Meeting South East Asia for the first time

Traveling to Thailand

People ask me sometimes "How did you get in Thailand?" and I answer is always "By airplane". But in reality it was a bit more complex, so I did write some postings about that. In 1985 I traveled to SEA for 1 month together with a good friend. For both of us it was the first time outside Europe and it was a total culture shock. In all ways possible. We did fly to Bangkok, in those days with Singapore Airlines with about 3 stops on the way. We did stay in Bangkok for 3 days with an American friend of my mother. Well that was the first culture shock. And after 3 days we were happy to leave dirty and noisy Bangkok. From Bangkok we did fly to Singapore where we had 1 day stop-over  before we would fly to Medan in Sumatra. Well Singapore was the next culture shock, with the high-rise building, clean streets and beautiful ladies.

From Singapore we did fly to Medan in Sumatra to travel there for 2 weeks on Sumatra. We did go to Brastagi and Toba Lake. And as culture shock, Sumatra rocked the boat. After 2 weeks on Sumatra we were happy to see McDonalds again in Singapore. After 3 days Singapore we did fly home again. My mother had been right, for me it was a mind-changing experience. For my friend it was a once and never again experience. It would take another 6 years before I would return to South East Asia. 

Traveling to Thailand
View from Wat Arun (Bangkok)


Traveling in Indonesia
Batak village (Sumatra)

Traveling in Indonesia
Batak village (Sumatra)

Traveling in Indonesia
Samorsir island (Lake Toba)

Traveling in Indonesia
View from Hotel Carolina

Traveling in Indonesia
Traditional dancing

Traveling in Singapore
Singapore

Traveling in Singapore
Singapore at night

Traveling in Singapore
The last rickshaw of Singapore?

One night in Bangkok and the world is your oyster

The journey of Traveling 2 Thailand did begin with One Night in Bangkok in 1985 and since 2009 it became a personal non-commercial travel blog as inspiration for traveling & motorbike riding in Thailand. Made just for the sheer love of traveling and sharing experience about traveling in South-East Asia. To travel beyond the beaten track & highlights. Enjoy!