Sirinat Nationalpark

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Sirinat Nationalpark

Our first days as Digital Nomads in Thailand

We have just started our world trip. In our first days in Phuket we already learned a lot about Thailand. The Thai food, mosquitoes, geckos, beautiful plants and tasty fruits. Some of the first experiences in Southeast Asia we tell you in this article. Our first days on a trip around the world.

In Cologne it was freezing temperatures. We had already packed away our jackets and sweaters, but were then brought to the plane with a badly organized bus transfer and were forced to bibble again. The flight with Eurowings was without surprises. As booked we also had a vegan snack and a dinner on board. A fair package for a $230 direct flight from Cologne to Phuket.

Ten hours later at 5am Thai time (we are 6 hours ahead of Europe to Thailand) we landed in Phuket. We were tired, but ready for the first steps in our new life as traveling backpackers and travel bloggers. At Phuket Airport we expected a flood of tuk tuks and taxis, but there were only a few buses waiting for our fellow travellers. They had probably all booked a transfer from the airport.

Our first accommodation was only a half hour walk away, so we decided to take advantage of the cool morning and look for our first Asian breakfast. Not so easy, because the builders of Phuket Airport didn’t think about footpaths. A few workers had to get us friendly on the right track. We walked over the quiet road to Ban Ruean Udomlak.

Our first breakfast in Thailand

We took our first breakfast where our feet were tired. About halfway along the way Jana gave up with 27 kilos of luggage on her shoulders. I would have made it 50 meters further with my 30 kilos.

But so we came to our first breakfast soup. The Thai rice soup Khao Tom Soup is often translated as porridge on the menu. One soup costs us 40 Baht, about one dollar. Without egg or meat the soup is vegan and gives power for the whole morning. You have to like the ginger taste, but you can’t start the day better from a health point of view.

In the well-stocked soup kitchen there is free drinking water and everything for flavouring and spicing. On the picture I have the chilli sauce in my hand.

Phuket Airport Breakfast Khao Tom Soup - Image Credit: Jana Brot, Catch Life
Phuket Airport Breakfast Khao Tom Soup – Image Credit: Jana Brot, Catch Life

Our first coconut

When we arrived around 8am at our first accommodation, the Baan Rom Pruk, we got rid of the big backpacks. Our room was ready around noon, so we first walked towards the beach and explored the area. The way goes through a small temple complex, then a few hostels and five hundred meters further the beach. Not a lot was going on here, but there was a fresh, cooled coconut on the way. We have drunk more than 100 now, but that day it was a new experience.

Only a straw fit through the hole in the coconut. But Jana absolutely wanted the pulp and so the fight ended in a 1-0 for Jana. When it comes to food, she understands no fun.

Sirinat National Park and Naiyang Beach

The first coconut we sipped without noticing that we’ve been in the Sirinat National Park. Before 9am there was neither a cash register nor a barrier and the way to Naiyang Beach was almost abandoned. We were surprised by the loneliness on a beach so close to Phuket Airport. We didn’t notice much about the pre-christmas flights at Phuket Airport. The sounds of the waves and the small jungle completely cover the aircraft noise. We found the Naiyang Beach beautiful and we are glad that we started at this beautiful place.

Our first accommodation

For the first days of our trip we have a luxurious accommodation with air conditioning and private bathroom. We had already booked the bungalow in Germany via Airbnb. With $.30 per night this actually exceeds our complete daily budget, but we wanted a comfortable start after the flight. In our three months Thailand has remained the most expensive and at the same time cleanest accommodation. But we enjoyed it so much that we stayed three days longer than planned. We gladly recommend the Baan Rom Pruk to everybody.

We only used the terrace in front of our bungalow for a short time on the first evening. The mosquitoes were certainly very pleased to bite such inexperienced victims. First of all we moved inside. Soon we’ll tell you in a new article what we’ve learned about mosquito repelling in Southeast Asia during the last months.

Our friends, the geckos.

Every good house should have some house geckos. They protect us from mosquitoes. So we decided to retire early to our bungalow. There we not only had a glass door to close, but also discovered for the first time our new pet, to whose presence we got used. We love Geckos.

They eat a lot of mosquitoes every day and we are so grateful to them that they soon get their own article on Catch-Life.

Gecko in Phuket, Thailand Hausgecko
Gecko in Phuket, house gecko Thailand

Almost forgotten our food

At noon we indulged ourselves for the fast hunger something in the Sirinat National Park. Fried Vegetables and Morning Glory with rice for together 120 Baht, a little more than $3.50. The water was free of charge, an advantage to which we got used with street kitchens. We’ll soon tell you more about Morning Glory and street kitchens.

Our first dinner was fried noodles with vegetables, vegan rice and two iced teas for 120 Baht on the way home.

Fried rice pad thai – our first Thai dinner

The next morning we should get to know even cheaper prices. We only walked a few hundred meters and paid for two Khao Tom soups, 1 kg bananas, two coffees and four sweet pieces a total of 90 Baht (about $2.75). How good and cheap we ate in the following days and much more about the Naiyang Beach, the Sirinat National Park and the surroundings we tell you in the next article. 

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