When we talk about the northern part of Thailand, we can’t definitely go past the Chiang Mai. Many believe that cities in the northern Thailand are still the right ones, authentic and compared to the one in the south, much less flooded with tourists. You can’t get away from the crowds so easily in the Thailand, and no worries, you will certainly not stroll the streets on your own 😀 quite the opposite.
We travelled to Chiang Mai by bus from “neighbouring” Chiang Rai. The ride takes about three hours, for which we were charged 180 THB (approx. € 5,50) per person. Given that the last bus stop is a bit far from the city centre, it is necessary to take another local bus or taxi to get to your hotel.
Chiang Rai lies in the far north of the Thailand and is only 55 kilometers away from the state border with Laos and Myanmar. The city itself may be (too) forgotten many times, since many people focus on planning to visit just the surrounding sight, which are mostly visited during day trips from nearby Chiang Mai.
Where to start a trip in Thailand? Certainly, the best choice is Bangkok → the capital, with a population of over 10 million, was a just few hundred years ago only a small fishing village. Yeah… it’s almost impossible to imagine.
So… Thailand finally ended up on our travel list. A country where the journey of many world travellers began and it was the reason for emergence of numerous travel blogs.
Many people think that Thailand is no longer what it used to be, but – other countries are changing and developing too and some of them becoming even more interesting and attractive than they used to be in the past. We will see if we will be surprised or not, however, we believe that as always, we will come home from this journey excited and full of new stories, which we will, of course, be happy to share with you.
Baam! Increase your speakers volume, shift to HD resolution and squeeze play! This is our 7 day road trip in United Arab Emirates – trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and desert safari in Ras Al Khaimah – in 113 seconds.
We all know that the United Arab Emirates are known as one of the most modern and fast developing countries, but at least for the moment they have forgotten about one rather important thing in their development – good public transport. However, why bother with the establishment of regular bus and metro lines, when the price of gasoline is at least half the price compared to ones in Europe. This is perfect for locals who like to drive huge and especially greedy cars.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is also the largest emirate. The city is the political, economic and cultural center of the country. Like in Dubai, Abu Dhabi is also in extremely rapid development and urbanization in recent years… but (at least at first glance) life in the capital is much friendlier than in Dubai – a large number of parks and, above all, greater cleanliness and orderliness of the city.
When we speak about United Arab Emirate, each of us first think about Dubai. A modern city on the Arabian Peninsula, which is visited by more than 15 million tourists every year, and the number is rising steadily every year. This is also reflected in the increasingly intense construction of hotels, shopping malls and other attractions that attract even more people to the city.
Our trip to the United Arab Emirates started in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that is approximately two hours’ drive away from Dubai and three from Abu Dhabi. The city itself cannot yet compete with the above-mentioned neighbors, but nevertheless, it is developing very rapidly… hotels with private beaches, relatively large shopping centers are being built, and additional tourist offer is expanding → they can boast with longest zip-line in the world!
It’s finally time to check off United Arab Emirates from our bucket list! Modern cities, with of course, Dubai and Abu Dhabi at forefront, which are still filled with rich history and permeated with fragrances of perfumes and spices.
We thought about the Emirates for a good time now, but we always choose other destinations. A good year ago, we even bought ourselves a Lonely Planet, but until now it was only sitting on the shelf and served as an excellent dust catcher 🙂