Christmas is a wonderful time of year; it’s exciting, family orientated and love is at the heart of everything we do. I had a wonderful couple of days up north with my family and I must say probably the most non boozy Christmas on my adult record.
My new year on the other hand was totally different; I ran off to Thailand for two weeks and experienced some wonderful things some of which I will try and highlight below, and of course a huge Happy New Year!
Rather than a luxury holiday I opted to back pack and stay in more affordable but social accommodation. Bangkok was the hub for this trip, and I was in and out of that fantastic city a few times. It is without a doubt my favourite city in the world. It’s packed with colour, culture, cuisine and contradictions. I find that I never want to close my eyes and sleep in Bangkok in case I miss anything.
Although I’ve been to Thailand many times before the one thing I truly adore and could do over and over is the all night sleeper train up north towards the Laos borders. You get to cover and see masses of land, meet new folk, live simply and feel a sense of community. When you wake up you’re in a whole new place…in my case on this trip I woke up in the northern ancient city of Chiang Mai. Here I would have possibly experienced the best Thai massage to date except for the monster mosquito who dined on my flesh throughout the entire time. Granted that an hour of your whole body being prodded, pushed and pulled by a lady half my size, double my age and twice as strong might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it.
The food in Thailand is awesome! I’m a proper street vendor diner, all cooked up fresh on the side of the road in red hot woks. Sometimes you’ve no idea what you’re getting, you can pretty much guarantee it’ll have lashings of hot chilli in it. You can pick up meals from as little as 50 pence. One morning I picked up chilli chicken with rice in a bag for 20 Baht (equivalent of about 50p), it was breakfast with a punch and a kick, the folk of Thailand certainly love their chilli! You get a taste for it too, almost an addition!
Koh Chang or Elephant Island was in the itinerary too; a fab little place down near the borders of Cambodia. Plenty of beaches, accessible nearby islands and inland national parks…a great spot for some adventures.
Found the most amazing accommodation here, a little place that was more or less in the sea, built into a cliff and cut off by the tide twice a day. At night you could hear the waves lapping against the building outside, would be dreamy but sadly whilst here some sort of parasite had taken a liking to me and resided in my gut for 4/5 days, tricky times especially when facing an all day journey back to Bangkok on tuk tuks, a boat, a truck, a 6 hr bus and a taxi …often the loos aren’t places of high desire either!
Even with the heavy rains and the tummy issues I love good ole Thailand and I hope to see you again soon!
In matters closer to home…watch out for Beauty Weekend starting this Friday at midnight with an amazing Perricone MD TSV, it features all of your favourites. Perricone anti ageing skincare is so effective but can be a considered purchase when buying individual items so I’d say if you can get the TSV this Saturday absolutely do. Join myself and Kara Beck at 9am on Saturday and we’ll explain all the benefits of what this anti-ageing genius that’s Dr Perricone creates!
I’ll be on screen lots over the coming weeks, mostly in the morning so don’t forget to send me a tweet and I will read it out! I truly hope the year ahead provides some wonderful experiences and memories. Stay healthy and happy xx