We arrived in Bangkok at 4am, after a 8hour layover in FREEZING Shanghai airport. To be entirely honest I was not sure I was going to be able to cope with the colourful people lining the streets. Fortunately after checking into the beloved NapPark hostel and having a solid night sleep I woke up with a better attitude ready to overcome the sensory overload that intimidated me the night before. We spent 3 days/nights in Bangkok - I would say the perfect amount. Highlights include: the weekend markets on the canal, the palaces and people watching curbside. For those looking for some back alley fun, look into the Pat Pong district....
|Mr. Thailand came out to play|
|long tail boat trip on Bangkok canals|
|day trip to Maya Beach - set of'The Beach'|
|the view from Phi Phi beach|
For the last leg of our trip we took another ferry to the island of Koh Phangan. Here we met up with a bunch of our fellow EPIK teachers to celebrate the lunar new year. The island is known for its moon parties... quite a scene. A massive beach party as far as the eye could see. We ventured deep into the jungle, danced to electro and redefined what it means to be bright like neon love.
|half moon jungle ceiling|
As with all good things, our Thailand adventure came to an end and so began our journey back. 3 airports/countries and 12 hours later we made it back safely, bags, bug bites and memories in tow. Just one more thing I found especially interesting - the number of English speakers all over Thailand far surpasses that of Busan/South Korea (in my experience). We kind of decided this was to the heavy emphasis on tourism in the nation.
In sum: go to Thailand.