THROWBACK THURSDAY : A taste of Thailand

I’m flattered really that so many people noticed I hadn’t posted anything for a long time. And I honestly admire those individuals who since unliked my page, in fact I commend you. I mean you clearly did not sign up for a limited number of posts to be shared. I’m glad that I re-evaluated my priorities so that posting can be more frequent. I’m so done with all those barriers stopping me from blogging such as a new job, a post-grad, friends, family… new year, new me!

Ok, enough of the ranting, today is Thursday which is Friday eve, or Baby Friday some may say but not only is Thursday practically the weekend but it’s also a day of reminiscing. As I sit on my couch with 3 fleece blankets wrapped around me my mind wanders to warmer times. Specifically my 2 week trip to Thailand last November.  Here’s a condensed version of that trip.

Taste of Thailand

Bangkok

After a total of 19 hours travelling we landed in the wonderful city of Bangkok. The city has this smell that I will never forget. It’s like a combination of pollution, street food and stray dogs, real exotic stuff.  It really is as chaotic as you anticipate, with random shouting all the time. We stayed in the Nouvo City Hotel which wasn’t too far from Koh San Road which is famous for it’s market, think cheap shite you will have to bring back for your family.

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Chiang Mai

To be honest I was happy to leave Bangkok and head to the beautiful Chiang Mai, which is 2 and a half hours flight away and up north of the country. For me this was probably the highlight of the entire holiday. Only twice did I think I was going to die while in Thailand, the first time was here. We learnt the hard way that there are no rules of the road and pedestrian crossings don’t mean diddly squat.

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We spent  a day trekking through the jungle, feeding and washing elephants and white water rafting. I had slight anxiety throughout the day because I was pretty hungover and like elephants are big animals and I’ve never white water rafted before…

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It’s advised you don’t pet the street dogs, but admiring from a distance and taking photos are highly recommended.

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Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

This place is exactly what you imagine when you think of Thailand. Here we had the most delicious tasting prawns, near death experiences on mopeds (I actually nearly mowed down like 10 people at the beach, it’s funny on reflection), and partied into the night with the most amazing ladyboys ever.

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Phi Phi Islands

2 hour ferry ride followed by 40 minutes on a rickety old longtail boat we arrived at our resort. It is the place of dreams and I don’t think I will ever stay anywhere like this again. Oddly enough you can only get there by boat, there are no road in or out. Felt kind of cult like. Phi Phi Island Village Resort if you’re thinking about visiting, it’s flipping unreal. Greeted with a hot towel having not lifted or pulled my own bag for hours.

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Being in Phi Phi means you’re super close to Maya Bay (where The Beach was filmed) and Monkey beach, which you guessed it is full of monkeys. Crazy swimming cheeky monkeys.

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Ah stop this guy looks seriously grumpy, as if he hadn’t just been fed a bucket load of fresh bananas and watermellon. They were great banter jumping onto the boat going craiced.

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Ko Samui

Our final destination was the island of Ko Samui. Being honest you take the amazing food and Thai people out of the equation you could have been in Tenerife. It’s highly commercialised and touristy, but having said that we still had a great time. We stayed in the famous Ark Bar which is known for it’s nightclub, pool parties and fire shows. We kind of just hung out by the pool and the Shesha bar next door.

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Food

Worth a paragraph all to itself. We were advised not to eat meat, seafood if not near the sea, vegetables and fruit that had been washed in water and drinks with ice in…

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So we didn’t take any of that advise, ate all of the Thai Green Curries, the tempura prawns and Pad Thai, oh and of course the humble Mai Thai.

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Overall an amazing trip and we packed a lot in just 2 weeks. If anyone would like some tips let me know, there’s plenty I didn’t get to mention. Highlights included Maya Bay, Phi Phi, Chiang Mai with the elephants, partying with the ladyboys. Low points were missing one of our ferries and the mosquitoes, I was completely destroyed coming home with them. Small price to pay I guess.

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