After a 9-day adventure in Asia, I felt a sense of peace, accomplishment and satisfaction. The experience was a perfect combination of fast-paced activities and relaxation, that by the end I truly felt like I had done what everyone should do when they visit. This was a huge thanks to my amazing friend Amanda, who has been living in Thailand for the past 3 years, and showed me around like the professional tour guide she is. This is how I was able to compile a list of the “must-dos” of Thailand.
My quality of life has improved after embarking on this journey, so I hope to bring you the same joy and inspiration to head over to Thailand. Here’s what you need to know:
Settle In Abroad
Amanda Gedney, my dear fellow Long Islander friend, has not only gone to Thailand to live in a new world, but has been teaching English to children and started her own business called Settle In Abroad.
This program helps you become acclimated to the idea of living in Thailand on your own or with friends and putting that idea into action. The program aims to assist with proper paperwork to get started, applying for visas, finding a place to live, becoming familiar with the culture/events and the best part – locking down a job. Her program differs greatly from others because her service offers an abundant package with added benefits and bonuses at a lower price, while providing authentic personal interaction and communication. She will really make you feel at home in a place where you may not have expected to live, but will soon fall in love with. She also plans out itineraries for tourists, separate from the move abroad program. If this sounds like something you’re interested in send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But what must I do when I visit?
I’ll tell you – anything you want! The cost of living is so much cheaper in Thailand, which allows you to get most out of your budget and time in this beautiful country. Here are the “must-dos” of Thailand”
- Ride a motor bike in the heat of summer, that can be felt year round.
- Play with elephants at an ethical park, feeding them bananas, giving them a mud bath, watching them frolick in the fields, and just living their best life (and yours).
- Eat at every outdoor restaurant you can and order the freshest items on the menu including smoothies & acai bowls.
- Explore some local parks and admire the incredible nature & architecture that surrounds it.
- Find a fancy resort and use the pool for the day while spending way too much money on a bottle of rose.
- GO to the islands and take a long tail boat to see incredible mountains and rocks, while feeling the mist of the water and the cool breeze against your face.
- Start each day with a fresh coconut and well…end the day with a fresh coconut.
- Eat alllll the pad thai, mango, sticky rice and steam buns you can handle.
- Find a place to hike and go as high up as you can while making sure to stay hydrated. Can’t forget the badass hiking stick. You got this.
- See a Lady Boy show! One of the most fun and interactive shows you’ll see.
- Shop until you drop, finding the best deals for elephant pants, flowy shirts, robes & cute household decor.
- Stop at every natural waterfall and just stare at it for a while. See if you can find where it ends.
- Absorb the peace and serenity of every sunset and be thankful for this opportunity and amazing world we live in.
Now it’s your turn
It really is that simple. This was one of the best vacations I’ve been on because I just did what I wanted to do and enjoyed every second of it. It was new, tiring, culturally shocking, amazing and incredibly humbling.
If you want to know more, please do not hesitate to ask! I stayed in Chiang Mai and Krabi Island for most of my time, for those of you who were wondering. I’d be more than happy to talk about this vacation and how you can do the same! The must-dos of Thailand are really endless.
Never stop traveling.