog 2: Island Tours & Starbucks

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Hello my lovely readers and welcome back to my blog.

So I have been uploading a few vlogs showcasing my Thailand birthday trip and I would love for you to hop on the adventure with me! This is my second vlog and you can find the first one here in which I jumped on that plane and flew all the way to Thailand.

In this vlog I am still staying at the Sunset Beach Resort and we embark on an island tour around Phuket as well as going to the mall where I try Starbucks for the first time! I also come clean about how difficult it is to move around and constantly film and make sure I have enough footage all the time. Kudos to you, travel bloggers!

Overall, I don’t want to sound ungrateful or try to brag in any way. I just feel that before I had the opportunity to travel overseas, I loved watching travel vlogs and travel diaries and a part of me has always wanted to recreate that for someone who might not have the opportunity to travel at the moment, but could look forward to it in future!

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting my channel. I can’t believe that I started this as a portfolio for myself and to showcase for my journalism career and now I’m nearly at 600 subscribers and 13 000 views. I’m extremely grateful that I have such a supportive blogging platform and that I am able to showcase my work with like-minded individuals.

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Vlog: Thailand Adventures Part 1 — flights, suitcase disasters & room tours.

Saswasdeeka my lovely readers!

I have been away from my blog for the longest time because I have just come back from Thailand! In South Africa, specifically Cape Town, it is tradition to celebrate your 21st birthday as it is considered your rite of passage. Usually 21st’s are celebrated by hosting an event in which you invite friends and family to celebrate and everyone makes speeches for you. I asked my parents if I could trade in a big event for my first international trip instead and let me tell you, I do not regret my decision for one moment. My passport has been tattooed and Thailand has a special place in my heart.

I will do a separate post on the experience itself (as well as do’s and don’ts, customs and culture) but for now I am sorting through all my travel diary footage and travel vlogs. In this particular vlog I travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg, from Johannesburg to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong back to Phuket.

In this vlog I stayed in the Sunset Beach Resort (I will not be reviewing this hotel as I do not have an adequate amount of photographs and I had really bad food poisoning while at this hotel) and my outfit details are listed in the description of the video.

I have just uploaded my second vlog which is scheduled to go up tomorrow. You can watch my first one by clicking the play button down below!

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If you like travel vlogs, make-up tutorials and YouTube tags, I would love for you to be part of my family of 500 by subscribing! I am honestly so grateful for this experience. This is in no way me trying to brag but rather to bring my readers and viewers with me.

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Avalon Springs Montagu Travel Diary & Review

First post of 2017 and I’d like to take you on a little South African adventure!

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I was fortunate enough to go with my family to the Avalon Springs hotel for the holidays in December 2016. I just want to add a little disclaimer that I am in no way trying to brag, this is my first travel diary and I personally enjoy watching these and I hope you enjoy watching mine. It would mean the world if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me a like if you enjoyed it!

I have no pictures of the room, unfortunately. But it was stunning and spacious. The only fault was in the bathroom because there is no lock on the doors. However there is a little chair which you can put in front of the door. I loved the facilities and the resort itself, but there were a few cons which I will mention later in the post.

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There is a shower and a bath which is great for people who don’t particularly like the 2-in-1. I loved the mirrors and the white and brown interior.

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Upon arrival at the hotel, you’re greeted by the warm and friendly staff who give you an armband with a specific colour on it. This distinguishes the guests from the day visitors which will allow access to the Private Island Pool if you’re a guest in the hotel/mountain chalet. The pool is cut off by a wooden fence which separates the guest pools from the visitors.

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The Avolon Springs is a hot water springs resort so the water is always warm however there are pools that are cold for those hot days.

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There is a bar which serves non-alcoholic drinks as well as the usual. In my video I am drinking a smoothie, not a cocktail. Poolside drinks for the win! There is an entertainment area as well as a huge supertube if you’re feeling adventurous.

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Overall, I cannot fault the hotel for amazing service, excellent activities and facilities and friendly staff but there was only one thing that I had a problem with. On the Saturday night we were there (we stayed for the weekend) my brother injured himself by cutting his finger against the rocks in the pool. When I went down to reception for a first aid kit, they did not have one. As a panicking sister I was very disappointed and shocked that a resort wouldn’t have a first aid kit. Luckily I had one in the car which I had forgotten about and the crisis was averted.

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