April Wrap Up
With April ending I am now halfway done with my planned four month trip. Half. Way. Done. I can’t believe it. I’ve been doing so well keeping my FOMO in check, not really planning and just going with the flow, but now I’m starting to panic. Have I done enough? Have I been able to see everything I could have seen? I guess part of being a traveler is never being satisfied with what you’ve done and always wanting to do more.
I’m writing this from Bangkok, but when the post goes live I’ll be in halfway into my two weeks in Burma, probably in Bagan. And hopefully not dead from the heat. Enough with what’s going on right now. What happened in April?
- Being in Thailand. Seriously though, I feel like Thailand is the country you have to have been to if you’ve spent any time in Asia. Plus the food. Oh, the good! Curry for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’ve never been happier.
- Somehow we ended up in Koh Phangan during Songkran, or Thai New Year. For a few days the entire country turns into a huge water fight. Our hostel drove us into town in the back of a pick up truck and we spent hours dancing, getting into water fights, and eating cheap Thai food. It was one of the best days.
- To escape Bangkok for a few days while waiting for the Burmese embassy to reopen, Tara and I went to Kanchanaburi, home of the bridge over the river Kwai. The real highlight of the trip was hiking the seven level Erawan Waterfall. It was beautiful, with many pools to swim in and deep blue water.
- Say what you want to say about Khao San Road, it can be a lot of fun. On our first night in Bangkok Tara and I headed over to this “backpacker ghetto” and had a great meal, drank a few beers, did some shopping, and ate some crickets. All for really cheap. Stay away from the shirtless bros and it’s not all bad.
- My first week in Thailand I lost my debit card. I’m pretty sure I left it in an ATM at the Krabi airport. My bank was able to express mail a new card to my parents, but because of the Songkran holiday in Thailand it was delayed being sent here. Luckily, Tara was able to lend me money but it was still pretty stressful.
- A few days after that I decided it would be a good idea to rent a motorbike on Koh Lanta. I’m a horrible driver as is and have never driven a motorbike. Obviously I crashed it in the parking lot of the rental shop. It wasn’t too bad but I had to go to the hospital to get the wounds cleaned out and for a round of antibiotics.
- It rained almost every single day we were in southern Thailand. Like, torrential downpour. When you’re at a beach destination this pretty much sucks.
Distance Traveled: 2,677 miles
Beds Slept In: 12
Cockroaches seen: 2 (all in public places, thankfully!)
Rats seen: 3 (all in one night, all in Bangkok, all very large)
Countries Visited: Thailand, Burma
Places Visited: Krabi, Koh Lanta, Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Yangon, Kalaw, Inle Lake
Money Spent: Let’s not even talk about it. One day I will learn how to abide by a budget, this trip is not that day apparently. (And as much as I care, I don’t.)
Favorite Farsickness Posts
History Through Food: An Eating Tour of Manila’s Chinatown This walking tour was one of the best that I’ve ever been on, food related or otherwise. History and food, can it get any better?
Philippines Wrap Up Sometimes servicey posts are good. And this one contains some pretty pictures.
Sightseeing in Singapore (While Sick) Singapore is an awesome city with a lot to see and do. While I wasn’t able to check everything off due to some mystery illness, I still enjoyed myself.
What I’ve Been Reading
(Honestly, I haven’t been doing a ton of blog reading. When I’m on the Internet I’m usually writing and when I’m not I’m plowing through books!)
That Backpacker 9 Lessons Learned from a Month Backpacking Around SE Asia Audrey and I left Korea at nearly the same time for our SE Asia trips and it seems we’ve learned a lot of the same things. Though, I think she’s a little more hardcore backpacker than me.
Active Backpacker What to do in Portland: Microbreweries, Food Trucks & Vintage The title really says it all. I hope to make it to the west coast sometime soon and it seems Portland has all my interests covered!
Farsickness Around the Internet
Asia Rooms 10 Things to do in Seoul I’m very excited to announce my first contribution to Asia Rooms! If you’re heading to Seoul, definitely check this out. Every time I read this I get a little sad knowing what awesome things I’m missing out on.
Ashley Abroad My Local Eats: Seoul, Korea Another Korea post to make me sad, I felt very honored to be able to contribute to Ashely’s great series, My Local Eats. I’d really love some Korea right now!
Future Travel Plans
I will be in Burma until May 8. After that I’ll spend the next couple of weeks exploring northern Thailand before heading over to Laos.
What were your favorite posts around the blogosphere in April? Do you have any travel plans that you are looking forward to in May?