I've written all of my specialty posts about the places I went and what it was like to be in a completely new part of the world. The only thing left is to break it down into the things I loved most, the distilled pieces of my experiences that will make me hop on a plane again at some random time in my life and sit suspended in the air for 24 hours.
This isn't a top 10 or top 20 because I didn't want to confine myself to a number. It's just a list of awesome things that if you should find yourself in the land of smiles, you should see, do or just immerse yourself in without asking too many questions.
Taxi driver playing American pop music when I arrived.
The sheer craziness of the Chatuchuk Market
The atmosphere on the street in Bangkok at night
Ferry rides to islands that I thought I would only see in movies
Meeting interesting people like Emily and Tom the actors from London and James the circus performer who had just escaped from a silent meditation retreat
Writing early every morning in Thailand!
Street food that I wish I had eaten more of
Coconut water out of a fresh coconut
Finding quiet among the crazy
Learning how to cook Thai food from experts
The overnight bus
Sunset on the barge on the way back to Bangkok
Sunrise on the overnight train
Massages that cost less than $10
The guy in Chinatown who gave me lots of advice and sent me on an adventure
Mountain views from the Jungle Club
The lady selling a pile of chicken on the overnight train
Watching a little boy create a wood carving
Every sight and every sound was something new and exciting
And did I mention the food?
But the thing I love most about travel, solo travel in particular is that I became a little braver, learned a little more about how little I know and discovered a great enthusiasm for a new part of the world.