Local public bus in Thailand from Takua pa to Kuraburi General

Goodbye Thailand

Goodbye everything i know to be familiar. My first time in Thailand was in 2013. I remember a shop lady teaching me how to pronounce thank you. I remember breathtakingly cute and cheap earrings in Chinatown, Bangkok. I remember taking a night train down to the south and waking up to sweet coffee. I remember the first deep breath of ocean air and the first time i was on a longtail boat. The first time seeing a pineapple grow on the ground. Or a banana tree. Or a coconut falling down.

It’s so funny how we lose our sense of wonder. And get used to things so quickly. Or get distracted and focused on other stuff so we just don’t notice things the same way anymore. I have been in Thailand about eight months of my life if i count it all together. So, already, when i wake up on a Wednesday morning to see a coconut palm and a green jungle river from my window, it feels so normal it’s almost scary.

A man and his boat in Kuraburi Thailand
A man and his boat on Kuraburi river yesterday morning

Helen from Journal With Purpose told how she and her partner spent a weekend acting to be tourists in their own hometown. I love the idea. To mindfully open your senses to the familiar and suddenly you can see so much more. All the little things you haven’t noticed before and all the big things you thought to be so normal, familiar, even boring by now. So i told myself this: when i wake up to find myself bored of yet another place, i will open up my eyes and look at it with a childlike wonder. With a mind of a tourist who has just arrived.

Tomorrow i will be gone

Anyway… With Thailand, i do not need to do this right now. I have a relationship with Thailand that feels easy, safe, comfortable, familiar, homely and sometimes even a little bit annoying. So when i think about flying out tomorrow, it feels like leaving home all over again. Because i am leaving the surroundings i am so comfortable with, the culture i’ve became familiar with, the language in which i can order myself vegan food anywhere i go, the people i have gotten to know, the knowledge of how much a kilo of mangosteens should cost. I’m leaving behind the knowledge of public transport, the knowledge of cultural etiquette, the prices, even my boyfriend. Everything.

Public bus from Takua pa to Kuraburi, Thailand
Trying to write in the public bus on the way to Kuraburi

And right now it’s setting my soul on fire. Everything feels so alive. I am sitting in my comfortable hotel bed, surrounded by white sheets, and i feel like i hear everything. The local men sitting outside having breakfast soup. The motorbikes going by. Birds singing on the rooftop across the street. Thai music from a local eatery nearby. I feel like i see everything. I feel like.. I feel everything.

It kind of feels like waking up from a deep sleep. Being born again. Starting fresh. This is the beginning of something entirely new. And i am not terrified anymore. I am welcoming whatever comes from the unknown. Allowing the unfamiliarity to come. Allowing it to change to something familiar one day. A routine, a safe space awaits me in Rishikesh. I am ready to go.

Evening barbecue in thailand Journaling

New rules

I made new rules because I tend to be all over the place. One piece in the past, one in the future, a half of a piece maybe here. And my thoughts in every single thing i should be handling. I don’t realize i don’t need to do it all right now. I don’t realize i can really do only one thing at a time. And to do it properly i need to give it my attention. I know i need to pack, i need to do laundry, i need to e-mail my hotel in Delhi, i need to contact the girls coming to the same flight as me, i need to eat lunch, i need to stretch, i need to make a shopping list for Phuket, i need to drink water, i need to dry my yoga mat, i need to walk the dogs. That’s what i know. But what i usually don’t realize is that i’m not going to do it all at one, right now.

So i made new rules that i want to remember. To simplify life and to simplify the doing. So i would not be all over the place. My mind needs to be here, focusing on one thing at the time.

Journal page about slowing down

Do one thing at a time. And this means really one thing. If i am drinking coffee, i am drinking coffee. I want to taste the coffee. When i am walking, i want to make every step as important as the one i arrive with.

Do it slowly. Everything will be accomplished.

Put your mind into the doing. So that i know that what i am doing right now is the most important thing i am doing. So that i know whatever i will do, i will do it well and focused. Even if it is eating lunch.

