Dirt Cheap – Thailand (Bangkok, Krabi, Ao Nang)

My name is Chas Bruns.

I'm just a goofy guy that loves to travel and just like you I wanna see as much of the world as I can.

The only difference is that I happen to be a filmmaker.

And I bring my camera pretty much everywhere.

Which means you're gonna get to find out some of the best places in the world to eat.

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Some of the best people in the world to meet.

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And where to go to have a damn good time.

And the best part is.

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I'm gonna show you how to do it all.

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Dirt Cheap.

Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand.

It's like New York on steroids.

And a whole lot weirder.

We love Thailand! It's like the wild west of Asia.

You can eat food 24 hours a day.

Go shopping.

Do just about anything.

Well, except for her.

Get your mind out of the gutter.

She's just s super friendly bartender.

That's all.

And we just landed a few hours ago, so we're gonna ease into this new utopia we've discovered.

And I say “we” because I'm travelling with Thai restaurant owner Jira Rustana and his business partner Jeremy Abbott.

And although their noodle bowl restaurant is located in Bangor, Maine, They still seem to be pretty connected in Thailand.

And Jira has just informed me that we're meeting his Friend Borden and going to a Bangkok house party.

There's some beer, some liquor and some live music.

Why not? The guy who is singing owns the place and he throws a pretty good karaoke party.

It's a live band and Yeah.

It's nice.

And the cool thing about going to a house part is that you actually get to hang out with the locals.

And these guys were awesome.

I think we rolled in with a $6 twelve pack and and they ended up feeding us an entire bottle of Black Label whiskey.

My kind of people.

And after a few beers to loosen him up Jeremy hopped on the bass.

They've got steak over there.

They're filling us with as many beers as we can handle.

Yeah, it's good.

So good.

And as the party slowly winded down we figured it was time for bed.

But lucky for us Borden had other ideas.

Which of course was clubbing.

That's the best club in Thailand.

And clubbing really isn't my scene, but when in Thailand, do as the Thai do.

And this particular strip of dance clubs is infamously known as RCA.

If you're into clubs, this place is for you.

And just like that, I'm drunk.

Better head outside.

Wait, outside is a dance club too? God damn it.

At least Jeremy is out here with me.

This is how we ended the night.

How American of us.

We probably should have listened to the advice that the head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand gave us back at the house party.

Thailand is very traditional.

And the culture in Thailand, I think, is really good.

So you have to, you know.

Go to the temples.

The first thing.

And see the Thai Buddha.

If you've never seen the Thai Buddha, it's the first thing in Thailand.

It's really the best.

Yep.

First thing in the morning, we're going to the temples.

Now before we go see Buddha, let me back track a little bit and explain how we've been getting around.

We rented a private van with a personal driver that seats 11.

And we got him for a full 12 hours a day for $60 bucks.

And split three ways, it's not so bad.

Oh yeah.

It comes with free bottled water and your driver doubles as a tour guide.

Hello.

But if you don't want to splurge on your own private tour bus the next step down is a taxi.

And you can pretty much get around most of Bangkok for under $10.

And if that's still not cheap enough, you can always take Bangkok's Sky Train.

Depending how many stops you go, it averages about $3.

And just a heads up.

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It can get full pretty quick.

And we're staying at a friends house just outside of Bangkok for free.

But hotels and hostels are super cheap and we'll showcase a few of those later.

And now here's a couple fun facts about Thailand.

Their population is 67 million people.

Roughly 90% of them are Buddhist.

The word “Thailand” itself means “land of the free.

” So we're about to head out with our private driver Na Pbai.

And Jira is gonna say where he's bringing us today.

He's taking us to Ayutthaya which is our old capital city that got sacked a few hundred years ago.

There's old temples there and a bunch of other attractions.

In the late 1700's the Burmese Army paddled up this river and they sacked the city of Ayutthaya.

And what you see over here in this white section is the remaining fortification wall of what used to line the city.

So this river in Thailand is actually known to have some of the biggest cat fish in the world.

And I guess here there are a few of them that are baby sized.

They'rs still pretty big if you ask me, but they'll grow up to the size of 6 or 7 feet long.

And they can suck you right in.

So we're headed into the temple Panan Choeng? Yeah.

Panan Choeng.

And supposedly it's got a really big Buddha.

So when you enter a temple in Thailand, they ask that you remove your shoes.

And if you're female to not wear revealing clothing like a skirt or tank tops.

We pray to these Buddha statues.

depending on What day of the week you were born.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I was born on a Tuesday, so I was told my Buddha was the one taking a nap.

Sounds good to me.

There are statues left and right.

People are praying everywhere.

But I'm told the big Buddha is in the next room.

Lets go check it out.

This Buddha was big.

