Today marks our one month mark of living in Thailand. It’s crazy. You know when your on vacation and it’s almost time to go home and you think “wow, I feel like we just got here?” Yeah, well, I don’t feel like that. I feel like this has been my life all along. Thinking back to the days where I went to work forty hours a week, paid high rent prices, bought expensive dinners out, and drove on the other side of the road feels so incredibly foreign. Strangely, much more foreign than this country.
What a long, loud and crazy nine days its been here in Phuket Town. No one could have prepared us for The Vegetarian Festival. It is beyond words and beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed.
When I first heard about this I was a little dumbfounded, we were told how epic and hardcore it was and all I could think was, “really, a vegetarian festival is hardcore??” But for real, it’s nuts. This isn’t going to be a long post. I’ve been trying to rack my brain over how I could possibly express the level of “holy shit” we’ve bore witness too and it’s just not possible. There isn’t an adjective to describe it. Pictures and videos don’t do it justice. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to witness this madness knows what I’m talking about.
Here’s my attempt at describing what we will call amazing mayhem:
Asia is a short but intimidating word. Maybe it’s due to the sheer size or because of TV shows that capture only the craziest of Asian cultures. But we can confirm that this is not Mars, far from it. It is, though, an amazing place that is different enough to be exciting and similar enough to feel comfortable.
That was the big question. Even before we left home we talked about whether or not we’ll buy a scooter or try and buy a car in spite of the high price tag.
We decided once we got here that we’d wait it out. We have been busy during the weekdays with school and most evenings we stay in Phuket town. So need for one then. But the weekends were when we’d need transportation. But we opted for waiting. And here’s why. Continue reading “Scooter or not to scooter?”
It’s the people that get me. They get me every time. Smiles upon smiles. Thai people are unique, they are kind, gentle and resilient. I love knowing that everyday when I wake up I’ll be surrounded by them. They will make me better and I will always be grateful. I look back at how long … Continue reading Finding Our “New Normal”
I don’t want to drag this out so I’ll just tell you up front, you’re paying too much for spring rolls.
On the beautiful, busy, highly visited island of Phuket, Thailand you can buy a plate full of spring rolls for about 120 baht ($4 USD).
So if you’re paying more than that, you should just come to Thailand and eat the spring rolls here. They’re probably better.
Here’s the catch. If you’re already in Thailand and your paying 120 baht ($4 USD) for spring rolls, you too are paying too much for spring rolls. Plenty of local restaurants will serve you delicious plates full of crunchy, just made spring rolls for 80 baht ($2.60 USD).
Sadly, these patrons are also overpaying for their spring rolls. Continue reading “Are You Over Paying for Spring Rolls?”
If you come to Thailand for a quick vacation then you’ll spend your days island hopping from Phuket to Phi Phi then to small, uninhabited islands that have no names. You might go to a full moon party or visit Koh Samui. Without a doubt, wherever you go, you’ll have good food and good beaches. But this … Continue reading A Lazy Day in Thailand
Thailand is paradise. It is beautiful. The country is full of amazing Thai people who are friendly, respectful, and trust worthy. The food is amazing. The beaches are fairly clean and are being cleaned up further. But the island of Phuket has one drawback. Phuket has a smelly, loud backside that people often don’t talk about and it’s called “Patong”. Patong is a tourist town.
Western tourists created this beast of a town. It doesn’t resemble Thai culture. Patong resembles a dirty dream you don’t tell anyone about. It wasn’t like this before tourists started showing up. Western recreational culture is full of drinking, jet skis, and clubs. Patong is simply a town that adapted to tourism and became a party town. I hate to party. I don’t even drink. But Patong is on this island I write about and so we should talk about it.
If you want to stay in a beautiful resort, you can find plenty on Phuket, Koh Samui, or many other islands. If you want to stay in a secluded bungalow, Thailand has that. If you want to get in touch with wildlife in a National Park, northern Thailand has that. If you want to sleep in a hammock in a place where you can only hear the waves, that’s here too. But if you sleep best when surrounded by drunks, clubs, and massage girls calling you in off the streets, book a hotel in Patong.
In a way, Patong during the day is like one of those Russian makeup/no-makeup before and after photos.
Bars that will eventually be packed, exotically lit, and full of dancers sit unspectacular and empty. The men drinking in them, alone, are judged.
Why quit your job and move to Thailand? I don’t know, maybe it’s a terrible idea. It certainly throws a wrench into a person’s career path. Plus, speaking of wrenches, leaving friends and family behind is gut wrenching. So why do it? Mostly in pursuit of adventure and partly to, at least temporarily, flee cubicle rows. … Continue reading Get Busy Living, Or Get Busy Dying
Three years and ten months ago, I proposed to my wife in Thailand. It was one of those proposals that belongs in a comedy movie. Thailand is hot and every time we returned to the hotel room Brianna would go to the bathroom and wash her face. She did this without exception. On this particular … Continue reading Hot but Happy – The Beginning