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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.

Playing with elephants in Chiang Mai, they are the coolest creatures!

The amazing Maya Bay near Koh Phi Phi. We slept on a boat that night and got to snorkel with bioluminescent plankton.

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.

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.

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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