The Prodigal Son Returns: My Thailand Experiece
Comrades, I’ve been busy travelling around the world. First, I took a 3-week holiday to my motherland that is Jamaica for my grandmother’s 70th. And then I embarked on a 4-week country tour around Thailand and, honestly, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Admittedly, I was shitting bricks beforehand. I’d never considered myself to be a traveler at all. For this reason, I went with a tour group of randoms and they turned out to be some pretty cool people. We traveled almost all over the country. From the Southern city of Bangkok to the Northern outskirts of Chang Maiback to the Burmese Western Border and then to the southern islands that is Koh Taoand Koh Phangan; home to the infamous Full Moon Party.
We did various activities in that time: Elephant riding, Jungle Hiking, bamboo rafting, we helped build of Volleyball Court at an orphanage, Zip-lining (something I’d already done before), mountain climbing, watched Ladyboy shows, Muay Thai fights, had a Muay Thai training session and did lots of drinking. Lots of drinking. I doubt I’ve ever drunk that much before within a month. Maybe in my early Uni days. And now my fitness has gone to shit. More on that later.
We stayed in various accommodations. From hostels, to huts by the river. The food was ok, nothing special if you ask me. Then again I’m a picky eater. Variations of Rice and Noodles can get repetitive after a while. Already did that in my uni days =P In all, Thai people are very lovely and are so welcoming. Most of them in jobs can speak English to some degree.
There’s probably more stuff but I can’t remember right now. あんきができない。We did visit a lot of temples and monuments mainly in Ayutthaya. That place is embedded in history; I even stumbled among the famous lying Buddha ever-present in Sagat’s Street Fighter stage. I made a big deal of that. Travelling with a dedicated tour groups has its pluses and minuses. The positives are that meeting a variety of people that I wouldn’t necessarily meet at home. Also, we did things that you wouldn’t do while travelling on your own. For example we trekked up a jungle and stayed in a wooden hut having a campfire up in the mountains in the middle of f**king nowhere for the night. But that was one of the best nights in Thailand. Experiences. Another example was visiting that orphanage. Those kids really appreciate it. To manyReal Madrid fans for my liking though. A negative is that a lot of the time we were constricted to a strict itinerary. Well, at least I was. I was in Koh Tao for a week and I only made most of my friends there on my last day. Then I had to leave. That sucked. Travelling on your own removes such restrictions. While I enjoyed the tour group, travelling on my own is what I will do next time. Some people had funds to venture off on their own. I envied them a bit. Still, that is proper travelling. Not having your accommodation, activities or travel already planned for you. Just wingin’ it.
The whole experience and the people I met has changed my views on life. I was at a crossroads before, I knew I wanted to leave London but that was pretty much it. In the latter weeks of my journey there were two occasions where I got quite homesick. Largely due lack of funds at the time. Well, I’m been back for about 4 days and f**k me I’m over it. Before I was nervous of travelling; now I crave it. I definitely know I’m not staying at home for long now. Sadly, I’m fallen out of love with this place, “this place” being London. I met a lot of travelers heading for Australia; almost half of my tour group are heading there also. I may end up there too but I’m also considering China or Japan. I’m not learning Japanese for nothing. Wherever I go, I’m aiming to be there by March of next year.
Have I seriously just let the best girl I’ve met in fucking forever just walk outta my life?
Seriously, why do I always do this shit? I really don’t know what to do. I don’t think she knows how I feel. I could meet her in Oz in a few months. Fuck my life. Any advice?
Hey, whereabouts are you going Thailand? I went this summer, it's the most amazing place ever (':
All over! I’ve Bangkok and Attuya. I’m in Chang Mai now. I’m going to Koh Tao and Koh Phwagan next week!
Yeah…haven’t been on Tumblr in a while. I’ve been Jamaica for the last weeks. And tomorrow I’ll going to Thailand for a month! #Traveller
PS4, Xbox One, meh. This generation has been the best generation of video games since the Megadrive/SNES era.
So my 10 year old sister saw me reading a Shenmue article and asked if they were making a new one… She said it with just confident; I wanted to cry.
Why the fuck do I respond to that….(I wanted the cry