Layover Life: Phuket, Thailand

This week, a had what I like to call a mini-vacation; a 24 hour layover in Phuket, Thailand! It was my first time visiting, and with all the tips you guys gave me I had a hard time deciding what to do.

Our flight arrived in the late evening, so some of us opted to head to the city (Patong) right away for dinner and drinks. We ended up on Bangla Road; the most famous Hot Street in Patong. There are tons of bars and restaurants here that choosing the right place was difficult. We ended up at an authentic Thai joint called Ps. Restaurant based on a crew’s recommendation, and it was delicious!

The following day, my friend Chloe arrived in the morning. As much as I wanted to explore the island, we didn’t have much time and we both really needed to rest. We spent the entire day poolside catching up with one another, eating Thai food and of course, taking millions of photos …because that’s what friends do, right?!

Afterwards, I went back to my room to capture the sunset off my balcony. You can catch the full video on my YouTube channel. Remember to subscribe and give your favourite videos a thumbs up! 🙂

I sound like a broken record when I say there is a lot to do here, but I will definitely be back on my off days sometime soon to check out the excursions and tours available.

Next stop: Jakarta, Indonesia

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Layover Life: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand is always a great place to visit. There are so many things to do here, that each time I come by I get up to something different!

Originally I was supposed to operate the direct flight, but I ended up swapping with a colleague and did the BKK-HKG-BKK flight instead. This means that from Dubai, United Arab Emirates I flew to Bangkok, Thailand and received a 24 hour layover. After this rest, I operated a ‘turnaround’ flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong, China. This means that on this same day, I returned to BKK and had another 24 hour layover before flying back to Dubai.

On our first day in Thailand, some of the crew and I hit up MBK Shopping Mall. They have everything you can imagine from affordable bags, clothing, makeup and accessories to food and electronics. On the second day we returned to MBK, but not before we stopped at a place called the Unicorn Café. The crew have been talking about this place a lot recently; I just had to check it out for myself!

Unfortunately, it was very busy so we didn’t get to stay long. I wasn’t able to try the food either because of the lack of seating, but I did grab a cotton candy flavoured beverage on my way out. I can’t say it tasted very good, but hey, at least my pictures turned out alright?! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, everything in the café is unicorn themed; from the food to the décor. You can even wear a unicorn onesie while you eat!

If you haven’t been to Bangkok, Thailand, be sure to check out my latest YouTube video and ride with me through the streets on a tuk tuk! Remember to subscribe to my channel while you’re at it! 🙂

Next stop: Phuket, Thailand

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Layover Life: Bangkok, Thailand

Hello/สวัสดี from Bangkok, Thailand!

I always love travelling to new destinations, so I was thrilled to see BKK on my roster this month. I’ve never been to Thailand before, and I can honestly say that I couldn’t have had a better time!

We landed on a Friday evening, which worked out perfectly for everyone. The second the crew got to the hotel, we headed out to Khao San Road to make the most of our night in the city. The 1km strip is often referred to as “the centre of the backpacking universe” given the amount of tourists that flock to the area to take in the bars and clubs, restaurants, massage parlours and market shops.

Our first stop was Hippie De Bar (by crew recommendation). From there, we hopped around from place to place. Unfortunately, as carefree as the vibe is in the area, we managed to get kicked out of one bar because I brought a balloon inside that I had bought off a street vendor. Apparently, they aren’t permitted in many buildings (including the hotel we stayed at) because some vendors sell them with laughing gas (nitrous oxide, a kind of drug you inhale) inside of them, instead of helium. That freaked me out a little bit!

The following morning, I enjoyed breakfast with a friend at the Silicon Valley restaurant near our hotel. From there, we walked around a nearby marketplace and did some shopping. Bangkok is notorious for selling affordable clothing, so of course I ended up walking away with more items than I needed. I don’t regret purchasing the infamous elephant pants, though. In fact, I regret only buying one pair!

Next Stop: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


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