Derk is someone who always needs to see, hear, and experience things for himself! Especially if you’re talking about different cultures, countries, or traditions. He always wants to experience the world, no matter how far, strange, or gross it might seem. For more of Derk's adventures, be sure to follow him on Instagram @derknederhand.
The Inspiration For My Trip To Thailand
I heard about the traditional form of Buddhist monk tattoos, and wanted to get one myself in a Buddhist temple made by a monk! So I planned my trip, and landed in Lampang, a small town just below Chang-Mai, to further invest in these traditional tattoos.
How I Planned For My Trip
Two years before my second trip to Thailand, I met a Thai guy working as my tour guide at the time of my first trip to Thailand. We stayed in contact and he, later on, invited me to visit him over there. So I slept in his bed, with his family, in his traditional Thai bamboo house on poles.
At the time it was very important to write everything down I learned in my travel journey, to never forget my new learned knowledge. Thereby my camera, to film my journey was essential packing for my trip!
Itinerary In Thailand
I started my trip in Chiang-Mai, followed by Lampang. There I investigated, and studied the Thai tattoo, and celebrated Christmas and New Year. From Lampang, we managed our way to Phrae, Nan, Doi Phu nang national park, Phayao, Doi Luang national park, Chiang Rai, and back to Chiang Mai.
Unfortunately, I was still studying at the time, so I could only visit Thailand for two weeks. Eventually, I stayed almost three, but it felt like 5 minutes. You never want to count the days of traveling, otherwise, you are only busy with time, and not with enjoying. So every time I travel it feels like just a dream when I am back at the airport!