Where have I been? Thailand Travels and 2015

thailand collage So, where have I been? I promise all will be answered today, in this very post! But firstly hello everyone! I’ve missed you and I’ve missed blogging, however it has been harder than I thought it would be getting back into normal life and ‘reality’. 2015 has started off with adventure and masses of positivity for me.

Many of you know I spent the first three weeks in Thailand (AMAZING), now I am settling back into work and focusing on my friends, my babe and achieving some personal goals I have floating around in my mind. I’m turning 25 this year and I’ll be completely honest, it’s a bit scary. It seems like a strange in-between, not young, not old just in that grey area (but thank god not actually grey yet). Am I exaggerating and being a total mid-twenties Gen Y right now? Probably, but who cares!

Anyways, back to my travels, Thailand was incredible. It was the perfect mix of new experiences, culture and relaxation.

Firstly we arrived in Bangkok and spent a week there wandering the city, shopping in malls and at markets, eating street food and getting our bearings. I really loved the busy vibe of the city and walking almost everywhere meant that we quickly figured out the area and found some secret spots! I left Bangkok with lots of H&M and Forever21 goodies, a new favourite sky bar and a love for sticky rice in a little plastic bag.

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Chiang Mai was hands down my favourite place in Thailand. The town is such an amazing mixture of old and new. Although I never quite got my head around whether I was inside or outside of the wall (the city use to be completely walled in, moat and all!) I loved wandering the streets and finding different hipster cafes among the day and night markets. We spent a day looking after elephants which was probably one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. Another highlight was going to Thai cooking school for a day and creating 7 different dishes which were the most delicious meals I have ever made.

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Our final week was spent in Phuket. After doing all the more touristy type activities it was nice to just relax by the hotel pool or out on Patong beach. We did a bit of exploring of old Phuket Town, ventured up to Monkey Hill, did an island day tour and ended a few nights eating banana and chocolate roti on the beach.

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Now I’m back at work and finally getting back into the swing of things. I am currently looking at doing some further study later in the year too which is exciting but the application form is lengthly and difficult!

Look out for my next post on a few little changes happening here at Laura Loves. I’d love to know if you have been to any of those cities in Thailand and what you thought of the places! I’m thinking about Cambodia and Vietnam next – suggestions?