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English Camp Phatthalung
2018 I decided to go back to Asia and I started again in Thailand to get back into the mood with some good old Thai Spirit. I met a guy on Couchsurfing and he recruited me straight away as an English Teacher for a 3 day camp in Phatthalung. Phatthalung is in souther Thailand and he lives in Chiang Mai in the north, so in addition to the 3 days camp we would have 2 days road trip before and after the camp. They picked me in Bangkok just a couple of hours after I arrived there.
When I was the first in Thailand in 2017 I skipped Bangkok and went straight to Chiang Mai, so this time I had to take a look at this megacity. I let them drop my off close to Bangkok to check it out with Romeo, one of the other teachers. I wasn't disappointed! It is what I imagined and a million things more. Quite a crazy city. The traffic is crazy, the smells, the images.
Suan Mokh: 10 day silent meditation retreat
Something I wanted to do for quite a while is participate in a Vipassana meditation retreat. I heard about this one in Surat Thani when I was in Koh Pangan last year and this specific one always starts at the 1st of each month. You just have to show up, first come first serve, and after busy Bangkok I decided now it would be the right time to do it. It was truely a great experience for me, as somehow who always has a lot of chatter going on inside my head. No phones, no internet, no talking, no alcohol, nothing to do except meditation in the nature for 10 days straight. After a couple of days I felt very calm and enjoyed a lot of the small details you encounter in nature. It is something I would recommend everybody to do on a regular basis as it feels like recharging the mind. Here you find more information about the retreat: Suan Mokkh International Dharma Heritage.
English Camp Chiang Mai
After I finished the retreat I found out that just on the next day there would be another English Camp in Chiang Mai where I wanted to go anyway. So I booked a last minute flight from Surat Thani to Chiang Mai the same day, got picked up at the airport, spend one night in a comfy hostel after 12 nights on a concrete bed and went straight back to "work" the next day. The kids were so awesome though that it did not really feel like work at all :)