My first day as a lone traveller in South East Asia

I knew I’d packed too much the moment I picked up my luggage at the baggage claim in Bangkok. The air con was broken so you could feel the heat. My back was aching from the 11 hour flight I’d just been on and the last thing I wanted to do was to carry a fat bag around with me whilst I attempted to hail a cab.

IMG_3571 [181279]After I wrestled with the zip to attach my day bag to the backpack I went to the information desk, I nervously flicked though my phrase book to ask her where I should hail a cab from. As I mumbled a phrase that probably didn’t sound anything like “where can I get a cab” in Thai, she giggled and spoke to me in perfect  English. That was a huge relief! Knowing I could ask her all the questions about how to get there and whatnot. After she explained to me all the details I trotted off to the taxi point with a new found confidence. When I got into the cab and asked him to take me to Nappark Hostel, he looked at me like I’d grown two heads. He’d never heard of it before! I had to take the man inside where there was wifi so I could translate the address into Thai. Even then, he still managed to drop me off on the wrong road! After driving around in circles trying to find it, he gave up and drove to Ko San Road and said, “Okay this good, you find better hostel!” I didn’t see the point in arguing with him so I paid him and got out.

IMG_3581 [181280]It wasn’t too long until I found my hostel three roads down- thank goodness for google maps! Check in wasn’t for another 4 hours so I’d decided to have a little walk around and adjust to my surroundings. I got myself some Pad Thai in a local Café and then walked back to the hostel again. I’d read in multiple blog posts about meeting people and how you just have to approach people and be friendly and you’ll soon be making friends.

Well… my first encounter was with two other lone travellers at my hostel where I had over heard them both starting up a conversation about how it was their first day. So I thought- great, mine too, I’ll introduce myself. So I say hi and introduced myself and I swear to god, the girl looked up and down at me and then turned back to the guy and went “anyway…”

I died a little inside.

I felt deflated and I soon found myself not bothering to even chat with people who were attempting to talk to me for the rest of the morning. I just wanted to scroll through facebook and drink Lipton lemon ice tea from a can that I’d bought from 7eleven.

It wasn’t until the afternoon, after I’d napped that I found the energy to go out and try again. I went for a stroll and found a street market where I saw a girl who I’d recognised from the hostel we were staying at. So I strolled over and said hi and luckily she wasn’t as cold as the bitch before and she turned out to be really nice.

 

Two buckets and a half eaten scorpion later and we were off on a bus together to Koh Chang. That’s when I had my first and probably not the last experience with a dodgy tummy in Thailand. Believe me when I say this, you do not want a dodgy tummy in general when you’re away. But you most definitely do not want one when you’re on a 7 hour bus journey. Oh the humanity!  The toilet was a hole in the floor of the bus and a bucket of water to clean your arse with. It was definitely not my finest moment.

one dreadful bus journey, a ferry and two taxi’s later we’d made it to the bungalows we’d heard about. Not going to lie to you. I wasn’t blown away… for the price they were charging us for it, the only positive was that it had air con. But buy this time, our backs ached and our tummies rumbled so we dropped our bags and said we’d take it. It wasn’t until we were walking around to find a restaurant to eat at that we found bungalows with better views and rooms with better beds for half the bloody price.

IMG_3667 [181291]Day three and we moved yet again to where I am now. Elephant Bay Resort- and its bliss! But by that time, we’d realised that we had spent nearly two weeks worth of our budget in just two days.Because of that, we are now taking a new approach where we walk everywhere! So- when the sun was at its highest and it was the hottest time of the day…we walked with our backpacks for half an hour to find the next resort as we’d decided to move to the next beach down. We thought- yeah- we can walk that! We underestimated the length from the map on how far the next beach was by so much! When we’d told the check in lady at the resort where we’d walked from she looked at us like we were insane. The hills on the road to Elephant bay- ARE STUPIDLY STEEP. Take my advice and pay the extra 100 Baht for a taxi. You’re never too poor for a cab. 😉

Three days in and here are a few things I have learnt so far:

  • If you think you’ve finished packing, unpack again and pack half the things yo originally packed. bringing. No matter what you think- you won’t need it.
  • Arseholes can travel too
  • Don’t let the bastards bring you down
  • Always try to stick to your budget plan. Unless you want to trek through a jungle in the peak sun time and nearly die of thirst because you cant afford a tuk tuk
  • Don’t brush your teeth with the tap water, because you might end up on a 7 hour bus ride the next day with lava poop.
  • Never settle for accommodation if it’s not what you want, even if you’re really tired- put your bag into storage somewhere and compare other resorts before you settle!
  • Be yourself and you’ll attract the right people for you. 🙂 IMG_3689 [181292]

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