I went to go pick up two rolls of holga film, thinking they were both from a music festival… but no! There was a roll from Thailand! Beautiful, stunning pictures of Thailand. I won’t bore you with same-same pictures … so here are a few of the most interesting. For the rest of my surprise role, head to my flickr!
After falling in love with Thailand, I was super excited to try our neighborhood Thai Restaurant, Little Elephant. It was charming, cozy and authentic. Chang Beer was 1+1 (awesome!). The Tom Kha Gai, my favorite dish from Thailand, was fantastic. Tom Kha Gai is a coconut milk, chicken, lemongrass, spicy Thai soup. I also had the pineapple fried rice. While not nearly as good as on the beach in Phuket, it was head and shoulders above most Korean offerings.
A hand-written note was tucked in the back of each menu, sealing the deal. I can’t wait to go back.
I should also mention that I’m not particularly a fan of Korean food. Korean bbq is everywhere; it’s super cheap and you get lots of food. However, as someone who does not love meat and can’t handle spicy foods, grilling meat at my table and eating it with spicy sauces isn’t exactly my cup of tea. So, I have a bit of a bias towards loving any non-Korean food in Korea.
Myself and three friends eagerly abandoned our Korean life in search of sun, good eats and a seriously awesome, beautiful adventure for this past winter break. We headed to the Koh Phi Phi islands, made famous for their Hollywood feature in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, The Beach. Six islands make up Koh Phi Phi, the group of islands that are situated 50 kilometers southeast of Phuket in the Andaman Sea.
Fueled by the sheer adrenaline of leaving Seoul for an otherworldly paradise, we threw on our backpacks and headed on a marathon traveling excursion consisting of 3 flights, a ferry and too many taxi vans to count. We left at the crack of dawn on the day of Christmas Eve.
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Upon docking in Tonsai Bay, you are greeted with a sign proclaiming that you must pay 20 Baht “For the sparkling clean on Phi Phi.” Sparkling clean on Phi Phi? No such thing exists.
Koh Phi Phi is a place full of contradictions. It is supremely beautiful but overrun by tourists. It is the most expensive place to visit in Thailand but the locals are riculously poor. One Thai website recently called the island a national travesty.
No more than 10 steps off of the main street, you are in complete slums. Maybe this is the case all over southeast Asia, but as this was my first experience of the sort, I was quite surprised.
Hiking through the jungle was pretty strange as well. There was abandoned construction equipment, half built, broken down houses and tin shacks in the most absurd of places. It was a bizarre experience.
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After five full days on Phi Phi, it was Friday, December 30th. We were scheduled to hop on a a ferry back to Phuket early in the AM.
We asked the man in charge of the ferry what beach was closest to the airport (we had to leave super early on Saturday morning) and he threw a coded sticker on us to take us to our unknown destination. We knew not where we were going or what it would be like. Luckily, this ferry was a polar opposite from the ferry to Phi Phi. We were dry, laying on a deck in the sun- it was awesome.
Upon arriving in Phuket, we were shuffled into a crowded van as per our coded sticker. Halfway through the ride, the driver is begins yelling at us in, what sounded like, panicked, flustered Thai. He pulls over, throws our bags out and we are like Oh no! This is it! We are going to be those foreign girls that went to Thailand and were never heard of again. Thankfully, a new van pulls over, picks us up and takes the rest of our van to the airport. Crisis averted. Again, once at the airport, our driver throws out our bags. We do our best to show him our “coded” stickers and say no! no! NO AIRPORT! Angrily, he loaded us back into his van, furiously pulling away.
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