Day 324: Travel logistics
One more Koh Phanang pic and time to move next!
Moving from one place to another is essential part of traveling and sometimes the trickiest. Each lag of my journey became more and more complicated. Sometimes you think by default that some destinations have good connections between them. You know, when you look at the map and see that places are relatively close to each other and there should be no problem getting from one to another. But then some reality like topography or unsafe waters came and you stucked in a bus for many hours or kind of it. That's exactly what has happened to me: i don't know why, but i thought that getting from Koh Phananh to Pattaya is not a problem. In reality it is!
To move from one place to another there are 2 options:
bus + ferry to Koh Samui + flight to Pattaya (think about 6 hours incl. waiting time and around 250$/person)
bus + ferry + bus to Bangkok + sleep there + bus to Pattaya (think about around 22 hours incl. few hours of sleep in Bangkok and 65$ + hotel). I decided to take the last option and after few hours of chilling in hotel, i left to see where this loooooong day will bring me. I got no idea where i would sleep at night as i don't know where is the bus station of this company in Bangkok, sometimes getting this information is close to impossible as noone knows nothing! That happens in Asia, those who have spend some time here know what I'm talking about.
Wish me good luck and hopefully i won't have to sleep on the streets of Bangkok today! 😄
↠ #Retro fun at the #Atomium! Like something out of the Jetsons🚀, this vintage tourist phenomena is from the 1958 Worlds Fair (Expo 58) that was hosted by Belgium, the first after World War II. Meant to be a temporary structure, it was so popular that it remains to this day and hosts exhibitions on the city and the fair. You travel between the spheres via escalator, and at the top is a restaurant with views of the surrounding park and the Brussels skyline. Its design is that of an Iron crystal cell magnified 165 billion times and was meant to represent scientific progress. However, a desire for scientific progress also made it a site of some classic Cold War espionage. Expo 58, which was held at the beginning of the Cold War, in the worst planning ever gave the USA and the USSR adjoining pavilions. The USSR exhibited a model of its Sputnik space satellite🛰. Rumor has it that the US stole the model of Sputnik, where it had been suspended 3 1/2 stories above the floor, and photographed it as if it was the real thing. It sounds like something from a movie. 🎥Who else likes a good spy story?
↠ #traveltips - You can buy tickets in advance to help avoid some of the lines. The Atomium website offers guidance on some of the more off-peak times. You can also buy a combo ticket with the mini-europe exhibition next door, or you can look down on it from the Atomium and get an idea of what it looks like. 😉 It also directly adjourns the Parc d'Osseghem Laeken, which is a great place for a walk on a nice day🌳☀️. In about 20 minutes through the park you can reach the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese tower which house museums of the former royal collection of the “Far East”. Although currently closed, the buildings are also quite beautiful from the outside.