We have just completed our first 7 days on the Frontier South East Asia Trail and it has been absolutely fantastic so far! It already feels like the group have been together for so much longer since we met on that first day in Bangkok and we have done so much already it’s unreal! We spent a couple of nights in Bangkok down Khao San road, experiencing the night life, the new food and a day trip to the Grand Palace (for some us after a very warm and pretty sticky boat journey!) and we were also lucky enough to bump into the Princess of Thailand. A very royal start for us indeed!
Next we got the night bus down to Chang Mai (where the bus driver treated us to some Thai music at 3am…) where we spent a few days exploring temples, finding exciting places to eat, indulging in massages and for some of us a night down the local Thai boxing ring! My personal highlight during our stay in Chang Mai was our opportunity to speak to Olay, one of the local monks who offered a very insightful, inspiring and refreshing outlook on not only being a Monk, but also teaching us the concepts and philosophies behind the Buddhist religion, something which I’m sure will stay with me for many years to come! As much as I would love to shave my head, get an orange robe and go full monk, I don’t think I could live without dancing and singing like a bit of an idiot (which unfortunately Monks cannot do!)
We have just arrived in the northern town of Pai which I have absolutely fallen in love with, it is so peaceful, tranquil and calm compared to the humid hustle and bustle of Bangkok, I think I have learnt that I am very much a countryside kinda guy! The group are just about to go tubing down the local river now and I cannot wait for what the next few weeks have in store for us!
By Mike Hanson, volunteer
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