After I finished my studies, I decided to buy a ticket to South-East Asia to experience the life of a backpacker. People always told me how they wished they had travelled but that it was too late now because of the fact they bought a house or had children. I didn’t want that to happen to me so that’s how I ended up in an airplane to Thailand. My plan was to do the Mekong-trail in three months and I was going to visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It was my first time travelling alone this far and I had a bit of mixed feelings but I remember that I was so happy that I took this step. So when I arrived in Bangkok I was inexperienced, overwhelmed by the heat, tired and a very easy prey for scams. My first mistake was taking a room on Khaosan Road which is fun for partying but not for sleeping. My second mistake was taking a tuk tuk tour, which sounds like a great and cheap offer but takes you mainly to shops so they get commission or free gas. But I survived, learned and it never happened to me anymore.
I didn’t like Bangkok at all in the beginning so after a day I bought myself a ticket to Chang Mai in the North of Thailand and from that moment, everything went very well. I met my first fellow backpackers, shared a room for the first time with a stranger in a very relaxed guesthouse and ended up with a big group driving around in the mountains on a scooter. I was able to relax and let go and on that moment I fell in love with backpacking. I had my first Thai curry in the morning, I had adventure while exploring the country. I was meeting all these wonderful people and sharing travel stories with them. I just had such a great feeling of freedom.
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