Christmas in Paradise

Today was my first full day on Koh Chang. I didn’t sleep very good in the dorm room so I stood up at 7 am. It was still a bit foggy in the morning and I took my yoga mat out on the porch to do some yoga. Afterwards I meditated which was a bit hard because there were flies sitting all over me but its good practice too! When I started to do some work out exercise the little puppy from the hostel interrupted me and wanted to sit on my lap so I led him haha

When I was finished the others started to wake up too. It was nice and quiet in the morning until I wanted to eat my bananas for breakfast. I left them on the table just for a second and then an ape came and stole the whole bag, there were like 10 bananas left! So my breakfast got stolen by a monkey…

He was so fast that no one could stop him and he jumped off to the woods. I thought it was quite funny but I was also sad because my breakfast was gone haha.

My plan for this day was to rent a scooter with another German girl to go to a very nice beach on the southeast side (my hostel is on the east coast). The ride took us about an hour and on the way we stopped to see a waterfall. I really enjoy riding the moped on the island. The air is nice and there is not much traffic. Although its a bit difficult because the road is sometimes very curvy and steep. The waterfall was refreshing and beautiful but sadly there was not that much water because it didn’t rain for a long time here.

After the little cool down we continued our drive to the Long Beach. Its a beautiful path, surrounded by the jungle and small houses or street food cars here and there beside the road. There is actually only one main road that goes around the island and only a couple small streets. To get to the beach we had to turn on a side road and the nature around was even more beautiful and the wind felt great! When we arrived at Long Beach Resort it was even more beautiful then I thought. The water is warm and clear and the beach was not so big but at least there were not many people there yet!

So we stayed there the rest of the afternoon, relaxing in the sun and taking a long swim in the sea. I took a pineapple with me so we had a little and refreshing sack as well! The beach, the hot sun and the beautiful sea were just so perfect and I feel so blessed and thankful for being able to experience this. So the only thing that annoyed me a little was the sand, because its nice to lay on it but you’ll have it everywhere afterwards!

On our way back we stopped at a nice view point and a neat bench row at the coast which is very unusual for Thailand.

To round of the day nicely we had dinner at a small local Thai restaurant near the main street. The food was delicious so I think I had a perfect day! I saw a lot of the island and I’m definitely coming back here when I visit Thailand again because its just so lovely and so much untouched wilderness here.

In the evening at the hostel I talked and exchanged experiences with a couple (the man is from Poland and the woman from Ukraine) and some Chinese people. Since the hostel belongs to a Chinese guy the majority of the people staying here are Chinese. Its a lot of fun here too and we also played music and sang a little before going to bed.

The next day I started pretty relaxed. I did some exercise in the morning and then I walked along the beach from my hostel. It’s a very long and beautiful beach but mostly a bit crowded because there are hotels and bungalows at the coast. But dispite that the beach is so beautiful and the water is very clear. After walking for maybe 30min I arrived at a more quiet place and stayed there the whole afternoon.

Back at the hostel some new people from Spain and Brazil arrived and we all went out for dinner and later had some drinks at the hostel. In the late night we decided to go to a nearby beach were they had Christmas partys. Well that was a bit disappointing, the music was not very good and the weirdest thing happened; The main club, kind of like an open bar with a DJ, charched all Thai women and men 150baht for entry and tourist could enter for free! When I asked the guard why they do it he said something about government policies but I couldn’t really understand him. This made me very upset, it should actually be the other way around since we are only visitors in their country! So we decided not to go in and soon went back to our hostel. The night was still a lot of fun because we all got along very well.

On the first Christmas day I went with the Spanish guy to the beach and we had a relaxing day. He told me, he sells airbnb apartments in Spain and now travels while working. It is so interesting to see and get to know people with completely different lifestyles as what we usually know. This makes me think a lot about how I want my future to be and shows me that you don’t have to take the normal, from society projected path! I’m so thankful for already learning so much through my experiences here. Unfortunately on this day something very inconvenient happend as well… While we were walking at the beach we had to go through a river and while holding my belongings over my head so they don’t get wet, my small handbag with my phone fell out. I put the phone in rice but it didn’t work. So the next day I had to buy a new one because I really need it for writing, booking and GPS. The people at the hostel were all very kind and helped me out a lot especially Galyna, the Ukrainian woman who lend me her phone for the night to cancel bookings. I think I’ve met a lot of amazing people here, I can’t say it often enough and I’m sure I’ll see some of them again!

