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Cycling around the Sukhothai Historical Park

“Fifty baht,” “ten baht,” “no no no,” “Okay, twenty baht, and that’s a good price,” I said, with a cheeky smile on my face. “Okay, but need more people,” he said, moving hastily towards a group of backpackers who were sleepily stepping off an air-conditioned bus. The songthaew filled up with a...

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Camping in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

My hair blew violently in the wind; the smell of the countryside filled my nose with a sense of freedom and adventure; an escape from the noise, the crowds of people, towards a place of solitude and discovery. The bus was making its way towards the small village of Nakhon Thai, passing...

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Monkey business in Lopburi

They came from the rooftops, sliding down drainpipes; from underneath cars; from everywhere so it seemed; But why? Why now? Are they planning on taking me hostage, for a ransom of bananas perhaps? I stood helplessly in the middle of the road as they made their advances, but it soon became clear...

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The ancient ruins of Ayutthaya

This is the right train, it has to be; maybe running a little late on departure but it’s definitely the right platform, I thought, as if trying to convince my wavering confidence. I think I’ll ask someone just in case. I glanced around the cabin in search of re-assurance until finally locking...

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Bangkok chick boys

The week before I left I said goodbyes to all my friends. I think I’ll call that week Goodbye Pad Thai, as I made so much of it. My mum and bro waved me off at the bus station, and Louise waved me of at the airport – all tearful exchanges *sad...