Thailand is a beautiful country many people enjoy for its beaches. But it’s not the beaches that amazed me – I’ve picked 10 most amazing moments of my 2-month trip to share with you.
These ten moments are chosen spontaneously from all the best things that happened to me in my trip. Why are they the best? How can I know! It was a pure spontaneous choice – I wanted to write about this, then about this and then about this. I just limited my list to ten. Moments are sorted in chronological order.
1. Yoga class in Khon Kaen
My Couchsurfing host’s sister was a yoga teacher and when she heard that I have tried ashtanga yoga, she invited me to her hatha yoga class. Me as European felt so big between those tiny girls doing asanas. I think it was difficult for the teacher – she needed to explain me in English everything separately and thoroughly because I was new and did not know the sequences. Me as introvert felt like a disturbance to everyone, but anyway it is a nice memory.
2. Loy Krathong festival in Roi Et
Roi Et has a beautiful city centre with a lake, the island in the lake, and the park on the island. In that lake, traditional Loy Krathong festival was held. I was lucky to have a local guide who explained to me what a Krathong is and why this festival is held. Krathong seems like a piece of traditional art, usually made from flowers and banana leaves that floats on the water, it is like a gift to a river. After watching floating Krathongs, I enjoyed parade until it become boring, and then fireworks kept me amazed!
3. Camping in Nam Nao national park
What is so special there? I was staying in a simple camping ground, tents could be rented to those who do not have ones. I often go camping.
But the special thing was the surrounding jungle. The visitor center is so deep in the jungle, that you can hear the forest is ALIVE! “Beware of the elephants” the signs tell you everywhere. “Oh, I was attacked by injured deer!” the photographer tells his story. At night there was so much noise in the forest, you would not dare to step into it. And the fireflies everywhere, like tiny spies inspecting who is not sleeping. A magic place and magic feeling! The barbed wire and electric fence around the campsite reminded me that it’s no joke.
4. Search for a waterfall in Doi Suthep national park
While in Doi Suthep national park, I decided to visit a waterfall. Bu many obstacles awaited me.
First, there was no sign to any track that leads to the waterfall, though it was indicated on the map. So I was searching for that track. I get lost and asked locals for the way, but why I do not like asking locals for the way has a reason – they tell you where to go, and then you lost again.
Then I asked again, and the guy told that waterfall is closed, inaccessible and so on. I was tired and decided better to search for bananas in the market.
Next day I found a track, that seemed to lead to the waterfall! But the only sign there said that I should not go alone without a guide. After Nam Nao, it was scary! And it was already afternoon. Will I be back until dark?
I dared to proceed and found my waterfall. I was so happy!
5. Waterfall of blood
On my way to waterfall around Chiang Rai, I was careless and stuck my head into a signpost. The impact was not hard, so I kept walking. But suddenly the blood began to flow all over my head, and my tablet computer was all covered in blood.
…that moment, when you understand what happened but still don’t know what to do...
The edge of signpost was sharp and it cut my head. I was somewhere along the road from Chiang Rai to Laos. There was some guy selling something, talking to a woman on a motorcycle. I understood I am not dying, just need a doctor.
So I ran to these closest people and that random woman took me with her motorcycle to the nearest doctor. While they treated my head she waited for me and cleaned my tablet computer from the blood. She was so kind, wasn’t she?
Instead of visiting waterfall I had a waterfall of blood from my head, but this was also an experience I will never forget.
6. Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple
After that, I was taken to Chiang Rai hospital. When they released me I had anything to do but to visit the famous Wat Rong Khun.
This temple is not really a temple, more like a piece of art. I have never seen a building with so detailed decorations, it was really impressive. You could examine each inch separately or enjoy the whole sight. I do not usually like that word beginning with letter R – rchitecture, but I really enjoyed this building.
Even the toilets follow the style of the temple. And visiting it was free!
7. Trip to Chui Fong tea plantation with a car full of girls
I and my new friends – six female university students – got into a tiny car and went to visit a picturesque tea plantation.
It was really strange when the policeman at the checkpoint did not tell anything to us because seven people for that car was way too much.
The trip was easy and relaxed, any adventures, just a nice noon in a beautiful place with a beautiful company.
But it stuck in my memory.
8. Lame trip to Doi Mae Salong
My Couchsurfing host took me to a weekend trip to Doi Mae Salong, a beautiful Chinese city in the mountains. There is not much to see but the landscape! And the landscape is worth to see.
What makes this trip so special? We were unprepared. We decided it will be a one day trip, but we left late, the bus took too long, and when we arrived there, it was already going to get dark. So we needed to spend the night in a hotel (I paid for it, so I was a host for one night). We even did not have our computers, so we watched soap operas on TV.
That is so funny to remember. I am supposed to be a tough traveler, and to be prepared for everything, but I failed so much!
9. Camping at Phayao lake
I like nature, so I decided that visiting the city of Phayao is a good idea, because there is a lake. And the lake was worth visiting.
But I did not want to stay in any hotel because I believed I could find a place to spend the night by the lake. And I did.
The view of the lake was stunning – perfectly calm in the evening, mysterious, covered by fog in the morning, bright and silent during the daytime. The second night far away on the other side of the lake I saw fireworks. I wonder what was happening there?
10. Participating in English classes in a village school
I already told about this my experience HERE, but in some negative way. Actually, it WAS positive experience.
I have participated in some English classes at some schools in Salaeng Thon village. I talked about myself and my country in front of the school community before the classes, talked which children during the classes, talked with teachers between the classes and played volleyball with them after the classes.
I had some full days as a kind of teacher. Of course, the English level of the students was too low, so I could not do anything on my own, there was always a teacher to translate. But as teachers told me, children enjoyed learning with me. Me as well.
6 of these moments are special because of people (1,2,5,7,8,10). Sometimes, like yoga, nothing would not happen without them. Sometimes, like girls in Chui Fong, they added to the fun, which I could have by myself. And sometimes their kind help allowed me to overcome difficulties like the woman who took me to the hospital.
4 of these moments related to exploring the nature (3,4,7,9). That’s what I like to do.
3 of these moments related to some difficulties I experienced (4,5,8) and still it was fun. At least to remember after all is finished.
3 of these moments are related to visiting must-see places (6,7,8). So, it is not always a bad idea to get lost in a flow of other tourists.
1 of these moments is related to experiencing traditional culture – the Loy Krathong festival (2).
Out of all these moments only three were well planned, prepared, and went on like expected (6,7,9), and only one (Wat Rong Khun, 6) planned well in advance. But even it happened not on that day which was supposed to happen, because of my head injury (5).
So, maybe my trip was even better than it was planned to be?
Check my other article about unexpected adventure in Iceland.