Oh Thailand- I think I’m in love with you

So I got back from Thailand just in time to go to school on Monday. I was quite tired, even though I slept on the overnight plane, it’s not the same as a good night’s rest at home. It was difficult to adjust to the cold and my skin was freaking out because its been suuuper dry this winter, then got sunburned- even with copious amounts of sunblock.

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Thailand was awesome- beautiful- amazing…

We stayed at a great resort, clean nice rooms, a friendly staff, short walk to the beach and it only cost us about $70 for three nights.

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Anyways- we stayed in Koh-Chang, an island in North East Thailand- close to Cambodia, that is popular but not overdeveloped. In fact it hosts the country’s largest nature preserve.

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We expected more tourists to be out for Lunar New Year and were happily surprised to find the island pretty quiet and calm. It felt especially relaxed compared to the bali-bali (hurry-hurry) atmosphere of Seoul.

There are no high-rise resorts- just cabanas and the road, paved only four years ago, hosts mostly motorbikes and pick-up truck taxis that have seats built into the truck bed.

I got up early to watch the sunrise come up over the palm-tree mountains and spent a good amount of time lying around on the beach. As some of you know I have a phobia of fish so I skipped the snorkeling but was proud of myself for swimming quite a bit, and there is nothing like the buoyant feel of the salty ocean. It was my first time anywhere tropical and the warm water was a definite highlight.

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The food was incredible-some of the best ever (mmm…spicy papaya salad, pad-thai, coconut pudding). And meals cost about $1.50 – I didn’t mind the fresh fruit shakes either.

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Other highlights included renting motorbikes to a waterfall in the National Park, riding and swimming with the elephants- including a baby- (even though there were lots of minnows) night time fire dancers on the beach and the leisurely pace of life.

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My only complaint is it was over too fast…

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One thought on “Oh Thailand- I think I’m in love with you

  1. This is Sara RRRRRRRRRrrrr–and I want more information on the fruit, damnit! It’s like 4 degrees here and nothing is in season. I need to live vicariously through you.

    Have fun!!

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