On one hand, I find that there are some obligatory touristy things one has to do at least once when visiting a new place, just to say you did it. On the other hand, discovering obscure, off-the-beaten-path places along the way is also my cup of tea. While researching the internet for information on what wonders Thailand holds, I came across a site that has a list of bizarre and intriguing suggestions. If you enjoy the bizarre and sometimes creepy as much as I do, I suggest you check out Atlas Obscura’s list of Interesting Places in Thailand. (Note: there are some not creepy places as well)
This is the area where I will be living. It is 250 – 300 kilometers (155 – 187 miles) from the capitol of Laos and about an hour plane ride/10 hour drive (650 kilometers) from Bangkok. According to my agent, this area of Thailand gets less tourists than other regions and as such has been deemed “The Real Thailand Experience”. Because of it’s location, this area has a mix of Thai and Lao cultures. The anthropologist in me is giddy (anthropology undergrad), the English teacher in me is not sure what this feeling is that she is feeling (have any of you ever seen Wicked the musical?). Check out cool things to do in Sakon Nakhon at wikivoyage.org. I am excited for the Temples and basically everything listed in the Local Products list. What looks interesting to you?
You know all the beautiful Thai beaches and sunshine that everyone always talks about? Yeah? Well I am absolutely nowhere near them, haha (it will also be the rainy season).
On one hand, it is exciting. From the things I have read this means that the Isaan Region (Northeast Thailand) is less touristy than other areas. On the other hand, for the first month I will probably miss my creature comforts and extreme convenience.
Instead of researching what I should prepare for teaching English, I am searching for way more important matters… like street food, temples, and how not to get scammed by a tuk tuk driver (not that all tuk tuk drivers are scammers, because they are not. It’s just a thing that happens). I am also trying (and failing) to learn basic Thai. From what I was told though, the dialect of my area is a mix of Lao and Thai because I live so close to the boarder of Laos… the language struggle is just beginning… がんばろう！
We will continue this later…