While there are so many choices to make once you leave school, one thing I was always sure of was that I wanted to travel the world. And I still do. My date has not come around yet however a cheeky trip to Thailand was planned to satisfy those desperate urges to quit real life and go travelling… for just a little bit longer.
We explored Thailand for a month and it is safe to say I have been bitten by the traveller bug! As such it has made the wait until we can leave the little old UK and set off on our big adventure seem like an absolute lifetime away. Still, it has given boundless amounts of motivation to save as much money as possible to have the most amazing time as possible.
Besides never wanting to come home, Thailand was an amazing experience which I would recommend to anyone. There are 2 routes you tend to hear people doing, one which starts in Bangkok and works down the country to end in the south-easterly islands and the other which is the reverse. We started in Bangkok.
As predicted Bangkok is a lot of temples, Buddhas and tuktuks and a few days exploring the city can definitely leave feelings of ‘I’ve seen one, I’ve seen them all’. Although this is not to say we didn’t enjoy our time here. The incredible skill in the creation of decorative buildings, temples and religious statues certainly made them worth the visit and experiences such as eating fried crickets, taking a longboat down the river and hopping in a tuktuk were among our favourites.
It is very easy to get ripped off in Bangkok, for example a tuktuk ride around the city, stopping at 3 or 4 different sites should cost no more than 100 Baht (about £2). This is something we had to learn the hard way, so I would definitely advise researching general prices before jumping feet first in! Obviously this is extremely cheap in comparison to the UK, but we soon found all those tuktuks added up!
Another thing to note, if you head out in May as we did, be prepared for temperatures as high as 43 degrees(!!). This season is the cheapest and quietest time of year (something we realised when talking to the locals- although it seemed far from quite to us!) and we found heading out early in the day and sheltering in the hottest hours in an air-conditioned restaurant/bar made it much more bearable.
All in all the fast paced hustle and bustle of Bangkok is definitely something worth experiencing, albeit not somewhere we will be likely to return.