Thailand

To celebrate the start of my journey I’m hosting a contest. Participate in this contest today and win half a million …. Vietnamese Dong (₫). But read on before you quit school, send your boss a nasty letter or buy a one way ticket to Thailand (ok, actually book a one way ticket to Thailand NOW!).

Being the least valued currency in the world,  today (April 8th 2010) 500,000₫ (Vietnamese Dong) are worth 19.61€ or 26.17$ according to Yahoo Currency Converter. Maybe that is not as much as you hoped for. But hey – you can buy 6,5 kg of dog meat in Vietnam for 500,000. That’s enough to feed the whole family for a week!

Yes, I don’t want to miss the chance to win the equivalent of 3 Chihuahuas.

Awesome! How can I win?

You simply have to challenge me. Challenge me to do something funny, adventurous or uncomfortable.  Preferably related to the countries I’m visiting (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam or Thailand).

Examples

  • Eat  dog in Vietnam.
  • Visit a certain place.
  • Sleep with a ladyboy (hint: I won’t do that).

I got this idea from gobackpacking.com. To get some ideas look here. I will accept the challenge that I like the most. Whoever posts the challenge that I accept wins.

Be creative! To post a challenge simply leave a comment below.

Rules

  • The contest will run from April 8 – 16, 2010.
  • There will be 1 winner. (German and English version of Live Life Big combined)
  • The winner will be chosen by me depending on which challenge I like best.
  • The winner will be announced within a few days after the deadline ends.
  • Every participant is allowed to enter the contest (by submitting a challenge) only once.
  • Any recourse to courts of law is excluded.
  • The money will be sent to Paypal or optionally sent via bank transfer to bank accounts in Austria or Germany.
  • The prize is 500,000 Vietnamese Dong. Exchange rates of April 8th 2010 (shown above) apply.

Enter today for a chance to win!

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The first stop on my upcoming journey will be Thailand. The 3 things that I’m most looking forward to (in no particular order) are:

1. Scuba Diving

scuba diving thailand

Pic by LipglossJunkie

I love scuba diving. The atmosphere and the vast endlessness of the blue ocean can’t be described in pictures, videos or words. You have to experience it. If you’re reading this and have never dived before, I’d highly recommend it.

In April I’ll be on a liveaboard for four days diving near Similan Islands, Andaman Sea. 4 Full days to just relax and dive. It’s gonna be awesome ;-).

2. Full Moon Party at Ko Phangan

Full Moon Party Ko Phangan

Pic by re-ality

On April 29th, I’ll be on Ko Phangan and attend its infamous Full Moon Party. Once a month at full moon thousands of people gather at beach on Ko Phangan and party like there’s no tomorrow.

3. Yasothon Rocket Festival


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Rural villages in Laos and North Thailand celebrate the beginning of the annual rainy season with rocket festivals. Teams of men build huge rockets out of bamboo and black powder (the largest rockets are 9 meters long and have 120kg black powder on board). The team whose rocket flies the highest wins. If a rocket explodes at start, its team has to bath in a puddle of mud. I’ll be from May 7th to May 9th in Yasothon to celebrate rocket festival.

I am going to write about those 3 highlights and many other things in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and be sure to subscribe to my blog to not miss any posts.

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Seven and a half days until departure, so I decided it’s time to plan a rough route for my journey.

Generally, my goal is to travel very spontaneously. But I think it is a good idea to think of a few countries and places I want to visit. There are also certain events on certain dates that I want to attend. Plus, I have to show a onward or return ticket on check-in in Munich or I won’t be allowed to board the plane.

Thailand

  • My journey starts on April 10th at Munich airport. I have a one-way ticket to Bangkok where I will arrive on April 11th around 7 in the morning.
  • From Bangkok, I’ll fly to Phuket to go on a 4 day diving safari.
  • I’ll be island-hopping for the next couple of weeks. Destinations will include Phi Phi Islands, Ko Tao & Ko Phangan and probably Railay Beach.
  • Afterwards I’ll be heading north, exploring Bangkok, Kanchanaburi (famous Tiger Temple + other sights) and visit Yasothon for Rocket Festival.
  • Maybe I’ll visit Chiang Mai.
  • After 30-50 days in Thailand I’ll fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia

Have you ever been to Thailand? Did you like it? Any  places that I have to visit?

Update: Nothing happens as planned while travelling. After island-hopping in the south I left for Malaysia.

Image by Ash Lourey

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