So you know that thing where you are jobless and then decide to go crazy and spend your savings on a random trip instead of saving up? No, just me?
Well anyway, Thailand turned out to be my spontaneous trip. I literally had nothing planned, no itinerary, nada. I booked my tickets and landed up at the Suvarnabhumi airport hoping that the Visa on process would not go on for too long, since I had a flight to Phuket in another two hours. Turns out I was wrong. After what felt like an eternity(I think it took 1 and half hours), and no, I didn’t miss my connecting flight, I was in Phuket!
I decided to take a shuttle bus from the airport to my hostel(initially hostel in Phuket). The ride was pretty uneventful and I reached my hostel in an hour. The hostel itself was right next to the beach and after reading great reviews on hostel world, I was pretty excited to stay here. I was pretty dismayed when I quickly figured out that the hostel was initially much empty. I unloaded my bags and decided to head out to the beach. I decided to sit at a beach shack and grab a bite while watching the world go by, when I saw things were getting prettttyyy cloudy.
Few hours in and the rain still hadn’t stopped. Considering I was feeling pretty fearless, I decided to walk through the rain and get back to my hostel. Fortunately for me, things were starting to look up already. I had a roommate! A boy from Egypt. We quickly decided to grab some dinner and visit one of the pubs in Bangla Street and boy was it a treat!
From the lady boys, to the men calling us in for massages and luring us to watch the ping pong show, Bangla Street is always bustling with activity. We decided to head into his favourite bar called Illusion. They were playing hip hop music and I was sold. The next day I had my trip to the islands(James bond and the surrounding islands).
I had arranged for the tour via my hostel, so after the scary wake up call from the hostel staff at 6 am, I was on my way to see the islands. I made some friends with some ladies visiting in from Malaysia, and fortunately after I met them I did not have to resort to taking my own selfies. 😀
The tour ended by around 4 and I had booked my tickets to Simon’s cabaret considering I had decided to skip the ping pong show.
As a patron of the arts, I quite enjoyed the show although I did notice the crowd was mostly locals and I didn’t see any tourists around. Anyhow, after the show, I decided to walk back to my hostel, and I ended up visiting a food stall kinda area. Some pad thai for me please!
I end up back at the hostel and now I have two roommates! An italian has joined the midst. We decide to head out again for a second dinner. And from 3 people, we went on to becoming a 6 member group!
Needless to say we ended up at Illusion again, and we all decided to call it a night by 1 am.
Another early morning for me. This time I had decided to take a Scuba diving course. Whilst there was some confusion regarding the pickup, they finally did show to pick me up an hour later. This time, we were off to visit Phi Phi Islands.
Considering this was my first dive, I have to say I had a terrible experience. Will I go diving again? Probably not.
I went back to the hostel pretty dejected and decided to spend the evening having a quite dinner.
I decided to spend the first half of the day simply ambling around, and later left to the airport to catch my flight to Bangkok. It was time to experience city life now.This time I took the public bus to get to my hostel(Once again hostel). The hostel was pretty hard to find, but all’s well that ends well. This hostel turned out to be a bit strange and was honestly not my favourite place to stay. They initially gave me a bed that was on top which turned out to be an experience close to climbing mount everest. I quickly asked them to change my bed. Anyhow, the people I had for roommates at this hostel were super weird and the whole time I was there, all I heard was them complaining about Thailand. I knew I had to head out and quick. I realised that the hostel was pretty close to all the famous food joints so I headed to the first famous one. Krua Apsorn.
One crab omlette and a pad thai later, I headed back to the hostel. I then decided to head out to the famous “Ratchada Train night market where I met a fairly handsome german man, who took me to a place called “sorry, I’m gay”. Many many drinks later, I was ready to call it a night.
The next day, I had booked a food tour, so I was ramped up for that. However, I did make a mistake of eating heavy before my tour. Pro Tip: Don’t ever do that.
Many many pit stops later, we were done, and I was bursting at the seams.
I decided to grab a quick bite with a new found friend and headed back to the airport to go back to India and find a job
I’m aware that the trip was pretty short, but it was brilliant, and I met some amazing people on the way. I do know I’ll be visiting again sometime soon. Until next time.