For four months, I’ve lived in Pua Nan, a rural town encapsulated in the lush mountains of northern Thailand. 700 kilometers north of Bangkok, it’s a quiet hideaway untainted by the rapidly expanding influence of the western world.
I became a member of the community, developed a routine and immersed myself just like any local. Making a living in this small town has been a soul-refreshing intercultural experience for me.
This week, I’m saying goodbye to all of my Thai students for the last time. In two days, I will leave Pua Nan, Thailand to begin a new adventure abroad.
My time here has changed me in so many positive ways. I will never forget Pua Nan, Thailand. Words alone can’t properly convey the serenity of this place, so I took a few photos to capture the town’s vibe.
While I will miss Pua’s beautiful mountain ranges, serene farmlands and amiable townsfolk, I’m excited to move on from the tiny town lifestyle. It’d be a great place to someday settle down with a Thai wife, but for a 20-something guy like me, it’s too secluded from the nightlife and excitement of the city.
I’m going to Bangkok in a couple of days to take care of visas, then I’ll be off to start a new life in the next place. Soon I’ll post more information about my upcoming travel plans, and I hope you join me in the next chapter of Monkey Abroad.