Do not judge if you don’t know. And even if you do, don’t. “That guy is strange. What’s wrong with him. Why is he like that?” I notice myself thinking sometimes. But the thing is, i will not never know his story. Or her story. It is not my place to judge and critique how someone else is. Because it really, really doesn’t have anything to do with me.

Notice your breath. It’s the link to this moment.

A page in my midori traveler's notebook

Be there when talking to someone. I want to really be talking to them, and listening to them – not glancing over their shoulder or on my phone or waiting for the conversation to be over. Genuine connection. Genuine communication. Give the people your full attention.

It’s OK to feel things. It’s ok to be hurt, to be sensitive, to feel tired, to erase yourself from the situation, to be weak, to be angry, to be anxious. It’s ok to feel them. Be there and feel it. Don’t suffocate them. Let them be. Then let them go.

Drop everything that is pulling you down. It doesn’t matter what it is. People. Situations. Overthinking. PMS. The past. The future. If it doesn’t serve you, drop it. Just drop it. Like a heavy baggage.

Anything concerning other people is really, really none of your business. Why am i letting myself thinking mean things about people, why am i judging them for acting a certain way that does not appeal to me – they are not in this world to act so that would be pleased and happy. Because again, really – it doesn’t have anything to do with me if someone has big fake boobs or if someone acts a certain way. It doesn’t have anything to do with me if someone is too loud or too quiet or doesn’t very much like tofu. Other people are none of my business.

Midori Traveler's notebook spread

A dog on the earth, Thailand Life thoughts

This earth is your home

Sometimes I feel so small in front of this earth. Powerless when the thunder shakes the trees in the garden. I feel so tiny in front of volcanoes that steam and glow in the night. So vulnerable walking on the ground that lives and moves. Knowing that anything could wipe me out at any second. Knowing how nature will always win in the end.

A beautiful morning mist in Thailand

Some days i carry the pain of the world so heavily my brain cannot take it. The other day my mind shut down and i spend the day in bed. The next day i woke up and faced the world again with a clearer heart. I wanted to kidnap all the trucks on their way to slaughterhouses, i wanted to stop all the men in suits who care about nothing but making more money, i wanted to stop the whole world full of people and shake them, to tell everyone to take a really big step back and have a look what’s going on. But I realized the pain is not for me to carry. The world is not for me to change.

But still, i feel so responsible. Not just by what i do to be responsible, but also the way i think. I get my energy from the nature, from the big old trees i walk by, the ground i caress with my bare feet, every nourishing plant i eat. I feel responsible on giving back to this earth. Every day i thank her for existing and nourishing me, for letting me exist in it. I love her endlessly, the drops of water falling down, the thunder that makes me cover my ears, the ants that bite me in the dark of the night, every new green leaf that grows and every old one that drops.

A huge June mushroom

I want to spend time with her and tap into her rhythm, welcome each day and appreciate the abundance of care she offers me. I want to remember to appreciate every step in the forest. Or in the jungle. And to remember what a wonder it is; this mushroom grows here, from the earth. Or this fruit. I can pick it and eat it, and it provides me with energy and nutrients. It’s a miraculous thing, really. And miraculous how often we forget this. To be thankful.

Wild herbs collected from the earth, finland

Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished General

Too much preparation is too much

The rain has been continuing for about six days in a row now. Being basically stuck, with my toes freezing and everything I own being damp, I started dreaming about an escape from the rainy season. Even though I love the lushness that the rain brings, and the new fresh green popping out to contrast the old, I am craving to be somewhere dry and warm. And then it hit me – I am going to leave in nine days, but only to move towards another kind of monsoon season. Towards northern India. And i need to prepare for it.

New green the rainy season brought
Fresh new green

So the time has come. For me to start preparing for my 200-hour yoga teacher training that will start exactly ten days from now in India. I got an e-mail with the list of students in my training, and some of the girls made a Facebook group in which I joined. Only after reading a post about what people are going to bring with them, I started wondering if I should prepare myself somehow.

