If I would have to describe the whole ‘Koh Phi Phi experience’ in one word that word would be DISGUSTING.
There are not a lot of people who wouldn’t know where Koh Phi Phi is or why it’s so famous. If you don’t, then you really need to watch ‘The Beach’ which features young Leonardo di Caprio and is probably an all time favourite backpackers’ movie. No surprise that I love it too and Koh Phi Phi was on my bucket list for a very very long time. So I knew that I HAD to spend at least a couple of nights there and see the famous Maya Bay. However it left me with nothing more than disappointment.
The first time I’ve heard about Vipassana meditation was about two years ago and since then it was on my bucket list. I always wanted to do something mentally challenging and this sounded like one of those things that will either ‘make you or break you’. Vipassana is a 10 day silent meditation course which promises to free you from all your past negative experiences or as they say to ‘purify your mind’. We all have some emotional baggage and 10 days of my life didn’t sound like a huge sacrifice in exchange for a ‘peace of mind’. Well…
So I have something shameful to admit. And I never thought this sentence will leave my mouth. Ever. But… I’m tired of travelling.
You say, whattttt?
A lot of people tried to scare me before I went to Asia. They told me stories of tropical illnesses, food poisoning, diarrhoea, travel sickness, you name it. However, I wasn’t really scared of anything. I guess I am pretty naïve. The only thing I said before I left was ‘as long as I’ll be safe and healthy, I’ll be fine.’ Well, I failed. I failed to take a good care of myself and it was scary.
So it’s been almost a month since I started my solo backpacking trip around South East Asia and the other day me and my travel buddy Mel have been walking down the street in Langkawi and went ‘Oh my goodness this street doesn’t smell like sh*t’. And we suddenly realised how many little things we started appreciating which we used to take for granted. Things like…
So it’s been a week since I started my South East Asia trip and the other day I managed to bump into a couple Lithuanians. It’s funny how this encounter completely changed my view of travelling. The boys were crazy. They wanted to stay off the beaten track and purposely get themselves into such situations where they would have no clue what to do. I’m talking ‘life or death’ kind of situations. And they made me question is there a right way to backpack?