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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Thailand, you're incredible.

After a very long break from blogging (exams, travelling and graduation!) I’m finally back and very excited to get back into it!

Of course my first post is going to be a little catch up on my adventures in Thailand. Firstly I just want to say, if you ever get the opportunity to go, DO IT. It was honestly the best experience of my life and I already want to go back!



BANGKOK



                                              Top left: Buddha at Wat Po
                                              Top right: How many people can you fit in a Tuk Tuk?
                                              Bottom Left: View from the Sky Bar
                                              Bottom Right: My boyfriend and I at the sky bar
                                                                      (that cut on his face is from a surfing accident.. of course)



So I arrived in Bangkok, met my boyfriend (who had already been travelling for a month) and we went off to explore. The first night in Bangkok we visited an incredible Sky Bar (the one from the Hangover II), the view was beautiful and we watched the sunset whilst drinking cocktails and beer.

In Bangkok I also tried my first Pad Thai, which is delicious. We met some great people in our hostel and had a crazy night out on Khao San Road (The 'strip' of Bangkok), £1 beers.. too hard to resist.



SOUTH THAILAND - THE ISLANDS


From left: Boat trip on Koh Phi Phi; Maya Bay; Night out on Koh Phi Phi


We then flew to South Thailand to start exploring the islands. On our first night we met the most amazing group of people and ended up staying with them for the week. The strip in Phuket has been compared to the 'Ibiza of Asia', it's pretty mental. The amount of times I was asked if I wanted to see a pingpong show was crazy (look it up if you have no idea what I'm talking about).

We travelled to Koh Phi Phi, which is literally what you'd imagine paradise to be like, it was the most beautiful place I've ever seen in my life. The days are chilled out on the white sand and warm blue sea; in the evenings the beach turns into a strip of bars, clubs and fire shows and you'll have the time of your life dancing in the sand with incredible people.

On the second day in Phi Phi we hired a private boat for the eight of us which took us snorkelling, to visit the monkeys on monkey island, to explore the smaller islands and Maya Bay (where the beach with Leo DiCaprio was filmed) and then, after watching the sunset, we swam with glowing plankton.


NORTH THAILAND - THE RAINFOREST



From left: Chiang Mai market, Hiring scooters in Pai


The first night in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) we went to the coolest market and ate delicious street food whilst trying not to spend all of my money on the incredible things they were selling.



We then went to visit THE ELEPHANTS (my favourite animal). This was what I had been looking forward to all holiday and it did not disappoint. They are such incredible animals and we learnt how each one was rescued and taken to the Elephant Nature Park where they were nursed back to health. We got to touch them, bathe them, feed them and watch them interact in their herds; it was such an amazing experience.




After two days looking after the elephants we went on a two day trek in the rainforest. After walking for five minutes I was drenched in sweat but it was worth it. The scenery of the rainforest combined with the waterfalls we walked over and swam in was an experience I'll never forget. In the evening we ate traditional food cooked by the locals, we sat watching the sunset in the mountains, drank Chang (Thailand's famous beer) and played card games. We then snuggled up in the bamboo hut under our mosquito nets and on the floor, soon to be rudely awoken at dawn by about ten roosters.

Finally we visited Pai. We hired scooters (my boyfriend nearly crashed his within the first hour) and rode around the mountains to visit the canyon and waterfalls. Pai is such a chilled out place where we met some great travellers and had yet another amazing night out with some incredible people from all over the world.



Even writing this just makes me want to visit all over again, Thailand was an amazing experience and I can't wait to start planning more travels next year... I now understand what people mean when they say they've caught the 'travel bug'.


Are you planning any travels soon? I'd love to know places I should visit!




elise rose

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