Sàwàtdii khà!

Hello and warm, almost hot greetings from the land of smiles, Thailand! I am currently living in a small fisher village called Chalong, which is located in the island of Phuket. I’m doing my practical training here in a Finnish dive center Raya Divers and I got to tell you guys, this has been amazing!

My work is kind of divided into two main areas; working at the office and working at the excursions. I can’t really decide which I prefer more since in both of these two, my days are never the same and I learn something each and every day. Though it might seem like a paradise, I am here to work and learn, not on a holiday. I work six days a week and the hours vary from nine to twelve. Still it doesn’t feel like that while I’m snorkeling three hours with amazing customers and blacktip reef sharks 😉 but I’m sure you get the point.

This is my first time in Asia, so I admit that I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew that even though Phuket is very popular among the tourists and it’s getting more and more modern, Thailand is a developing country. While abroad I always try to get the authentic feeling from the place by talking with the locals, getting lost somewhere not so touristic areas and learning about the place. I have come to the conclusion that I love this place. I love how genuine people are, how they are happy for the fact that they are living in this planet and I love the mountains and the sea. This island is full of places you can go to relax, to think, to talk, to be alone and to explore. And to eat. Thai food is amazing, though I’m most certain that in Finland I don’t want to eat rice for a while…

The coolest thing I’ve ever done and which I have dreamed of many years is now my favorite thing while having day offs; diving. I can’t describe how cool and amazing and beautiful it is, you have to experience it yourself. I never knew there would be such a world underneath the surface and the best part is that I get to do it with my awesome co-workers. I did few courses and now I’m certified diver who can dive until 30 meters 🙂

I have never enjoyed working as much as I do here. This has been the best decision of my life so far and who know’s what this will bring to me in the long run 🙂

Here are few pictures of my office and life here, enjoy!

My office My office Diving in Phi Phi My office Raya Divers

-Kristiina

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