I feel like i should prepare to prepare

I started googling and reading blog posts on how to do the preparing. I would need to bring at least 5 or 6 sports bras, same amount of pants and shirts for yoga. I would need casual wear for chilling out and also appropriate clothing for getting out of the actual school. And not to forget all the snacks. Protein bars, peanut butter, good coffee and my favorite comfort tea. Protein powder, magnesium and iron supplements. Plus of course all the medicines in case of getting the famous Delhi belly. And still, half of the guides said; “pack everything you need and remove half of it”.

I got so confused on what to take with me. I have less than half of the recommended clothing, not to talk about the ability to buy nice vegan protein bars and snacks to take. My backpack of 30 liters would probably fill up on only on the recommended supplements. I know I am able to buy so much amazing fruits and I will probably find a lot to snack on in India, but oh the worry of getting hungry and tired! All I can think is “if all these blog posts say this, how can they be wrong? I will probably get hungry and tired and I will be weak and malnourished and get sick and I will not have enough to eat and all my gear will be dirty in two days and I am not prepared enough!”

The line between preparing and overthinking

And then I went on to read how to prepare mentally. Until the point of extreme anxiety and worry. How am I ever going to be able to keep sample classes for experienced people? How am I ever going to remember left from right and guide a class of people? I haven’t even talked in front of people in years – probably last time was over ten years ago at school. They will probably all laugh at me. I will mess up my words, I will not be able to give people what they expect from me, I will not be able to handle the feedback, I will probably freak out and cry alone in my room at night.

Rainy season jungle river

All the preparation guides helped me to do nothing but worry. After closing another guide and opening the next, I thought “maybe after reading this one I will be ready”. But no. I will never be ready. I am scared.

Actually no, I am not scared – I am terrified. I am terrified of going alone to a country i never been before, and for the country to be India. I am terrified of facing my fears. Terrified of how will i succeed. I’m terrified of criticism. I’m terrified of making mistakes. And to put myself out there, to do a month of intense training where I will have to literally face so many things that are so hard for many people, including me. Speaking in front of people, showing people my weaknesses. I need to let go of my pride and my expectations and my ego. I will need to be prepared to go unprepared. Because even after reading so many “what to expect” guides, I have no idea what to expect.

Pink flowers in the preparation of blooming

So I will try to expect nothing. For the next nine days, I am going to breathe and open my heart. I want to go with no expectations, with no pride, ready to make mistakes and be vulnerable. All the guides in the world will not prepare me to face the mental challenges I am going to be facing in ten days. And for the physical challenges, I will trust the instinct that tells me I can handle it. And the instinct that tells me to eat a lot of local bananas.

I am  not ready and i probably wont be ready in nine days. But i can’t wait for the day I would be ready, I probably never will be. Wish me luck, please. And courage, and strength, and anything i will need for the month of July.

50 things to write in your travel journal Journaling

50 journaling ideas for your travel journal

From time to time, i struggle with writing in my journal. A lot. When i don’t have ideas or inspiration, my text is at the worst a monotonic narration of the day with no vividness or feeling of any kind. A kind of text even i get bored of reading. I have a lot of pages and spreads i just skip when looking back at them. That’s why i have written down this list of 50 travel journaling ideas to write about – i like to pick one and write it down to add some interest and color into my journal. Check out also my list of 50 things to collect inside your travel journal!

Morning coffee and journaling in Kep, Cambodia

First of all: lists you can add into your journal

1. Packing list
2. Songs you listened to when traveled – going back to these after a while will bring back feelings and memories!
3. Books you read
4. Total kilometers or miles traveled. I did this once by tracking down my route in Google maps and counted all the kilometers together.
5. Travel methods you used. I listed up one day of intense traveling and it was quite interesting:

  • Boat from Gili Trawangan to Bali (that was stuck in Lombok for 5 hours because they ran out of fuel)
  • Shuttle bus to Seminyak
  • Walking around to get from restaurants to cafes to bars
  • Motorbike taxi to the airport
  • Confused walking around to get inside the airport because the motorbike couldn’t drive all the way in
  • A plane to Bangkok
  • A plane to Phuket
  • Taxi to a shopping mall (i wanted to buy a Zequenz notebook but everything was closed)
  • Another taxi to the bus terminal
  • Local bus through Khao Lak and Takua Pa to Khao Sok

and all that took me almost 30 hours – it was faster to travel all the way from Finland to Bali!

