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Monday, 8 February 2016

Thailand

Hey world,

So I thought I would start with South East Asia as its the freshest in my memory. What better place to start with than Thailand!

So I set off with my lovely boyfriend for a three month trip around SE Asia and our first stop was Thailand. We started off in the crazy city that is Bangkok then onto the temple city of Chiang Mai then the wonderful Pai and the final destination, Koh Lanta. 

Because I had been to Asia previously I wasn't so nervous about the culture shock, different food tastes and that sort of thing. But when we arrived at BKK there was a food hall to the left and we were so hungry we ran in to try and get some food and as we walked through the door this smell of rancid fish and rotten eggs filled out nostrils and we both looked at each other and just carried on because we were so hungry. We ended up not getting anything because all they had to offer were pink and green eggs and a very suspicious looking animal. Normally Im not fussy with food but I'm guessing this was a VERY acquired taste. Would somebody please care to explain to me what these colourful eggs are because after the whole three months I still do not have a clue. We ended up crashing at the hotel for about 12 hours and waking up at midnight absolutely starving, so we wandered to find some food and ended up finding this cute little place on the side of the street and paid about 200THB which is about 4 pounds for both us. I don't have a lot to say about Bangkok as I was so jet lagged for the whole time and we didn't actually spend a lot of time there so the whole thing is kind of a blur. Im sure Mia has a lot more interesting things for you.



  Moving onto Chiang Mai, I loved this place. Busy but so pretty and peaceful at the same time. We stayed at this lovely hostel called 'The living place 2' I would highly recommend it. The owner was so friendly, arranged everything for us and made the best muesli I have ever had in my life.
This is where we got our first mop-ed, eeek! After a few hours of my boyfriend convincing me we were not going to die, I hopped on the back and off we went to explore the city. My favourite temple was Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It really is a sight to see, that is if you are still alive from the hundreds of steps you have just dragged yourself up. I think it cost about 400THB each which cut quite a bit into our budget for the day, but it really was worth it. The little temple girls are so sweet aswell, that is until after you have taken the picture and then suddenly there basically jumping you for money. Iv left a little picture of the temple girls. We also went to see the Longneck hill tribe, which is fascinating and a bit freaky. But sadly its most of there money is bought in by tourists like myself so if you decide not to buy anything from any of there stools, they suddenly are not so friendly and keen on photos anymore.



Now onto my absolute favourite place, Pai! This is my happy place. You get a mini bus from Chiang Mai (some people dared to do it on motorbikes) and its about three hours of zig zag roads into a mountain. I managed not to be sick or not to have a panic attack that we were basically in the clouds, in the mini bus going a bit too far on the edge of a mountain for my liking. But of course, we arrived safely. The whole place is like a festival. Everyone is so friendly and the food, oh dear lord the food was amazing. If you do go to Pai you have to try the stall with the chicken dumplings. You will never want to eat anything else and for 100THB for 6, is there anything really wrong with that? On our first night out we went to this 'full moon party', hmm basically a load of expats dancing to trance completely off their tits. It was an experience but not for me. The next night was one to remember. We met a guy called pong at 'Why Not Nar' which is great if you like 90's r n b and hip hop, like I do. After a few drinks he told us that he's basically a Thai drug lord and the police get their guns through him and soldiers carry heroin into Thailand for him. He took a liking to us and took us to the next bar and after a few to many drinks and slightly scared by the weapons in the car, we made our way home.  Wether he was telling the truth or not, it was a fun night. We were staying in 'The Pai Circus School' which was brilliant. We originally can one of the little huts and I am quite squeamish with insects so when 1000 ants came out of a plug socket after turning it on, I was out of there. They kindly gave us the next room and all was fine. The waterfalls in Pai are also a must. Also if your up for a little mop-ed trip go to 'The Crack' a farmer woke up one day and the land had just split. Its quite fascinating but you will learn more once your there. The best bit however is the free food. You get free banana chips, roselle juice,jam and nuts. All made right there on the farm. At the end you just pay what you think they deserve, its quite a lovely afternoon out. Ooh and me and my boyfriend got matching tattoos on the ankle, a Buddhist symbol for love,protection and happiness. Cute i know.


Koh Lanta I will just leave you a picture that pretty much sum up what I did there as I mostly just lay on the beautiful beach and ate good food.
I hope you enjoyed, Tehya x

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