I’m back!

Winter break has begun, and I’m free to do all of the fun things I’ve been wanting to do all semester!  I have a list full of craft projects and trip prep that I cannot wait to get started on. I’ve started working on my Thai, visiting the Thai temple to practice my speaking and writing. I’ve also planned out my independent study for spring semester, which I’m very excited to tell you all about!

Be sure to follow my Instagram for daily Thailand throwback pictures, and updates on all my cool craft projects.

<3, Eliot

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8 Reasons to Visit Thailand (Reason #8!!)

Reason #8: THE BEACH

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You probably should have seen that one coming. Beaches exist all over the planet, and while there isn’t really anything specific that makes the ones in Thailand special, they do have one thing going for them: they’re in Thailand!

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Many touristy beaches are near markets where you can get a Thai massage, buy souvenirs, or even better, a nice cold Thai Ice Tea or Fruit Smoothie.

If you find yourself on a west-facing beach, do yourself a favor and watch the sunset at least once.

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Wherever your Thailand travels take you, whether to a lovely beach town, or to the jungles of Chiang Mai (hopefully both), I wish you a Thai Iced Tea, a Thai massage, and a Thai Smile.

I’ll be leaving for my second trip to Thailand on the 5th of January, and I’m saving all the money I can for a semester full of massages and motorbike rides. If you’d like to help me out, click here!

8 Reasons to visit Thailand (Reason #7)

Reason #7: Night Markets!

While Night Markets aren’t only unique to Thailand, Thai night markets are a totally interesting, fun, and noteworthy experience.

Going to the night market for the first time was quite overwhelming, but after a while, you get used to it. When it starts to get dark, one entire street gets blocked off, and vendors set up various booths. Food, knock off electronics, clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and toys are all common.

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The smoothie booth was probably my favorite. For 1 dollar, you get a pretty decent sized smoothie, in whatever flavor you wish! Smoothie vendors are very common in Thailand, and can be found all over the place, not just night markets. Other food booths are also common, you can see photos of them on my food post.

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Another common staple at the night market is cheap sunglasses. You have about a million options to choose from, for only $3!

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Various handmade goods and accessories are also abundant. These booths were always one of my favorite to look through.

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These carved soap flowers were at almost every night market I went to. I didn’t learn until almost the end of my trip that they are made of soap! I never did find out why they make these flowers out of soap or what they’re for, and google doesn’t seem to know either! Anybody have any ideas?

Night markets can be found in towns all over Thailand, so head over there and check it out! If you enjoyed reading this post, don’t forget to check out my next trip to Thailand.

8 Reasons to visit Thailand (Reason #5)

Reason #5: FOOD

There are many things to say about eating in Thailand. First of all, where else can you order french fries out of a photo album?!

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But seriously, food is a big part of the Thailand experience. I went to Thailand a very picky eater, and came home eating everything. While they do have some “normal” food there like Burger King, Pizza Hut ect. the Thai food is much more abundant. The most famous dish I would think is Pad Thai, which coincidentally I have never tried! While there are many other Thai dishes that I didn’t end up getting my hands on, I did eat lots of yummy seafood! One of my favorite dishes from my trip was this baked fish.

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At the night markets, fresh sea food is always an option.

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As well as this insanely delicious pancake/crepe type dish called Rotee. You can get it with nearly any fruit or syrup, and then it is usually glazed in sweetened condensed milk. Sweetened condensed milk is also used in other insanely delicious Thai treat: Thai ice tea. I will forever be sad about how Thai tea costs $3.50 in america instead of the $.60 cents that it costs in Thailand.

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Thailand also has an assortment of yummy snacks to be found at any 7/11 which are on nearly every corner. Some of my favorites were this mocha flavored milk, and jello packet!

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There really is something to be said about food in Thailand, and I think it has a lot to do with the people. Thai people are so happy and kind, and when they bring your food to the table you can’t help but be happy about it! But hey, go check it out for yourself!

If you enjoyed reading this article, consider donating to my next trip to Thailand!

8 Reasons to visit Thailand (Reason #3)

Reason #3: Bangkok!

Bangkok is like no other place in the world. It’s busy. It’s stinky. It’s exotic. It’s …. Bangkok!

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It’s quite easy to get to the city, and to get around in the city! To get there, hope on one of the mini busses that seem to be nearly as abundant as scooters, (okay, maybe not quite) and you’ll be speeding there in no time. To get around the city, the public transportation consists of the BTS, or Skytrain, scooters, taxis, and tuk tuks. The BTS, or Skytrain, has 2 lines that hit all the major areas of the city. Just walk up a million flights of stairs, and wait for the next train to whisk you away. If it’s during rush hours, you’re going to be smushed. If the BTS doesn’t take you all the way to your destination, grab a scooter, taxi, or a tuk tuk to take you the rest of the way. Scooters are faster and cheaper for one person, taxi’s are the next quickest option, and tuk tuks are definitely the slowest.

