I’m going to start doing monthly wrap ups throughout my trip. There’s so much going on, so at the end of each month, I’m going to summarize everything and put it all in one place to keep you all in the loop.
I’m a slow traveler. I love taking my time in each country and city so I can really get a feel of what their culture is like. I love figuring out how a city works, finding hole-in-the-wall cafes and bars, and discovering secrets that only the locals know about. I personally prefer slow travel, but many other people prefer to travel quickly and absorb as much about different cultures as possible.
The way I’m traveling is not the only way to travel, there are so many different ways! Pick whichever type of travel works best with your lifestyle and enjoy every second of it.
I’m really embracing this opportunity to travel slowly, so I can tell you about my experiences in a new culture and bring you along on my journey.
Below is a wrap up of everything I’ve done in October 2015!
Countries Visited: One
I’ve been traveling in Thailand the past month. I quickly fell in love with this beautiful country. It’s so cheap, the food is absolutely delicious, and the culture is so unique.
Cities Visited: Three
I flew into Bangkok and spent about two weeks in that bustling city. I wrote a comprehensive guide to visiting Bangkok where you can get a better idea of what this city is like. While it can be a bit overwhelming, it is a city unlike many other places in the world. Bangkok has its own personality, and a strong one at that.
I spent those two weeks temple hopping, eating a ton of food, visiting Ayutthaya (a town north of Bangkok), and attending TBEX, a blogger’s conference.
I stayed in Chiang Mai for five days. It’s a lot calmer and has a much homier feel than Bangkok does. It’s full of cafés and bars, and almost every café has great wifi (it’s the perfect place for a digital nomad).
There are a few temples there too. I visited Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a temple located on top of a mountain overlooking Chiang Mai. The view of the city was beautiful, especially from that perspective. That’s one of the only things I really did in that city, besides café and bar hop and work on my blog. I felt very relaxed the entire time!
I stayed at Bunchen Hostel. It’s very artsy and there are adorable cats and dogs running around on the first floor. Dorm rooms are cheap as well, 100 baht (around $3) a night.
I can talk about Pai all day, every day. Seconds after stepping off of the bus, I fell in love. It’s a small hippy town in northern Thailand surrounded by mountains and nature.
I’m spending the next few weeks in Pai. This town traps you, and there’s a reason for it.
Read my guide on Pai to see what to do, where to eat, and where to stay. Definitely add it to your list if you’re in Southeast Asia!
Favorite City: Pai
Like I said, this tiny, enchanting town has been my favorite thus far on this trip. While I also loved Bangkok and Chiang Mai, there’s just something so unique and different about Pai that makes me never want to leave.
Biggest Mishap: Crashing my motorbike into a fence
While there were a few other mishaps, this one had to be the biggest. Within minutes of renting a motorbike in Ayutthaya, I had already managed to crash it into a fence. I spent the next day gripping the handle bars and going as slowly as possible, hoping that something like that wouldn’t happen again.
Other posts from this month
Like I said above, I’m going to be spending the next few weeks here in Pai! Other than that, I’ve just been working on this blog, writing, and taking plenty of pictures.
I celebrated my 22nd birthday and Halloween here in Pai, and can easily say it was the best birthday and Halloween I’ve ever had in my life! I spent it with incredible people and the vibes were really positive both nights. My best friend who I hadn’t seen in 2 ½ years also visited me, we happen to be crossing paths in Thailand!
Everyone dressed up on Halloween (I was an athlete since I don’t have many other clothes with me…), and we played drinking games and even did a Halloween contest.
Someone who dressed up as “Trash man” won the contest. He wore a garbage bag, glued pieces of garbage to it, and wore huge water bottles on his feet. Very impressive.
I’ve also been hula hooping at bars and in the streets of Pai, providing plenty of entertainment to random people and my friends One night I accidentally knocked some Thai guys beer over. Oops.
I’ve spent $442.71 this past month. I’ve been keeping track of every cent, every single day.
I’m currently working on a more detailed budget post to show you exactly how I did this, and how you can do it too! You don’t have to have a huge bank account to travel this beautiful world (I sure as hell don’t).
Beds Slept In: 11
I thought it’d be pretty funny to keep track of all of the beds I’ve slept in. I’m up to 11!
This past month, I’ve slept with insects the size of my thumb. I’ve slept with mice as they cuddled up next to me on my pillow. I’ve showered with a dozen flying mosquitos charging at me as I sprayed water onto them, hoping that the dribbling water pressure would save me from getting bitten. I’ve showered with beetles hanging out on my foot. I’ve ridden in planes, motorbikes, motortaxis, boats, trains, cars, minivans, and public buses. I’ve gone to 7/11 more times than I can count. I crashed my motorbike into a fence. I’ve Couchsurfed, stayed in hostels, and stayed in apartments. I’ve become known as the “running girl” in Pai and Chiang Mai. I’ve gotten the stomach bug. I’ve learned that I cannot meditate. I’ve drank a ton of Chang beer. I’ve danced in the rain. And I’ve proven to myself, and to others, that solo female travel is not only possible, but damn empowering and life changing.
I’m here to show you that you can do it, too.
Coming up in November 2015
I’ll be spending the next few weeks in Pai, and then going down to the islands for some beach, sun, and full moon partying! Bring it on, Koh Pha Ngan.
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