I’ve been home for almost 2 weeks now and it feels SO GOOD. Usually I have this travel depression that lingers for weeks, but this time I’m like “hell yeah”. I’ve also noticed how bad I’ve been with my blogging, but I think it’s because I’ve wanted it to somehow be “perfect” and consist of so much information that I felt like I’d rather skip writing. But I’ll try to get a bit better. Just don’t expect my blog to be this grammar perfect blog where I recommend 5 star hotels that I definitely didn’t stay in.What I did was try all the vegan restaurants that existed in Thailand I think.
Last time I wrote about Cambodia. After that I went to Thailand and Singapore. I’m not sure I have the energy to write about these places other than to say that I really enjoyed the north of Thailand and Singapore wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be (although I couchsurfed and my host basically paid my food, hehe). I knew I wouldn’t like Phuket, but I went there because of a guy (classic!) and I have to say, Phuket wasn’t as bad this time around.
I really recommend Pai and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand though, perhaps THE most classic backpacker spots in Southeast Asia. To be honest, I was getting really annoyed by all travellers I met that kept raving about these two places. I was like no way in hell can it be that amazing. And it wasn’t actually. But I still understand why backpackers love Pai so much. It really has this sense of community, it’s like this bubble where you can just BE. Life basically moves in slow motion and there’s no expectations of you to do anything because that’s what Pai is known for – a place where you just chill all day long. I really liked it. I stayed in a lovely hostel called “Deejai Pai Backpackers” which was probably one of the best hostels in Pai. Does help that the owner was kinda cute as well.
Anyway, this post wasn’t supposed to be about cute dudes, nor was it supposed to be about recommendations. I wanted to write about my overall impressions about this 3 month trip in Southeast Asia. To be honest, I don’t really feel a lot. This was never a dream of mine. It felt like an extension of my trip from last year, one I never really got to finish because I got robbed in Indonesia. So before this trip, I wasn’t even that excited, and during I wasn’t excited either. There were moments when I really enjoyed being in Southeast Asia, and I’ve met some real superstars, but would I do it all again? No. Definitely not. And I thought for the longest time that it’s because I’m just tired of traveling, but I think the problem lies somewhere deeper. I just don’t think I enjoyed it because going to Southeast Asia was never something that attracted me. I did it last year. I finished my big Asia trip a long time ago.
But I can’t say that I really regret it. If I wouldn’t have gone, I would always regret not visiting Myanmar for example and Cambodia. I wish I would’ve just waited a bit longer to go back to that part of the world. But what’s done is done and now I can just look forward to something new. I already have something planned out in my mind, something very exciting (at least for me). It’s a dream I’ve wanted to fulfil for a really long time now, but I’ve always felt a bit of a chicken to actually do it. But not anymore! I’m finally ready to do it. Yalla, let’s go!