They say that a perfect place for a writer to create a masterpiece is to explore the world and gain experience- discover places and meet new people. This helps them gain experiences that will instigate ideas for a novel. As On The Road author Jack Kerouac says, “all the golden land’s ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you.”
Where to embark on an adventure? Go to Thailand. There are many reasons why every writer should visit this South-East Asian country. Here are seven reasons why:
Bask in the heat of the sun and naturally increase your Endorphin and Serotonin. According to Live Strong, an online health magazine, Endorphin are responsible for feelings of euphoria and calmness while Serotonin prevents depression and improves the appetite. If the tropical heat is not enough to make you in the mood to write, maybe the blue waters of Thailand’s famous beaches like Ko Lipe, Hua Hin, Phang Nga Bay, and Tarutao National Park can. Let the waves relax your mind and take an Alex Garland approach in your writing. The beach is a good place to begin writing but don’t let the surge of tourists distract you.
Buddhist temples in Thailand are not reserved for religious purposes only. It is also the best place to get spiritual wellness, to calm the mind and the body. Visit Wat Ram Poeng in Chiang Mai and take a total immersion among Buddhists. It takes many practices to be able to meditate like monks do but knowing how to find your inner energy and being at peace with yourself, can help write effective and strong pieces. If you just want to take casual temple tours, head into famous temples such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Benchamabophitr and Wat Traimit. Admiring the ambiance and architecture might help you be creative and inspired.
Go a la Rudyard Kipling and find creativity by wandering around Khao Yai National Park. Trek through the 2,000 square mile park and embark in an adventure with wild birds, tigers, gibbons and elephants. End your trek by dipping in the Heo Suwat waterfall, one of the many waterfalls found in the park. If you want a more taxing climb, go down to Chiang Mai and climb Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. Maybe your jungle book like novel is waiting for you to finish in these forests.
Second-hand Book Stores
Reading is always part of being a writer, but reading can be expensive. The solution is in Thailand’s Dasa Book café in Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Here you can find more than 17,000 cheap second-hand books that will make book-worms happy. Drink a cup (or two) of coffee in the café while writing. Let the ambiance lead your mind in to writing your next masterpiece.
Diversity of Culture
This country offers rich and diverse culture, that tourists can’t experience in any other country. Thailand is an exotic Asian country that has plenty to offer. From tourist destination, food, culture and the people. Every aspect of this country gives inspiration to your next work. Do not be afraid to try new things, because you may never know how much it can help your writing career. For a touch of familiarity, Thailand is popular among tourists so you won’t feel unsafe or out of place when walking around.
Relaxing Thai Massage
If you want to remove stress, then do not miss the chance to get an authentic Thai massage in Thailand. Massage salons are all round this country, and most of them offer the best pain relieving massage. No need to go far because Bangkok has some of the best salons. Try Health Land Ekamai, Face Spa Bangkok or Take Care Beauty Salon & Spa in Sukhumvit Road. Let the locals work their magic and transcend you in a soothing reverie to remove writer’s block and distractions.
The people of this nation is one of their greatest treasures. Their warm hospitality and friendliness among tourists will definitely touch you. If the culture and the environment does not inspire you maybe the people can. Talk with the locals and learn their lifestyles. Every person has a story tell and you can get inspiration from listening to them.
There are many things writers learn from traveling and Thailand is a one-stop place to know these. If you are a writer, visit Thailand! There are many places, people, and things that can surprise you. These surprises will lead you to writing a great masterpiece.
Diana Walls is blogger, writer and journalist, who is currently busy taking her master’s degree in communication. She is also working as a junior researcher and writer for best essays.