And a lot of people come from a lot of places to see him.

These gold cloths represent prayers.

And they're not allowed to touch the ground.

These guys fold them up and throw them up to some other guys who then hang them on the Buddha.

And even if you're not that spiritual, it's still a pretty awesome experience.

Our next stop.

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food.

And this place is cool.

It almost has its own eco-system.

But the best part about it was the food.

And we stuffed our faces.

I mean, we ordered everything.

Fried mushrooms.

It's good.

It's like spicy and sweet at the same time.

I have no idea what the rest of this stuff was, but it was good.

This one sort of looks like Papaya Salad.

And that one? I don't know.

No idea what he just ate.

So of course, I ate it too.

Oh the things I'll do for television.

But honestly, it was delicious.

And you know what? It only cost us about $3 a piece.

Now that our bellies are full, it's onto the next temple.

And this isn't your average temple.

As you might have gathered by the war drums, this was the site of an epic battle.

It's kind of strange to think that all these ruins are because of a huge war, so at one point in history there were bodies, hundreds of them, lying here and you know.

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what you think of as such a serene and peaceful religious place was a bloody massacre at one point.

It's kind of crazy to think about.

But before that battle ever happened, This place was first and foremost a temple.

And it was beautiful.

And do you remember that sleeping statue that they had that represented my Tuesday birthday? They had a huge one here.

I bought some incense and said a prayer.

Hopefully the sleeping Buddha grants me my wish.

And no, I'll never tell what it was.

Many Thai people also have a strong belief in ghosts.

And being Thai, Jira said he was getting a little spooked out.

I personally just think he was ready to go get his afternoon massage.

He loves those.

So after a long a sweaty day in the heat, walking around and looking at the temples.

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Jeremy is gonna get his first Thai massage.

I'm gonna go join him.

It's $8 for 2 hours.

And this place is owned by friends of Jiras mom, but they're not giving us special prices or anything.

This is how much massages cost in Thailand.

$150 Baht and hour, or about $4 US.

That was great.

It was so good for Jeremy, he was speechless.

That massage was absolutely amazing.

I highly recommend it.

And now we're gonna go relax on a nice boat ride in downtown Bangkok.

Ah we already have reservations at this table and this is gonna be great.

We met up with Jira's friend Anne and her dad Rachen.

And we ate a monster buffet.

So, for $22, all you can eat buffet.

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up and down the Chao Phraya river through downtown Bangkok.

We'll be able to look at all the historic sites.

There's live entertainment upstairs.

I saw some girls dancing up there.

I really couldn't ask for more right now.

I'm gonna stuff my face.

So we're up here on the upper deck right now.

We're about to go under a massive bridge, which is pretty cool.

I hope you can hear me.

There's live karaoke occurring.

A lot of stuff going on.

This is probably one of my favorite things we've done so far.

It's awesome.

And even if you don't like looking at the old buildings, you can always watch the dancers.

But before you get too excited, you need to remember that when you're in Thailand, it's a 50/50 chance that what you're looking at is a lady boy.

Maybe even more like a 70/30 percent chance.

But don't get me wrong.

Male or female, they had talent.

And the looks to back it up.

Could have fooled me.

After our dinner cruise, we headed on over to the infamous Khao San Road.

More or less it's a big party street for backpackers and tourists looking for a good time.

But I wasn't quite ready to dance yet, so I got myself some chicken on a stick for $.

50.

Oh yeah, it's $.

50 for 4 of them.

I love these damn things.

And there's every type of meat on a stick you could ever want.

And even some vegetarian options.

Do scorpions count as meat? I'm gonna have to try one.

Chicken teriyaki is what it tastes like to me.

I think Jira liked his a little more than I did.

But if you're not feeling adventurous enough to eat a scorpion, you can always try some fresh coconut ice cream.

So, here we are.

We're at Khao San Road right now.

This is basically Bangkok's hostel heaven.

All these people stay here for cheap and there's bars all throughout this road.

And it's right in the center of Bangkok.

It's great.

I just ate a scorpion.

Khao San Road is open 24 hours a day.

You can drink in the street.

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Get a $4 massage.

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Or just walk around and people watch.

But be careful cause you never know what you're gonna coke across, or step in.

Yum.

And hostels can be as cheap as $10 a night, as long as you're willing to put up with the noise.

And I don't know if I'd want to stay here for more than one night, but it's worth checking out.

And if you can hold down your liquor, it really is a great place to eat.

If you get tired of walking you can always travel around in a tuk tuk.

But be forewarned.

They can get pricy, so negotiate first.

But honestly, the best way to experience Khao San Roadis to walk through it.

Smell the smells.

See the sites.

And watch the girls dance.

Oh yeah, these are the two girls from the top of the show.

I'm sure you remember them.