6. Animals you don’t see so often back home. I have listed cows and chickens – we rarely see them outside roaming around back home.
7. Favorite foods you ate
8. New words you learned
9. Useful phrases you used in a different language
10. Things you liked the most
11. Things you liked the least
12. Your go-to snacks while on the road – for example when traveling in Thailand i love to buy salted and boiled peanuts and oreos to snack on.
13. Things you actually needed and used – compare this to your packing list
14. Things you carry always with you. For me it’s my phone, a pen, something to write on, hand sanitiser and hand cream.
15. Odd or unfamiliar things you spot in a local grocery store
16. Cocktails you tried

A zequenz travel journal

Journaling ideas to write about

17. Describe in full detail the best meal you had today. The smell, the ingredients, spices, the texture.
18. Count the amount of beers, wine, cocktails etc – in liters.
19. Describe an interesting person you met or saw.
20. Tell about the landscape and surroundings. Is it flat or do you see mountains or hills? What are the locals farming? Do you see animals?
21. Describe a moment using all of your senses. What do you see where you are? What do you smell right at this second? What are the sounds like? How does your seat feel, are you comfortable? Do you feel the wind on your skin, are you hot and sticky or nice and cool?
22. Compare the prices of things at the place you are at to your hometown prices. How much more or less you have to pay for food in a restaurant or a grocery store? How about drinks, clothes, public transport and souvenirs?
23. What is the main religion and how can you see it in the culture and in the surroundings? Thailand example: you can see little spirit houses with offerings everywhere and monks are not an uncommon sight.

Journaling ideas: what is the main religion and how does it appear in the surroundings?
A Buddhist spirit house in Thailand

24. Observe and write about the surroundings while on the bus or train. A great way to spend the “empty” time of traveling from a place to place and to see and notice more.
25. Write a letter or postcard to your future self and send it home.
26. Do a morning page: the first thing after waking up, write a page without censoring or judging your thoughts, words or writing
27. What is the biggest challenge you faced?
28. What are the local (public) toilets like?
29. Describe the smells in your surroundings in detail – try to find out where each smell is coming from
30. How are the local people? Tell about their habits and how are their reactions towards you
31. Write about the best moment you had today, no matter how small.
32. Are you homesick? Why? What do you miss going home to?
33. Write about the local architecture
34. Track your money spending for one day. How much did you spend and on what?
35. Write down a message you sent to a friend or a family member
36. Go and sit down on the side of a busy street corner. Write about people passing by. What do you see a lot? What catches your attention?
37. Would you come back to this destination, why or why not?
38. What is the weather/climate like
39. Describe a strange local habit you see a lot. My example: we noticed in Cambodia that people don’t really bother on finding a toilet when they have to pee. On a three hour bus ride we saw almost 20 people doing their business on the side of the road!
40. What is the most impressive thing you saw or witnessed? I have been lately impressed by Cambodian people taking care of street dogs, seeing Bangkok from the 43rd floor and the Nyepi day in Bali.

My midori traveler's notebook
41. Local habits you would like to introduce to your own culture. I would love to bring back some of the easy going work culture – jobs get done but no need to stress about things that really don’t matter: if you got nothing to do just lay in a hammock instead of pretending to be super busy.
42. If there would be one thing you could change about the place you are visiting, what would it be and why?
43. Did this trip change you or your perspectives, and how?
44. Write about your expectations and compare them to reality.
45. Write down your daily routine while traveling and how are they different from your routines back home.
46. Learn how to cook your favorite meal and write down the recipe
47. What is the street food like?
48. What is the most common thing you see for sale when walking around? For example in Kampot, Cambodia we would see pepper for sale everywhere (apparently the world’s best black pepper comes from Kampot!)
49. Go to a local marketplace and write about the experience.
50. I found this in one book about mindfulness: Draw a circle and imagine you are in the middle of that circle. Listen to your surroundings and write down what you can hear from each compass point. I find this a great way to do a little meditation and to record a moment vividly through the senses.

