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I took off my yukata, and got dressed as fast as my just-woken-up-hands allowed. Still, cold crept up to my bones. But when you’re waking up at 6am in a Buddhist Temple, deep in the mountains, in Japan’s most sacred town of Koyasan, and you’re expected at the shrine for the morning ceremony, details like cold become irrelevant. And that’s saying something coming from me.
With so many amazing things to do in the Thai Islands, it’s hard to choose which ones are the best to make the most out of your trip. So, to help you, we've compiled a list of the top experiences in the Thai Islands you absolutely cannot miss.
Before we leave Thailand, I’d like to look back on our time in this amazing country. It’s been two months with its ups and downs, beaches and forests, oceans and lakes, Muay Thai and massages, karst to no end and too many motorbike rides to count. I firmly believe that when you actively reflect upon the time spent in a place, it prevents it from being a fleeting trip once lived. It becomes permanent, somehow, as you realize how and why this place changed you. This change will still be a part of you even after you are long gone.
Koh Tao is the diving capital of Thailand. Travelers from all corners of the world come here either to get Open Water Certified or to just spend a few days Scuba Diving.
Lately it seems like everywhere I turn there’s 30 before 30 lists. I can’t escape them. I’ve read a couple of them and every time I do I feel drained by the last point. There’s so much expected from us. Too much we have to accomplish “before it’s too late”. Before the chance of being “someone in life” (what the hell does that even mean, anyway) is lost the day you turn the big three-O. Well, guys and girls, this week I turned twenty-nine so, according to the internet, I’m officially screwed.
We’ve met people from all over the world these past months. Somehow, at one point or another, we always end up talking about food. This is followed by me loudly expressing how much I miss Mexican food and that it’s really hard for me to be away from it when traveling. Some people, in turn, look at me skeptically.
Working out and trying activities in new places are two of the things I enjoy the most. The problem is that putting the two of them together can often result in something too intense, too dangerous or way out of my comfort zone. Before arriving in Thailand, I knew that I didn’t want to leave without taking at least one Muay Thai class.  What can be more appropriate than learning the national sport?
This time last year I was writing this post. After publishing it I knew that my bucketlist was ambitious, especially since I only had 365 days to complete it. I knew it was nearly impossible to cross off every item, yet I dreamed of an adventure-filled year in which I could, through experiences, feel more alive than ever.
As soon as I laid eyes on Rainforest Camp I knew one night wouldn’t be enough. Since our time in Thailand is coming to an end, I have no trouble saying that it was the most special place we stayed at on our entire Thailand trip.
Ever since we came back from Elephant Hills and Rainforest Camp I’ve been trying to come up with the words I need to use to make this experience justice. At some point I understood that there’s no way I can show you exactly what makes these places so exceptional. It’s like being witness of such a spectacular sunset that you try and try to capture it with your camera, until you realize that anything you say, or as many photos as you take, they will never be enough to capture exactly why that moment is so magical. I’m definitely gonna try though. Because, truly, this is one of the most special experiences we’ve had in Thailand and I can’t wait to share it with you.
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