Thailand was never a holiday destination that I was particularly interested in, but a few friends had expressed their desire to vacation there over Christmas and New Year for 2014/2015. Still not over my post-holiday depression from Japan, we booked tickets quickly and the five of us spent a quick 8 days in Singapore and Thailand.
I was torn about traveling to Thailand initially and had just gone to tag along with my friends, and also to attend the notorious Full Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan. I intended this to be a party trip, and a party trip it was- we were either hungover or drinking every day of the trip. Aside from that, the experience traveling in Thailand was confronting at times. It was my first time traveling to a South-east Asian country, and it was disheartening to see people living in less than ideal living conditions. We spent a little bit of time in Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket, and the majority of our time in Koh Samui.
Koh Samui and Phuket were much more touristy than Bangkok, and also more expensive. We learned to barter for items and rides throughout our travels in Thailand. I rode on the back of a scooter for the first time and also tried the 3 person scooter ride (quite common in Thailand) more than once.
After a whirlwind week, my friends and I came home from Thailand bruised, battered, burnt and scratched (literally). Contrary to my preconceived notions that I would dislike traveling through South-east Asia, I loved the culinary delights and nightlife scene in Thailand, and would gladly return in a heartbeat, especially to a less touristy area like Bangkok, which was one of my favourite places we traveled to.