I didn’t take the time to write about day nine because it was basically just a travel day and involved a 30 hour journey back home. I was pretty sad to say goodbye to Koh Samui! What a wonderful and peaceful place, I will definitely be back!
I’ve been asked a few times what surprised me the most about my first foray into Asia. I guess I would say how foreign it didn’t seem to me. Maybe after all of these adventures I’ve just gotten used to being on the road. Or, it could have to do with the fact that there were a lot of other brown people walking around so I didn’t stand out quite as much as I do in other parts of the world. I didn’t expect to feel as comfortable as I did in a country where I had very little understanding of the language, was the farthest away from home that I’ve ever been, and one where 97% of the country was something other than Christian.
I was also very surprised by how HOT it was. And it wasn’t just me! Multiple Thais were like..”man, it’s hot.”
Everything in Thailand is pretty relaxed, with a few unsettling exceptions like the number of cops walking around with serious artillery. Even in the mad rush and insanity of the city traffic, people were taking time to be polite in a way that I rarely see in Washington since we’re all rushing around all the time. There acceptance about the fact that we were all stuck in traffic as opposed to the anxiety and frustration that exists here. I felt like I could appreciate the not-so-dull roar around the city without being overwhelmed by it.
I can survive traveling for 30 hours straight. Upgrading to business class on the way home was the best decision I’ve ever made, and being pampered on the last leg and longest (14 hours) leg of the trip was worth every single penny. I’m sure this isn’t something that I won’t be able to do every time, but I did answer the question of whether or not it’s “worth it.”
Still to Explore
I will absolutely be going back to Thailand. I want to go up to Chang Mai, which is in the northern part of the country, and I guess I should see what all the noise is about in Phuket as well. Though that party scene isn’t really my jam.
Where next, you ask?
I’m not quite sure yet. I can admit that I was looking up flights to South Africa on while on my layover in Doha. Perhaps there or somewhere in South America. Now that I’ve broken out of Europe the world is my oyster. Let me know if you have ideas.
Until next time…
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