The Asia Jaunt: Month One in Review

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I’ve been on the road for a month now.  It has been nothing short of fantastic.

Every day, I am reminded that I am doing the right thing.  It was time to grab my happiness, and I went for it.

I’m happy.  I’m just so happy.

Destinations Visited

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Pai, Thailand
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand
  • Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
  • Koh Lanta, Thailand

The Adventures

Being an extra in a German movie shot in Thailand.

Eating crickets in Bangkok.

Riding a motorbike through the northern Thai countryside.

Getting adopted by Chiang Mai locals and taken to clubs.

Getting my feet eaten by fish in Bangkok.

Being steeped in authentic hippie culture in Pai.

Cruising the Andaman by ferry, kayak and longtail boat.

Visiting Sri Lankan refugee families in Bangkok.

Making wonderful friends from around the world and especially close ones from Thailand, France, Sweden, Finland, Canada and the United States.

Outlandish Adventures

Riding a motorbike sidesaddle while feeding the driver a cigarette.

Riding a motorbike astride while feeding the driver a Heineken.

Partying with a tranny.

Playing the bass with a band in a Thai karaoke club.  I don’t play the bass.

Getting into a Muay Thai fight in a bar and losing badly.

Having pizza and margaritas in a Jamaican bar in Malaysia with a guy from Finland.

Performed the Dirty Dancing dance in a bar for an audience — complete with lift!

SO many things that can’t be mentioned here.

Lessons Learned

Build the life that makes you happy.  I’ll be writing about this more.

Don’t fight Muay Thai.

Buckets Consumed


Squat Toilets


Media and Blog Mentions

The Mobile Lawyer featured me in his Lucky Thirteen interview series.  Check it out; he had some really cool questions!

I was chosen as the Lost Girl of the Week on The Lost Girls!  I’m very happy about this.  I essentially wrote the story of my travel life.

The Next Steps

Cambodia?  Laos?  Bangkok for New Year’s Eve?

Seriously, I don’t know for sure.  I won’t until I get there.  I’m living in the moment for the first time in my life, and that makes me really, really happy.

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26 thoughts on “The Asia Jaunt: Month One in Review”

  1. Another great post Kate! I love your blog as you are currently doing the first leg of my trip that I start in 6 months!!!

    Keep up the great work.

  2. I’m loving following your adventures so far, and hope they only get better — if possible! Although, re: your second Outlandish Adventure, I’ve got to say: drinking and driving is just as uncool abroad as it is back in the states!

    1. Oh, no worries!! We each had just one beer and then my friend drove us back. I had a few sips left, so I carried it with me on the bike and gave him a swig just to freak out the people around us!

  3. I love this post, Kate! Especially your second bit of advice, to avoid Muay Thai. Haha, that one made me laugh!

    I’m so glad that you’re happy with the experience so far. From what you’ve posted here over the past month, it really does sound like you’re having the time of your life!

    Can’t wait to see where you end up next!

  4. Living in the moment is absolutely the best damn feeling there is. I thrive on it every day I’m on the road, and miss it incredibly every day that I’m not. Like you it makes me incredibly happy – planning bores me. Seizing every crazy opportunity that comes hurtling my way, on the other hand? Now that’s when I know I’m actually alive.

    Keeping living the dream, Kate. 🙂

  5. You’ve done an amazing job with this blog in the first month of your jaunt. It’s exactly what you said you hoped it would be and it’s far above and beyond the typical “this is what I did today on my trip” type of blog. I have enjoyed it immensely!

    How has the budget been working out – apart from that pesky iPhone start-up cost?

    1. I really appreciate that, LB! I’ve been trying hard to keep the blog interesting even though I’m on the road! So glad you’ve been enjoying it. 🙂

      Um, the budget has been absolutely blown. Blame southern Thailand. 😉 I need some more sponsors!!

  6. And a month ago I was getting ready to visit Boston for the first time! Thanks again for the tips there, and thrilled your first month is going amazingly well. I’ll have a few for you in Vegas this weekend!

  7. Earl Squirrelson

    Hey Kate, love reading ur blog, love the fact that you are really happy more tho!!! Continue to keep us all posted…Earl

  8. Glad to hear that you are having the time of your life-Thailand makes you feel that doesn’t it?!?! Loved reading all the crazy things you’ve done! Don’t think i could ever go in a Muay thai Fight!!!
    happy travels!!!

  9. So glad you’re enjoying it! I second the Cambodia recommendations — check out Kampot if you want a cool, chill place, and consider the ghost town in Bokor. You will love Vang Vieng in Laos. And, if you liked Chiang Mai, you’ll like Luang Prabang, too…

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