Week 20 – Central Thailand – Time & Townhopping

I’ve been thinking about time a lot recently. Time is a constant theme throughout this trip for me. How much time have you spent travelling? How much time do you have left? How much time do you want to spend in this country? In this town? In this room?

Time has become a strange thing since I left…..

The Clock which is right 2 times per day

The Clock which is right 2 times per day (Northern Quarter, Manchester)

For one, tracking it becomes pretty difficult. Back in the UK, a day seemed to have its own personality, and you have a separate relationship with each: Fridays were exciting and full of potential (two whole magical days of holiday ahead which could be filled with whatever you wished!), Mondays were like a jumpstart to your body and brain, Sundays relaxing and sometimes bittersweet and melancholy (“Sunday Night Blues!”)………Since travelling, this is all lost. The concept of a weekend disappears and the days are just scratchmarks on a calender, or in my case, a digit change on a smart phone.

Tick Tock

Tick Tock

Apart from the actual tracking, my own perception of time has become skewed. Exploring New Zealand seems like a lifetime ago, where as living in (and leaving) Manchester doesn’t seem that long ago at all! Was I in Bangkok last week, and the week before El Nido? Or was it Coron or Khaosiung? Am I spending too long in a town and not seeing as much as possible in the country as a whole? Or should I be spending more time in each and digging under the surface and getting to know the town deeper? Spread your time thin and wide? Deep and concentrated? I don’t know the answers to any of this…….I’m not sure if there are answers………I’m not sure I even want answers.

With all this is mind (or not in mind) I decided to run a little experiment. For the next week I’m going to be moving fast – A new town and a new bed, every night for 1 week! No planning beforehand, just arrive, find a room, drop the bag, explore, sleep, pack up, pick a town on the map, get on a bus!…..and if I can find a bar with some live music in every night…that’ll be a bonus! :-)

Take nothing....

Kill nothing but time….

The next 7 posts will be short and sweet (I can already hear a collective sigh of relief from some friends and family members! :-) )…..Mainly photos with a little story or 2 on a few of the places to follow along on this fast little trip…….if you have the time? :-)


5 thoughts on “Week 20 – Central Thailand – Time & Townhopping

  1. Hi Craig, I know that feeling. Looking forward to your next seven blogs. In the meantime, here’s some advice from Spike Milligan on time, from the Goon Show. Take care and enjoy your time in Laos.
    What time is it Eccles?
    Eccles Err, just a minute. I, I’ve got it written down ‘ere on a piece of paper. A nice man wrote the time down for me this morning.
    Bluebottle Ooooh, then why do you carry it around with you Eccles?
    Eccles Well, umm, if a anybody asks me the ti-ime, I ca-can show it to dem.
    Bluebottle Wait a minute Eccles, my good man…
    Eccles What is it fellow?
    Bluebottle It’s writted on this bit of paper, what is eight o’clock, is writted.
    Eccles I know that my good fellow. That’s right, um, when I asked the fella to write it down, it was eight o’clock.
    Bluebottle Well then. Supposing when somebody asks you the time, it isn’t eight o’clock?
    Eccles Ah, den I don’t show it to dem.
    Bluebottle Ooohhh…
    Eccles [Smacks lips] Yeah.
    Bluebottle Well how do you know when it’s eight o’clock?
    Eccles I’ve got it written down on a piece of paper!
    Bluebottle Oh, I wish I could afford a piece of paper with the time written on.

    1. :-)
      Thanks Mick, that’s brilliant!
      Laos is really nice thanks……Rach tells me you and April are thinking about a bike trip here some point soon. I think you’ll like it – I went on a mini scooter trip up to a waterfall through the mountains around Luang Prabang yesterday. Was completely beautiful (even when it started raining!). Will send you some of the photos.
      Speak soon

      1. Yes we are looking to travel in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The scooter trip sounds brilliant. We’re looking forward to the photos. Take care. M&A

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