I recently spent two months teaching English in rural Thailand. Doing this was probably the best and most terrifying thing I’ve done but I’m so happy I made this choice. During the week, I taught my students their ABC’s and on the weekends I traveled to a different destination within Thailand. I think the most challenging, yet rewarding, part of this experience was teaching for the first time. Teaching transformed and helped me grow in so many ways I never anticipated. Living in a culture completely different from my own really opened up my eyes to how people live in another part of the world. I’ve learned to not take things so seriously and that everything will work itself out in the end. Here are some of my photos from my time in the land of smiles.
Monks at the Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai.
I love how intricate and elaborate Buddhist temples are. I could stare at the contents of a temple for hours and still never see everything. I saw this statue at the Doi Suthep temple and was mesmerized by the beading and beautiful golden yellow color.
This photo is from a temple I went to in Bangkok. I absolutely loved learning about Buddhism as it is so different from anything I’ve experienced at home. This photo shows where people would staple Thai Baht (the national currency) as an offering.
I took this photo my first weekend in Bangkok. To say that was an eye opening experience would be an understatement. The city is chaotic but if you look closely you can always find small details like this lantern that I think are so interesting. I now have learned to appreciate and love the bustling capital city.
The infamous Khao San Road. Each time I went to Bangkok, I stayed near this party street which can be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get used to it, can actually be quite entertaining and fun. I love the way the neon lights look against the sky. You can buy many things on Khao San Road including cheap clothes, massages and henna tattoos.
I took this photo at sunset on the island of Koh Samet. I spent my last week here on the beach and it was truly one of my favorite experiences while I was there.
A cute sleeping cat I saw while wondering around Bangkok.
This photo is from the day I spent volunteering at an elephant sanctuary. I got the chance to feed, make fruit baskets for and swim with these majestic creatures. The sanctuary rescues elephants and lets them live peaceful lives. This was definitely one of the best days I spent in Thailand.