Sunday, June 26, 2016

Crocodile farm Bangkok Samut Prakarn

Crocs, crocs and crocs...

Spending a few days in Bangkok is fun. The city has a lot to offer to tourist or frequent visitors. Beautiful temples, the royal palace, river cruise or biking around town, you have much choice how to spend your day. But one thing is sure you will be accompanied by a lot of other tourist. So if you want to avoid the mainstream spots and all the crowds try to make a trip over to the crocodile farm in Samut Prakarn.



How to get there

Samut Prakarn is on the outskirts of Bangkok, a bit below Suvarnabhumi airport. To reach the crocodile farm you can take a taxi anywhere in Bangkok. I guess a metered taxi will cost around 300 to 500 bht. A more convenient way is to take the BTS to Bearing station and from there take a taxi which will cost an additional 120 bht depending on traffic. Currently the BTS line is being extended so in the future the last part by taxi will be much shorter causing the trip to get there to be more easy.


What to expect

The entrance to the crocodile farm is 300 bht. It's not cheap but the crocodile show is without admission. And this show is one of the highlights of the visit!!


Besides the show you can walk around the cages that hold the crocs and walk over some kind of bridge to see a huge amount of crocodiles in a big artificial lake. And these animals are really huge and impressive. Beside crocs they als keep other animals like parrots and tigers but it's not that impressive and a bit sad to see.

All in all this place is great to visit. You can easily spend a few hours watching and feeding these monsters so it will be a great half day or full day trip.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Diving at White rock Koh Tao


If you say "diving" and "Thailand" Koh Tao is one of the places in Thailand to visit. Koh Tao is a small island in the gulf of Thailand and famous for its dive spots. Most of these spots are close to the island and in shallow waters so it's the perfect place to get you PADI and explore the ocean.


The main beach of Koh Tao is Sairee beach. The place is packed with hostels and guesthouses and lots of places to eat and drink. Every accommodation can hook you up with a dive school so you can get an introduction to diving or enlist in a 4 day course to get your PADI. 





Getting your PADI is cheap in Koh Tao. For around 8k to 10k bht you can join a 4 day course which teaches you the basics in diving. And you will explore the underwater world directly.



Boats will bring you to diving spots around the island. Lots of coral and fish can be spotted and the water is clear so visibility is great. The below video shows white rock.From the surface you can see the bottom of the ocean which is 10 meters below. Slowly swimming to white rock of which the top is just below the surface. Lots of divers at the bottom practicing for their PADI and having fun.



One of the places providing quality PADI courses in different languages is coral grand. It's a nice resort at the beach but also has a large diving school with good facilities. One of their dive masters is a Dutchmen called Perry, he is the nicest person ever. Just check out their website for more information.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hooters bar Bangkok

Bangkok is famous for its nightlife. From high end clubs, sky bars for smaller or bigger wallets, to backpacker cafes and the infamous agogo bars, you can all find it in the city. Not so long ago the American branch of Hooters also opened in Bangkok and they now have two locations in the city.


You can find one branch on Sukhumvit soi 4 just opposite of Nana Plaza. The other branch is on Sukhumvit soi 15 near Asoke. Each location has some pretty girls serving drinks and food and at certain times also perform a small group dance to entertain the clients. 

The menu mainly list burgers and wings in different sizes and flavors but in general the food is of good quality. Several draft beers can be ordered and another number of bottled beers are available. Also liquor and shots are sold.


Patong beach also has a Hooters branch. Last time I visited they had a charity event for homeless children. For a donation the Hooter girls will wash your bike which attracted lots of people during the day. Some really nice bikes were present.