Travel 2020 - Before the COVID borders closed - Samet Island, Thailand (Koh Samet)
Travel Memories 2020
The world that we know has changed drastically in 2020, when the COVID virus pandemic hit worldwide, causing governments to close all country borders. In January 2020, I felt the urge to just pack my bags and travel, especially when Singapore Airlines was offering promotional discounts for air tickets redemption. I love beach escapes - sun, sea and sand type of getaways.
Adding up the costs of the discounted air ticket redemption, the airport fees and transport costs, it turned out to be comparable, if not better than my usual beach escape to Tioman island off the coast of Mersing, Malaysia. And it also offered the benefit of overnight stay in Bangkok to do a bit of shopping and eat some fabulous Thai vegetarian food. With a lot of research online reading tons of reviews, I was choosing between Koh Samet (or Samet Island) or to take a scenic train down to Hua Hin, both are reachable by public transport from Bangkok. In the end I chose Samet Island because there was a resort there that offered backpacker style fan rooms.
When it came to the time of the actual travel during the first week of February, the news of virus spreading beyond the badly hit city of Wuhan, China was beginning to fill the news reports. By the time I returned home to Singapore in the second week of February, governments began restricting flights and announcing quarantine measures for travellers. My partner and I had actually booked another redemption tickets to go to Melbourne and Christchurch in the month of March. And now we are in the month of July, this virus pandemic has created a different world from what we know before the year 2020.
Here are some photos taken from this last trip pre-COVID 2020. Memories of travel. When can we get to travel again? It is a difficult question to answer.
Fire Dancer series on Koh Samet
Shot on iphone XS Max
世界全球在2020年发生了翻天覆地的变化，COVID病毒大流行爆发，导致各国政府关闭了所有国家边界。2020年1月，我感到一时冲动，只想要出国，尤其是当新加坡航空刚好正举行促销折扣活动，机票兑换大减。我最理想的度假地方是海滩 - 阳光，大海和沙滩类型的度假胜地。