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There have been highs and lows, lizards and cockroaches, tuk tuks and trains, and an unbelievable amount of cows.

One month ago today I bade farewell to my fluffy best friend, Bella, and my not-so-fluffy best friend, Tasha, and headed off to Heathrow. From here Steph and I bought every single trashy mag available in WH Smith's and flew to Delhi for the start of our 'India on a Shoestring' tour.

I'd always planned on doing a little monthly travel round-up, but I never expected it to come around so soon! I'm just going to share some of my highs (and, sadly, a low) and give a little round up of my favourite things to happen so far! 

Where am I now?

I'm back in Bangkok, Thailand.  After the craziness of Delhi I fell in love with the calmness and the cleanliness of Thailand's capital city.

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Where have I been? 

India and Thailand! My Indian travel was focussed mainly in Rajasthan with a few stops in Uttar Pradesh at the end of the tour. I'm currently working on a few India round-up/review-type posts so keep your eyes peeled for those. Thailand-wise I've been here for just over a week now, spending time in Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai. My plans changed have changed quite drastically due to a couple of factors including the King's unfortunate death and the massive storm which is currently working its way through the country and I'm not 100% sure where I'll be off to next.

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Top 3 moments! 

  •  Elephant Nature Park - you might've caught my post yesterday about my visit here, if not go and have a look (there's some cute baby elephant photos in there...)! This was probably the only thing I was desperate to do in Thailand and the day did not disappoint.  
  • Ganges River Cruise - why pick between sunrise or sunset when you can do both?! As part of the India on a Shoestring tour, these two river cruises were included. The sunset one involved a candle lighting ceremony, whilst the sunrise one really produced the goods in the photography department.
  • Camel Safari - whilst the actual camel riding wasn't so great (I'm so against elephant riding that I should feel the same about camels) the camping in the desert was easily my favourite part of the whole trip. We were on little camp beds, all in a row, with nothing but the stars above us. Magical.

Worst moment :(

I didn't want to be a negative Nancy, but I feel it's my duty to warn everyone about this. Steph and I were meant to be doing a hot air balloon ride in Jaipur with the company Sky Waltz, but they cancelled last minute with a flimsy excuse. When the "chief operator" heard we were going to complain he gave us a call and thus ensued the most disgusting example of customer service I've ever witnessed. He was rude, mocking, and quite honestly childish. If you're thinking about booking with this company, don't. Plus I still haven't been refunded.

My favourite posts! 

  •  Lake Gadisar, Jaisalmer - our first activity in the city of Jaisalmer didn't disappoint! We went on little rowing boats out into the centre of the lake to watch the sun set, followed by a trip to a viewpoint overlooking the city.
  • Thai cooking class - having only recently discovered the delights of Pad Thai, I knew I wanted to do a Thai cooking class whilst in the country. For someone who can't cook and doesn't enjoy it, I actually thoroughly enjoyed the class! Plus my food wasn't half bad, if I may say so myself.
  • Temple run, Ayutthaya - although it's not the most exciting post I've written, I do have a soft spot for it.  I love exploring old temples and ruins so this was the perfect afternoon for me!
  • Sand dunes, Jaisalmer - after much blood, sweat and tears I finally managed to upload a video!! I also quite like how the photos turned out even if I did forget to add in our precious group boomerang effort!

Favourite photos

 Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai.  October 2016.  

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai. October 2016. 

 Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.  October 2016.  

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. October 2016. 

 Lake Gadisar, Jaisalmer.  October 2016.  

Lake Gadisar, Jaisalmer. October 2016. 

 Ganges, Varanasi.  October 2016.  

Ganges, Varanasi. October 2016. 

 

Where I'm going next . . .

Most likely Bali, that was the original plan. I've decided to cut short Thailand and do the islands another time, when it's sunny. I'm hoping to squeeze onto a mini tour of Bali for a week before heading to Australia, but who knows, I might have another change of heart in the next 24 hours.