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Snapshots: Thailand 2014

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Hello again! I’m finally finishing up all things Thailand and I have a serious case of post-vacay-blues. My series of posts on our vacation would not be complete without, you guessed it, the snapshots. Enjoy!

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Ittybot and I before the dinner Cruise on the Chao Praya RiverIMG_3782

One of the many temples we saw on the dinner cruise.IMG_3809

Family picture at a restaurant above the floating market in Amphawa.IMG_3953

At the Katathani Resort in PhuketIMG_3991

The view from our roomIMG_4006

Bangla food market in PhuketIMG_4007

His favorite part of the trip – eating.IMG_4139

Entry way to Avista Hideaway Spa & ResortIMG_4875

Beautiful lanterns at Yaowarat Road in Bangkok during Chinese New YearOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So glad I bought the Olympus waterproof camera. It came in handy during tropical vacations!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Phuket from above!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My loves watching the sunset in PhuketOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Gorgeous!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I rarely am in any pics, but I love this moment. Phi Phi 003

That black line you see on the rocks is where the water levels normally are! Crazy!Phi Phi 007

Maya beach is a hot spot!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ittybot swimming with the fishes!PhiPhi 001.1

Phi Phi islands is by far one of the best experiences in my life.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Breathtaking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Can’t get enough of these two!

Hope you enjoyed a few snapshots of our vacation! Up next is the Almafi coast in Italy coming up in April!

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Jetsettin’: We’re baaaaack Bangkok!

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The morning we had to leave Phuket was a sad one. On the flip side, we were excited to get back to the cheap street food in good old Bangkok. We had been keeping an eye on the situation in Bangkok while in Phuket. Ongsa was also our little birdy that sent us daily messages about the situation. While in Phuket, BKK had declared a state of emergency. WHAT?! This alarmed many nations and they advised their citizens to avoid travel to Thailand. Of course, we went right into the madness.

When we landed, Ongsa had a hard time picking us up from the Don Mueang International airport because some protests had blocked the roads. But everything worked out ok. He picked us up and we went to see his wife at her workplace. Just outside her workplace there was an AMAZING Thai Iced Coffee cart/stand. For only 20 baht (~$0.61), we got a huge cup of deliciousness.

Next, Ongsa walked us to a nearby shopping area which had a hawkers area of traditional food. I was craving some noodle soup and he recommended a stand that he said was a little more pricey but delicious. The bowl was 50 THB (~$1.52). Yes. Really. In thai standards, that is a little on the pricey side. I was really tempted to get two bowls. It was THAT good. Mmm…yumms.

The next day, we went out to Central World Mall. From what I heard, it was one of the biggest malls in Thailand, if not the largest. It had the 2nd largest H&M in the world! We avoided going there the first leg because I was told that the protests were right outside and it would be difficult getting there. Thankfully, there is a skywalk that took us all the way there and we didn’t have to step foot in the protest. But in reality, nothing was really happening at the rally anyways. There were mostly vendors hanging out selling food.

The mall was pretty great. It had a total of 8 floors and a lot of great stores. I did good and went to only a few places that I needed to go to. Being from the states and living in Europe, there weren’t many stores there that I was anxious to go to.

For our last full day in Thailand, we kept it pretty simple. We slept in and started to pack a little. The Mr managed to squeeze in another massage before we left. He had a total of 3 back massages while we there and every single one of them kicked his behind. They elbowed him and kneaded him until he couldn’t move. He literally came back with bruises.

It was Chinese New Year so Ongsa and his family took us out to Yaowarat Road (Thailand’s Chinatown). The hustle and bustle was exciting and the food was enticing. As soon as we stepped foot through the gates I could smell the squid toasting and the incense burning . To some, that isn’t appealing but I thought it smelled delicious. All the street vendors were incredibly busy with all the locals and tourists coming in to celebrate the year of the horse. The roads were still open so I could basically reach in people’s cars as they inched by. It was a great experience and I’m glad we made it out there on our last day.

I woke up sad knowing we were leaving Thailand in just a few short hours. We laid in bed for as long as we could before Ongsa picked us up for lunch and to drop us off at the airport. We were so lucky to have him and his family show us around Thailand. He took us to all the good eateries! We are so thankful and we owe them! Maybe if they came to Holland we could show them around too!

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Jetsettin’: HELLO PHUKET!!!

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It´s been a few weeks since we´ve been back so let me give you an update of our experience in Thailand – specifically, Phuket!

We took a cab from downtown Bangkok to the Don Meaung airport which is where Nokair operates.  Nokair is a good cheap airline that flies directly to Phuket.  The flight took 1 hr 20 minutes.  The Phuket airport and surrounding area was nothing special.

We got a cab driver that was crazy!  He was speeding around cars and motorists on a 2 lane road – the crazy part was this was with all the hills that presented blind spots…Fast forward 1 hour and 1000 Thai Baht (THB), which was the standard and ridiculous fare, we finally arrived at the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort (Kata Beach area).

It was fantastic!  Walked in the lobby and there it was, the beautiful beach calling our names.  Then we were greeted with drinks and some flower thingy.  After a few minutes to check in, we were escorted to our suite which was wonderful.  Our suite had an awesome king bed, large bathroom area, a relaxing room with daybed, and a balcony that allowed us to check out the lawns, beach, pool, and water!

The resort was amazing but was slightly secluded which had pros and cons.  The good was that the beach area was not crowded and we were able to really relax.  The bad was that there were only a few external restaurants nearby…which meant we had to spend more money than we wanted for food.  Overall, the 3 day experience was fantastic; however, we don’t think we would go to that resort again because of the limited food options.

On our 4th day in Phuket, we went to our 2nd resort called Avista Hideaway Spa and Resort.  This resort is located close to the Patong beach area.  The resort was tucked away on a hill and presented a magnificent view of hills and the Andaman Sea.  We were fortunate enough to get upgraded to a Jacuzzi suite!

It was really nice having a Jacuzzi right outside our main room.  The room was equipped with a large soaking tub, rain shower shower heads, large screen TV, wireless audio system, master control panel, and Jacuzzi and outdoor area.  Probably one of the nicest rooms we’ve been in.

The resort itself was fairly unique but in a questionable way.  The more prestige rooms required us to go downhill – yes, this was a multilevel resort (not a flat one like most).  We had drivers drive us up and down from the lobby to our room, and vice versa, when we needed.  You would think that the nicer rooms are higher on the hill…oh well.  Also, the resort was somewhat confusing at times trying to figure out how to get to certain places.  They only provided us with a flat map versus a map showing the points of interest and their locations at the respective level.

One of the more convenient things about this resort is that they provided a free shuttle service to the Patong beach area and specifically the Jungceylon mall.  This area was really nice, touristy but nice.  Street food, shops, restaurants, bars, and almost everything you can imagine.  I would highly recommend staying near the Patong area, if not in Patong, if you want to be around all the activity.

Fast forward a couple days and we were taking a day trip to the Phi Phi Islands.  This was amazing!!! We highly recommend it to anybody taking a trip to Phuket.  The beach and water is the most beautiful sight we’ve seen.  Think of all the postcards and beautiful pictures you see of Phuket…and yes, we were there.

After a total of 7 days in Phuket, we had to depart.  The weather, food, and resorts were amazing…so of course it was natural for us to be quite sad.  This also meant that we were getting closer to the end of our vacation L.  Now back to Bangkok!

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