Month 5: Travel Summary and Statistics


girl on a scooter

The fifth month of my trip was all about slowing down, chilling out and staying in one place for a few weeks and I found the perfect place to do this: Chiang Mai!

Last month I mysteriously announced my plans to travel there and claimed that I didn’t know how much time I would be spending there. Well, it’s time for me to come clean:

I travelled to Chiang Mai for a boy.

Yes, it’s true. Before I left for my trip I decided that I didn’t want to have any of the drama which inevitably comes from having a partner. From the age of sixteen onwards, I can’t think of any significant amount of time where I’ve remained single for more than a few weeks — I always seem to end up in relationships, whether I want to be or not. I therefore wanted to my travels to be about me being selfish, and being content with being single for once.

…So that worked well.

However, I honestly cannot think of a single time in my life where I’ve ever felt so relaxed and happy with every aspect of my life. I keep thinking to myself, “Wow, so this is what it’s like to feel relaxed!”

So what did I do during my month spent in Chiang Mai?

I went LED techno dancing at the Thailand International Balloon festival.

balloon festival chiang mai

I developed a slight obsession with scooters.

girl on a scooter

And took a weekend trip to the beautiful countryside of Pai

pai countryside

When my Thai visa ran out, I sadly packed up my bags and left for Singapore.

little india buildings

I knew from reading hotel reviews online that Singapore was going to be expensive but I wasn’t expecting to spend as much as £30 a day!

I had an action-packed few days where I nearly melted from the humidity and tried to cram as many tourist activities as I could into my time there.

Since arriving, all I could think about was how much I was missing my life in Chiang Mai. I was Chiang Mai-sick and I desperately wanted to return.

So that’s exactly what I did. 

In Singapore, I applied for a 60 day Thai visa and so I’ll be spending the next couple of months there, catching up on work, sunning myself by the pool, eating scary food, manically riding scooters, and exploring Northern Thailand.

Onto my statistics for the month!

Distance travelled:

4394 km.

Countries visited: 2

Thailand and Singapore

Cities visited: 4

Chiang Mai, Pai, Bangkok, Singapore

Number of photos taken: 973

Transportation:

Number of flights: 3

Number of trains: 1

Money spent:

Thailand: £300 over 27 days = £11.11 a day.

Singapore: £120 over 4 days = £30.00 a day.

Money spent on transport: £196

Total amount spent this month: £616.

Looking to follow along with my travels through my monthly summaries? You can read the previous month’s summary here, the next month’s summary here, or head on over to the monthly summary page to read from the very beginning!

43 Comments

  1. Micamyx|Senyorita
    December 19, 2011
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    It seems like more and more travel bloggers are finding haven in Chiang Mai :D I would also love to read a blog entry here about the boy :P

    • December 19, 2011
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      I don’t want to ever leave here! :)

  2. Jen
    December 19, 2011
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    ahhhh a Chiang Mai love story :) I love that last photo of the coloured building it looks so beautiful – I want to see more :)xxx

    • December 19, 2011
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      :) That’s one of my favourite buildings ever, it was in Little India in Singapore.

  3. Janika
    December 19, 2011
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    Wow @ Your expenses for this month! I think that it makes You happy also :)

    • December 20, 2011
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      Of course! I was really pleased with how little money I spent this month :)

  4. George
    December 19, 2011
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    So glad you are having a better time now, and have found somewhere you LOVE. That’s what I’m looking for. Hope it’s still going well xx

    • December 20, 2011
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      I really do love it here… Ugh, I don’t even want to think about leaving! So yes, everything is going excellently :)

  5. Fidel @IHarTravel
    December 19, 2011
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    So tell us more :-) Where did the love begin? What do you see yourself doing over the next two months in Thailand?

    • December 21, 2011
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      Hey Fidel,

      I’ll be spending the next two months working on this site, and hopefully will be able to take frequent scooter trips to other places in Northern Thailand. Other than that, I’ll be attempting to improve my tan, try some crazy Thai food and spend lots of time napping.

      • Fidel @IHarTravel
        December 22, 2011
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        After my scooter crash in Phuket (I was sober), I think I will skip riding scooters and stick to bicycles.
        What sorts of plans do you have for the site?

  6. hogga
    December 20, 2011
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    I didn’t really travel with a budget or watch my money too closely last time I traveled. Do you find it hard to live off that amount? My next trip will be highly budgeted haha.

    • December 21, 2011
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      My monthly summary makes me look way more organised than I actually am! At the end of the month I just check my online banking to see how much money I withdrew from ATMs that month, and calculate it from that.

      I found it easy to live off that amount because I wasn’t paying rent this month ;) Singapore was just ridiculous.

  7. Amanda
    December 20, 2011
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    That building in Singapore looks awesome!

    Glad to hear you’re loving life right now. Have fun relaxing in Thailand!

    • December 21, 2011
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      Isn’t it so colourful and pretty?!

  8. William
    December 20, 2011
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    keep the fab posts coming, it’s funny how many travel blogs I read are in Thailand right now…is there something not being shared with the rest of us?

    • December 21, 2011
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      Thanks, William! Thailand is brilliant – there’s a reason we’re all here! :)

  9. Bret @ Green Global Travel
    December 20, 2011
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    Not sure which stat surprised me more, how little money you spent in Thailand or how few photos you’ve taken! We want to the Galapagos Islands for 7 days and came back with over 2000 pictures. Love the shot of the colorful building!

    • December 21, 2011
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      I wasn’t doing much in Thailand except working on my site, so it wasn’t like I was travelling somewhere new every 3 or 4 days like normal – wasn’t as much need to take so many photos!

  10. Julia
    December 20, 2011
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    I can’t but help but notice the lack of McDonald’s on this list. Should we be worried?

    • December 21, 2011
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      I didn’t have any this month!! *Somebody* wouldn’t let me haha!

  11. Ordinary Traveler
    December 20, 2011
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    It sounds like you did really well with your budget. I’m horrible at budgeting when I’m on the road, but really great at budgeting when I’m home. I think I need to get better at keeping track of money spent while we are traveling.

    • December 21, 2011
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      Thanks guys! :)

      I’m really pleased with how little money I spent this month!

  12. Emily in Chile
    December 20, 2011
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    Considering I moved to Chile for a boy, I’m definitely not going to judge you for traveling to what sounds like a great place for one! Hope things continued to be relaxed and enjoyable.

    • December 21, 2011
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      Thanks, Emily! I’m definitely not regretting my decision to come out here :)

  13. Oneika the Traveller
    December 20, 2011
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    Nothing wrong with travelling for love, hee hee! Just moved to the UK to be with my boyfriend. :-)

    • December 21, 2011
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      Awwww, hope that’s all working out well for you!

  14. Anthony
    December 21, 2011
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    Yaaaay for Chiang Mai :)

    I can’t believe you haven’t documented the fact that you ate an egg…..

    • December 21, 2011
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      Hahahaha, I’ll have to blog about that soon…

  15. jade
    December 22, 2011
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    Woah- you are really good with money!! I need some tips!

    • December 24, 2011
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      I’m sure this month was a fluke – I’m not normally so good with money!

  16. Vi
    December 22, 2011
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    You don’t afraid to ride scooter in Thailand?

    • December 24, 2011
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      I’m not afraid to sit on the back of one… :)

      • Vi
        December 24, 2011
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        :D ok then, as traffic a little bit crazy there and it takes time to use to it.

  17. Cam
    December 22, 2011
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    Living the dream! ;-)

    • December 24, 2011
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      Certainly feels like it right now :)

  18. Runaway Brit
    January 2, 2012
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    Nothing wrong with moving to be with a boy! I had it the other way round, my backpacker boy moved to be with me and lived it up for over two years in Saigon!!!

    • January 3, 2012
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      Awww, that’s so sweet! :)

  19. DTravelsRound
    January 12, 2012
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    What colors of the house! Love that you traveled to CM for a particular boy. :)

  20. Daisy
    January 30, 2012
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    I’m loving your posts! I just discovered your blog few hours ago and I can’t stop reading. I do have a question though, how do the visas situation work? Is it pretty difficult to obtain? Specially the working visa for Australia? Please keep up the good work and lovely photos. I’m enjoying loving vicariously trough this site :-)

    • January 30, 2012
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      Hi Daisy!

      If you search on the Australian immigration website, there’s a form you can fill in to apply online for the working holiday visa. It took me about 30 minutes to fill in and I got an email the next day telling me I was accepted and had a year to enter the country. It was really easy to obtain! :)

  21. Kerry
    August 1, 2013
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    So lucky for the Thai economy that you visited there!

    • August 3, 2013
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      Yeah, well, I actually prefer to give my money to locally owned and run guesthouses and restaurants rather than expensive resorts and chains that often funnel the money overseas.

      I spent six months in total in Thailand and spent far more than a luxury vacationer would have spent over their two week holiday.

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