Temples, beaches and curries galore. If a home cooked green curry by the beach isn’t enough to convince you to go, then I don’t know what will!
Thailand has always been a pilgrimage to us Australians. I’m ashamed to say I’ve done nowhere near enough of it. What I have seen, though, has been a juxtaposition of traditional, respectful and unassuming culture and wild beach side parties.
I first found myself in Bangkok in 2011 as the final stop of a tour I was on through Cambodia. I’d departed from Battambang in the morning and crossed the Thai border. I had just one night in Bangkok before heading back to The Philippines for work.
One night just wasn’t enough time to truly see the city, but with a Thai cooking class under my belt and a few Singha beers, I certainly made the most of the time I had.
I returned to Bangkok in December of 2013 as a two day pre-cursor to a longer holiday in Ko Samui. This was probably the worst timing in the world. As I arrived as most of Bangkok was shut down due to civil unrest, so I was limited in where I could go and what I could do.
Most of the night markets were shut down or in areas that were not open to tourists. At some points, I could hear gunshots from the infinity edge rooftop pool at the Siam Siam hotel.
Ko Samui on the other hand is as peaceful as can be. An island paradise along a seemingly never ending beach, the jungle truly meets the sea. It’s truly a holiday of relaxation by day, silliness by night. There’s heaps more to see in Thailand – I’m gunning to head up north and visit Chiang Mai next.
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