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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!
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!
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, beach, Koh Samui, life, Muay Thai, Thailand, travel
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.
Although I was really sad to leave my beloved paradise of Langkawi, we had spent a good five weeks travelling through Malaysia and it was time for us to move onwards and upwards through Southeast Asia. I’d travelled a bit of Thailand a few years back for four weeks, so was excited to have even longer this time and be able to explore even more of the country.
We had a few days to kill before we were due to start training Muay Thai at Superpro Samui, so we decided to make our first destination in Thailand Krabi, home to the popular Railay. Railay lives up to the hype, thats for sure! But we’ll get to that.
After two incredible months in Thailand its time to say good bye to South East Asia…just for a few weeks!
At the crack of dawn tomorrow we will be jet-setting off to China for three weeks of adventure – The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Shao-Lin Temple await. Not to mention the #1 reason we are braving the bone-chilling temperatures of China’s winter: to attend a great friend’s wedding, I can’t wait!
Oh hey there! Its time to talk money again! Specifically, what we spent in Malaysia during our five weeks there.
Before we get into the dollars again (here’s the first budget post I wrote on our month in Indonesia), the best way to describe our travel style is not uber-cheap – we are travellers on a budget, that like good value and comfort, and I’m sure our spending reflects that.
The reason I am sharing this information is because, like I mentioned in my last budget post, if this can inspire just one reader to realise that living your travel dream is financially possible – and not as scary as it looks – then this will all be worth it!
Right, let’s get started.
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, budget, inspiration, life, Malaysia, Money, travel
After not loving the Perhentian Islands, I was unsure what to expect as we cruised into Kuah, Langkawi.
It was our last stop in Malaysia and we were here for 10 days, before we passed through customs once more and ferried over to our next port-of-call: Thailand. Langkawi was another place of which I had heard very mixed opinions, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it or not.
After ten days on this tropical island, let me put it bluntly: people who say they do not like Langkawi are either, a) CRAZY or b) LYING.
Langkawi is P-E-R-F-E-C-T.
In the two weeks since we left our beloved Superpro on Koh Samui, we have stayed in four different towns/cities, and five different guesthouses. After staying in a single place for one glorious month I had forgotten how much moving around and having just a couple of days somewhere makes you busy, busy, busy!
Not to mention some unfortunate food-poisoning-laced Tofu Noodle Soup, along with the fact we have been spending hours upon hours (upon HOURS) putting together our three-week itinerary to obtain our China visas (which we leave for on December 29th!), my stressed out little brain has had little time for my beloved little corner of the internet.
But I digress!
Though Week 4 of Muay Thai training in Thailand may have ended over two weeks ago… better late than never, right? Let’s talk about our final week at Superpro Samui!
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, fitness, goals, health, inspiration, life, Muay Thai, Thailand, travel, workout