Greetings from Thailand…. Last time I blogged I was leaving Vietnam after 6 amazing weeks in a breath-taking country. The last 3 weeks have been about rest, relaxation & partying 🙂 I’d definately had my fill of epic waterfalls, views etc so I basically wanted to do nothing strenuous for the next part of my trip 🙂
I headed back to Thailand specifically for Songkran, the Thai new year festivities, which have evolved from a religious blessing with a little water tipped over your shoulder to a full blown 3-4 day water fight the entire length of the country!! This sounded right up my street and with Chiang Mai being the epicentre that’s where I headed 🙂
A day in Bangkok and a small scare about no beds left on the train later, I took the sleeper train a day earlier than planned up north. When I arrived I saw the odd watergun for sale but generally the town was fairly normal …. I made my way to Deejai Backpackers and with the stifling heat (40+) got myself straight over to their pool 🙂
Anyway long story short it was MENTAL….. Honestly no words or photos can describe how unbelievably wild Songkran is!!!!!! I was soaked through with ice cold buckets, toxic moat water and jet rocket water cannons whilst I tried to fight back with my 400 baht water pistol! It was unrelenting and you couldn’t even go for breakfast without getting soaked! By the fourth day of wet but super fun partying we were glad it was over…. Then you realised how hot it was and prayed for the water to come back lol
After Songkran I thought it would be a good idea to get over my hangover by going on a two day hill-tribe trek…. BIG mistake! I ended up at the back of the group with the 70 year olds and a walking stick!!! I’m soooo unfit!! The elephant ride was cool though but falling off the raft on a river was not :/
After the never-to-be-repeated trek we headed up to Pai for some R&R … Oh and if you are wondering who ‘we’ are just look a bit closer at my photos… His name is Greg 😉 … Pai was a fairly odd, stereotypical stoner/hippie town (think dreds, hippy pants, acoustic guitars & bob Marley) which was a little too chilled for us so our planned week in Pai turned into 3 days before heading back down to Chiang Mai… Oh I mustn’t forget to mention the tubing in Pai though! Very cool yet very bizzare lol.
Anyway Chiang Mai was dead after Songkran and the Islands were calling so I thought I’d take a second visit to Koh Chang as my first visit was a bit too short (that story resides in a previous post!).
Now at this time of year Thailand is ridiculously hot so it’s the low season… This has it’s pro’s & con’s; pro’s being less tourists and more empty beaches… Con’s being lack of people to create a buzzing atmosphere and nightlife. Koh Chang was therefore pretty dead, but being the party girl (and guy) that we are we managed to find the party in the form of a mini black moon party on lonely beach…. It was a little messy but it was good to have sand between my toes again.
A certain someone had told me about a little deserted oasis island just off Koh Chang called Koh Wai… Not somewhere many people seem to know about but OMG it was gorgeous!!!! Clear water, empty beach… Rustic beach hut which was cheap as chips and finally… Finally I got to experience the legendary nighttime luminous plankton…. Errr if you’ve seen ‘The Beach’ you’ll know what I’m talking about! It was magical that’s all I’ll say 🙂
Anyway after a night on the next island; Koh Kood (not worth a visit in my opinion) we are now in Pattaya (the den of all den’s in Thailand!!) on route back to Bangkok, then we’ll probably hit the rest of the Islands to stay cool …. Phi Phi, Lanta then probably Krabi before…. Errrr not sure…. Loas maybe????? Anyway that’s half the fun I guess :).
Oh and the tan is well and truly on its way back… Thank god 😉