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We arrived from Phitsanulok to Bangkok’s hectic Mochit Station late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. After managing to coax a tuk-tuk driver into not ripping us off too much, followed by zooming on the MRT to our conveniently located Soi Sukhumvit hotel, we dashed out for a quick fill of street food before collapsing into bed.
This would be my third international, family-less Christmas, though, I was able to spend it with my brother and my boyfriend in one of the world’s most popular cities so I can’t really complain. But there’s something about being away from home at Christmas that makes you crave the special warm-fuzzy “yay, its Christmas” feeling so much. That feeling is so hard to come by in Asia – of course with no discredit to their commercial efforts and over-decoration of everything!
If I thought Sukhothai was ‘off the beaten track’, then Si Satchanalai took that ten steps further.
Dubbed by the Lonely Planet as a ‘suburb’ of the Sukhothai empire, Si Satchanalai is another incredible historical park housing even more incredible ruins from the 13th century Kingdom of Siam. Meaning “The City of Good People” it was built after the city of Sukhothai and became the major second town of the Kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Sukhothai wasn’t really originally on our Thailand “plan” – and I say that in inverted commas because we didn’t really have much of a plan at all. So when my brother took a rather impromptu trip to India with a week in Bangkok on his way home, we immediately began to scratch together a plan to meet somewhere in Thailand. Considering Alan and I were in Northern Thailand and my brother would be flying into Bangkok, what better place that bang smack in the middle: Sukhothai. Yeah, that would do the trick.
We survived the 762 corners from Chiang Mai to Pai, though it didn’t come easily. Earbuds in, music on and managing to get yourself into a sort of trance-like state helped ease the corners and block the chucking-up happening in the row ahead from your senses as best you could.
I’m so glad I was finding my travel mojo again because Pai was truly something special. A quirky town in Northern Thailand, Pai is known for its hippie-centric and laid back vibe.
In the name of being honest and open, and not over-glamourising this adventure of ours, I’m going to tell you exactly how I lost my travel mojo – and then found it again – in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Alan and I had entered our fourth month on the road and I had begun to grow weary.
I was really, really excited to visit Koh Tao. I know a few people who have visited and I’d read a huge number of travel blogs raving about this perfect little island. We didn’t have much time to spare before we headed up north but we had set aside three nights to relax and explore what I was sure would be paradise!
This post is for the Muay Thai beginners and newbies that are interested in embarking on your own journey of Muay Thai training in Thailand. In my quest for information myself, I discovered some excellent resources that I recommend you read before you go.
Before I went to Superpro Samui to spend a month Muay Thai training in Thailand, I knew absolutely NOTHING about Muay Thai. Zilch. Zero. Nada.
I’d never watched a Muay Thai fight in my life. I didn’t know that Muay Thai is nicknamed the sport of eight limbs (fists, elbows, knees and kicking). I didn’t know how freaking tough it would be to do two hours of training in a day, let alone the days where we committed to four hours training. I didn’t know how much I would learn so quickly. I didn’t really think about it as learning a new skill, I thought of it more as a fitness bootcamp. I didn’t know I’d even enjoy Muay Thai, let alone find it interesting to watch and read about!
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I’ve blogged a lot about our time on Koh Samui from the Muay Thai training side of things, however of course we also spent plenty of time out exploring, eating and playing on this beautiful island.
Among some travellers Koh Samui has a poor reputation of being super-touristy and not worth the visit. Early on in our stay I asked one of the ladies in our Muay Thai class who lives on the island for some ideas of less-touristy things to see and do. This was much better than a guidebook, and she kindly gave me a long list of what to do on Koh Samui, which we spent the next four weeks trying to fulfil – many of her suggestions made it onto my favourites list!
After spending an entire month on this beautiful island, I can assure you that it is entirely possible to escape tourist-laden Chaweng Beach and discover many nooks and crannies that will have you feeling relaxed and happy in no time! You just have to know where to go and what to do.
Here’s my top ten favourite things to do on Koh Samui!
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After a few days in Krabi town and visiting Railay, we decided to shift accommodation to the nearby town of Ao Nang. A mere 20 minute songthaew ride from Krabi town, Ao Nang is a beach town that despite being very touristic was just what we needed for our last couple of days of sleeping in, relaxing and eating-all-the-food before we started our hardcore month of Muay Thai training.
I’ve been invited to share three things I love about my favourite city, as part of Accor Hotels ‘A Tale of Three Cities’ promotion.
My favourite city in the world? This has had me thinking for quite some time – there are so many cities I love, how on earth can I pick a favourite!
Despite leaving New Zealand to travel the globe, I am a proud Kiwi and love my home country to bits. So of course my favourite city has to be in New Zealand! But I have already lived in four different New Zealand cities, and loved each of them for different reasons, so how would I be able to choose?