: Off the Beaten Track

Tree of Life Blog: Thailand Travels with Billie

The lovely Billie Edwards takes a second look at Thailand, going off the beaten track to discover how the locals live!

I didn't think I would return to Thailand any time soon. I did not dislike the place, but I did not particularly desire it either - as my first experience years and years ago, had made me deem it a little bit too...touristy. After spending time in Vietnam, I was planning to next venture into Laos. Unfortunately some unrest forced me to change my course, and within a few hours I had jumped on a plane and flew to a very small airport in Krabi.

Krabi is located in the south of Thailand. I didn't know too much about it, except that it was the perfect hub to find beautiful islands. Which proved to be true. After hopping on endless boats and buses, I eventually found the whitest sand and the clearest salt water I have ever seen. The locals don't swim, and with little tourists around, it sometimes seemed to be a shame that I was the only one enjoying this.

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As I travelled North to locations like Chiang Mai and Pai, the colours became warmer. Gold, orange and reds. Although I loved the sleepy ocean, the inland was much more culture rich. The streets were louder - full of excited people and endless elaborate temples. Monks wandered the streets. The was food spicy, and the people warmer and fun. And surprisingly, it became a place I did not want to leave...proving my (previous snobby) self wrong. That Thailand was filled with much more than just tourists.

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