Travelling is so weird, time seems to go REALLY slowly…
You pack in so much into such a short amount of time that days feel like weeks, and weeks feel like months! I’ve only been away 2 months but it feels like AGES!!!!
But…this is a good thing of course, who wants their awesome travels to zoom past so fast, that before you know it they are a distant memory…NOT ME!
more CAPITALS anyone??!! no, ok lets move on…
Where I’ve been this month:
1 night on overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai / Thailand
6 nights in Chiang Mai (Songkran) / Thailand
5 nights in Bangkok / Thailand
2 nights just outside Krabi / Thailand
3 nights in Koh Lipe / Thailand
4 nights in Langkawi / Malaysia
4 nights in Penang / Malaysia
2 nights in the Cameron Highlands / Malaysia
2 nights in Kuala Lumpar / Malaysia
2 nights in Singapore / Singapore
2 nights (and counting) in Canggu / Bali, Indonesia
I landed 2 days ago here in Bali to re-visit a country I saw at the end of my trip last year when I wasn’t quite in the right frame of mind. I have also met up with a travelling friend from last year who is hosting me for a little while! My plans are a little loose right now, but they include visiting some places here in Bali & the surrounded islands that I missed last year, such as Seminyak & Nusa Lembongan 🙂 as well as re-visting my favourite place of all time; Gili Islands 🙂
2. Seeing GREG!!! After leaving him back in London to finish up some work before he moves to Thailand with me, he ‘popped’ over to celebrate Songkran and our 1 year anniversary together 🙂 gush!!!
3. Meeting new friends. I know I wrote this last month but I really love meeting and bonding with (not in a weird way!!) new friends. I also learned that age really is just a number, it’s actually mental ages that matters!! I was hanging around with some awesome 19 year old British girls, as well as a 52 year old Canadian man (sorry for outing you Larry!) in Malaysia…and it was a surprisingly great combination!!
4. Being pleasantly surprised by Malaysia after being told it was pretty boring. I skipped it last year due to spending more time in Thailand than planned, so didn’t want to miss out making up my own mind this year, and it didn’t disappoint! Well…half of it didn’t: Langkawi and Penang were amazing (posts coming soon!) but the Cameron Highlands were a little boring despite the fantastic view, and KL was a little too westernised for my liking. The Asia I Love does not consist of a Versace and a Harrods!!
5. Tandoori!! Thanks to a new friend in Penang I discovered the mouth-watering beauty of this Indian dish. I had been totally missing out!!! I have pretty much eaten it every day since 🙂 I also discovered how much of an Indian influence there is in Malaysia.
1. Being lonely in paradise. I purposely spent 2 nights on my own in Krabi after the carnage of Songkran and another 4 days with G in Bangkok (I’ll post about our hedonistic Bangkok adventures one day!), but was hoping to meet some new people once I got to Koh Lipe. Unfortunately despite the island being stunning, it is a tad pricey and so has kept most of the backpacker hoards at bay, meaning the island was mostly full of holiday makers and one lonely Paula. This sadened me because it tainted my feelings for this gorgeous island…sooo I’ll just have to go back, but NOT on my own!!!
2. Saying goodbye to G for a second time in Bangkok…It wasn’t half as bad a last year after having travelled with him 24/7 for 2.5 months, but it still sucked balls 🙁
3. Crap wifi, constantly….seriously Asia, sort it out!
4. Not being at home for a family members big operation. That really got to me
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Things I’ve Learnt:
- As I alluded to above, I’ve learnt that age really is just a number!
- Malaysia is a pretty cool country actually, would recommend Langkawi & Penang for sure
- I already knew I loved Thailand, but going back and then leaving again has made me fall for it even more. I’m really looking forward to moving there, and it is already starting to feel like my second home
- Some wise person told me that you can’t have the ‘Ying’ without the ‘Yang’, so when I’m feeling down or lonely it is all part of the journey, and that the good times are better because of it
This Month’s Travel Tip:
OK, maybe I’m a little slow on the up-take for this one but it has changed my life (!!) -> turn your phone onto Airplane mode when you are out and about without wifi as it saves LOADS of battery!
So I’ve managed to get my spending down a little, but still not to last years level. This is because I’m visiting more expensive countries, so for Malaysia I was averaging £37 a day vs. £21 on average last year but it’s ok, I’ve come to terms with it!
Anyway, I hope you are liking what I’ve been saying…any feedback would be GREATLY appreciated 🙂