End of my journey in Thailand

I can’t believe I have come to an end of teaching in Thailand. This was the most amazing and informative experience of my life. My school and my students were equally as wonderful as each other and I could not have thought of a better way to introduce myself into teaching than within U-Thong School. The things that I learnt along the way will be forever a part of me. I’m no longer scared of interacting with strangers or asking for help when I need it. I’ve also grown patient and appreciative of students in school who learn languages; it’s so difficult but they try their best and really give it their all. I will miss my school so much but it is time for me to move on to other things but we’ll get to that in a little bit.

The whole month of March was free for me in Thailand to do as I pleased so obviously I slept for around a week and binge watched Netflix shows in my apartment for as long as possible. I envy those who travelled after teaching but for me that wasn’t an option due to money issues but I honestly loved my town so didn’t mind staying there. I did however, manage to make it to Koh Phangan to meet up with my friends and had the time of my life. A one hour plane journey and a 3 hour boat ride and I was with all my friends on the beach in probably the best hostel I have ever stayed in (Echo Beach luv u 4eva).

The whole reason we went to Koh Phangan was for the Full Moon Party which was on the 20th March. It was probably the best night I’ve had in Thailand, so good that I even Facetimed my mum and dad at around 3am to tell them how good my night was whilst listening to heavy drum and bass. I danced on a beach until the sun came up and then threw myself in the sea at around 6am. All in all the best night ever, my friends made it 100% better and I’m so lucky to have them in my life although my liver does not agree. The day before I was leaving they tried to convince me to stay in Koh Phangan with them and extend my travels but I couldn’t face drinking another smirny ice or staying up until 7am on the beach. My body needed a rest from alcohol and my clothes needed to be rid of sand.

My friends are the reason that I have stayed sane in Thailand. We became friends during our orientation or during working at school and have stayed in contact after finishing our contracts, despite some of them living in towns around 10 hours away from my town we managed to see each other during our 4 months of teaching and have stayed really close friends. Being on Koh Phangan with them made me realise how much I love these insane people. I can see us all being friends for a really long time and I will miss you all so much!  Thanks for making Thailand better and my liver worse – Taylor, Kate, Ciara, Em, Jen, Jenna, Izzy, Khalil, Chris, Rhea, Carlos, Jackie and Carly.

Moving on to April.

I was told to move out of my apartment by the 1st of April by my lovely landlady who has been nothing but nice to me during my time in Thailand so of course I obliged. I wanted to try claim squatters rights so that I didn’t have to pay for anywhere to stay for my remaining days in Thailand but she was too cute to do that to. Instead I headed to Bangkok for a week of pure humidity. I stayed in a hotel in central Bangkok for 6 days, it had a pool which is quite a luxury and it was in the perfect place for everything I needed which was basically food and sleep. On the first day I asked the reception staff if there was a nearby supermarket and they said they could call me a taxi, me being a cheapskate said ‘no no I will walk’, the staff proceeded to look at me like I was a moron but gave me the directions regardless. 20 minutes later I arrived at Tesco looking like a drowned rat, covered in sweat and feeling like I’d taken a trip to the sun. Bangkok heat is like no other I’ve ever experienced, you can’t even describe it you’ve just got to experience it for yourself. Apparently April is the hottest month in Thailand although I beg to argue that all months in Thailand are the hottest. From what I have learnt Thailand has 3 seasons – hot, hotter and hottest. Now I know that April is not the time to visit Thailand. My skin will not miss the Thai heat but in a strange way I will miss it. I’ll miss everything about Thailand that I have grown to love so much.

I flew out of Bangkok on the 8th April at 1:45am to Incheon airport to start my new life as a teacher in South Korea.

I’m currently writing this from my apartment in Gwangju, it’s very cold and rainy but it already feels like home. I’ve already had to call my mum and ask her to send me some jumpers over but I love that, I miss having real seasons. I can tell I’m going to love it here.

I’ll keep you all updated on my adventures.

See you soon

Steph

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