My 3 months sabbatical started with a 3weeks trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia together with my Dad. We left Amsterdam on 29th October 2014 on a direct flight with KLM to arrive the next morning in Bangkok. Our hotel Tara Place was a nice little hotel near Kao San Road. After checking in and refreshing we left the hotel for exploring the city. We took a rickshaw and let us drive around to the Wat Saket (Golden Mount Temple). Wat Saket is a low hill crowned with a gleaming gold chedi. Within, the 58-metre chedi houses a Buddha relic and welcomes worshippers all year round. We also visited Wat Intharawihan. It is famous for its standing Buddha image which is 32 meters high. In the evening we strolled along Kao San Road and some nice dinner there before falling into bed.
Next day we took part in a tour to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is about 100 km from Bangkok. Once there we got into a traditional long-tail boat paddling between hundreds of boats selling all kinds of food and souvenirs. Although a quite touristy thing we enjoyed the hustling and bustling and took many photos. We also had a good lunch there before heading back to Bangkok. In the afternoon we explored one of the largest temple complexes of Bangkok – Wat Pho, which is famous for its giant declining Buddha. This Buddha statue is 46 meters long and covered from gold leaf. From there we took a Tuk Tuk to drive to Chinatown and strolling through the narrow streets and market. After dinner on we enjoyed a foot massage.