It's also the street where we met the group of backpacking Swedes who really liked Thailand.

We love Thailand! Today seemed like a good day to go to the beach, so we did.

About a two hours drive outside of downtown Bangkok is a coastal city called Pattaya.

The first order of business was getting some grub.

So we just got to Pattaya.

We're here on the beach.

There's shops behind us across the street.

We might walk over there and do some shopping.

Food, once again, for a like a buck or two you can get chicken, pork, squid.

Um, all kinds of different stuff.

We might do some seadooing in a moment, so stay tuned.

Sadly, these dudes rented the last two seadoos, but we didn't let it get to us.

We just feasted and drank beer and relaxed in the sun.

And it cost us a whopping $5 a piece.

A “little crab”.

It's calamari.

And after we finished eating, Jira got his usual afternoon massage for $6.

$2 beer.

$6 massage.

Feeling good.

And I was loving that all of this was only 2 hours away from the city.

And yes the rumors are true, the beach is full of old single white dudes.

But can you really blame em? It's beautiful here.

Who wouldn't want to retire in Thailand? One of my favorite things so far about Thailand are all the knock off things that you can get.

For example, I just picked up these RayBans In white, for $150 Baht.

That's about $4.

50.

After the beach, we headed to the highest point in the city to check out the view.

The beach we were just at is on the other side.

This is the big city over here.

Way over there.

You can't see it.

It's like 30 miles out.

Around 5 o'clock we checked into our hotel, the BB Grand Residence.

And they had literally just finished construction, so we were the very first guests to ever stay there.

We were greeted by one of the owners and he was psyched to have us.

$5 per person.

Brand new tiled bathroom.

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Heated shower.

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Our own private balcony overlooking the city, as well as roof access.

But screw the amenities.

We're here for the Walking Street.

It's similar to Khaosan Road, but with strippers.

“A” for effort, but she didn't lure us over.

And there is a lot of competition on this street.

Looks like Jira found one he likes.

And don't worry, they're literally lined up on the sidewalk to make choosing easy.

But if strippers aren't you thing, you can always eat some amazing food.

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Check out a live band.

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Or just get drunk.

And honestly, you really don't have to do anything.

It's called the Walking Street for a reason.

You can just walk around and look at stuff.

I'm not sure if Jira likes them crazy, or Russian.

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or both? To each their own.

You can even play virtual reality games here.

This streets got a little something for everybody.

That guy seemed like he had a good time.

I still can't get over how you can eat a lobster and go clubbing in the same room.

Only in Thailand.

Oh yeah, there's pretty much 24 hour shopping too.

You know, in case you need a whig at 3 AM.

You never know.

And our poor driver Na Pbai is stuck with us all night.

I think he was getting a little bored.

I figured the best course of action was to buy him a shot of Jameson.

I think he liked it.

Or at least he pretended to.

He was a real trooper.

And at this particular establishment, if you won a game of Jenga against the bartender, you'd get a free shot.

But if you lost, you had to shake your booty on the stripper pole.

I think the game was rigged.

Luckily for you guys there was a 30 second time limit on my dance.

I still think I did pretty good though.

I mean, look at that! I went inverted.

I'm surprised they didn't offer me a job.

I got some good moves.

And now back to Bangkok.

So we're here at the worlds largest outdoor market.

It's Chatuchak, I think it how it's pronounced? And you can get anything from food to bags to fake $30, 000 watches.

You can get anything from lemonade to alligator skin, jewelry.

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I'm gonna walk around and see what I can find.

Of course I immediately got my chicken on a stick.

But there was also this awesome potato on a stick.

It's more or less just stretched out potato.

But it's delicious.

And apparently, everybody loves it.

BBQ chips, on a stick.

Thank you.

That's F#%king good.

That's really good.

This is like Pringles meets fair food.

But better somehow.

Somehow better.

It's like melt in your mouth potato chips.

Okay, I might have overreacted a little bit, but they were good.

This is insane.

We can barely walk in here.

We were just told there are over 8, 000 stalls.

8, 000.

It's crazy.

But I'm honestly getting sick of looking at stuff.

I wanna go look at my favorite part of the market.

The animals.

It's a lot like the pet stores back home, but about 10 times the size.

And there's a lot of animals you couldn't get anywhere besides Thailand.

For instance, you can get this freaking owl.

For $2, 000.

Or this giant turtle.

And the coolest part about the animal market is it's free.

Actually, this guy is the coolest part about it.

And now here's a bunch of shots of animals.

Believe it or not, this is only a fraction of what they've got here.

It definitely beats paying for the zoo.

I've never really understood having lizards as pets, but whatever floats your boat.

I'm more of a dog guy myself, but you can also get a squirrel, if that's what you're into.

They even sell “to go” containers of moss.

