It wasn’t until this year that I realised how much I enjoy and look forward to Christmas. Apart from the day itself and the element of being with family and friends there is also the build-up and the nice quaint anticipation that something different is happening, something that happens only once a year. I don’t think I could enjoy Christmas in many other countries other than England as I particularly missed the smells of things such as mulled wine and mince pies with the feeling of being wrapped up warm in a coat with a cold nose. In Thailand it was impossible to feel Christmassy no matter how many hotels had plastic Christmas trees it wasn’t the same and the feeling wasn’t there. We were lucky enough to have two friends visiting who were on a similar trail to us and so it made it a bit of an occasion.
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After having never been to Thailand before I entered through the North and spend my first three weeks in this area. With never being any further south than Udon Thani I think I’ve seen a very different side of the country to the regular tourist. The South is, of course, yet to come and I’m sure it will be a completely different experience, for one there will be no need for a hoodie morning and night. I really like what I’ve seen of the country so far and its all been really well priced, I’ve not done much in the way of tourist attractions, rather, just hanging out and I’m getting by on less than £10 a day, which is what some people told me I’d be paying for the room alone.