Just a bit outside the city of Chiang Mai is a mountain known as Doi Suthep. This mountain is home to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is one of the most sacred sites in Thailand dating back to the 14th century. It also features numerous hill tribe villages and stunning natural beauty.
Hello! It's been a while since my last post, which is due to my computer breaking and a fairly lengthy repair process. Since I've last posted I've done quite a bit; I've explored Phetchabun, been to Laos, and of course continued to teach! I'll share those stories in the coming weeks, but first I'd like to share how things are going and what is new in my world.
Living and traveling abroad for an extended period of time poses a unique set of issues. As I approach a year abroad I figured it would be a good time to share my experiences and tips on dealing with homesickness.
For those considering an extended trip to Thailand, it may be a good idea to consider getting your vaccines here.
I still think of Louisville as home, but for the next 5 months (at least) I will be living in a wonderful little Thai town known as Mueang Phetchabun.
Let me start by reiterating that I am by no means a wealthy person, and neither is my family (though I'll give my mom plenty of credit for helping support me in many ways). I worked two jobs throughout most of college, and after graduation continued working for minimum wage. I have bills like everyone else: rent, groceries, cell phone, you name it. Yet here I am about to leave on an extended trip!
Now that midterms have finished and I'm finally into a routine here, I figure now is a good time to share my thoughts and experiences on being a TEFL teacher in Thailand. It certainly has been an incredible experience thus far, but it has both ups and downs.
Hello all! Hope this post finds you well. As I sit in the Chiang Mai airport awaiting my flight to Bangkok (which I have very mixed feelings about), I figured it would be a good time to give an update on my time spent in Chiang Mai.
I quit two jobs that were not only enjoyable but also afforded a very comfortable lifestyle, sold (most) all the stuff I had acquired over my lifetime, and gave up my apartment. I said goodbye to friends and family, knowing it may be quite sometime before I see them again. In retrospect this all seems a bit foolhardy, and it's certainly caused it's fair share of anxiety, but ultimately this is really the only thing I can imagine myself doing for the time being.
Tat Mok National Park is a gorgeous park located in the mountains just outside of Muang Phetchabun, in Phetchabun Province. The park is a sprawling 290 sq/km (or 110 sq/m) of rugged mountains, waterfalls, streams, and stunning natural beauty. Recently some friends and myself made the drive up through the mountains to do some hiking and to see the waterfalls!
Chances are you've heard isolation tanks mentioned before. I believe these tanks provide an experience unlike anything else. If you happen to be visiting Thailand there are only two locations to float, one in Bangkok and one in Koh Samui. I recently was able to try the Thaisolate Float Spa located on the island of Koh Samui and it was an incredible experience that I'd recommend to anyone visiting the area.
So this is it. The day I had spent so many months of planning, preparing, and anticipating was finally here. As the clock ticked away my remaining time at home, nerves and anxiety began to sink in. Was this a huge mistake? What in the hell was I thinking? Why would I leave everything behind like this?
Recently I had to take a trip to the Thai-Myanmar border, specifically the towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy. Here is a quick write up for anyone needing to do the same!
For me traveling is a way to learn more about the world I inhabit. It's a way to learn from others as well as a way to (hopefully) share my own knowledge with others. Simply put, traveling is my way of becoming a better person by bettering myself and giving back to the world.