I don't know why, but they do.

Our parrot friend waved us goodbye and we headed back to the car.

I think somehow they can sense when you're leaving, cause they stepped up their sales game quite a bit.

A little bit of magic to entice the customers.

And if I'd needed headphones, I would have bought them from this guy.

Now across town to the grand palace.

If you're trying to avoid tourists, don't come here.

It's insanely crowded.

The only other negative was that Jira thought we could all get in for free.

Turns out only he could get in for free.

If you don't have a Thai passport, you gotta pay $14.

Sorry guys, Thai nationals only.

But it was beautiful.

I can't imagine how long it took to build something like this.

Construction began May 6th, 1782.

And this is actually where the king used to live until 1925.

The royal family has since moved to Dusit Palace, but these buildings are still used for official ceremonies.

So much gold.

It's mesmerizing.

We weren't allowed to film a lot of the stuff inside, so we mostly shot exteriors.

But it should give you a good idea of what to expect.

If you're into architecture, you're gonna want to come check this place out.

The paintings were my favorite.

People getting eaten by monkey soldiers.

Women getting raped by pig demons.

Some crazy stuff went down in the ancient times.

Demons worshipping a green skinned lizard king? Who has magic powers? Can fly in the sky? Has a spaceship? Wages battles in the heavens? Teleports through worm holes to other dimensions? Okay, maybe i'm overthinking this? I've seen too many episodes of Ancient Aliens.

I'll leave you with this image of a giant six handed monkey drowning some poor sap with his tail.

Oh the good old days.

Of course no trip to the palace is complete without messing with the royal guards.

They secretly want to kill every last one of us.

Or at least jackasses like me.

I love these friggin trees.

Beautiful.

They must be a pain in the ass to maintain though.

I'll take this as a sign that we've worn out our welcome.

Just kidding.

They do this every hour on the hour.

But we're still gonna leave, just in case.

Next up on the list was a little walking tour in Lumpini Park.

Similar to Central Park in New York City, it's a protected green space, surrounded by concrete and skyscrapers.

You could go for a quick jog, a short stroll, or even a romantic boat ride for two.

Or if you're alone, you can always do a romantic swan ride for one.

And if you've been struggling to find a significant other, you might want to consider the outdoor gym.

I'm cool with a brisk walk.

Personally, I think Thai Chi is the way to go.

This guy has got it down.

And now for a quick visual tour of the park so you can decide if it's somewhere you want to go.

I went down to the waters edge to try to get a shot of this bird and nearly stepped on the head of a Komodo Dragon.

Not something you want to get bit by.

They carry enough bacteria in their mouths to kill a water buffalo.

And could probably eat a human baby.

Okay, I don't know about the baby part.

That's just something a bum on a park bench told me, but I'd steer clear of them.

I mostly think they eat birds and turtles.

Anyway, enough park life.

We're headed to Moon Bar.

And no, it's not on the moon, but it's pretty damn close.

Nestled on top of the Banyan Tree Hotel, they have a view to die for.

Seriously, the barriers are about 4 feet high, so watch your step.

And you can see everything from up here.

That park we were just in is right below us.

The Moon Bar.

Sunset is beautiful.

Believe it or not, all you've got to do to get a view like this is buy a drink.

It even comes with free peanuts and wasabi peas.

Not too shabby.

It was cold, so I got an Irish coffee.

Hello, we're here at the Moon Bar enjoying some amazing wasabi peanuts and a good drink good company.

It's the coldest day on record in Bangkok.

It's warmer in Denver today.

And they weren't kidding.

It was cold, but I'm from Maine, so I decided to make the sacrifice for you guys and stay to film the sunset.

It was worth sticking around.

This place gets hopping at night.

As usual, Jira and Jeremy showed up 4 hours late.

Just in time for a cocktail and a few SnapChats to show the friends back home.

So now a change of pace from the beautiful to the more bloody side of Thai culture.

I'm talking hard hitting Muay Thai fights.

And luckily for you, one of my childhood friends happens to be an announcer.

This is my high school buddy Adam Martin.

He's doing one of the coolest jobs of anyone I know that was in our class.

He's now one of the announcers for MBK fight night in Thailand.

Well Muay Thai literally means “Thai fighting.

” And it's part of Thai's history.

Part of Thailands history.

Muay Boran is the original term.

It was used in war.

When they were having wars, people were actually trained to fight in this way.

So it's got its history, its roots, all through Thailand.

So now people are fighting and that's why it's such an ingrained part of culture.

It's a bit similar to boxing in the United States.

It's just sort of a part of the culture and people respect it.

People expect it to happen.

A lot of these guys that are fighting are not fighting for personal glory.

A lot of times they're fighting to support their families.

So that may add another reason why it's so respected out here.

