Thailand

Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles and it sure brought smiles to our faces while we explored three of it’s cities. We visited in the hot, humid summer months, but loved every bit of our trip! Read below to learn more about this great country!

Bangkok airport was our hub for this trip as we flew in and out of this airport 6 different times (both international and domestic flights throughout our time there). It’s a clean, organized and easy airport to traverse, in our opinion at least! Traveling by train is a more economical choice, but takes time. If you’re like we are – we’ve got a financial budget, but also a TIME BUDGET, since we are not full time travelers.

We landed in Bangkok from the States and caught our connecting flight with Asia Air to Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. We spent three nights in this little city and experienced some authentic Thai cuisine, culture and wildlife! Our adventures included:

Walking through a local market…

The Thai grocery store :)
The Thai grocery store 🙂
Seriously, the exotic fruit are just too amazing!
Seriously, the exotic fruits are just too amazing!
Fish at the Market
Fish at the Market

Taking a Thai cooking class with The Thai Cookery School …

He picked up a few new skills!
He picked up a few new skills!
Mike's creation!
Mike’s creation!
Cooking with another student in our cooking class.
Cooking with another student in our cooking class.
Bon Apetite!
Diane’s creation … Bon Apetite!

(Want to know how to make this delicious dish? Click here for the recipe!)

Enjoying a traditional Thai Massage at a wonderful spa

We highly recommend a Thai massage at Fah Lanna Spa.
We highly recommend a Thai massage at Fah Lanna Spa.
It's beautifully relaxing!
It’s beautifully relaxing!
Couples Massage
Couples Massage

and (my favorite!) spending an entire day helping at The Elephant Nature Park

Such a noble cause and facility!
Such a noble cause and facility!
The elephants eat hundreds of bananas each day!
The elephants eat hundreds of bananas each day!
The preserve is so lush and green!
The preserve is so lush and green!
I wanted to take one home with us!
I wanted to take one home with us!
Getting up close and personal!
Getting up close and personal!
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Smooches!
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It felt like a vacuum cleaner sucking your face!

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Bath Time
Bath Time
I told you this land brought us smiles!
I told you this land brought us smiles!

I have to mention our great accommodations in Chiang Mai – Vanilla Place Guest House. The owners are very hospitable. The prices are right. The breakfast is (small, but) good. The rooms are safe, clean and functional.

Our simple, clean and safe room at the Vanilla Guesthouse.
Our simple, clean and safe room at the Vanilla Guesthouse.
The sweet owners of the Guesthouse we stayed in.
The sweet owners of the Guesthouse.

From Chiang Mai we flew back to Bangkok’s airport and then continued on to Koh Chang, a tiny island near the border of Cambodia. July is Koh Chang’s low season as it is very rainy. However, we were willing to take a gamble and go anyway. It paid off for us as prices are much lower this time of year AND we had two days of mostly sunshine, with only quick (albeit, torrential)  rains showers. We divided our two full days between three places – a local restaurant and bar, our bungalow’s porch  and the beaches. Yes, there are other activities on the island, but we wanted to soak in the island spirit of Koh Chang as much as possible!

We stayed at Paradise Palms Resort and loved it! It’s not your typical resort, which is what we loved the most! This family run property has only 4 bungalows – all with ocean views! No crowds here! Ahhhh!

Our beachfront bungalow for $25 USD/night!
Our beachfront bungalow for $25 USD/night!
Our view!
Our view!
Matt, the owner of Paradise Palms showing us how to open a coconut.
Matt, the owner of Paradise Palms, showing us how to open a coconut.

Saffron on the Sea was fantastic from start to finish – every meal, every drink, every sunset! We spent LOTS of time here chatting with the staff and other travelers.

Sunset in paradise
Sunset in paradise at Saffron on the Sea.

The beaches were both rocky and sandy … an interesting sight around each corner.

Some beaches were rocky...
Some beaches were rocky…
...while others had white sand.
…while others had white sand.
I've always loved beaches and mountains together - it's so different than Florida.
I’ve always loved beaches and mountains together – it’s so different than Florida.

Departing paradise was tough. Nonetheless, we flew back to Bangkok’s airport (I told you we were in and out many times!). We hailed a taxi and drove to our room at the Courtyard Marriott. We try to stay local when possible. However, Bangkok’s hotel prices were higher than the smaller cities and towns of Thailand. Therefore, we booked this hotel with points we’ve earned from prevoius business and leisure travel. This worked nicely for us because we are both weary travelers in large cities – we prefer small towns and livestock to skyscrapers and taxis. We only had one night in the city, so we didn’t have time for much, but we did venture out for drinks on the river. Then, it was back to our snug room, high above the noise and craziness of Bangkok.

Bangkok Riverfront
Bangkok Riverfront
The waterfront in Bangkok.
The waterfront in Bangkok.

We departed the next morning from (you guessed it!) Bangkok International Airport.

Whomever dubbed Thailand the Land of Smiles got it right! Beaches, elephants, amazing food and friendly faces all add up to an unforgettable place!

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TRIP, OR CREATING YOUR OWN ADVENTURES IN THAILAND? Leave a comment or email me at wifewithbaggage@gmail.com, I’d love to help!

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3 thoughts on “Thailand

  1. Pingback: Photo Essay: Thailand | The Wife With Baggage

  2. Lauren @ Peaks and Passports

    Your trip looks truly amazing. That beachfront bungalow (and for $25 a night!) looks like paradise! I’m scheming up a trip to somewhere in Asia about a year from now and Thailand is on the short list, so I might be emailing you for more details down the line. I’m glad you had such a wonderful time!

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    1. The Wife with Baggage Post author

      Yes, Thailand should be on your list! What beats waterfront rooms at $25? We paired Bali, Indonesia with our trip to Thailand and LOVED both destinations! With more time (and money) Cambodia, Laos and Hong Kong would have been next. Maybe next time! 🙂 Email me anytime – I would love to help!

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