Sawasdee from Thailand
Hello folks! Wow long time since I last posted but… time flies when you are having fun right!?
Some of you might have noticed I am currently in Thailand. A lot of planning went into it but I am definitely living one of my goals.
My passion for martial arts and particularly Muay Thai led me to it. Rather than training around work, on my very little spare time, while working overtime to pay bills I figured: Why don’t I just go and learn with the right people, where Muay Thai is their national sport, surround myself with the right type of people and train hard? So I did, I saved some money and I got on the plane.
I’m in Thailand for almost a month now and it’s been a hell of a ride!
I have planned to stay 3 months but I am not going to lie about it… If I can, I will stay longer!! Although I have a few things planned, most of my trip is still to be discovered and I love it that way.
I have done a lot of research in terms of Muay Thai schools and where to train but there is a lot to be said when it comes to personal recommendations. It’s a discovery, a process. I just go with the flow and see where it takes me.
To start I flew to Bangkok where I stayed for 3 days. First stop was Koh Samui (full post about it soon). Next, the plan is to settle in Chiang Mai for the second month, and Pai for the third month. This is the original plan, but I suspect it will change. More on this soon... Meanwhile I will also be visiting Vietnam, India, Indonesia and possibly Burma and Cambodia.
I would travel more, but that’s not what I am here for and the difficult part is to commit to it and be disciplined. There is a balance to be reached – a lot of hard work during the week with 4h workout a day, Monday to Saturday, under this blasting heat; and a bit of fun relaxed time on the weekend.
It took me a good couple of weeks to get used to the heat and training. My last job in the UK interfered massively with my training so my fitness wasn’t exactly on point. The heat is something to be experienced! From barely sweating in the UK, 5min into training here I have bubbles of water all over my body, drops of sweat down my legs and arms, from my neck into my mouth (when doing a press up) and from my forehead into my eyes. Dear Lord!! I feel sorry for the lady that does my laundry!
You do feel great when you finish the session though! You know you have worked hard, even if that means slipping in your own sweat!
I will write a post about training and all other travels, and of course FOOD!!
Check some of my pictures on my Instagram.
Regards from a slightly darker, with sandy feet and definitely happier Kelly.
P.S. The cover picture is from Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn. This is a group of four large stupas, each 42 metres high. They are dedicated to the first four Chakri kings. Wat Pho, in Bangkok.