Next Stop: Koh Samui

I came to Bangkok with no plan. I have a lot of backup plans, a few goals, but no specific plan. I wanted to come here with an open mind and let the wind blow me where I’m supposed to go.

I was in Bangkok for a week planning to take a train up north to Chaing Mai, but I kept putting off buying the train ticket. Then yesterday, I heard of a website, Workaway, that connects travelers with businesses looking for volunteers in exchange for free room. I signed up.

I loved staying at the hostel in Bangkok. I really enjoyed the atmosphere there. It was amazing to get to know people from all over the world. Everyday there was someone new to meet. Everyone had a story to tell and all I wanted to do was listen and learn from them.

Realizing that I am fascinated with other people’s lives fueled motivation in me to find a job at a hostel. This way I could be surrounded by new people and new adventures all the time while saving money.

That’s when I found the Backpacker Hostel in Koh Samui. The Backpacker Hostel was looking for someone to start work immediately. As a volunteer, I’d work a couple hours a day, checking people in and tidying up. But then at night, the staff takes the guests to dinner at 8 and then leads them around the island to different bars.

I applied for the job. It sounds like a dream job for a traveling 22 yr old like myself that’s looking to save money. And sure enough, a few hours later I was told the job is mine if I can get down there in time for the full moon party. Which is an all-night beach party on the island of Ko Pha Ngan.

I packed my bags and off I went. It’s currently 5 am in Thailand and I’m sitting on an overnight train. Dumrong (my friend who works at the hostel in Bangkok) found me an awesome deal on a train that has A/C and a bed. Not all cars in the train have A/C and/or beds to sleep on. I left Bangkok at 7:30 pm and will get to Suratthani by 8:30 or so this morning. And then from there I’ll get on a bus that takes me to a ferry, which will then take me to Koh Samui. The top picture is the train I took and then the picture below is the ferry docked at Koh Samui.

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I’ll probably be offline the next few days because of the full moon party. I’m really excited!! One of my tasks will be bartending and painting people’s bodies with glow paint. I hope they don’t mind my lack in artists skills…

My plan is to stay on the island for about a month. But again, I’m letting the wind blow me where it should. So who knows how long I’ll be here for. I’m just excited to live a block away from the beach and continue meeting people from all walks of life.

I feel like Pocahontas –> Colors of the Wind

xx

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