Loy Krathong is a Thai festival, held annually on the night of the 12th lunar month (usually November). With Thailand being an agricultural country, originally people used to head to local lakes and rivers to thank the goddess of water (Pra Mae Khongkha) for her previous years supply of rain, and also to apologize for polluting the various rivers and waterways.
As most of you probably already know, England is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. If your planning to come here, then you might be horrified researching the cost of public transport, food, hotels, and most importantly – drinks prices. But take it from me, after living in England my whole life, I can tell you confidently that it definitely can be done – even on a backpacker budget!
Have you ever had one of those facepalm moments where you think to yourself, “I’m such an idiot”? Well, I seem to have these moments at least once a week, but today I’m going to tell you about that time when I managed to miss my flight home from Barcelona – yep, you don’t have to tell me, I actually am a massive idiot sometimes. Even telling you guys about this makes me feel traumatized, I can honestly say it was one of the worst days of my life.
I can honestly say Barcelona, albeit VERY touristy, is one of my favorite cities I’ve ever visited in Europe. From the work of Antoni Gaudi (which is absolutely everywhere, by the way), to the many tapas bars on and off the side streets of Las Ramblas, to the amazing nightlife, I couldn’t help but be sad to leave this amazing city behind. I did actually manage to miss my flight home from BCN because I was out clubbing all night, but that is a story for a different blog post altogether.
Bangkok – The City of Angels. I don’t know what it is about this city, but ever since I first went in 2014, I have been completely addicted. It’s hectic, the traffic is absolutely horrific, the pollution is awful, and you can’t get anywhere quickly if you are in a rush. I really don’t know why this city has such a hold over me, but I have no willpower to stay away.
We don’t have tea parties every afternoon, we don’t all know the Queen personally, and we don’t have a hop on, hop off tour bus – but we do know how to party – Saturday night is best spent blind drunk in a club until daylight (or is that just me?) . We swear more than necessary, We always talk about the weather, because in Manchester, it does always rain, and contrarily to popular belief we do actually have a sense of humor (well, some of us!)
People warned me before I went that because Malaysia is a Muslim country and being gay is against the law, I should be careful about telling people about my sexuality. Thank god I didn’t listen. I minced around in short shorts, and told everyone who cared enough to ask – nobody even batted an eyelid. The people are the loveliest I’ve ever met, the food was amazing, despite most people telling me it would be rubbish, and the city skyline is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, especially at night.