Crossing the continents by going from Chang Mai and Bangkok in Thailand via Singapore to Darwin in Australia, was – well – very much uneventful.
What a culture shock! Arriving in Thailand for the first time after almost 15 years proved to be a mixed bag of feelings. This is not the Bangkok I knew. There is a new airport, actually with a highway connected to it. No more need to take the dreaded “Tuk-Tuk“, as there is this new shiny new thingy – called “Skytrain” – which moves tourists (and locals) fast downtown. Speaking of the inner city. This has changed as well. During my stay in Bangkok, I kept looking for familiar places – such as temples and hotels I stayed in. Although I recognized some temples, they seemed to have been transported to a new location as the surrounding area looks just so different.