A lot of these guys, they're not fighting to get famous or to showboat.

So they'll come and they'll fight and they'll send all the money back home to their family.

Well this is wildly popular because were right in central Bangkok.

We're at a foreigner shopping mall.

It's the most popular mall for foreigners here in Bangkok.

And it's free.

Yep.

And we have good fights.

So, you know for a lot of people, they might not even necessarily know that this exists, but they walk by and they stop and they watch and they spread the word that way.

And you said it's both girls and guys that will be fighting? The interesting thing about that is that women aren't really allowed to do Muay Thai in the bigger stadiums, so Ratchadamnoen and Lumpini are like the two main stadiums in Bangkok where the top fighters fight.

And they don't allow women to fight.

Yep.

And here at MBK, we actually do allow women to fight, so this one of the only places where you can actually see women competing in Muay Thai, as well as men.

Awesome.

I hope I get to see some women knock each other out.

That could be kind of fun.

Although we didn't get to see any girls knock each other out, we did see some awesome fights.

That strange music you're hearing is called sarama.

And they increase the tempo based on the intensity of the fights.

And it can get wild.

These girls would kick my ass.

And probably everyone else's ass there too.

Hey! Hey! Hey! This guy is loving it.

But I think he might have some skin in the game.

Seemed like there was a little bit of money going around, if you know what I mean.

But the fights didn't look rigged to me.

They were beating the crap out of each other.

And even if you're not into watching blood sports, it's still a cool part of Thai culture.

I suggest checking it out.

Wow.

After the fights, Jira wanted to take me to dinner in Chinatown.

My camera died shortly after this shot, but luckily, Jira had his iPhone.

So here's a few clips of me enjoying some Chinese cuisine.

Shark fin soup in Chinatown.

Birds nest soup.

It's actually really good.

I don't know what it is? Oh! It's like a cinnamon bun.

This is “sola?” I can't describe it.

Haha.

As good as my descriptions of the food were, Jira's phone died right here, so if you wanna know more about Chinatown, you're just gonna have to go there yourself.

Today we're heading to the Amphawa floating market.

It's about an hour outside the city, so we rented our private van.

And we gotta get there by 5 AM to feed the monks.

So we got up really early today, with the sunrise, to come feed the monks.

We're at the market and they're sort of setting up.

This is where the hustle bustle is gonna be.

Everyone comes here to eat.

Monks come right down the river and you give them a special food.

They're not allowed to choose what food they eat themselves.

And I'm tired, but I got to see another sunrise and I think it's gonna be an exciting day.

The local vendors sell pre-packaged floral arrangements to go along with the food.

It appeared the local cats liked them as well.

Maybe there's some cat nip in there.

It's times like this that I'm reminded that i really am on the other side of the world.

And I couldn't be more grateful.

This trip has been amazing.

The market picked up quick.

If you're a foodie, you're gonna wanna come here.

This place is awesome.

And cheap! Because they serve you right out of their boats.

I love seafood.

If it swims in the ocean, they have it.

The only negative was that it was hot.

But it's Thailand.

It's hot everywhere.

And I'm talking temperature hot.

Not food hot.

If you don't want your food spicy, you better let them know, because they add some kick.

There's also a lot of great desserts, if you're in the mood for something sweet.

And you can always go shopping, but get there early, cause around noon it gets crowded.

Someone just told Jira that there is a guy with a snake that I gotta meet, so we're headed over.

And this is a big ass snake.

I honestly had trouble holding it up.

Which can be a problem, because they told me if you don't support the weight of the snakes head, it can feel like its falling and might bite you just to regain its balance.

And they didn't tell me that until it was around my neck.

Luckily, I survived.

Oh yeah, it costs about $3 to take a picture with the snake.

If you don't, it will kill you.

Hahaha.

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really? That's a nice thing to hear.

You need to hold that head or it's gonna kill you.

And obviously possible “death by snake” isn't for everyone, so if you're not into reptiles head this way.

To the tree covered Wat Bang Kung.

That girl you just saw in the van if Jira's friend Joy and she'll be showing us around today.

This temple isn't very far from the floating market And it's famous because it has a tree growing on it? Around it? I don't know really how to describe it.

But they say the only reason it's still standing is because the tree is keeping it from falling down.

Oh yeah, it also had a bunch of statues outside of military dudes beating each other up.

Makes for some cool photo ops.

But we were already hungry again, so we headed back to the floating market.

And there's a lot to be said for traveling alone, but it doesn't hurt to be friends with the locals.

So branch out.

Say hi to some people.

You never know what might happen.

This is fried squid eggs.

They're telling me not to do too much spice, but I'm gonna do the whole thing.

It's got a really lemon base to it.

First off, the spice is really spicy.