My last day on the island was a very gray and hymen day. I bought a new phone and installed all the things I need and booked my bus to Rayong where I’ll got tomorrow to start my Retreat. I’m very excited to go there but at the same time a bit frightened. Now I’m relaxing on the porch of my hostel, writing and enjoying this beautiful view. Thank you Koh Chang for being so pure and lovely. I will return to you soon.

Until the 7th jenuary I won’t have any internet or social contact. I will remain quiet, follow the roles and hopefully learn a lot.

I wish you all a great start into the new year. May you have a lot of strength and courage in the next year. Share love and be thankful. Everything you put out there will eventually come back to you. Happy new year!

Second week in Thailand

As my stay in Pai continues I’m kind of getting used to this beautiful place. I’ve already met so many people from everywhere in the world. I’m sure I’ll never forget these short but intense acquaintances.

Today (Monaday the 17th) we walked up to the white Buddha on the maintain. The path was pretty exhausting due to the hot sun and the steep stairs. As we arrived we had to rent some long skirts. One is not allowed to enter any kind of monastery with shorts or tank tops. The Buddha is enormous and bright white with gold ornaments. He kind of guards the whole city and the view from there is breathtaking.

After this visit we had breakfast at a nearby vegan restaurant which was so delicious and the portions were very big too so we were full for the rest of the day! Otherwise this last day in Pai was a lazy day for us. It gets so hot in the afternoon that we decided to stay at the pool and relax. I have to say that it was pretty nice too. I still feel the jet lag so a quiet day was perfect for me. In the evening we went to town again to walk a bit through the street market. Its very long and busy and smells like different flavored food everywhere.

The prices in Pai for food and cloths are a bit more expensive then in other Thai city’s so we didn’t buy any clothes and actually ate at a small restaurant called Pans kitchen where the food was very tasty and the prices were low. But I really enjoyed walking through the night market anyways just for the flair and out of interest.

On Tuesday we took a little bus back to Chiang Mai on the curvy road through the rainforest. Back in Chiang Mai we checked into our little hostel, a three people bedroom (which was a real relief and it felt like pure luxury not sleeping with 6 other people in a room. The next day we met a German guy who just arrived so we invited him to go around the city with us. We went to a huge market where I saw insect candy for the first time. (It looks weird and not very tasty to me)

We spend a nice day with Davud from Germany and later we met his friend Joel, who lives in the Netherlands but has been around the world quite a bit already. We only stayed in Chiang Mai for one full day. The next morning we went out to eat the most delicious fruit bowl I’ve ever had and then around noon to the airport to fly back to Bangkok.

Here in Bangkok I had to say goodbye to Melina and Maaret… I thank you both so much for the wonderful time and for giving me so many helpful advises! Now I’m really prepared to be on my own. I wish you a safe trip and see you soon back in Germany;)

My first day alone was quite busy. In the morning I filled out my application for the Buddhist monastery I’m going to over new years. After that I wanted to look for the bus station from where I’ll leave tomorrow to go to Koh Chang over Christmas. I decided to try the train, its cheaper and one can experience everyday life in Bangkok. At first it was a bit confusing to find the right train but in the end I found it quite easy. I again experienced how big this city is. Here are the biggest skyscrapers I’ve ever seen, with big commercial screens on them (kind of like in new York)

On the other hand bangkok has very poor parts as well so the gab between rich and poor is immense.

After I checked my bus connection for my departure I decided I want to walk back to my hostel and go to a nearby park on the way. Well after 40 min of walking by the street, it was the only path my navigator showed me, I decided to take a motor taxi because it is not very nice walking by the street here. The air is already very bad everywhere but by the street it was unbearable! A girl I met in my hostel told me she’s been to Bangkok many times but she never saw a blue sky, the smog is just to heavy and the air is so polluted. This makes me very sad and at the same time a bit angry, no one seems to care about it, they just accept it without trying to change it… As I arrived in the park I immediately felt better! It is a beautiful park, with a lack in the middle and almost no one was there. The air was much better, it smelled like flowers and trees and it felt very tropical due to the palm and foreign trees.

I stayed there for like two hours, walked around and even meditated near the Buddha statue in peace. All the stress and business of the big city was completely gone. I love that so much about Bangkok, you’re in the middle of the city and can still find a nice and quite place.

In the evening I took the train again to go to the other side of the city to a shopping mall where they sell Buddhist clothes for my visit at the monastery over new years. On my way there I realized how many shopping Malls there are. Almost at every train station there was a big Mall. So if you ever want to do a shopping vacation, go to Bangkok 😉 .

