Thailand

 

Describe Thailand in one word? That’s impossible.

Thailand is known for so many of the different facets of its culture: the palaces, the street life, the flavors, the beaches, fishing, massages, and much much more. We were fortunate enough to experience a little bit of all that on our trip.

Our vacation was planned one year prior to departure and the anticipation of finally arriving in Bangkok was killing us. The first leg of our trip was to be spent in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The second leg of our trip was going to be spent on the breathtaking Thai island of Koh Samui.

 
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I absolutely love Asia. It’s as if you’re transported to another world when you step off of the plane. Maneuvering in the Beijing airport trying to catch our connecting flight gave me the first taste of Asia that I had missed so much. While in the airport and before hitting the streets of Bangkok, we did some homework on Thai customs and travel tips. There were many important things that we learned, but two stood out. One – don’t eat the street food if you see cats wandering around the premises. Pretty self-explanatory, right? The other was to never mention the King of Thailand around the locals. Seriously, don’t mention the King.

After a year of waiting – and some incredibly long flights – we finally arrived in Bangkok. It was just as I had imagined it would be. There was a buzzing-electricity in the air at all hours of the day. Locals on every corner hustling their knock-off $10 Yeezy Boosts, $1 Selfie-Sticks, $7 Birkenstocks, and Pad Thai that smelled like it was straight from heaven (if heaven had street carts).

We spent our time in Bangkok visiting many of the ornate palaces, shrines, and walking around the different street markets haggling for cheap t-shirts and other junk. Oh yeah, and we paid a few dollars for hour-long massages… “G” rated massages. (We were in Thailand – it’s only right to clarify)

 
 
 
 

As great as Bangkok was, we couldn’t wait to get to our second destination: Koh Samui. It took us about 45 minutes to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui in a small jet. Once we arrived, we drove straight to our resort, The Conrad Koh Samui. For the next few nights we lived in luxurious cliff-side villas, each supplying it’s own private infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Private-beach access was just a buggy-ride away down to the bottom of the cliff.

 
 
 
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As great as Bangkok was, we couldn’t wait to get to our second destination: Koh Samui. It took us about 45 minutes to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui in a small jet. Once we arrived, we drove straight to our resort, The Conrad Koh Samui. For the next few nights we lived in luxurious cliff-side villas, each supplying it’s own private infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Private-beach access was just a buggy-ride away down to the bottom of the cliff.

 
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During one of our days on the island, we decided to take a fishing tour where a local (who did not speak English) boarded us on his long-tail wooden fishing boat. While some of the family caught small fish, Cameron and I came up empty. After a bit of swimming in the sea, we jumped back in the boat to find our Thai captain had cooked the fish that we had just caught. It was horrible.

On our last day in Koh Samui, we decided to pay a visit to my favorite animal. That’s right, we hung out with a few elephants! These mammals were brilliant and so incredibly sweet. One of them even kicked a soccer ball past Cameron into a goal.

We are already talking about going back to Thailand. While we got a great ‘taste’ of the country, it is so vast with so much to see, we are itching to get back to do and see even more.

Describe our trip to Thailand in one word? Perfect.

With love,