Journaling ideas: a sound circle meditation

I would love to hear your own journaling ideas to add to my list!

Hammock time relaxing and doing nothing in Cambodia Life thoughts

There is beauty in doing nothing

When was the last time you did nothing, purposefully? I don’t mean waiting in lines or the doctor’s office, or being stuck in the traffic or standing in the bus station. But doing nothing without checking your phone, without waiting, without reading books or magazines – just nothing.

We are taught from a young age that doing nothing is bad. It’s lazy, it’s not beneficial, it’s something to be ashamed of. And it results in us as expectations for ourselves, as doing too much and not getting rest. It pressures us to do more, to get more results, to do and do and do our best all the time. Because doing nothing is bad, right?

Cats chilling and doing nothing in a spirit house, Thailand
I don’t know anyone who is better at doing nothing than cats.

But doing nothing results in doing more.

I got this thought first time about three years ago. I woke up and my first thought was “today I will get something done”. When I opened my eyes, I saw a white mosquito net, heard the distant waves caressing the beach and the morning crickets starting their concert slowly but steadily. I was on a remote island with no wifi, no electricity and almost literally nothing to do. I was shocked to see how much my carefully trained mind wanted to do something. To get something done. Something that will bring results. And I did not even know what it was – just something. Even on a remote island where I came to relax, I felt it was not okay to just be.

I spent there six weeks practicing on doing nothing. At first I was almost desperate. The hardest part was trying to convince myself that it’s ok to not do anything. I am the only one judging myself. I told myself over and over again: I am here to do nothing, I do not need to get anything done, I don’t even have anything to get done – I have nothing and I need to do nothing. My body was restless and I wanted to do beneficial things, something, something.. Just something.

Palm trees in Koh Tonsay Cambodia

And then it changed. My mind was suddenly bursting with ideas and creativity. I was writing from morning until the darkness fell. Went to bed at seven and woke up at five. Suddenly I felt like I have everything I need. I was freed of the haunting feeling of wanting to be important and successful and productive. The productivity appeared by itself and I started having a blissful feeling of joy in every single moment.

All this slowly disappeared when I left the island. Six months later I was in Bali and joined a restorative yoga class. I lifted my legs up on a bolster, closed my eyes and listened to the relaxing music and thought to myself: why do I need to take a yoga class like this to let myself be? Why do I need an excuse for doing nothing? Why do I need a permission for it?

A stunning sunset in Flores, Indonesia

The philosophy of doing nothing

Recently my boyfriend told me about a thing called wu wei. It is one of the most important concepts of Taoism. It is literally meaning non-action or non-doing – or the paradoxical action of doing nothing. I was instantly fascinated about this and remembered my time on the island. How doing nothing helped me to do so much. Never in my life I had had so much ideas, so many words pouring on to the paper. The result of doing nothing was one of the most creative times in my life so far.

And still, I fight with this. It is in our culture to be productive and get something done and work hard. You do nothing and instantly feel lazy. I have heard people judging someone who works in a grocery store for going to take a break so that the customers saw them going. I was forbidden to enjoy my lunch where customers could see me taking a break when I was working at Subway. We admire people who do many things at the same time and we praise people who work a lot without breaks and vacations. Ambition is the most important and respected trait we can have. We are allowed to rest without judgement only when we burn out – and even then, we feel the pressure to get back to work quickly instead of healing ourselves first.

Sitting by the river with bananas
One day when we were sitting by the river doing nothing, local kids joined us to do the nothing.

I have ambition. I have so much ambition to learn to let myself be. To let myself do nothing. Ambition to silence that “do something!” repeating in my head over and over again when I sit down to relax. I want to learn the mindset of the thai woman who was sleeping on her desk when we went to check in to our hostel. “Hahaha sorry I was relaxing”, she said. No worries, we answered – I respect this more than all of the bosses who breathe on their employees neck even when all the work is done.

