Not Just A Good Idea Anymore: Thailand

Over a year ago Andrew and I realized that we wanted to go to Thailand. It felt like one of those good ideas that you just keep talking about but nothing ever really happens.

Yesterday, we did it, we bought our plane tickets. It took over a year of  trying to save up despite unexpected injuries, school loans and Andrew going through Paramedic School, we made it happen.

In six months I’ll be boarding a plane to Thailand.

I’ve read Thailand guidebooks, stalked routes on Mountainproject, watched the climbing videos, stared at the same computer wallpaper of Thailand and listened attentively to anyone who is willing to share stories, for over a year. (Note to self: the black monkeys are mean and the gray one’s are nice… or is it the other way around..)

I’ve never traveled overseas for climbing. I’ve never really traveled overseas for anything; except the Bahamas and I don’t really think that counts, you could get there on a boat from Florida.

What should I bring?  How do I pack my gear? How do I tell someone making my food that I’m allergic to shellfish? How will I survive 23 hours of plane rides?

The what if’s and how do I’s are in the back of my mind. The only thing I know for sure is that I’m excited. This is the next adventure in my life. We’re going to Thailand for three weeks. It’s not just a good idea anymore.

My desktop wallpaper for over a year

Traveling advice? Tips? What’s your dream adventure? 

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8 thoughts on “Not Just A Good Idea Anymore: Thailand

  1. SWEET! I went there for a month a few years ago. You guys are going to have such a good time! A few thoughts…
    -We brought harnesses and shoes, then rented ropes and draws there since we didn’t want to lug it all around the country.
    -Climbing by Chang Mai at Crazy Horse Buttress is fun if you head north. Plus Chang Mai is a cool town.

    1. Thanks for the advice Sarah! We haven’t decided if we are going to Chang Mai yet, but it sounds like it’s worth it! Did you just travel with a large backpack or did you use a suitcase? Any advice on places to stay? So many questions. 🙂

  2. Yay! You’re going to love it. It is SOO beautiful there. I was in Ao Railey and Phi Phi islands almost 6 years ago. I didn’t climb when I was there, but saw them all. Thailand is a pretty easy place to travel around, b/c a lot of people speak english, at least in the tourist areas where you’ll be. I’ll have to go back through my emails/old blogs to see if I can find where I stayed. I would definitely travel with a larger backpack, if you can- it makes it so much easier- epecially b/c to get to a lot of those places, you’ve got to take a little (or big) boat.
    I was just thinking the other day how I wanted to go back there and actually climb this time.

    1. Thanks Suz! Soo excited. What was your favorite place? I think I’m going to try and shove all my stuff into a large backpack. If you think of anything else let me know. I’ll take any tips I can get 🙂

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