We’re going to Thailand and it’s a dream come true

Literally can’t get over it. Thailand has been at the top of my travel list for absolutely years – destination numero uno. I think my longing to go there stems as far back as watching The Beach for the first time (hellooooo early 00s Leonardo!)

It’s always been one of my major goals – earn enough money to pack a back pack and piss off somewhere and not even worry about it for a bit. I’ve been through a lot of changes over the last year and had planned that I would definitely go to Thailand in 2017. Enough fannying around, time to go. On my own if necessary.

I’d mentioned it to Will about a billion times. I was probably (definitely?) on the verge of boring. Skip to a few weeks later and I’m in the pub showing him flights on the Skyscanner app, showing him Instagram pictures of beautiful island beaches, that prices of Tuk Tuks aren’t that bad and CLEARLY eating a scorpion on Khao San Road is beneficial to my health – he just turns to me and says: “Okay, book it.”

Cue Ella’s jaw hitting the table and almost knocking over my ridiculously overpriced Pino. 2017 achievement goal unlocked.

Taking no chances, those flights were booked in five minutes flat, and my 65L backpack was on Express delivery so fast Amazon didn’t know what had hit it.

We’ve planned roughly where we want to be and when, but obvs don’t want to plan too much – but I thought I’d share it to open up our itinerary to suggestions of experiences, places to stay …and bars obviously. Also I’m so damn excited I just have to get it out there.

Flying into Bangkok

We fly into Bangkok early as hell in the morning and are staying at some guest house. We haven’t planned to do anything, except go to Khao San Road in the evening. The research I’ve done suggests this is the vanilla tourist approach, but I don’t think I can NOT go! I’m also hella intrigued to see what the gogo bars are like out there. I went to the Red Light District in Amsterdam and for some reason places like that, rightly or wrongly (discuss?) hold a strong fascination for me. I don’t know whether it’s the fact that it’s a life being lived that’s so far flung from my own, or what.

I’m also going eat a few insects. Because you’ve got to, haven’t you?

Flying to Chiang Mai

I was a liiiiittle disappointed as I really wanted to try out the sleeper train to Chiang Mai – but looking at the prices vs time spent travelling, flying won out every time. We’re again, staying in a little guest house. I thought it was pretty cute that they had a MASSIVE SERIOUS disclaimer on the website that WARNING, breakfast WILL BE CHARGED AS EXTRA. Putting the price into the currency converter told me we can receive that luxury for the grand total of £3.50 each. Banging.

We haven’t planned anything except visiting the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, which we’ve booked ahead. I’ve heard all about the bad things that happen in elephant ‘sanctuaries’, plus the drugged tiger thing. I don’t want to contribute to that. I spoke to a lot of people, did a bit of sleuthing and I either read reviews mentioning the poor treatment of the animals or saw that riding the elephants would be part of the program (no no). EJS came out on top.

This was the one massive thing on my bucket list and I wanted to make sure we did it right. See the below from the website.

Read more about Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and elephant welfare from this great travel blog.

Elephant at Thailand Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

We’ve got a few days here. What else shall we do? I heard about a day-trip to Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand, is it worth it?

Flying to Phuket

Again, we’re flying to save time. We haven’t booked anywhere to stay yet and are toying with the idea of staying in a hostel dorm. I have never done it – not even in Amsterdam – and it’s not a very ‘me’ thing to do, but…YOLO right (sorry).

Where should we head?

Island hopping, yah?

Obviously this was going to feature. We just want to lie on the beach with beers and pretend we’ve not got real life to go back to. Koh Phi Phi is top of the list. I never realised there was so many in Thailand though – it’s difficult to choose what to do in the time that we have. Incidentally, we haven’t booked anywhere to stay as we don’t know where we’re going to be. Is it worth chancing it and just turning up to find somewhere to stay on the day?

I’m super excited to get some more stamps on my passport, and I’ve already got a mental list of the other places I want to visit over the next few years (sorry Will).

So, what do you think of our plans for Thailand so far? Have we missed anywhere that we really should visit? Let me know, I’ll add it to our itinerary.

Update – we’re back! So, take a look the video of our adventure here.


A Brit in Bavaria


My boyfriend and I went on a fantastic trip to Bavaria last week, and I wanted to share it with you.

Kurt is German and has lived in the UK for over 13 years. Although his mum lives in the UK in the next village to us, the rest of his family lives in Wain, a small village in the district of Biberach in Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It’s surrounded by fields and is super quiet – fantastic when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of London. It’s a completely different pace of life.

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The closest city is Ulm. It has the tallest church in the world – and I wouldn’t mind getting married there some day! Shops are awesome. I particularly like Tally Weijl and often buy my jeans from there – we don’t have the shop in the UK, but I’ve recently found out you can order online.

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We spent a hell of a lot of time eating. I love pretzels, but now I’ve discovered Laugenbroetchen, which is basically a pretzel but MORE bread, shaped like a regular roll. You can buy them warm – so delicious!

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A big (BIG) night out was spent in Hinteres Kreuz bar in Ulm. We pre-drank Caipirinhas, courtesy of Kurt’s cousin’s girlfriend – dangerous. As mentioned, the family comes from a small village, meaning travelling in a taxi to and from the city is expensive. Therefore, we had to try to stay out until the first train in the morning (most clubs in Germany are open until around that time anyway). Needless to say, I was EXTREMELY sick the next day and wasted a decent shopping day feeling sorry for myself on the sofa. For some reason, his family believes rollmops (shudder) are a hangover cure. Sure, if you count the smell of them making you throw up a cure! Not for me, dankeschön!

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Watch out ordering large drinks. I managed to get about a quadruple gin in a pint glass for around €3 by asking for this! Super fun and cheap but again…dangerous and PAINFUL the next day.

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It was an all round fantastic trip. It was so lovely to spend time with Kurt’s family as we haven’t seen some of them for over two years. His family are AWESOME and make me feel so, so welcome. Oma got the schnapps out immediately when we arrived!

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We will definitely be going back soon – we’ve just discovered we can get the train from Ulm to Paris for less than £50 so will factor that into the next trip too!

Zum Wohl!

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