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While you’re there, check out the Chao Praya River. The river itself is a little bit dirty and gross, but  cruise down the river is quite cheap, and offers some pretty cool views of temples, and the city. The BTS will take you all the way here!

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If you find yourself in Bangkok, do yourself a favor and end up on the roof of a really tall building. Rooftop views of the city are like nothing else you’ll ever lay eyes on.

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Lastly, make sure you check out Chatuchak Weekend Market. It’s HUGE. I mean seriously huge. So big it has it’s own map, and BTS station! It is one of the world largest weekend markets. While markets are common all over Thailand, this one is a little special. It has everything. Cool Thai clothes, touristy t shirts, buddha statues, live fish in bags, amazing cooked meals, puppets, decorations, shoes, and plants. And about a million more things.

Are you ready to go yet?!

Make sure to check out my latest plans to Take Over Thailand! Thanks for reading!

8 Reasons to Visit Thailand (Reason #2)

Reason #2: SCOOTERS

Scooters, or motorbikes, are like the blood of Thailand. They are everywhere, and they keep it functioning.

Seriously.

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Everywhere.

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Have you ever seen so many scooters in one place ever?!

There are 2 ways to take advantage of scooters on your Thailand adventure. First, motorbike taxi’s. If you need to get somewhere, quickly, and you don’t have anybody else to take with you, grab a motorbike taxi and you will be flying through the streets before you even finish telling the driver where to take you! Second, rent one for yourself! I rented a motorbike in Hua Hin, for about 2 months, at a rate of about $3 a day. While you could easily take a tuk tuk anywhere you want to go, and back, for about $1.50, the convenience of having your own scooter really just can’t be beat.

Don’t forget to check out my latest adventure plans!

8 Reasons to Visit Thailand (Reason #1)

Hello world!

In light of my recent decision to study abroad in Thailand again (learn more here), I’ve decided it would be fun to create a list of reasons why everyone should visit Thailand! I have come up with 8 reasons (in no particular order), and will be sharing them over the next two weeks.

Reason #1: Visit Hat Suwat Waterfall at Khao Yai National Park

So you’re probably wondering like, what is this random waterfall? Why would she make this the first post? Don’t worry! This is not just some random waterfall! This is the waterfall where the famous waterfall scene from “The Beach” was filmed! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beach_(film) But regardless of whether or not you care about the movie, this place is worth checking out. To get there from Hua Hin, where I stayed, we took a bus from Hua Hin to Bangkok (reason #3 to visit Thailand), and another from Bangkok to the park. It is located about 2 hours west of Bangkok.

In order to have enough time to see the falls, we camped out in the park, at Lam Ta Khong campground.

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We arrived in the later afternoon, and the campground was packed! It was near a holiday and many Thai people were out camping. We rented a tent and tarp for super cheap, and set up camp in an empty area. (We found out the next morning why nobody else camped there, the ground around us had turned to muddy mush!)

The campground was quite beautiful! It is totally surrounded by tall forests, has a stream with a small waterfall, a scary old bridge to walk across, and an amazing sunset view.

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Early the next morning, we set off on our journey to the waterfall on foot. The sun beamed through the trees in such a magical way. Combined with the jungle all around us, it really felt like a fairy tale. We has some insanely beautiful views on that walk. It was my first time being in a real jungle, and I was totally in awe of how majestic it was.

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It was quite a long walk, I don’t know exactly how far, but eventually we got to the falls. It was totally beautiful and totally worth the trip!

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What do you think? Have I convinced you to go to Thailand yet? 😉

Keep your eye out for post #2 in the next few days! Thanks for reading!

-Eliot

Eliot Jade Takes Over Thailand

Hello world!

I will be spending my spring semester studying abroad in Hua Hin, Thailand. I want to really immerse myself in Thai Culture, with an in depth knowledge of how it works, gained by studying their religion. I want to visit amazing temples, and learn about their history. I want to talk to the locals, and learn from them. I want to learn everything! And at the same time, go to school, work on my Thai, make new friends, and eat amazing food! Watch my video here for more info.

I have set up a campaign here to help me raise money for this adventure! I so totally appreciate every single dollar that is donated to my campaign, I couldn’t do it without you guys, so for various dollar amounts that you donate, I have small incentives/rewards that you will receive! Check them out! Don’t forget to email me your information if you donate!

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If you want to know anything else about my trip, don’t hesitate to email me! I would love to hear from you!

Love,

Eliot