So that's kind of killing the flavor.

Squid meets scallops.

It takes like squid and scallops mixed together.

Little.

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squid and scallops.

It's good.

Spicy as hell though.

Good afternoon.

My name is Joy.

I'm gonna take my friends to discover the Amphawa Market.

Many people are starting to arrive.

There are many things to eat.

I want to eat them all.

So probably my favorite part about having my new Thai nest friends here is that I don't have to order anything.

Joy ran around the market and we got.

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there's so much food here she ran out of places to put some of it.

There's chicken.

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looks like oysters.

Ah, spicy vegetable stuff.

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I can't even begin to tell you what it is, but it's delicious.

I'm gonna stuff my face and then I think she's gonna bring us to the floating market.

It should be a good time.

$5 a person.

In my opinion, the floating market is even cooler at night.

You can go on a river cruise, or even just shake your booty.

Don't worry, nobody is gonna judge you.

Well, they might judge you, but they're probably mostly gonna be jealous that you're having a better time than they are.

I didn't have my dancing shoes on, so I was just people watching.

I don't think you'd need to spend more than a day here, but if you have the time, come check out Amphawa.

It's worth it.

I was almost getting ready to call it a night, but then I stumbled upon this guy with his chihuahua.

And he told me I'd be crazy if I didn't go on the firefly boat ride.

So of course, we went.

And it was awesome going down the river.

Going by all the shops and stuff.

But that's only the 1st two minutes of the ride.

After that you get into some pretty dark scary areas.

So if you're afraid of boats or water, you might want to skip the firefly tour.

It gets a little hairy out there.

But there's a reason they call it the firefly tour.

And there's a reason they go deep into the dark.

To film the fireflies.

In the dead of the night, from 50 feet away, my camera couldn't really do it justice, but it was neat.

So I'm getting a little bit of it Jira.

I guess it's just something you'll have to experience in person.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm ready for some new scenery.

So today, we're heading to the islands.

But before we could hit up the beaches, our tour guide told us we had to check out this temple with a tiger cave.

It's an ancient temple carved out of the mountainside.

And it has all the usual fixings.

You know, a golden Buddha, statues, etc.

But the main attraction is a cave in the back.

Where supposedly, an ancient tiger once lived.

And although he doesn't live there now, the locals swear they can hear him at night.

I think it might just be this little guy.

After we left the tiger cave, almost everything else was under construction.

But there were still a few things to check out.

We noticed a lot of people were going over to this hiking trail to take a look at the monkeys.

So we decided to go there too.

And I say “hiking trail, ” but it's more or less a vertical assent to the top.

So if you're out of shape, or the concept of a sweaty jungle hike isn't for you, you might want to skip this part.

I made it about half way.

Here's the view.

On the way back down we played with the monkeys.

Or maybe I should say they played with us.

I couldn't really tell who was in charge here.

They seemed to know how to get what they wanted out of us.

This dude figured out pretty quick that if he could just coax Jira over with a friendly low five he could probably grab his water bottle.

And he did.

Sneaky little bastard.

This little guy seemed to like me, but I his mom was trying to get him to sneak into my camera bag.

And remember, as cute as they are, these monkeys have some long ass fangs.

Not only will they steal your stuff, but they can send you to the ER.

And it involves a lot of stitches and a lot of shots.

But if you keep your distance, they can be pretty damn cute.

After the temple, our tour guide took us to a fish farm.

That looks like just a large fish.

It looks like a shark.

A “shark-fish”.

And it was free.

But honestly, there wasn't a whole lot to see.

I don't know if it was cause it was overcast, or the water was just murky that day, but we barely saw anything.

I think that was a sea turtle.

It's pretty hard to tell.

Yo, hold on, look at the waves right there.

Yo, look at that right there.

That was a big.

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it's like a huge tail or something.

What are you doing Jira? Trying to attract a crocodile.

Nothing ever came.

A few miles down the road was this view.

Not really a great place to go swimming, but beautiful nonetheless.

And it didn't cost us a penny.

And while we were there we got to eat some delicious coconut ice cream.

It comes to like $.

65 I think.

Coconut ice cream.

After a quick snack, we headed into town to check into our hotel.

The Sleep Whale.

And yes, that's a play on words.

I thought it was clever.

Oh yeah, I forgot that I haven't explained how we got here yet.

Our driver and tour guide back in Bangkok sold us everything as an inclusive package.

We got round trip tickets to fly from Bangkok to Krabi.

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four nights in a hotel with free breakfast.

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Got picked up for free at the airport.

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Free taxi to the temple and to the fish farm.

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For $200 per person.

Oh yeah, we also get a free speed boat tour tomorrow to multiple islands and then a free longboat tour to more islands the day after that.

I'm a happy camper.

