One Night In Bangkok; Wat Arun and Together Festival 2018

04 May 2018 Friday in Bangkok, Thailand

​2010: 1st visit for 1st solo trip abroad
2014: 2nd visit for transit to Myanmar
2018: 3rd visit for thanksgiving party

8 years ago I started my first solo backpacking adventure right on this country. Presently I have 66 countries across 3 continents on my list. Who would know I've reached this far in unexpected ways. Visiting Bangkok after 8 years and attending Bangkok's famous EDM, Together Festival (headed by Hardwell, Alan Walker, etc) is my way on paying
 tribute where I officially started being a Wandering Andoy abroad. Thank you very much Thailand!

Wat Arun Rajwararam (Temple of the Dawn) is the most elegant pagoda, landmark of Thailand, located on the west bank of Chao Phraya River. It has been the Royal Temple dedicated to the 2nd reign of Chakkri Dynasty.

1130H BTS Silom line Saphan Taksin Stn 59

speed boat to Wat Arun 100 (one-way)
1200H Wat Po Pier; Padthai lunch 80; boat to Wat Arun 4; Wat Arun entrance fee 50
1245H Wat Arun; public boat to BTC 15
Total: 308 THB

One Night In Bangkok; Wat Arun and Together Festival 2018

Dushanbe City Walk Tour

5 Days Solo Trip in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
April 20 to 25, 2018


After every finished of the day tours outside Dushanbe, I stroll to City Center by foot from the Hostel which is around 3km. Same as Bishkek, ambiance is like a rural province of Russia; no skyscraper, no english signs and almost no western establishment.Dushanbe is nicknamed as "The Big Dushe" by expats.

Dushanbe City Walk Tour

Iskanderkul Hike to Waterfalls

5 Days Solo Trip in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
April 20 to 25, 2018

Hissar Fortress Morning Tour

I just decided the night after my 1st day tour to again avail a private tour, now going to the most beautiful mountain lake in Fan Mountain. I contracted the contacted driver by the hostel (who can speak a little english only but very nice) for a day tour negotiated down to $100. We left the Hostel around 0900H arrived in Iskanderskul at 1200H. We trekked 3km trail to falls then had a lunch beside the lake. We left Iskanderkul at 1400H and arrived back to Hostel at 1700H.  Iskanderkul is a Tajikistan mountain lake named after Alexander the Great who passed by here en route to India from Turkey.

Iskanderkul Hike to Waterfalls

Hissar Fortress Morning Tour

5 Days Solo Trip in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
April 20 to 25, 2018


Since it was hard to use the public transportation going outside the capital city, I immediately decided in the morning on my arrival in Tajikistan to take a private tour to maximize my only 2 days stay. I started in Varzhob going to its Skiing site but the problem was the resort is closed as it was summer time. Then, my driver / guide and I went to Hissar Fortress. Entrance fee cost 5 Somoni, photography and videography is allowed inside. Tour can be finished by an hour.

Hissar Fortress used to be a palace of one of Bukhara Emirate becks. The fortress with 1 m walls and loopholes for guns and cannons towered on a high hill's slope and was carefully guarded. Inside there was a pool and a garden. Big staircases and brick-lined terraces led to the main entrance.
https://www.advantour.com/tajikistan/hissar/fortress.htm

Hissar Fortress Morning Tour

Solo Trekking and Hitch-hike to Ala Archa Waterfalls (Ak Sai)

5 Days Solo Trip in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
April 20 to 25, 2018

Bishkek City Walk Tour

The real deal of experiencing Central Asia adventure is to sight-see and feel the glaciers of mountain ranges. For now, day-hike only to have that experience and by the way, I'm above the chased waterfall at 2,665masl covered by very thick ice in spring season. Self-guided solo budget day hike to Ala Archa Waterfalls (2,665masl). 5 hours steep, slippery, muddy and icy trekking with more than 500m elevation gain on an 8km trail. Countless slippage throughout the trail using this light-trekking type shoes with soaked socks penetrated by mud and ice. I underestimated the Kyrgyzs mountain in spring season (aside from wearing light sweater, long sleeve dry fit shirt and ordinary pants).

ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK DAY-HIKE TO AK SAI WATERFALLS ITINERARY

April 21, 2018 Saturday
0815H ETD Osh Bazaar; Marshrutka #265 40KGS
0930H ETA Ala Archa National Park; Hitch-hike to Main Gate
1000H Start Trekking
1100H Broken Heart marker trail (2,377masl)
1130H Tepshi Plato marker trail (2,458masl)
1230H Ak Sai Waterfalls 2,665masl; rest and photo-ops
1300H ETD Waterfalls
1500H ETD Ala Archa National Park; Hitch-hike to Bishkek (luckily)

Solo Trekking and Hitch-hike to Ala Archa Waterfalls

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