• unexpected krabi (film) 

    Yay for disposables! I brought 2 disposables along with me to Southeast Asia, and used one up in Krabi! As soon as I got home from my travels, I ran to the store and got the disposables developed and yayyy here they are!                      

  • unexpected ER

    I spent part of my day attempting to talk to Thai doctors in an emergency room. Sometimes, getting thrown straight into the middle of Southeast Asia’s chaos only makes you realize why you love it so darn much. I started my day out unsure of what to do, after eating some toast with my hostel mates. I decided to head over to a cafe, sleepily sipping on a Thai iced tea and writing in my journal, all half dressed in my pajamas still. I started creating a budget for Nepal and decided to take some diamox (altitude sickness medication) with me, just in case. My parents wanted me to get…

  • unexpected relaxation (pai)

    If you’ve ever been to northern Thailand, chances are, you’ve heard of (or been to!) Pai. Pai is hippy heaven; kombucha/tea shops and fruit shake stalls are dotted in between tie dye stores, people walk around in Thai fisherman pants and wooden beaded accessories, everything about this little town is so down to earth and lovely. Pai is a 3 hour bus ride away from Chiang Mai, along a winding road infamous for its 762 turns. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of half the people in the minibus vomiting from car-sickness. I took a Dramamine before boarding the bus and was totally fine. It’s not just the actual place…

  • unexpected chiang mai 

    Chiang Mai has been my favorite city since I had visited in 2008, and absolutely nothing has changed 8 years later. The overnight train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was less than ideal, having only arriving at the station a couple minutes before the train left and finding out they only had 3rd class. Third class, by the way, is a wooden seat. Actually, half of one if you’re unlucky and someone else is booked right next to you. Fortunately, I was lucky and had a whole bench to myself! As lucky as I may have been, a berth would have been a bit more comfortable. About half of…

  • unexpected bangkok

    The unfortunate truth is that you have to dislike some cities more than others. For me, Bangkok had never been a city I had been super excited to visit. There’s nothing wrong with it; you just vibe with certain cities better than with others. That being said, my time in Bangkok was not boring! And I did enjoy this visit more than previous ones. Jazi and I stayed at the Rang Kha Mhin Homestay, a really clean hostel with a fantastic location and an even better staff. We were near Khao San Road (aka Backpacker Holy Land), only two streets over, but far enough that we couldn’t hear the bars and clubs…

  • unexpected krabi 

    Jazi and I took a three hour ferry from Phuket to Krabi. We woke up early for our 8:30 ferry and went to the pier, where we bought the tickets. Most people asked for about 1000 baht, but if you go to the Ao Nang travel company or something, you’ll only pay 700. The boat goes from Phuket to Railay (transfers to Koh Lanta here) to Ao Nang to Krabi. Jazi and I got off at Ao Nang and got a tuk tuk to our hostel. The tuk tuks here are different than the Phuket ones. They’re motorbikes with side cars in Krabi, but you can also find the nice…

  • unexpected kindness (phuket)

    Any experience is Thailand is a wonderful, humbling, and serendipitous adventure, and so far, my time in Phuket has not been anything but that. Jazi and I left Sydney for a quick two day stop in Melbourne, and then after a flight and two days in Singapore, we were off again! We’ve been exploring as much of Phuket as we can. The local buses, the temples, THE FOOD, the beaches, everything we can fit into our time here, and it hasn’t disappointed! Upon arriving in Phuket, we took the airport bus into town for 100 baht. You can catch that by taking a left after exiting the international arrivals hall.…