We were checking out downtown and something caught Jira's eye.

I was on the fence about it, but he didn't really give me much choice.

I chose the red and white one.

Only $8 a day.

And yes, I know how ridiculous I look.

Thanks.

Helmets for safety kids.

300 baht.

How come nobody told me that curb was there?!? And just when we started shooting all the footage to show why scooters were amazing to shoot in Thailand, Jeremy wiped out.

But we can't let that stop us right? The show must go on.

Good news was that there were no broken bones and the bike wasn't damaged.

Bad news, nobody got it on film.

At least he was in good spirits about the whole thing.

One thing I highly recommend, if you're to rent a scooter, is check the brakes.

The rear brake on my scooter was almost non-existent.

So when I had to come to kind of a quick stop, nothing.

So then I hit the front brake.

the next thing you know.

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if you rely on your front brake, you find the ground.

At least we were able to find him some first aid and we were finally at the beach.

So we've made it to Au Nang.

This is a new statue that Jira says they just installed.

You can see the islands and the boats behind me too.

We've parked our scooters here in this tight little parking spot.

We all made it in one piece.

Jeremy took a little digger and scraped his knee up a bit, but he'll survive.

I'm probably gonna buy a bathing suit.

Probably some sunglasses and sunscreen at the shopping over here.

Lets hit the beach.

Today was a little overcast, but you know, it's still a beach in Thailand.

What's not to like? Au Nang has a population of about 8, 000 people.

But add in all the tourists and you're looking at more like 30, 000.

We decided to go for a walk down the beach to see what we could find.

Lots of cafes and cheap places to eat.

In case you couldn't tell.

This is my kind of place.

I love this sh$t.

We got a table with a gorgeous view of the ocean and ordered some food.

I don't know what straw to use? This one? I like Bangkok, but Au Nang is fu$#king awesome.

My meal, a margarita and this view cost $8.

I don't think there's anything better than a margarita on the beach.

Now were talking.

Yeah you are.

I was still hungry, so I looked to the beach for sustenance.

And that's when I spotted my man selling corn on the cob for $.

50.

Buttered and salted.

Um hmmm.

Spent the rest of the day drinking margaritas and then watched this sunset.

I'm loving it here.

We woke up at the hotel to a free breakfast.

It was actually pretty good.

So we just woke up and had a great breakfast at the hotel.

We're going to the speed boat area to go to the islands.

I think we're going to Phi Phi Island today.

So it should be good.

I should probably wear a seat belt, but there aren't any.

At least the ride is free because it's included in what we already paid.

In fact, everything is included today.

We don't pay for anything.

So in case you didn't notice, this is the same beach we were at yesterday.

We hop on a boat and it takes us out to check out the islands.

It's beautiful.

So you know how I was just bragging about having everything paid for? Apparently, I was wrong.

We just found out that Bamboo Island is a Thai national park and has an entrance fee of $11.

Which totally sucks, but they make up for it by selling $.

50 beers.

We are from Spain and we love Bamboo Island.

Next up was some snorkeling I'm about to go snorkeling in the Andaman Sea.

It's so warm.

Life jacket and snorkel equipment are included in the tour.

As well as some free rice balls to feed the fishies.

And there were a lot of fishies.

Hopefully no sharks.

I didn't really check before I jumpped in.

Next up was Monkey Beach.

Which we've already learned, might as well translate into “thief beach.

” So be wary.

Wanna be my friend? Hey! No?!? Hahaha.

Once they know you don't have food for them, they're not friendly anymore.

We are here on Monkey Island.

It's really fun.

Next up was Phi Phi Island.

It was a big island with lots of shopping, but we were just stopping here to eat lunch.

And in case you're wondering, it takes about 45 minutes to get from Au Nang out to the islands.

Then, once you're here, you spend between 30 minutes to an hour at each beach.

And that massive buffet is included in the price.

Remember that birds nest soup that I ate in Chinatown that was a delicacy? Well this is the cave where they harvest it from.

It's an ancient Viking hide out, but now it's just a nesting ground for some swallows.

So they collect all the nests and they make the soup.

Oh and just be forewarned, it's not the nests that they make the soup out of.

It's the birds saliva.

Yum.

But hey, I ate it and I thought it tasted good.

Give it a try.

And now we're going into a cove to do some more snorkeling and swimming.

After our swim we headed over to Maya Beach.

It's where they filmed the movie The Beach with Leonardo Dicaprio.

Our tour guide told us when they filmed here the island was empty.

Thanks Leo.

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But who am I to talk? I'm here filming a movie too.

And I'm just another white tourist drinking beer and acting like an a-hole.

So we are here in Maya Bay.

I was looking for Leo Dicaprio, but unfortunately I didn't find him yet, but hopefully maybe another nice guy.

