Murmeli goes India

An AIESEC traineeship in Hyderabad, India

Traveling in Thailand continues

Hello. I am now on the Ko Phangan island. We like the place so much that we might skip Ko Samui altogether. We will stay here for a couple more days and then head down to Malaysia and Singapore. Yesterday we attended the half-moon party (a smaller cousin of the world-famous full-moon party). I left the jungle at 4.30 AM but Eduardo, Claire and Tobias stayed there. They came back to our guest house after seven 🙂 The weather is excellent, it is hot and sunny and the beach is crystal clear. Food is more expensive than in India but I am still getting by on a daily budget of about 1200-1300 Thailand Baht (about 26 Euro) which buys me accommodation by the sea, meals, transportation.. everything. The place where we are staying is not really a budget place, but it is in a beautiful location, the restaurant is nice (though expensive), there is a free swimming pool and a Thai massage parlour (not free, but anyway). We have done plenty of snorkeling, which is extremely cool. The see is very deep very close to the beach, which makes snorkeling here a dream.

That’s all. Internet here is expensive, 2 Baht per minute, so I won’t stay on-line any longer. I’ll go take a walk on the beach instead and maybe do some swimming too. Bye!

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September 16, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

On vacation in Thailand

I am currently on vacation in Thailand. We flew to Bangkok on Saturday and stayed there for two nights near the famous backpacker heaven, Kaosan Road. We left Bangkok yesterday and came to Kanchangaburi. We stayed on the River Kwai (famous from the movie, which – ironically – was filmed entirely in Sri Lanka, by the way) in a bungalow which was literally on the river, floating. The place was beautiful and peacefull. I stayed up until 0.30 last night just sitting outside the bungalow listening to the crickets and the water. Today we did a tour trip to Erawan national park. We had a swim in the beautiful waterfalls and it was excellent! Today it has been raining a little (after the elephant ride and the Death Railway it rained a lot) but I hope it won’t rain anymore tomorrow when we go to the Ko Tao island in Southern Thailand.

This was just a brief update on the situation. To sum it all up, I’m having a great time in a great company right now. And, would you believe it, I’m actually missing some things about India here 🙂 For example the tens of waiters in each restaurant that are always at your service. It does not happen here, surprisingly.

This Internet place is closing up soon, so I gotta go. I wrote this really hastily, so sorry about any typos. And we are now in Banpong, by the way, which is just a railway hub on the Bangkok-Southern Thailand route. The train leaves at around midnight, so we still have some time to kill. Anyways, until the next posting, bye bye!

PS. Lots of hugs to Jaana, who has just returned back to Finland from Jaipur! Do not forget to have an amazing house warming party!

September 12, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Party pictures

I uploaded some pictures from the party on Saturday to the gallery. There are also some new pictures from Hyderabad. In the Hyderabad album you will find pics from the brunch at Fusion 9 on Sunday, one of the best restaurants in town.

I will try to find time tomorrow to write some more about current affairs and whatever is going through my mind at the moment. Tomorrow is a holiday in honour of Ganesh, which some people claim to be the most popular god amongst Hindus. Judging from the amount of Ganesh idols scattered all over the city (and plunged into the Husain sagar lake) this might just be true. Check out the couple of pictures of the idols in the Hyderabad photo album.

September 5, 2006 Posted by | Pictures from India | 1 Comment