We had 19 days to explore Thailand and left with mixed feelings. We didn’t fall in love with it, but did fall in love with certain places. We really enjoyed our time in Ko Lanta, a small island off the southwest of Thailand. Jason did a few dives, we snorkeled and learned how to cook Thai food. Ko Lanta was the perfect place to explore using a motorbike, with quiet roads and never ending beauty. We also really enjoyed our time up North in Chiang Mai. We stayed in the walled city and loved all the great food, including street food and lots of vegetarian options. We took another cooking class in Chiang Mai and loved visiting the street fairs. Many places in Thailand were over run with tourists and just too busy for us. We weren’t able to connect with the locals and actually found that many people did not speak English. Bangkok was a whirlwind and way too busy for us, although we did find some great food. Read all about our time in Thailand here.
March was another whirlwind month through South East Asia. We had 6 nights left in Malaysia and then headed into Thailand for 20 nights before finishing the month in Cambodia. During our time in these three countries we traveled by ferry (George Town to Langkawi, Langkawi to Ko Lipe, Ko Lipe to AoNang), bus, taxi, plane, subway and motorbike. We took a flight from Krabi to Chiang Mai and then had to take an unplanned flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok when the night train was full. Our 3rd flight of the month was from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia which we are glad we did since immigration and customs was a breeze compared to what others have experienced crossing by land. Continue Reading
Well, we’ve completed a three-week trip through parts of Thailand and it turned out to be a pretty cool place. We learned how to cook Thai Style in both the North and South, Jason did some of the best scuba diving of his life, Simone had her first experience riding on a scooter, we ate at some very good vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai and made it through without getting Continue Reading
We enjoyed our cooking class in Ko Lanta so much that we decided to try a northern Thai cooking class while in Chiang Mai. We were picked up at our guesthouse by Siam Rice Cooking School and started off the day at a local market. Our instructor showed us some of the local ingredients and then we had some time to wonder around the open air market before continuing on to the cooking school. Continue Reading
We went from Ko Lanta to Aonong Beach near Krabi for 2 nights before flying up to Chiang Mai in the North. The flight was just over 1 hour and much easier than a bus or train. We originally booked for 2 nights, not sure if we would like it or not. We ended up staying 7 nights and we really enjoyed our time. We didn’t do a ton and actually skipped many of the tourist things.
Some of the things we really enjoyed were the following: Continue Reading