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Exploring Thailand

These last two weeks I spent traveling all over Thailand. Beth and Lisa, friends from Semester at Sea, flew from the US for a packed week in Thailand. I showed them around Bangkok, then we went north to Chiang Mai and south to Koh Phi Phi. Then I met up with Colleen (a friend from UCSB) in Phuket and I went to Koh Phangan by myself.

Playing in the "sticky" waterfall in Chiang Mai. It's not as much sticky as grippy, we could climb even the steepest parts without slipping.
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Playing with elephants in Chiang Mai, they are the coolest creatures!
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The amazing Maya Bay near Koh Phi Phi. We slept on a boat that night and got to snorkel with bioluminescent plankton.
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After a fast week, I met up with Colleen, a friend from UCSB, and her family and family friends for a few days of relaxation on Kata Beach Phuket. We went to a few of the sites, like this temple, and enjoyed coconuts on the beach.
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I then went to Koh Phangan to see one more island before heading back to Bangkok. I finally got to do some hikes and a little more snorkeling.
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Koh Phangan was a great place to be a solo traveler because everyone is very social, and Haad Rin beach is small enough to where I ran into the same people every day. The full moon party takes over the island once a month but I came for the half moon when the crowds are much smaller and the party is in the jungle.

Until these last few weeks I opted to stay close to Bangkok and really get to know they city but I am so happy I got to see more of what Thailand has to offer. And the exploring will continue next week because we get a week off from school for Songkran, the Thai New Year. I will be going back up north to Chiang Mai again and Pai.

Posted by juliaaugh 22:36 Archived in Thailand Tagged elephants chiang_mai phuket sas half_moon_party koh_phangan kata_beach semester_at_sea koh_phi_phi haad_rin maya_bay sticky_waterfall ucsb eap uceap

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