Well, I thought Thailand sucked for the most part. It was dirty, far too touristy and way too westernized. I went to the touristy places, and Thai culture was basically gone, replaced by the western way of life. Boring. And there was prostitution and sex tourism everywhere. 50 year old white men with young Thai girls everywhere you turned, just terrible.
It was also my first ever “vacation”. I’d been to the Dominican Republic, but I was there with my University to study. I’d been to Honduras, but I was volunteering in an orphanage there. This time, I was just a tourist. I didn’t like not having a purpose there, as crazy as it makes me sound.
But, out of all the things I did there, this was the coolest: Muay Thai. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, and it is kick-ass. When I was on the Island of Koh Tao, I did some Muay Thai workouts with a professional trainer. I then kept doing them on the island of Koh Samui. It was awesome. Incredibly hard, but good. It was the first time I’ve ever learned to punch and kick correctly, while also learning how to keep a guard up. As the workouts went on, he taught me knees, elbows, uppercuts and hooks. I never understood how important the placement of your feet are, but it really matters when you’re doing different strikes with your legs and hands. Really awesome. I bought a pair of gloves and wraps, so I can now go to the gym up the mountain from my place in Korea and hit the punching bag there. Here’s a few pics of the gym in Koh Tao and the fights I watched.
The fights were cool to watch. Some guys got knocked right out. Really intense stuff.