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Thoughts on Thailand

Thoughts on Thailand

Length of stay: 26th August 2006 to 22th September 2006. 4th February 2007 to 15th February 2007.

Thailand was the first place that I went to on my own. It was the usual post-university trip that silly graduates take. It was meaningful for me – I would be able to see a girl whom I’ve been dating on the internet. Those two weeks were magnificent! I would gladly give up my ghost to relive those times. It couldn’t get better.

I was right.

It went downhill over the next few years and tears. During that time, we drifted from and towards each other. We just floated without knowing where we’d end up. It ended permanently when she blew up at me one fine night. So what if I got dumped by her? I could find another easily!

And so I kept returning to the Kingdom; a dog in heat looking for his bitch.
I never found another girl there.

I saw a Thailand trampled on by millions of tourists. Nothing is quite off-the-beaten track anymore; resorts and tour operators sell ‘Thai-style’ experiences for un-Thai like prices, fruit shake and banana pancake stalls serve farang taste-buds and there’s always a backpacker lurking somewhere.

But I was lucky. The Kingdom treated me well and showed me the stout hearts of its people: overloaded motorcyclists who gave me a lift for gratis, unhesitating offers of free accommodation and food and long intense discussions using words, charades and drawings. This time, I tramped aimlessly along the East coast, stopping every so often to listen to people’s stories.

It was… educational.

Addendum: I returned to Thailand after Cambodia. It was on the way home and I decided to head down to the smaller islands in the deep south of Thailand.

My Thailand Itinerary  

Place

Length of stay (days)

Betong

2

Yala

1

Songkhla

3

Nakhon Si Thammarat

2

Sichon – Hat Hin Ngiam

1

Koh Phangnan – Hat Rin

2

Surat Thani

2

Chumphon

1

Chumphon – Hat Sai Ri

3

Chumphon – Mu Ko Chumphon

1

Chumphon

1

Prachuap Kiri Khan

2

Prachuap – Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

2

Petchaburi – Cha-Am

1

Bangkok

2

Aranyaprathet

2

Bangkok

2

Trang – Koh Libong

4

Total

30

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  1. February 28, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    hey Edwin, which girl you gonna see? Is that me? 😛

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