Challenge yourself to do nothing today. See how long you can take before your mind starts telling you to make the bed, to do the dishes, to prepare food, to exercise, to study, to check e-mails, to work, to distract your nothing with something.

A thai buddhist prayer time

Stack of used travel journals Journaling

50 things to add in your travel journal

There is so much beauty in going back to pen and paper from the digital world. You will give a break to your sore eyes, you will get your creativity going and your soul will rest. You will have a thing to leave behind and to go back to, unlike with only using diary applications or writing your thoughts down on the computer. Filled notebooks, especially a travel journal, are satisfying to look at, they are a form of art. 

We were sitting inside a freezing minivan in Cambodia a while ago. Raindrops were pounding on the windows, making me feel like it was a cold, dark autumn night. I needed to forget the feeling of numbness in my freezing toes, so we wrote down 50 ideas of things to collect inside a travel journal. I’m sharing these 50 things with you here – check out also 50 things to write into your travel journal!

50 things to collect in your travel journal

1. Your boarding pass
2. Tags from your checked baggage

A flight tag from Labuan Bajo, Flores
My baggage tag from the flight to Labuan Bajo, Flores

3. Bus tickets
4. Train tickets
5. Boat tickets
6. Subway tickets
7. Entrance fee tickets to movies, museums and sightseeing

Entrance fee ticket for a waterfall
Entrance fee ticket for a waterfall in Bali

8. Disposable room keys or cabin keys
9. Parking tickets (the ones you get when you buy parking time, not the ones you get from the police for parking wrong – though i might include them also…)
10. Event flyers or brochures

Full moon party flyer
Yes. I went to a full moon party.

11. Business cards from people you meet, restaurants you eat at and hotels you stay at
12. Maps of the country or city you are in
13. Postcards from the place you are staying in
14. Labels from your bottles; beer, soda, wine etc

A label from southern thai speciality, lao khao.
A label from southern thai speciality, lao khao.

15. Coasters from pubs
16. Pressed plants and flowers
17. Coffee stains from your morning coffee

A pressed leaf and a coffee stain in my travel journal
18. Wine stains
19. Piece from a local newspaper
20. Any pieces of paper with local language – for example local lottery tickets

Boat tickets from Lombok Indonesia
Boat tickets from Lombok

21. Candy wrappers from candies you don’t have back home
22. Interesting papers found from the ground, like someones shopping list

Thailand bus tickets found from the street
These are bus tickets used in local buses in Thailand – i picked them up from bus stops where people abandon them after their ride.

23. Cool packaging from for example local coffee
24. Money (small bills from the local currency)
25. Used vintage stamps

I found these used Malaysian stamps from a small paper shop in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
I found these used Malaysian stamps from a small paper shop in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

26. Fresh, new local stamps
27. Tea wrappers
28. Tea stains
29. Small envelopes from local shops to use as a decoration or a little pocket

A little envelope from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
A little envelope from a street stall i found from Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

30. Piece of a cool poster from the street
31. Handwritten notes you find in your bag (or someone elses bag)
32. Shopping lists you made
33. Food wrappers (if you find them clean enough to put in)
34. The flag patches you sometimes see on a traveler’s backpack
35. A drawing or a sketch of anything you see or find interesting: animals, maps, scenery, buildings
36. Promotional stickers you might get from places

A sticker from freedive gili trawangan
If there is a sticker to take, i will take it.

37. Contact information from people you meet
38. Subway maps
39. Price tags
40. Small plastic pockets filled with sand from the beach
41. Small local jewellery – like a handmade bracelet
42. Information sheet from the medicine you have to buy or events you attend to

I got this information letter about the Balinese new year from the door of the house i was staying in.
I got this information letter about the Balinese new year from the door of the house i was staying in.

