These monitor lizards were just roaming around…kinda freaked me out when 2 came running out of the trees towards my feet 🙂
7-11….you can’t go more than a block without finding one. Seriously. This one was in the Dusit Zoo. The only negative is that not every one has slurpees. So you just walk 5 minutes to see if the next one does 😉
We really felt our “whiteness” in Thailand. Lots of people asked for a picture with Jo. Here, the cousins are waving at a bus going by in the zoo.
Isaac making friends at the zoo.
Street food…everywhere. And so so good! (and cheap!)
Our first taste of pad thai in Thailand. I think Isaac ate it every day we were there.
Of course we had to have our feet nibbled on by fish. So nice I did it again in Malaysia 😉
Food market at night.
It tasted like chicken.
Our first night market.
The whole gang in a songthaew.
This is how we travel 😉
The whole gang eating some breaky by our place in Chiang Mai.
So very cool to go up into the mountains.
Going into the palace, we had to cover our legs and shoulders….this was our ragtag group working with the sarongs and elephant pants we had brought along 😉
Isaac reading “Archie” in one of the wats.
Gold everywhere in the Wats.
Do you know how high up these Wats are built? Really high. Which means a lot of steps to climb when you are visiting.
We are ready to feed the elephants!
Jo and his buddy.
Nate having fun.
Isaac up close and personal.
Such an amazing experience!
Back at the night market in Chiang Man, the boys were quite happy to find some banana crepes 🙂
So, it’s been awhile again. I think it’s because we have been relaxing, enjoying OZ land, and really feeling like we are on vacation this month. Australia has been very comfortable, and it really does feel like we are on vacation, instead of “travelling.” (I will write about the difference in another post 😉 ). We are on the homestretch, and just chillaxing and enjoying being back in an English speaking country. Anyways, enough about Australia, I bet you are all dying to hear about Thailand, so here goes 🙂
We were in Thailand for 3 weeks. We arrived in Phuket at the end of January, leaving 2 days early from the cruise, and stayed overnight there. I think it was a good place to start, because Phuket is super touristy, and we weren’t as overwhelmed as if we had been in a non-English/touristy place. It was an easy transition into Thai life, and as we left the ship (after saying goodbye to good friends and great staff), we wandered through town to drop our suitcases at the hotel, and then went back to the beach for the afternoon. If you have ever seen pictures of Phuket, it is every bit as beautiful as the pictures look. Seriously. Typical beachy, touristy area, but oh so gorgeous. We had a relaxing afternoon at the beach, and then spent the evening wandering around and trying out the local food: pad thai. So good. We found a food stall on the side of the road, ordered up two plates, and ate in an alleyway where some tables and chairs where set up. We had arrived 😉 A few things that stuck out to us were the pop bottles full of gas being sold at roadside stands. These were for scooters and motorbikes. We also noticed the thai fighting advertising trucks driving around. Jo said: “I’ve seen those on TV!!” Also, we were impressed with the motorcycles with bbqs attached to them. People would wave them down, the driver would stop, and then cook up whatever the person ordered. Looked good, but it was our first night, so we decided not to push it with trying out too much new food. Anyways, even though we were only there for 24 hours, we felt like we had a good introduction to Thailand by starting here.
We had made plans awhile ago to meet up with Nathan’s brother and family in Chiang Mai, about 20 hours north of Phuket, so we took our first flight of the trip from Phuket up to Chiang Mai. It was just under two hours, and we were completely surprised that we got a hot meal and snacks on such a short flight. The time flew (haha) and we landed in Chiang Mai and headed over to the hotel where we met up with Jeremy, Carmen, Aria, Roscoe, Tom and Phyllis (Carmen’s parents). Sooooo good to see family again; especially in one of the places we were anticipating would be the hardest to navigate. We were helping out at an international workers conference, and I really can’t tell you how good it was to hang out with family and new friends for almost a week. We took songthaews (red trucks with benches in the back like a taxi), ate street food, went to night markets, got a Thai massage (sooo funny, but that’s a story for another time), and had a blast enjoying it all with family. Chiang Mai is another place that I highly recommend if you’re heading to Thailand. Almost everyone spoke English, and we didn’t run into any major issues or problems. So the first week was at the conference, and then we moved over to another area of Chiang Mai.
We spent a day driving up into the mountains, and checked out a mountain village. So many stalls/vendors, and so much stuff. It was crazy. And cool to see the village. We saw an outdoor school, lots of greenery, coffee bean plants, and some waterfalls. The ride up in the songthaew was bumpy and at times felt a little like being on a rollercoaster, but it was all part of the Thai experience 🙂 We stopped at the royal palace on the way back down, and also a way (temple). It was an amazing day of exploring and experiencing true Thai culture.
Bartering is pretty much a given everywhere (even on songthaews, you barter with the driver), except in stores. We didn’t really go into too many stores, except 7-11’s which are EVERYwhere. Seriously. Like every block has one. We drank slurpees almost every day. Not only because they were reminders of home, but because it was so hot here. (Notice my frizzy hair in most of the pics ? haha).
We also took a day and went to an elephant sanctuary. We got to feed the elephants, have a mud bath with them, and then rinse them off in the river. It was awesome, and something we will never forget. Such gentle animals, and so cool to be so close to them and have a few hours interacting up close and personal with them.
Then we spent another day just wandering around the area, and checking things out in the neighbourhood we were staying in. We ate at some restaurants, but we also ate at food stands on the side of the road. It was all super cheap, and we figured we’d take the chance and hope our stomachs didn’t rebel a few hours later. Not sure if it was taking the ducarol all those months ago before we left, or just really good cooking, but our stomachs survived, and we made it through Thailand without any major gastrointestinal issues (sorry if that’s TMI).
I really wish we could pack you all up and bring you all with us. But, the next best thing is meeting up with friends and family along the way. Honestly, when you are in another country….especially one as foreign as Asia, it is so, so good to see familiar faces and have co-travelers with you for awhile, and to know that we weren’t on our own for a couple weeks. Thanks so much for letting us tag along on your Thai adventure Jeremy, Carmen, Aria, Roscoe, Tom and Phyllis. We really had a blast, and can’t believe all the things we saw in such a short time! Our next 3 year anniversary is gonna be crazy!!
And to all of you for “travelling” with us and reading along…it’s almost as good as having you here with us as well, with the comments, emails and messages you all send. We were just talking about that the other day. How it’s been 8 months, but really doesn’t feel that long. And I know that we missed out on a year of things at home, but it still doesn’t feel like we haven’t seen our friends for that long. Social media, WhatsApp, messenger, and phone calls have all helped us feel like we’re still in touch with friends and family at home. Anyways, that’s it for part 1 of Thailand. I’ll try to get Part 2 up in the next couple days 🙂 As always, thanks for taking the time to read!