Today, on Saturday, I stood up at 6 am to get the earliest bus to Koh Chang. I actually thought at this time the train station would be very busy but there was very few people there. Looks like the day in Bangkok starts a bit later then 6:30. Also most of the coffee shops were still closed too. For me it was a good thing, it would’ve been very annoying at rush hour with my backpack! The minivan from Bangkok Ekamai station to Trat took about five hours (the bus driver stopped a few times to talk on the phone). From there a taxi truck tuck me and about 8 other people to the fairy. So my journey until I arrived on Koh Chang took about 7 hours. From here I had to take a very expensive taxi, it was the only transportation from the small harbour to the hotels, resorts and hostels. But at like 3pm I finally arrived at my hostel. It is so beautiful here. I love the island, on the coasts there are small villages, mostly for tourists and in the middle there is pure wilderness and rain forest mountains. So to get from the west coast to the east one has to drive around the island to get there.

My hostel is a bit messy but has the perfect location on a big rock directly by the sea.

I love this place! The sea looks very nice, not so clear but also not dirty. The air is fresh and smells even a bit salty from the sea. When I arrived it was a little bit foggy but the next days it should be sunny and very hot! I’m already very excited to explore the island for the next three days.

I will write my next blog till the 27th because then I won’t be able to write anything until the 7th January due to my stay in the monastery where cellphones are not allowed. So I wish you all a happy and merry Christmas week and I hope you all enjoy the time with your loved ones!

Welcome to Thailand

Hello to everyone,

My name is Thea, I’m 20 years old and I decided to make a southeast Asia trip after I graduated. I have very international readers since I have family in Germany, where I was born, in Slovenia and also in America. That’s why I decided to write my blog in English although I’m not a native English speaker. Therefore I will probably have many grammar and spelling mistakes, please be so kind and ignore them, I’m sure you’ll understand everything I want to say anyways.

My journey starts on 11.12.2018 in Bangkok. I stayed in the Jam hostel in Khao San for one night and traveled to Chiang Mai the next day to meet my friends Melina and Maaret who already spend two month in southeast Asia. I really enjoyed Bangkok although it was very busy and huge. On every corner in Khao San is a delicious selection of street food. That’s why it smells like a mixture of gasoline from the traffic and the strong smell of Asian food. Its probably not for everyone but I enjoyed it, at least for a day.

After eating a delicious phat thai (Asian noodles with veggies) I participated at the meditation and cultural exchange program from the hostel I was staying. We went to Wat Arun, a Buddhist monastery where a very kind monk talked to us about the purpose of meditation and how to meditate efficiently. He also started a program for children from troubled families and is very active in the fight against human trafficking which is a major issue in Asia! After this enlightening lesson we went to the kids to teach them some English by playing various games and talking about our homes and where we are from. This was such a nice experience for all of us and I already felt so welcomed in this new culture.

Chiang Mai

In Chiang Mai my friends surprised me at the hostel and we took a walk around the city. I really love the north of Thailand. The city is surrounded by big mountains and rainforest. Chasing Mai is much smaller and greener then Bangkok and I loved it from the first second I arrived! The weather is a bit cooler but the air feels fresher too so that’s really nice 😉

We only stayed in Chiang Mai for a few hours and then we took a bus to Pai, which is the backpacker city in Thailand. The drive was long and the road very curvy but we were surrounded by this pure wild rainforest which I really adored.

Pai is a small city in the middle of the rainforest. It’s very cute and beautiful with lots of young people, street art and of course street food.

I really enjoy it here. The only sad thing is, that there are more tourists here then Thai people and the traffic of all the mopeds is polluting the air…

Today is the 15.12.2018. We rented two mopeds for a day to visit the waterfall nearby, the bamboo bridge and the Thai Canyon. The waterfall was smaller then expected but nice for a little cool down.

I really liked the baboo bridge which was very long and led over a rice field, surrounded by the rainforest, big mountains and bamboo. Today was also a very hot day and since I forgot my sun cream I got I nice little sunburn on my shoulders and my chest. But otherwise I really enjoyed this beautiful and adventures day.

After the baboo bridge we drove to the canyon. Up on the top we had a wonderful view over the landscape and I even felt a bit dizzy while standing on the edge of this mountain path. There are various little paths, most of them seemed to dangerous and small for us. Maaret and I were very brave and climbed the main path as you can see in the video below. It was a very nice experience and I’m glad I did it!

So far my journey already feels much longer then 4 days. I’ve already seen and learned so much and I’m really excited for the next week! I feel so fortunate and blessed to be able to take this trip! Everyday is a new adventure and I’m so thankful for everything!

I’ll try to write my next chapter till next Sunday and keep all of you posted on what’s going on in Thailand. See you soon and have a great week!