Having finished my freediving I wanted to move on as soon as possible. Phuket is just way too touristy for my liking. Too many drunk foreigners and not enough culture or life. I booked cheap flights to Bangkok and was on my way.
I’ve read a lot of negative things about Bangkok, mainly about it being a big grimy city with little to do. It sounds bizarre but I almost felt at home as soon as I arrived, I think the whole massive Asian super city thing is something I’m comfortable with now (after traveling through China).
Being somewhere new is exciting, can’t wait to get out and explore more. Right now I’m relaxing at my hostel, I’ll make some plans tomorrow!
One of the many things I wanted to do on this trip was learn to freedive. For those that aren’t familiar with the discipline it is the practice of holding your breath while diving as deep as possible. The world record is over 100 metres (to give an idea of how insane it can be).
I did a three day PADI course which included theory, pool time and then open water dives. Frustratingly I ran in to issues equalising upside down which meant I was unable to go for the full certification.
That said I still had a great time and managed to get a breath hold of 2:40. I’ve got all the techniques and training I need to continue to progress with that at home and once I’ve got my ears sorted I’ll be set!