The best way to banish the winter blues is definitely a holiday! It doesn’t have to be a long-haul two weeker, even a short UK weekend away can do the trick.
I always like to go away in January, my birthday is the 23rd (worst birthday day of the whole year), so escaping somewhere I can relax and forget about the long, dull days at work is a must.Luckily for me I have an Uncle who lives in Thailand most of the year, so disappearing there for 10 days is heaven.
I’ve been three times now. This year I thought it was about time I took the husband, my sister and her girlfriend came along too. My Uncle lives in the middle of nowhere in the north of Thailand, when I say the middle of nowhere I mean it, you’re talking a long drive to the nearest town and miles and miles of rice fields. He lives with his wife (no he didn’t buy her), daughter and two step-daughters and mother and father-in-law. He built his house out there about 3 years ago.
The first time I visited(4years ago) was a huge culture shock, I went with my Mum, we landed in Bangkok and then had a gruelling 7 hour taxi journey to the village. My uncle didn’t have his new house then so we stayed in the local village with a family friend called Mare Peng and her dogs. I consider myself so lucky to have truly experienced the Thai way of life and not only the idyllic side of Thailand you see on Instagram, eating food you caught earlier in the day from a muddy pond or the pet chickens and using hole in the floor toilets where there’s never any toilet roll. It’s not for everyone but I really embrace living this fascinating culture.
For the second part of our trip, this year we went to Phuket – and I won’t be returning in a hurry. My husband described it as Thailand’s Magaluf. It was so so busy, touristy, noisy and lacked culture. The beach was nice, we enjoyed a day getting burnt playing bat and ball and it was nice wandering aimlessly along it. There were nice places to eat too, I just LOVE thai food and you can’t argue with £2 cocktails.
Last year I went to Krabi which is what you imagine when you think of thailand – so so stunning. I remember walking out the hotel and to the beach and my breath being taken away. It was just dreamy. Definitely worth a visit if anyones heading that direction.
I think next time it’ll be a trip to Koh Samui or Phi Phi or if anyone has any recomendations please let me know 😊
Lots of love