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for example, this once behind the camera.

She was just flirting with me to get to Jira.

That little bastard always gets the Eastern European chicks.

On the way home they gave us some free snacks and we got back just in time to see the sunset.

But now that Jira had met Kinga from Poland, we were going out.

I can't say no to a margarita.

Or two or three of them.

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But who's counting? Speaking of which, I have no idea what it cost.

I think we spent about $12 a piece.

Around 11 o'clock he headed out to Boogie Bar to meet up with Kinga and her friend Kasia.

This is the house band and the lead singer Gun Gun.

I think she's awesome.

And the coolest part about this bar is that the sidewalk cuts it in half.

You can walk right through it.

So welcome to our favorite bar in Au Nang.

So cheers guys! We even ran into our German friends from the boat cruise here.

I liked this place.

Another day, another cruise.

But today we're going in this boat.

Seems like it can handle the open ocean.

This is the engine.

We're all gonna die.

But at least we'll die happy.

Our first stop is Tup Island.

Hello! My name is Katrina.

I'm from Russia.

This is my holiday in Thailand.

This is a very very beautiful place.

I like it.

Thailand's food is very nice.

Water.

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hot water.

The best beach of Thailand.

We are welcome! This is Chicken Island.

It doesn't look like a chicken to me.

It's more like a monkey.

What do I know? Now it's time for more snorkeling.

It's a bit crowded today.

I don't feel like fighting for equipment.

I'm just gonna chill here and hope my hangover goes away.

Ugh.

It was a fun night though.

Next up is Poda Island.

We're coming here to eat some food and of course, lounge around in the sun.

Not only is this food included in what we've already paid, but they also had a stand selling $2 beers.

And lots and lots of beautiful people.

Don't worry ladies, I got some guys on camera too.

Enjoy.

Okay, enough sexy time.

Lets hear what people have to say about it.

Today we're on Poda Island.

So there's loads of island trips you can make on a boat.

And this was only 20 minutes away.

And it's got an amazing beach.

It's pretty cool here.

It must be about 35 degrees cause I'm getting sweaty.

But you can get a great tan, or be red like him.

We love Krabi! This next island was my favorite.

And no, it wasn't because of the muscley dudes hanging out by the penis caves.

Yes, you heard right, penis caves.

Apparently it's a shrine to the princess goddess Phra Nang who gives sailors save travels in exchange for massive dildos.

Whatever floats your boat.

Pun intended.

But personally, I'm here to swim in the cave.

This is by far my favorite swimming whole that we've come to.

It's the hottest today that I think it's been.

It feels like 120.

I'd imagine it's like 102.

But I'm in the ocean and can cool off.

It's pretty awesome.

If you come here, go exploring.

You never know what you're gonna find.

We stumbled upon a massive cave.

It took some effort to climb up there, but it was worth it.

It was an amazing spot for photography.

And you could also go rock climbing.

If you're willing to risk your life for a hobby.

No thanks.

I'll stick to the beach.

When we got back from the islands we checked into our second hotel at the Presidential.

After we checked into our hotel we got a late night dinner at The Last Fisherman.

I got a burger and fries for $5.

It was a nice night, so we decided to head down to the beach to meet up with Kinga and Kasia and have a few beers.

Along with our new friend Samantha.

I tried to feed her a hot dog for 7/11, but she was not feeling it.

But do you blame her? After the girls left Jira and I decided to go swimming in the ocean.

He swears he saw a shark, but we'll never know.

Today Jira and I just decided to go and explore the countryside.

I look like an idiot on my scooter.

Which inspired Jira to get a motorcycle.

Damn it.

He looks way cooler than me.

No wonder he gets all the ladies.

Son of a bit@h.

We pulled into this place called the Nest beach club.

This was the view from the dining room, but I preferred the view from the pool.

$3 beer, but to be honest, the rest of the menu was pricey.

So, we're at the Nest here in Krabi, Thailand.

We are loving it.

We love the fact that they have a pool and we can drink and walk around.

Walk right out to the beach over here.

And get drinks all day long at the beach.

Beautiful weather.

If you don't want to be spending too much money, it's way better pricing than in America, so that's definitely a plus.

The US Dollar goes a long way here and you can definitely get more for your money here.

Everything here is just beautiful and amazing I would definitely recommend it.

It's an amazing experience.

I'd agree.

And the views here are absolutely stunning.

For sure.

Can't beat laying on the beach all day.

Agreed.

We're flying out in a couple of hours, so I took one last stroll down the beach.

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had one last meal at the last fisherman.

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and filmed one last sunset montage.

Well, I guess this is it.

Goodbye, sweet Thailand.

Goodbye.

It's been fun.

Now that you've seen my trip to Thailand, go have your own.

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