During my time at University, many of the friends I made were international students from all corners of the world. From Sweden to Romania, Hong Kong to Thailand – I learnt so much from each of them and forged friendships that will last a life time.
My dear friend Nam (who has just opened a restaurant in Bangkok – check it out if you’re ever out that way!!) tried to encourage me to go back to Thailand with her during the holidays, pretty much every year whilst at uni.
“I’d love to, but can’t afford it at the moment” was the usual response, but she persisted.
When I moved to Kuwait, I never realised just how much of an opportunity to travel I would have. As I was already living “part way around the world”, I figured this was the best time to visit S.E Asia. So during the February half term, I finally hopped on a plane and flew – via Mumbai – to Thailand!! This holiday was proof that you CAN experience Thailand in a week…call it a “taster” holiday. I had to decide whether to plant myself in one location for the duration, or chop and change a bit so I could see more. I chose the latter and it turned out to be the best decision for me.
As soon as I stepped out of the overly air-conditioned Airbus, I fell in love with the place. Thailand is such a beautiful country, from it’s jungles and rivers to coastal towns and islands, the palaces in Bangkok to the village schools in remote Mon villages…the food is exquisite and its people some of the friendliest I’ve ever met. I instantly felt relaxed and in a way…at home…