Today was my last full day in beautiful Thailand – over the last few weeks it’s treated me well and occasionally treated me badly – but it’s certainly won me over.
I also realised how epically rubbish I’ve been in keeping you updated on what I’ve been up too, unless of course you’ve been up at stupid o’clock for my drunken tweeting! Always a sign of a good trip – less blogging more carnage!
Anyhow u thought it was only right to give you another mini overview of what has been going on and what kind of blogging treats await you over the next few weeks…
Picking up From Last Time
Last time u was chillaxing after ticking the Full Moon Party off my bucket list, and I’m please to say that set the tone for the remainder of my trip!
Since then the sun has been out in full force, with clear blue skies and some great opportunities to top up the tan!
Phangan kept it’s party vibe with a few chaotic days in the swimming pool with some rather interesting characters (google the term “docking” …I’m mentally scared from that!) and it rolled over into the beautiful island of Koh Tao.
My Personal Highlight
Koh Tao proved to be the highlight of my entire Thailand trip – and it fully deserves it’s reputation as the best of the 3 islands on the east side.
On the ferry from Phangan I got my Chang on with a couple of Aussies, and after another failed hostel pickup I took full advantage of my minimalistic traveling and walked from the harbour to Sairee Beach – an easy walk that takes you through some quaint villages and along the length of the stretch of sand that borders the backpacker area.
From the beginning the vibe was exactly what I’d been seeking, and the rest of my stay here only reinforced this.
Imagine Byron Bay (easily my all time favourite place!) and simply replace the surfing with diving!
Days are spent in the water, relaxing on dive boats and chilling by the pool – whilst nights are spent partying at bohemian clubs and beach bars.
A backpackers island paradise!
Basically I spent 5 days basking in the sun in the water – either through some of the most gorgeous scuba diving I’ve been lucky enough to encounter, at some epic pool parties or on quiet strolls on the beach!
My Koh Tao crew we epic too – with Chang towers, shisha fails, underwater beer Olympics, pool farting (yup I’m going to name and shame you right now Audrey!) lush sunset beach massages and amazing BBQ dinners just some of the random memories that spring to mind.
Rest assures there’s a lot in the blogging vault from this period of my trip!
Holla, City of Squallor!
After saying a sad goodbye to my island ideal, and with my Audrey (aka the little sister I never wanted!) in tow it was time to hit the road once again and brave a dauntingly long 12 hour ferry and train combo to the chaos that is Bangkok.
After rocking in at 3am the guys at HQ Hostel hooked me up epically and basically made my stay in the city amazing!
We hooked up with my Byron buddy Nic and fellow Tao party fiend Anna and set about exploring the city, shopping, grabbing more massages and generally making the most of my short stay here.
We sampled the 5* delights of the breathtaking Vertigo Bar and crashed back down to earth after a rather unfortunate incident at a ping pong show left us 2800baht out of pocket!
After we parted ways when the girls flew home it was left to me and Nic to tackle the infamous Khao San Road – which we did in suitably amusing style!
Not to miss out on some of the more civilised activities the drinking was nicely counteracted with a visit to the floating markets, elephant feeding and art gallery perusing.
And we even squeezed in a mini reunion when all the Tao crew rocked into town before we hit the sleeper train to the final stop in my trip.
Jewel of the North
And so we reach the final part of my trip in the city of Chiang Mai. Its a world away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok but has kept me thoroughly entertained!
Me and Nic got stuck straight into it on our arrival as it was his birthday – so the guys at Rainforest Boutique hooked us up before we headed over to Tiger Kingdom to get up close and personal with the big cats, a massive must if you’re up this was.
And of course with birthdays come birthday parties! The lovely Anna had been kind enough to give us a hit list of things to do, places to stay and bars to drink at during our time here so we proceeded to work through it! Nic sampled his first bucket, we relaxed to some live jazz before descending into a hazy evening of reggae and ska at the Reggae Roots Rock Club.
It’s not all been partying though – I’ve gone all Gap Yah with visits to temples, witnessing some Muay Thai training and got my haggling down at the night markets. All of which mean there’s plenty for me to write about and an abundance of photos to share with you all.
Hit The Ground Running
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end though and tomorrow I fly back to a rainy, cold UK, leaving Nic to explore Asia solo over the next few months.
Even more unfortunate is the fact I’m back in work a mere 24 hours after landing – let’s hope the jet lag isn’t too bad!
It’s been an epic time, with heaps of awesome people making my adventure a fun, chaos filled few weeks!
…stay tuned for a full run down of places, activities and general amusing banter from Thailand – and chuck me an email if you want any advice if you’re heading that way!