Posts Tagged‘Thailand’

Food Journey – Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a culinary delight! Great tastes from around the world meet world class experiences and some amazing Instagram opportunities! David and I were committed to making up for any missed meals from our unsettled stomachs earlier in Thailand. Hitting over 20 spots in Bangkok, we have narrowed it down to our favorites. Trust us you will want to be on the next plane over! 1. High tea The Mandarin Oriental not only has a huge selections of teas to choose from they, but they also have three settings. Whether you are looking for a traditional high tea, Eastern fare,…

Activity List – Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is like no other. We arrived to the airport in the evening, greeted by Bank, a high school friend of Davids who grew up and lives in Bangkok. The city is filled with skyscrapers, malls, and unique experiences that only Southeast Asia could think to offer. Here is our activity list – a collection put together by myself and Bank and enjoyed with David. 1. Visit the Grand Palace You can take a ferry or water taxi there, which offers a great view of the city and a break from the traffic. Make a day of it by first…

Thailand Tips

Here’s a collection of tips and learnings we came across on our extended stay in Thailand: –  7/11 stores are everywhere and they are amazing! You can get a <$1 grilled cheese any hour of the day. –  You may need to take off your shoes before entering a shop and definitely before entering a temple. Hint – check to see if a few pairs are left outside. –  When greeting people say sawasdee ka(female)/krab (male), the same saying can be used when you leave while you give a little bow in gratitude. – Food poisoning is very common; carry…

4 Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Arriving in Chiang Mai, David and I were excited to embark on a new city. Phuket was not exactly what we were expecting but we knew several people have fallen in love with Thailand, and we were still in search of that charm. We found it in Chiang Mai! This city doesn’t disappoint, with a temple on every corner, similar to Holland Michigan. These religious sites were just adorned with a bit more gold and had a sprinklings of monks in their courtyards. The city itself is hidden among beautiful passage ways that lead to great coffee shops, multiple street…

Monk Chat

Buddhist Monk, Thailand When in your life did you feel most alive? Everyday, trying to be a good Monk, and helping people as I can. Mostly we (monks) give ideas. When we can give some idea to a person they can keep it, and adapt it to themselves with purpose. You don’t have to become a part of buddhism to do this, but listen first to the idea, to then solve with purpose. And sharing compassion. Nowadays people try to fight back. We are actually hurting ourselves. If we cannot have loving compassion towards humans, everything in the world disappears. The…

Cooking Class – Chiang Mai, Thailand

After being in Thailand for a couple of weeks we wanted to learn firsthand what went into the delicious mango sticky rice or pad Thai that we were eating every day. I found several options for cooking classes in the Chiang Mai area. We decided to attend the class by Thai Farm Cooking. They had such amazing reviews on trip advisor that I simply had to see what all the hype was about. By the way, a cool website to check out when you are looking for a different experience is With Locals.  This site offers a place for locals to…

Diver Will

Scuba Instructor, Thailand When in your life did you feel most alive? New Year’s Day three years ago I got so close I could probably ride it. I got within a meter of it and I thought this is my moment. I watched and swam with it for 15 minutes. I was blown away. I have seen quite a few manta rays, and know I am quite lucky. The earth is 70% ocean and 30% land, and in all of that blue and that manta ray chose you. He came to see you that day, so you’re really blessed by…

Elephant Nature Park – Chiang Mai, Thailand

We were the last to be picked up in a large, plush 12 passenger van heading an hour and a half outside of Chiang Mai. The ride was amazing as we passed rural farms where water buffalo were grazing and chickens walked alongside them.  Our education about Thai elephants began on our journey to the Elephant Nature Park. Elephants are a huge part of Thailand’s tourism trade and also play a crucial role in the logging industry. Recognizing the unfortunate impact tourism has had on elephants, the Elephant Nature Park created a place for rescued elephants to call home. Most of these amazing creatures are too old to perform or too injured to log. They need a break from their difficult lives. Elephant…

Scuba Certification – Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Having a year to travel is giving us the time and flexibility to think about picking up some new skills. First on our list? Scuba diving! For years David has been trying to convince me to join him in this adventure. With Thailand’s warm water and great dive sites, I was convinced to give it a go. We signed up to for Open Water Certification, a three-day course, which would enable us to dive up to 60ft completely independently. The class included 5 quizzes, a pool dive, six open water dives and a final exam. Trust me those three days…

48 Hours in Phuket, Thailand

We ended up spending 1 week in Phuket, but really figured out the best stuff to do. So if you only have few days here – you’ll be able to hit all the highlights! Day 1 8am- Rent a Car. You can pickup a car most placed for around 1,000 Baht (~$30) for a day. Be sure you’re comfortable with driving on the left side of the road (and are okay with motorbike mayhem). 10am – Visit the Monkeys on Monkey Hill As mentioned in our previous post, you can get up close and personal with wild monkeys.Purchase peanuts before reaching the…