I feel really fortunate to have been able to call Thailand my home for the last three months, but as I approach my last few days in the Land of Smiles I can’t help but think of all the things I’m going to miss.
What can I say?! Thailand truly is a foodie’s heaven. Whether you fancy a cheap Pad Thai from a street stall or a three course meal on a top of a skyscraper, you’ll find it all here. I’ve never known a country have so much variety in its cuisine. I love eating food from the traditional street stalls but I also love the new independent eateries that are popping up everywhere. When I tire of Thai fare (yes, it does happen occasionally) there are always plenty of other international options for me to choose from such as Japanese, Italian, French and Mexican.
It’s so easy to eat healthily in Thailand when the fruit tastes sooo good. Mangoustines, Rambutan, mangoes and pineapple are some of my favourite…and coconut water to quench the thirst.
I love sunshine, and Thailand has plenty of it. Being able to socialise outdoors and sit outside in the evenings are things you can soon take for granted in Thailand because it’s just the normal way of life, but I know when I get back home I’m going to really miss these things. It will be a sad day when I have to trade my flip flops in for socks and shoes.
The coffee culture
If Chiang Mai is anything to go by, Thailand certainly seems to be a on a caffeine high at the moment. Every week there seems to be a new coffee shop opening up somewhere and I’ve certainly enjoyed visiting many of them. Not being able to go and grab a Thai ice-coffee when I fancy one is really going to suck!
Back in England having a massage is a bit of a luxury, but here in Thailand it’s not unusual for me to have one or two a week thanks to how cheap they are. I definitely think massages are essential for your wellness and shouldn’t be seen as a luxury. My favourite place to have a massage is on the beach when the sun is setting – like the one I had after my trip to the Similan Islands.
Everywhere I go in Thailand I always find so much inspiration and attention to detail. I have a passion for interiors so I’m always snapping away on my camera, capturing ideas to take home. I admire how creative Thai people are – especially in using natural materials.
Cheap living costs
Like a lot of places in Asia, the cost of most things in Thailand is really cheap for western tourists. I’m really going to begrudge paying UK prices again.
This might seem like a bit of a strange one but sometimes it’s the simple things that matter! There are always toothpicks on the table wherever you go to eat in Thailand. Why oh why do I always have to ask for them in England and how come some restaurants don’t even have them?!
Helping hands at the pump
I’m not sure whether you get this type of service in other countries but we certainly don’t in the UK – someone to fill your car up with gas/petrol for you. No need for you to get out of the car – just tell them how much you want and they’ll do it for you. They’ll even wash your windscreen for free as well. That’s what I call service!
I find it difficult to decide which I like best – the southern beaches or the northern mountains. Both are equally as stunning and within two hours you can get from one to the other by plane.