Backpacking; Wikipedia describes it as a form of low-cost, independent international travel including the use of a backpack that is easily carried for long distances or long periods of time. It is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to travel as one usually does it without planning too much in advance, meeting incredible people and sharing life changing memories and conversations with complete strangers.
Thailand was the second country I ever backpacked through and before I even knew what was going on, I found myself wearing harem pants and colorful bandanas, using sentences like;”I am not on a vacation – I am traveling. There’s a huge difference”, ”I quit my job to travel, I had to get off of the hamster wheel” or the classic ”We would never go there, it’s crawling with tourist”.
I know your intentions may be good, and that individualistic, nomadic and ”road less travelled by” trip you are planning will be one of the most incredible times of your life. But rest assured, you will have all these pictures in your camera when you return home.
The 'About to board the plane, I'll se you in 5 months' picture
Usually the first picture you post of an early morning at the airport while you try to contain your exitement and the butterflies are roaming free in your stomach. Freedom here we come!
The 'Kayak tour gone wrong' picture
The lesson of this experience was to always ask when the tide sets in so you don’t get stranded two kilometers from the beach and also to look for jellyfish BEFORE you jump out of the Kayak.
Note: This picture may also be substituted with the following activities; Diving, snorkeling, paragliding or rock climbing.
The 'Bungalow of Horror' picture
The second time I backpacked through Thailand I was flying to meet my friend Sofie who was already there. After 3 flights, long layovers in Doha and Bangkok, a bus ride and a boat ride I arrived on Tonsai where Sofie was waiting in a "quaint" little house. The House turned out to be this thing in the picture. The first this she told me was to hang up my backpack since there were cockroaches on the floor. There was also no electricity, giant holes in the walls and a bedbug infested bed. I still haven't forgiven her.
The 'Communal Bucket' picture
Sharing is caring?
The 'Nang Yuan' picture
I'm fairly certain that this is the most common picture posted by backpackers in Thailand. And rightfully so. Three Island connected by beaches and a beautiful climb to the top.
The 'Sunset' picture
Views from our little porch on Koh Tao.
The 'That night on Khao San Road' picture
Khao san picture(s) usually start at a communal table, with new friends, pints of beer and maybe the glitter covered man who spent the whole night dancing in the street.
The 'I just met these people and we're already best friends forever' picture
Travel friendships are the best part of traveling if you ask me. Walking in on someone's life, having so much fun, talking about everything before you all go your separate ways.
The 'Look how cool I am eating bugs' picture
If the last picture was the beginning of the night, these are the pictures you'll end that same night with. We don't look very cool. And I didn't eat the scorpion. Gross. But at 2 in the morning when this carts with fried caterpillars, crickets and worms come out, chances are you'll try it.
The 'Fish Spa' picture
There are no words that I can use that will convey my feelings for this as well as my face on this picture.
The 'Can I please bring this puppy home' picture
All those puppies and kittens you'll fall in love with and wish you could bring home. Just watch out for ringworm.
The 'F*ck yeah, let's get tattoos' picture
Although I have met countless backpackers who get bamboo tattoos of tribals and motivational quotes (great memories, of course), the title of this picture does not do this one justice. There were a few circumstances that made this moment one of the most incredible ones of our trip. But I was too scared to get one..
The 'Long tail Taxi Boat' picture
One of my favorite forms of transportation.
The 'Cutest children ever' picture
Weather your relaxing on some remote beach or walking through the malls of Bangkok you can always find yourself surrounded by groups of adorable children who want to play. These two got a hold of my phone and it took me 45 minutes and 214 pictures to get it back.
The 'I love Khao San Road' picture
The sign where all Khao San adventures begin.
The 'Monday morning commute' picture
Life is good when your morning commute consists of a little boat taking you to a new island. And your camera will be filled with dreamy pictures like this, while your waiting for boats and buses and trains.
The 'Elephants are my friends' picture
This picture may vary but in one form or another, but we all have it. Did you go elephant riding? Did you visit a sanctuary? I have done both but this picture is from a morning I visited the Big Buddha and this beauty was just eating on the side of the hill.
The 'Full Moon Party and Neon Tattoos' picture
When you backpack through Thailand for over a month you'll start hearing from people you meet about when the next Full moon party is. I wasn't planning on going but somehow we ended up here anyway with 200 000 of my backpacking friends. And you can't go the the full moon party and not get some body paint. It's too dark, people might not see you and walk straight into you.
The 'Signing our names on the bucket stand' picture
... And in a hundred years when we will all be gone, our names will remain on that bucket stand in Koh Phangan...
The ' I LOVE thai food' picture
The best part about visiting Thailand? All the food!
The' Oh my God, I am so sick of thai food, bring me subway and Mc Donalds' picture
After a few weeks though, you just need a break.
The 'This is the man who almost killed us with his driving!' picture
Let me just tell you straight away; Tuk Tuk riding in Bangkok is not for the faint of heart. It is a very efficient way to get around though and if you're lucky you'll make it to your destination on one piece.
The 'I'm sitting on the beach barefoot, drinking beer, watching a fire show and talking about the meaning of life' picture
The nights you dream of when you return home. Just lying on the beach, watching the stars and talking to your friends. You can't see it but on the right there was an Irish guy with a guitar singing 'Halleluja' while I took this picture. We stayed there until the sun came up and I still think of it sometimes.
Over to you! Have you ever backpacked, and if so, where?
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