Author: Not The Jealous Kind

I Love Bangkok

Bangkok would have to be one of my favourite cities in the world.  From temples, to shopping, to lady boy cabarets, the city offers something for everyone.  I could people watch for hours on end hustling and bustling on Khao San Road.  Senses are always awakened by the pungent street smells rising from the humid pavements, and navigating through the busy streets often becomes a game of dodgems (mind your head), as you count the near misses from the seriously low electricity cables. No matter how dirty the city is, there’s just something about it that always leaves me wanting more. This was my third time in Bangkok and having visited the major tourist attractions on previous occasions, it was nice to spend my final two days in Thailand as more of a local.  Hailing from Melbourne, expats Georgie & Joseph kindly allowed me to stay in their apartment in Sukhumvit.  From travelling on the Sky Train to strolling through Lumphini Park, it was great to get their recommendations on things to do in Bangkok.  But …

Places To Stay, Thailand

When you’re planning a holiday it’s always nice to hear peoples recommendations of where to stay.  Often great little finds don’t appear when you’re trawling through websites and you often discover things too late.  I find researching where to stay a time consuming process.  Everyone’s tastes are different and you’re not always going to agree with their recommendations, but it’s nice to have a starting point.  So here are some recommendations from my time in Thailand. Koh Tao We stayed at the Haad Tien Beach Resort and loved it. There are two accommodation options to suit different budgets both situated in Thian Og Bay otherwise known as Shark Bay.  It has it’s own private beach which is cleaned daily by staff, two pools, plus a diving pool if you want to get your Padi’s licence, plus a spa.  My friends stayed in the villas in Haad Tien, while I was perched up in The Beach Club.  There are shuttle buses that run from the resort into Mae Haad or for an extra charge to Sairee Beach.  If you miss …

Eat, Sleep, Drink

Thailand as a holiday destination was pure indulgence for me. For nearly three weeks my days consisted of eating, drinking, sleeping and lounging by the resort pools.  Having been to Thailand twice previously, this holiday for me was not about sightseeing or shopping, it was about spending time with friends and relaxation, and that’s exactly what I did. I spent the first part of my journey on the island of Koh Tao celebrating a friends 40th birthday.  Melenie and her husband Richard had been to the island previously which meant when it came to making decisions about what to do and where to eat, it was generally covered.  I was more than happy to go with the flow. Koh Tao was definitely my pick of the trip.  The clear waters make it a popular spot for diving and snorkelling.  It has a lovely laid back vibe, great restaurants to eat at and it has enough of a nightlife to get your fix if you feel up to it. Like anywhere in Thailand there are plenty of …

Taking A Leap Into The Unknown

When not one, but two major life changing events knock you sideways leaving you breathless and dazed as to what’s just happened, you need to take a step back to try to make sense of everything.  The path I thought I was heading down had come to an abrupt dead-end on a personal level. On a professional level, I could have kept clocking in and clocking out (often a lot later than I would have liked), I had a great job and career. But having not had a decent holiday in nearly three years, during a period of my life where I was experiencing for the very first time what grieve truly was, it was time for a change of pace and lifestyle.  With two special birthdays on the horizon, in two different countries, they were just the excuse I needed to take some time out. Taking a leap into the unknown, I’ve resigned from my role at Viva magazine, put everything I own into storage and I’m taking what initially was four months off …