It’s confirmed! I am heading back to one of my most visited countries this September, I am going to Thailand for 2 whole weeks and I am super excited and nervous about it.
When the Thai tourist board got in touch about a gastronomy tour they are organising in Thailand and Malaysia I jumped at the chance to visit again. I love the Southeast Asian region, and I have extra love for the food there!
I will be going on a guided gastronomy tour around Bangkok and Ayutthaya before flying down to Malaysia for a further food tour around Malacca and Kuala Lumpur. All that in just 4 days.
Phew! I’m going to have a massive belly by the end of this trip.
As I am in the vicinity I decided to extend my trip to two weeks to make the most of it. I will be flying out to Bangkok earlier so I have a couple of extra days there to visit my friends and go back to some of my favourite spots in the city.
I will also stay an extra week after the gastronomy tour so that I can fly up to Chiang Mai for 4 days before finally spending my last 2 days in Bangkok (to do lots of shopping!).
It’s going to be quite emotional going back to Chiang Mai as it is a city I have spent a lot of time in over the last 10 years. It’s the place where I met Raj, and where we went back to live for a couple of months in 2014-2015.
Whilst I’m there I will be checking out a spa hotel, visiting some temples and the night bazaar.
Plus, I’m going back to Elephant Nature Park to see the elephants again. Finally I’m going to do another cooking school experience and no doubt I’ll be eating all of the Kao Soi Gai I can find.
It’s a strange feeling – on the one hand I’m excited to be going back to Thailand as I have been hankering to go for a while, but on the other hand I feel weird/sad that Raj isn’t coming with me.
I haven’t done a longer solo trip since I met Raj so this is going to be weird. My initial feelings are that I feel uncomfortable about it. However, I spent many years doing solo travel before I met Raj. Really, I should be ok.
I think this trip will be good for me. It’s a chance to capture what I love about Thailand and share with you guys here on my blog. And it’s also the chance to push myself back out of the comfort zone that being in a long-term relationship affords.
For whatever reason I always seem to end up drawn back to Thailand … since 2008 I have been visiting this gorgeous country and it’s going to be quite the adventure to head back out there again next month.
I will, of course, be sharing all about the trip here on Rosalilium. For live updates I will sharing my adventures on my Instagram stories.
Wish me luck! And sawasdee-ka!