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Have you wondered what you'd tell your teenage self if you could time travel?
These are the 7 travel tips for Thailand that I'd share with my 1995 self:
1. Don't be embarrassed.
2. Don't try too hard.
3. Make bug bite prevention a priority.
4.Carry mace if permitted.
5. Pack hand sanitizer.
6. Don't feel guilty dining away from the group.
7. Create food memories.
Hi SmartyGirl of 1995,
You are embarking on an awesome hiking and culture trip to Thailand.
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Here are some of the good things:
Your Thailand journal will include:
The two blankets smell stale. I slept all night with the sleeping bag over my head to avoid what the Australians call the "mozzies". They mean mosquitoes. I saw a tree burning. This dry part of the hike with red dust used to be a rainforest. It's a trek to the death. Still 5 more hours to the Karen hilltribe village. We smell because we ate fish, onion and tomato on bread, a lunch made by our guide named Sing.
Here are some notes in your travel diary:
..back in room 305. A couple of ants don't bother me much. And the lizard's so little that as long as it doesn't crawl in my stuff I'm fine. Went down to Songkran Road and bought groceries to tide me over. I settled on crackers and soymilk. I paid 30 Baht instead of 60 Baht. So soymilk is about $1.23. Crackers were $1.80. I ate crackers without cheese because cheese was way too expensive. On a different night, I ate delicious fruit salad with banana slices with seeds that looked as large as peppercorns. Had some Pad Thai with veggies again.
Here are the things that will challenge you:
You will write a journal entry that includes: ..I almost choke myself on my own blood. I splutter and turn my head to keep from dying while Fiona talks about a map and a place I can't see.
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Your travel diary will include this: ..I think the moustached letch propositioned me. For 200 Baht. Hey! At first I didn't get what he meant. The friend that he was with smacked him upside the head when I showed my annoyance. Did he think to try it with me because I was the only non-white farang in the group. Probably. Rude and crude joke.
This is how the trip might change you:
I haven't traveled to Thailand for over a decade but every summer, I make sure to eat Thai food that triggers my travel memories. You can find a decent recipe for Green Papaya Salad through About.com. Unfortunately, I have been searching for 17 years and I haven't found Pad Thai close to what I ate in Thailand.
Thankfully, Vietnamese cuisine is available in California and its flavors come close. I've discovered that some Vietnamese restaurant food tastes closer to authentic Thai food than orders at American Thai restaurants. Share your summer travel story by adding your comment below.