I haven't written in about 3 weeks. But in my defense I have been on vacation and left my laptop at home. I mean TBH I wrote this huge long blog post and then as I was posting it my phone died so I took it as a sign and gave up. Well since we've last talked I've been on 6 flights, been in another country, and been to 8 different islands. This post is probably going to be incredibly long but honestly what else are you doing other than aimlessly scrolling through your phone? Nothing? Weird that's what I thought. So maybe just stick around awhile, look at my photos, and be jealous for just one second. This is the only time in my life ANYONE has been jealous of my life and I only get 4 more weeks of that so can you just indulge me for a second?
First things first. Last week of school is complete. Praise the good lord. Okay, actually don't praise yet because I still have summer camp but I'm done with the hard stuff. Our last day was ASEAN Day which was so fun. We all got to dress up in a different countries traditional attire. Side note: I have this weird obsession with Hijabs, like I love them and all I wanted was to wear one for ASEAN Day but no one had them so I chose India because I felt like I would at least get a scarf around my head. Ok, so I chose India and my outfit was so RAD. I got to do my makeup and I felt like a real girl again. Honestly I thought I would be fine without makeup but I've missed it. I feel like most days I look like a man so wearing makeup was kick ass. I mean I had to use chapstick as blush but I think it worked. Never knew how ugly I truly was until Thailand, it's been a true EYE opening experience.
After ASEAN Day we immediately left for the airport to fly to Bangkok. Okay so our vacation plan was set up like this. Phitsanulok--Bangkok--Phuket--Phi Phi Islands--Koh Lanta--Krabi--Bali. Honestly the best plan ever. Such a good idea. So first things first Phuket.
Phuket was alright. I mean I probably sound like a brat right now but I didn't really love Phuket! It kind of felt like a dirtier version of Vegas and it was just weird. Maybe I would've liked it more if I had been allowed to drink but it just felt gross. Our hotel was beautiful though. We got to stay in this amazing 5 star resort thanks to my moms timeshare. It was so nice and we had our own balcony with our own hot tub and a pool. It was the definition of living in luxury. I had forgotten what it was like to sleep on a pillow. We spent the first day decompressing at Patong beach which was amazing. I used to hate beaches but I think I'm truly starting to gain an appreciation for them. They are so relaxing and the best place to people watch on the planet. The next day we went to James Bond island which was equally amazing. Seriously the boat ride there was gorgeous and the island was even more amazing. I had to keep like reminding myself to enjoy every second because I would never be back there again. Something that I do on trips frequently is I play new music I've never heard before while I'm traveling. I love doing this and then saving the songs to a playlist about that time. I have this Thailand playlist and now all of my memories are tied to a song in that playlist. It's so nice to go through my playlist and play a song and close my eyes and remember exactly was I smelt, saw, and felt while listening to that song. So I have a bunch of songs from that day because I was just so in awe of everything I was seeing. Most people think I am putting on my headphones to tune out the world but I am putting them on to make my experience better and more memorable.
Okay so our last night in Phuket I met this guy okay. Hahahahaha I can't. So basically this hot guy walks past our restaurant and I point out to my friends that he's my type. Keep in mind he's like late 30's, has silver hair, and classic dad look ok? So they all agree that he's my type and suddenly he walks into the restaurant. We keep looking at each other and smiling which was so weird because I literally looked like shit but I tell them I'm giving him my number. Obvi no one believes me but I do it anyways. We make small talk as I'm leaving and I hand him a note with my number. Also side note: he's Australian. So within 5 minutes my phone buzzes and it's him! He asks me out for a drink but like with ILP I'm not allowed to drink or be alone. So I'm trying to explain to him that I'm not allowed to drink or be alone, which sounds like I'm a 12 year old on vacation with her parents. So I ask him to meet me at the Starbucks instead, and he comes. Honestly, I didn't think it would get to this point and I felt so dumb. Like what did I expect? Haha. I didn't want to date him, I couldn't go out that night, and we live across the world from each other. Anyways, we met and we talked and he actually ended up being way rad. He was super cool and down to earth. Also I told him the URL to this blog so hey Dan, welcome to my site.
