Sawasdee : Saying Goodbye to Thailand

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As I sit here on my last day in Thailand staring at my packed bags I cannot help but let the memories of the past two years creep into my thoughts.  This adventure has reached its culmination but it has imbued a long lasting effect on my life.  Between the people I have met, the crystal blue waters that I have swam in, and the children that I have had the pleasure of teaching, my time in Thailand has been nothing but extraordinary.

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Khanom, Thailand : A Backpacker’s Respite

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A typical backpacker’s journey to the south of Thailand will take them to the party islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Pha Ngan where free flow Sang Som buckets and neon-painted tourists reign supreme.  These islands are a tremendous experience in their own right but every now and then the wandering soul might require a bit of time away from the fire shows and non-stop EDM parties.  This is where the lovely beach town of Khanom comes in.  Commonly frequented by the expat teachers of Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, this quiet oceanside community may slip by the standard traveler’s radar.  It features a stretch of nearly untouched sand that can provide a much needed rest on your Thailand holiday.

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Hashi Japanese : Birthday Treat in Surat Thani

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My first year of teaching in Thailand has reached it’s penultimate week and I cannot stress how much the coming two months of vacation are desperately needed.  It will be an interesting time as I am not getting paid during the hiatus but I still have tremendous travel plans that include some diving, hiking, and Batman v Superman in IMAX watching.  That is all in two IMG_20160217_185326307 (1)weeks though so for now my focus is still here in Surat Thani.

Thai food is absolutely amazing as it blends so many flavors into one scrumptious dish and while I have come to love Thai food, nothing beats a little variety every now and then.  This past week for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a local Japanese restaurant that I have had my eye on for awhile now.  Between the menu, atmosphere, and brand new beer Hashi Japanese Restaurant in Surat Thani is a culinary delight.

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Goodbye You Little Angels/Devils

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There are just a few more days left for my time at Kwang Tong School here in Sukhothai.  This Sunday I’ll be hopping a flight down to Surat Thani to begin teaching P1 at Thidamaepra School.  All of the reaching out that they have done so far has made me feel extremely welcome, and I haven’t even arrived yet.  That being said it is my last week interacting with the little balls of energy at Kwang Tong.  They have given me so many great memories to have.

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