13 July 2017

Reasons Why I'm Still Stuck In Thailand

Trust me, living abroad can be really exhausting and exciting at the same time. I know I have said this a gazzion times, 8 years in Asia and I’m still here and not leaving anytime soon. Well, it’s actually 2+ years in Thailand. I would say I spent most of my adulthood in Asia, I first touched base when I was 18 years old in 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Despite some challenges, as a person of colour experience here, they can’t rule out the fact that this place ROCKS really it does, ask around you’ll see that I’m not pulling your leg. Look, I’m not complaining or anything, I love it here that is why 2 years later I’m still stuck in this BLAZINGLY hot country.

It's been almost a year since my return to Thailand and of course I'm enjoying every moment YET AGAIN. Even though it might be challenging for someone of colour and worse being from Africa, I find this place interesting. Often times I brush off things that really don't interest me, same thing I do whilst back home too (Botswana).

A few things are still keeping me here, are you ready to know why I'm still stuck here? I have also done A VLOG on YOUTUBE, check it out. Anyways, let's do this!! I have compiled a few reasons to why I enjoy living in Thailand. Mind you, these are based on my experience and my experience alone. Anyways, let’s get to it;


It's undeniable that Thai food is ranked amongst the best food in world and of course beating many if not ALL the food around the region. Thai food is heaven, people travel from all corners of the world to come indulge in the Thai cuisines. Some even go to the extent of taking Thai cooking classes. There is so much to choose from, you'll never run out of options, from quick snacks like chicken/pork satays, to rice or noodles, mango sticky rice dessert, and it’s EVERYTHING. I actually never knew mango and rice could go together to make a mouth-watering dessert, it is a must try in Thailand.


Whether you are travelling within the city Bangkok, travelling to the all corners of the country there is abundance of transport readily available. Bangkok, a city with a population of over 8 million people, you can only imagine how hectic traffic gets, but I still give Hanoi the crown, Hanoi traffic is madness. I want to believe that there is some level of organisation when it comes to transport system in Thailand and plenty to choose from. There are 3 types of train services that you can use, there are Taxis, Uber, GrabTaxi (works just like Uber), motorbikes, Songthaew (a lorry turned into a “fancy” public transport), Tuk Tuk and so forth. You see - PLENTY. However if you want to beat the traffic, the up-class train system (BTS) and motorbikes are what I recommend, I use these everyday at least twice a day to go about my daily routine.

Just like food, Thailand is the land of SHOPPING, people go on shopping holidays to Thailand, if you don't believe me ask anyone who has travelled here, they will tell you that they shopped til they literally DROPPED. The clothes are very reasonably priced, sometimes I feel so bad that I'm not a fashionista, I could be SLAYING & SNATCHING WEAVES too but nope, I'm just a regular guy who loves his jeans/pants and T-shirts. I believe that Thailand has the largest weekend market in South East Region, Chatuchak Market, also known as JJ Market, trust me you can get ANYTHING at this market, when I say ANYTHING I really mean ANYTHING, from clothes, pets, furniture, you name it. The prices are perfect based on the quality of the stuff one gets and you can negotiate your way into getting ANYTHING CHEAP.


There is so much to do and plenty of choices too, you'll never get bored by visiting the same places over and over again. Quite a diverse country I must say, from the South where is the land of white sand beaches and full-moon parties, places like Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, you name it, it's a haven for a nice beach holiday.  Up north to Chiang Mai, a very lovely mountainous place, great for hiking and even great place to meditate. Then Bangkok, you talk of the nightlife, an expats city. A lot of museums and rooftop bars to visit, historical buildings to visit too as well as shopping of course.


The food here is cheap, transport is too, you can get a really good meal for as little as $1-$1.15 (30- 40 baht) and clothes items for as little as $2 i.e. when you shop right. When you know the right places to buy stuff you can go much longer than the other people with the little money you make here. I have friends from western countries who've said that they prefer living here over their countries even though they earn half or even less of what they used to or could have been earning.


Thai still uphold its culture and they embrace it beyond and it’s highly influenced by Buddhism. When they greet each other and everyone they put their palms together and bow, it’s called the WAI. 6p.m the national anthem plays across the country and everyone needs to stand still for a minute, it’s kind of freaky for a first timer but once you get the hang of it you automatically join in.
Heading up to the north of Thailand, you have people of the Long Neck, women with Neck Pieces that elongate their necks. The history of the country is very rich, a country that has never been colonised, THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND, it still has ruins dating back from the 19th century during the civil wars with neighbouring countries like Burma (now Myanmar), and some of the places are now UNESCO HERITAGE SITES.


There are 7/11s everywhere, I think there are like a kilometre apart and they are the definition of what a convenient store is about, you can get literally anything from toiletry, food, drinks, medication you name it, and they are 24 hours baeby, YEP 24/7. If you are yearning for a late night cooked meal, for sure they will be one mobile quick food stall somewhere around your area or by any 7/11. Taxis as well are always available 24/7.


There is always a huge community of expats and locals who are always out to meet people as well as friendly travellers who sometimes look for travel mates or looking for tips and hangouts, a lot of social apps that people are very effective on, I actually got all my jobs around Asia from social media.


Even though I sweat a lot, I do like the tropical warm weather here, I don't have to worry about getting winter clothes, summer throughout, = AWESOMENESS


For as little as $10 you can get a really good massage, just like the Thai cuisines, Thai massage is haven, you leave the “spa” feeling like a brand new person. What's more interesting is that you can get your massage almost anywhere, at the market, by the beach, ANYWHERE. A massage in Thai it's a necessity, a lot of walking during the day wears you out.

So BASICALLY, these are some of the reason why I'm enjoying this place, there is more but I think 10 it's more than enough from me. I'm enjoying every moment.

Have THAILAND on your to visit place, you won't regret.
Here is a Vlog

Have you been to THAILAND? What did you enjoy?
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