Phi Phi island is hands down one of my favorite places. It's so cute. It's this small island with no cars or scooters. It's beyond gorgeous and I loved it there. The first night we got there we decided to go on a short walk to the viewpoint. Well the viewpoint ended up being about a 3.5 km hike and it was pouring rain. At the time it wasn't fun, but looking back it was honestly hilarious. It was such a pretty viewpoint and even though we went the long way it was worth every second. Honestly, I loved Phi Phi island and if you go to Thailand it's a must in my book. It had such a crazy night life, and the best beaches.
Koh Lanta was beautiful. It was just our relaxation stop filled with just smoothies and the beach. It was a super nice break from crowds and people. It felt a lot like our home in phitsanulok, but with a beach.
Krabi is hands down one of my favorite towns ever. I loved Krabi. It felt a lot like Chiang Mai which is probably why I loved it so much. Our hostel was adorable, and it was such a cute town. The first night there we just got street food and sat on the pier for awhile. It was so fun and relaxed. We also hit up the market where I bought a killer jumpsuit that I will be wearing everyday for the rest of my life. The next day we went snorkeling on a 7 island tour. It was SO beautiful. Honestly, probably my favorite part of the whole trip. We road the ferry to different snorkeling locations and different islands. The islands were so small and not crowded at all and they had the most beautiful views I've ever seen. One of my favorite beaches was Railay Beach. It even has a hotel on it and TBH if I ever go to Thailand I might just stay on the beach the whole time. It was so tucked away and had a sunset to die for. After it got dark the tour took us to swim with these glow in the dark plankton. Honestly, one of the coolest things I've ever done. I was just swimming with a million little fireflies basically. When I got out of the water they were still stuck to me and I just was glowing in the dark. It's probably one of my favorite things I've ever done. The next day we thought it would be a good idea to do the Dragons Crest hike. Wrong. See we read the reviews and people said it was Kind of hard but anyone could do it. No it was soooo hard. I mean part of the reason it was so hard is our taxi driver gave us a time limit of three hours. When we went to check in to the hike, the guide informed us that the hike usually takes 4-5 hours. So we were screwed. We basically had to run up the mountain. Which felt less like a mountain and more like an 80 degree angle with tree roots to hold onto. But it was so worth it. I love hiking and I loved this view so much. It was one of those one in a million views that makes you appreciate everything so much that you want to cry. Ya know? Also while in Thailand I have a bunch of my dads ashes with me and it's been so cool to be able to spread ashes everywhere I go. It's a really good reminder of him and I am super lucky that I am able to think of my dad every time I am in a beautiful place and kind of have this little moment with him, if that makes sense.
Bali round 2 was the best. I have such a soft spot in my heart for Ubud, Bali. I came out here last summer and spent 4 weeks in Ubud and honestly it's still just as amazing as I remember. There is just something so special about Bali. The people are so genuine, happy and kind. The scenery is constantly taking your breathe away with it's beauty. And the travelers are as beautiful as the locals. Our first day was kind of my day to show the girls around Ubud which was so fun for me. I took them to a coffee plantation selfishly because I love Bali coffee more than anything. They're all Mormon so they don't drink coffee so I'm sure it wasn't that great for them but it was great for me. Free coffee is the best coffee. We went to the monkey forest which was just as terrifying as I remember. Monkeys are so mean. Always have been always will be. I had bananas in my bag so I was constantly being attacked by these huge monkeys and I probably have some monkey phobia now. After the monkey forest I took them walking on the streets of Ubud, and took them to my favorite restaurant. We discovered that we were in Bali for a holiday called Nyepi. It's a holiday in which everything in Bali shuts down, even their international airport. During this day everyone is required to stay in there home, hostel, or hotel. If you leave, the police will fine you and take you back. At first we were bummed about it but it actually ended up being a really cool day. We got to catch up on some much needed rest, write, read, and meet people from our hostel. I've never been somewhere where an entire country shuts down so it was such a unique experience to feel absolute silence.
We also went to the rice terraces, Heavens Gate, famous waterfall, and the market. Honestly Bali will always be one of my favorite places ever. It's the best and not much can top it.
Well there you go! There's an update on how I've been kicking it out here. It's crazy to think I only have 1 month left here in Thailand. I'm getting super emotional about it. I'm not ready to leave and live a normal life again. I love traveling and living out here. I am so glad that I ended up moving out here. It's been such a life changing experience and I've grown so much during it. Only 4 more blog posts till I'm home, but don't worry I've got some travel plans up my sleeve. I won't be in America for too long. Love you all. Thanks for reading and being the best followers! I love your messages and promise I'm trying to get back to them!