43. The papery seals from your liquor bottles
44. Feathers
45. A message in an unknown language from a friend or acquaintance
46. Splash of perfume you used while traveling
47. Tax stamp stickers from for example cigarette packages (these can be really pretty for decoration actually – pay attention the next time you see a cigarette package!)
48. Piece of local poetry
49. Lyrics from a local song
50. Receipts from shops, restaurants and cafes

My receipt for indonesian visa
My receipt for indonesian visa

I hope these will give some inspiration for your daily journal, travel journal, scrapbook, photo album or anything crafty you are on to. Stay tuned for 50 ideas to write in your travel journal in a few days!

50 things to add in a travel journal

Paper scraps going into the travel journal Journaling

Bangkok wandering and a journal spread

Bangkok has always intimidated me. I always want to get out as quickly as i can. All the smells, the sounds, the traffic, the people, they overwhelm me. My senses overload, i get panicky and have to get out. But Saturday morning, 9 am, when we arrived in Bangkok, i looked at the city from a different angle. I decided to get into it, to embrace it with open arms. And open senses. Also it helped a little bit that this time we got tips and suggestions from a friend who has lived in Bangkok for four years.

After a about an hour of wandering in the streets, greeting local people and local cats, we arrived by a little canal. And we found this little gem called Khlong Bang Luang. A little cafe full of things to see – an old letterpress machine, stacks of filled notebooks, paintings, statues, stickers, sketchbooks and local artists sitting by the tables painting or sketching. We joined them for one afternoon with out paper scraps and travel journals, watched the tourist boats go by and waved at old ladies selling veggies from their small boats.

Boats on the canal in Bangkok near artists house
Boats on the canal
Artists house, Bangkok
The perfect place to do anything artsy in Bangkok!
A local guy painting a mask in Khlong Bang Luang
Local guys painting masks were everywhere around the cafe.
A traditional thai puppet show in the artists house
We also got to see a traditional thai puppet show and watched them train the young puppeteer generation afterwards.

A market boat that passed by the artists house

Another market boat selling fried meats
Possibly the most perfect setting i have ever done a travel journal spread in.

Another market boat selling fried meats

In the Artist’s House – Khlong Bang Luang – i could have spent hours. I was a bit sad to leave, the setting was so brilliant. A peaceful riverside, far from the noise and crowds, catfish playing around in the river and such an artsy vibe going on. The most perfect spot i can imagine to spend hour after hour watching life go by, to see and feel the local life without the feelings of being too overwhelmed. And i am happy we could find a place like this in a city that i have been avoiding as much as i can. Now i am sure there is so much more to see and explore.

A travel journal spread

Travel paper scraps in my midori traveler's notebook
01 – collection of scraps – a guide how to use my new tiger balm, the one dollar bill i couldn’t change into thai baht, the business card of our Phnom Penh hotel, my boarding pass from Phnom Penh to Bangkok and the other side of our receipt from a local thai eatery.
Paper scrap collection going into travelers notebook
02 – Always on the hunt of pretty things to stick into the pages of my notebook. This one we got from a restaurant we had lunch at.
Boarding pass is an important thing to put in your travel journal
03 – My top thing to save and add is boarding passes.
Carry washi tape to add in the travel journa
04 – I got my pouch full of washi samples and stickers with me wherever i go – i got these from my lovely instagram followers (if you recognize yourself, thank you again!!)
Bus tickets also go in the travel journal
05 – To tell about the journey i save everything. Even the ugliest bus tickets.
Writing in the travel journal
06 – And the last step is to write little stories and snaps about my journey to the remaining empty spots.

Finished travel journal spread in midori traveler's notebook

We got to see so many things Bangkok never offered us before – maybe we were not even looking properly before. This time we went to see belly dancing, we took a gong bath from my lovely french friend Lili, and went up to the 43rd floor of a building to look at Bangkok from above.

From the rooftops of BangkokI am not sure if Bangkok is ever going to be one of my favorite big cities. But i am slowly growing into it. And especially after seeing a little piece of the cultural, bohemian Bangkok i feel like i wouldn’t mind coming back for more.