Jun 29, 2017

Travel - Bangkok & Koh Phagan

Hola Amigos!

I am currently sitting down on my dining table trying to customize myself to the noise of my fingers tapping away on the keyboard. Ouh, and please do not forget that my legs are way up high (I'll explain why soon).

Last year July, after working for a month as a full time employee, I decided to start on my dream as a human being - to travel. Besides, I have a wish to travel solo to Thailand and mainly because I am a party goer, I felt the pull to head to Koh Phagan - well known for the Full Moon Party.

Plane ticket. Check. Booking. Check. Bags packed. Obviously no as I am a last minute person.

19 Dec 2016

I booked an evening flight cause it was cheaper and being as budget as I was, I chooses the cheapest without considering the fact that I just lost one whole day on traveling. By the time I got to The land of Buddha, it was late and all I want to do is to hang out at the Hostel.

It was my first time traveling solo and choosing Thailand was a good choice as it was not really a huge culture shock for me. Food wise, it was amazing but I am sure all Malaysians are used to the taste buds of spiciness. However, the only disadvantage that I had as an Asian in Thailand was the language barrier. I had a few misunderstandings but nothing that would make me NOT go back there.

20 Dec 2016

I head out early the morning and I was lucky that I met a lady from Netherlands who actually guided me a little as Thailand is sort of her little playground by the time I met her. We went on a boat ride from the end to the other end for less than 20 batt if not mistaken. *Please do not get trick into the tourist boat. It is much pricey*

After a good brunch, we both head off on our own and I went to the Grand Palace. The price that I paid was 500 batt which is kinda pricey but c'mon, how many times do you get to come here right?
The place is huge! I got lost and looking back at my footage that I had, I don't really know where which place was I in cause everything looks almost similar.

That day itself, I head over to two other temples. The Sleeping Buddha and The Dawn Temple. However, when I reached the Dawn Temple, I was exhausted and did not have much mood to keep going for long. Therefore, nothing much was done there.

That same afternoon, I went over to Samping Market. Now, everyone who wants a good wholesale price, you NEED to come here! There are not many tourists around here but there are tons of people that are doing their regular shopping. You are able to find tons of stuff here but as it is a ground for wholesales, the more you buy the more cheaper you get. Guess what I saw here? Chockers - 1 for 10 batt. Gurl, I am telling you that if you buy that in Malaysia, it would bring you to RM12 at least but here? RM1.20. DAYUM!

There are cons though. You need to buy minimum of 6 so, it's around 60 batt? Being a cheap skate and I did not have the intention of doing any shopping, I told myself "No Eu. You don't need that." But.. I do have some regrets in my heart now.

Once I was done seeing how the locals buy their stuff, I head over to the tourist area, Koh San Road. Here was where I got my first ever scorpion down my throat. That was not really as nice as I expect it to be but it was a good experience. I should have tried the worms though. I heard that those are good stuff. Plus, those are protein don't it?

21 Dec 2016

As Bangkok is a huge place, I divided the city into two different places that I would spend time on. The first day was on the river side so all that I did was to walk or to travel by boat. However, on the second day, I head over to the BTS where I bought a one day ticket for 120 batt and I can travel as much as I want with the BTS. It was kinda slow and relaxing day as my plans to visit certain places was ruin by the comments of the locals. I did however, got my first ever blister (If that is a good thing).

TIP: Always have plasters ready in your purse

Ouh, I overnight at the airport and boy - it was something new for me. I had to keep an eye open and make sure that my bags are still around me and  thank God that there was internet in that beautiful airport that was my home for the night.

22 Dec 2016

It was the day where my journey begin to the Party Island. I left for the island with my bags packed and ready to head out to my so-called adventure. I took a plane (Air Nok - they are awesome), a one hour van ride and a ferry (2 hours urgh). Once I step down the ferry, motors were waiting to carry you to your destination and although the Island is not that small or big, it needs someone to bring you to the hostel with those heavy bags around you.

Slumber Party Hostel.

The best place ever that I had stayed for now. The people were awesome, there was pre-parties all night and you don't have to worry on being lonely. There are tons of people to know, tons of people to talk to, and tons of stories to listen to. Of course when there is party, there are drinks involved which of course makes everyone seems fun. Lol.

The day that I arrived, I spend it on sleeping on a proper bed and heading to the Half Moon Party in the night. The price of that awesome night? 1000 batt. It was freaking pricey for a party but listen to this. The party was in the middle of the jungle. We bought our pass and got on a ride which took us to God Knows Where. Met a few dudes and girls but not much to keep in touch with. Everyone was either intoxicated or high on something.

23 Dec 2016

The night before was the last night that I remained a good girl cause once the clock strikes 6pm, I was off for drinking here and there. It was a wonder that my stomach could hold in all those alcohol for those few days.

I did visited a waterfall and a bar called High on High where the view is indeed a view to die for. Of course when you are in Koh Phagan, there is a must to get the famous Koh Phagan scar. Well, one thing that you will noticed when you enter this island is that there are tons of people who are on bike, some with licience and some without those little cards which allows you to ride. Of course with situation like that, tons of people tend to fall and get scars which are known as the famous Koh Phagan scar.

That night, party was at a beach and boy - love it to bits. I met pretty cool people who lovingly jump through blazing fire jumping rope.

24 Dec 2016

Ouh boy. I hate this date. It was the day where I had a great Christmas party dinner with a bunch of new people around me but at the same time, it was the night that I sprained both of my ankles. Yup - both of it. Not one but both. It was alcohol, food, muai thai, jumping rope on fire, face drawing, crazy dancing and all kind of stuff were going on. I can't remember the exact reason on falling but I remember someone picked me up, and someone else make sure I was tucked into bed safe and sound.

Truth to be told, it wasn't much fun from this time onwards. All that I want to do is go back home and rest those feet of mine.

25 Dec 2016

First Christmas away from the family. Blessed Christmas! I was debating with myself if I should join for the last night of party cause that was the major party of the Island - Full Moon Party 2017. I don't remember if the moon was bright or round but I did remember falling in love. I fell in love with someone eyes. I fell in love with the sky shining bright on us. I fell in love with everything at that moment. Yes, I hate the pain throbbing through my feet (Alcohol and pain killer helps a lot) but the fun that I had that night was a little unexpected and different.

26 Dec 2016

I got myself a tattoo. =)

27 Dec 2016

There is nothing much better than being home.

In conclusion, Thailand had been a great and awesome solo trip for me. Although I fuck it up with those feet of mine but the people that I met, the food that I had, the fun that I had - it was all worth it. =)

Signing out.

Eunice GM

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