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I’m writing this from Bangkok, Thailand, where we’ve been on lockdown for nearly 8 weeks now due to the coronavirus pandemic. I know that wherever you may be you’re in the same situation – it’s not ideal but it’s something we have to do in order to hopefully get things back to normal.

There have been lots of challenges for all of us since the lockdown began, I think the biggest being our mental health. We’re in unprecedented times and we’ve never had to deal with anything like this before, so I’m doing all I can to make sure I’m staying positive and trying to avoid becoming anxious with the situation. Chatting to a professional online has been great, you can read more here, and so has reminding myself that this situation is not permanent. Knowing that things will change has made me look forward to what I’ll be doing as soon as the lockdown is lifted.

I think we can all agree that domestic travel is going to come back a lot sooner than international travel. I am really missing domestic travel in Thailand because it’s so easy to get around usually and there are so many awesome places to visit which are so close. So here are 3 places I am going to head to asap.

Chiang Mai

The second biggest city in Thailand and easily my favourite, it’s where I’ll move soon. A great city, no high rise buildings, mountains a few hours away and has some of the tastiest food in the world. It can cost you as little as $30 one way with Thai Lion Air and the flight only lasts an hour. It’s a good place to visit in the winter months because the weather is cool so I get to put on a jumper and socks – may not sound like much, but it’s the opposite for the rest of the year.

Bangsaen

You may have been to Thailand before but you may not have heard about Bangsaen, many longterm expats haven’t either. The reason I’ll be heading to Bangsaen is because it is the closest beach to Bangkok, I can reach there in less than an hour. It might not be the best beach in the country, because Thailand is blessed with some of the best on the planet, but being so easy to reach it has to be on my list. It costs about $35 in a Grab Taxi and it’s a great day trip or long weekend.

Khao Yai

The centre of Thailand is a place I love visiting. You can reach Khao Yai in 4-5 hours in your car, once you get there you instantly feel relaxed because the hustle and bustle of the city is a distant memory. It’s ideal for golf lovers, some say it is home to the best courses in the country.

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