From the heights to the depths of the sea in Thailand
- January 14, 2016
- Milica Radović
Before you start reading this post, ask yourself when was the last time you did something for the first time?
Given that Phuket is known as a Thai island of fun. Therefore I decided to have some fun. On Phuket I said to myself that I am going to do things that I am scared off. I’m afraid of heights, but I went parasailing. I’m afraid of large animals but I still rode an elephant (I already wrote a blog post about it on this link). I also went to the so-called bamboo rafting where I went down the river on a raft made out of bamboo. I am terrified of diving but I still went and dove. These are the four things that, for the first time in my life I have tried and I was lucky enough for it to be on Phuket.
I’ve decided to do things that scare me in order to expand my comfort zone. I do not want to be a slave of the statistics and my mind and watch my life go by in counting the things I missed out on because of my fears.
Bamboo rafting was quite easy. Although the raft is made out of bamboo, it is very sturdy. It sinks into the water a little bit when there are more people on it, but it’s not that terrible, it floats. The only dangerous thing I encountered while bamboo rafting were the snakes hanging from the surrounding trees. Fortunately they could not reach us but if they had fallen from the tree on the raft, I would have been in massive trouble.
Parasailing was surprisingly pleasant, although it looked terrifying before I set off. Even though it pertty high, I wasn’t scared at all. On the contrary, I enjoyed it a lot. That was an extra plus for my desire to jump out of a plane with a parachute. The interesting thing here is that while I was in the air there was a local with me who was not tied like I was, he just held on to the ropes. What a crazy thing to do.
Diving was the hardest. The feeling that you are surrounded by water and you cannot breathe without some device is horrifying. It was really hard and I thought about giving up the first few times and got out of the water. I was struggling but managed to overcome my fear and stay an hour underwater. Although it was hard, I did not let that spoil the overall impression.
Video of riding an elephant can be seen at the link. Take a look at one new video of me parasailing, diving and bamboo rafting: