This Asia Update is coming to you from Koh Tao, Thailand! And um… yes, I failed on getting these updates out on a weekly basis. My bad.
Where I’ve Been:
Hong Kong (1 day)
Phuket (1 day)
Ao Nang (4 days)
Railay (3 days)
Koh Samui (3 days)
Koh Tao (10 days)
Um… please don’t hate me but I don’t really like Thai food. (There, I said it!) I find it too sweet and really repetitive (noodles, fried rice and curry can only interest your palate for so long.)
That being said I loved the 60-baht shrimp-fried rice that I bought from a long-boat in Railay, as well as the banana shakes and pancakes you find everywhere here in Thailand.
Yummy fried rice on a gorgeous Thai beach… a great combo!
I have been so lazy with my camera recently. As in I’ve taken like 50 photos in the past 20 days… womp, womp. But I did like this picture I took of Victoria on a long-boat in Railay. Doesn’t she look cool?
Creating a little schedule on Koh Tao has made me so, so happy. I’ve loved dining at the beachside restaurants, enjoying quiet nights in the bungalow, hanging out with the guys at the Muay Thai gym and starting to feel like a (temporary) local. Slow travel definitely is what makes me happiest.
Waking up at 5 a.m. to catch a ferry to Koh Samui, then taking off my bags halfway to the longboat to puke my guts out in a dirty stream. Then catching said longboat/bus/ferry and feeling like hell for all eight hours of the journey. Win.
Also, in full blogger disclosure, I’ve been mentally dealing with a lot of anxiety and depression. I think I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed- a feeling brought on by moving around too much, a hefty freelance load and some physical ailments. But I’m starting to feel worlds better so hopefully I’m out of the metaphorical woods.
Um… I skipped the Full Moon Party. What can I say… I’m sorry? I made a last-minute call not to go due to aforementioned anxiety. All in all I’m so glad I made the decision not to go- I doubt I would’ve had fun given the circumstances.
I GOT OPEN-WATER CERTIFIED! And, shocker- I wasn’t even afraid of the water, which really surprised me. After a lifetime of fearing sharks I jumped right in- and actually found myself hoping to spot a shark!
This picture is hideous, but I put it up to prove that I successfully scuba-dived!
Besides the splurge for scuba-diving, I’ve been coming in at just under $30 a day which I’m happy with. Plus, Cambodia and Vietnam are supposedly even cheaper than the south of Thailand!
Muay Thai! I’m obsessed. It’s an incredible work-out that doesn’t leave me staring at the clock- I’m going to train for the rest of the time I’m in Thailand.
16 years by Phantogram has been on my trusty little iPod quite a bit recently.
Where to Next:
Another few days in Koh Tao, then Bangkok! I’m so ready for the big city.