Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thailand Wow
Thailand was pretty amazing.

You can see our photos HERE.

The photos are backwards. The first pictures you see are the last ones of the trip- but since it is backwards I will talk about our trip backwards.

The first picture is a man just standing in the middle of crazy busy Bangkok with his elephant. Not a strange occurrence. Bangkok was hot. There were markets everywhere. You can buy Pad Thai and other Thai dishes on the street for $1. Beggars are everywhere. We started giving them money until we realized the line of them was endless.

The slums that we saw as we rode wooden boats through the canals were in stark opposition to the Grand Palace and the opulent reclining Buddha.

We saw a couple of movies in Bangkok- the Dark Knight (which I hated) and Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D (unrealistic but very fun).

Next is Pattaya. This is a place where the bars are full of prostitutes and they are everywhere. I recommend staying at your hotel if any of you ever travel here. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel which was very exciting for my kids and very family friendly. Piney loved the Lil Rockers Club.

After that is Phuket. This is where the great beaches are. We stayed at Le Meridien hotel because it was the only place that accepted 3 year olds into their kids club. There were a lot of activities by the beach such as rock climbing, giant chess, mini golf, and swimming. They even had a pet elephant that roamed the grounds. Out on the street everyone wants to sell you a custom suit, give you a massage or give you a ride in their Tuk Tuk (sort of like an open taxi). You could also buy a t-shirt that said "No I do not want a custom suit, massage or Tuk Tuk ride."

Next was Chiang Mai. Here is where we rode elephants and zip lined through the jungle. Even Piney! She had a great time. I have never heard her laugh so hard. This is also where we saw a snake show. They told everyone that they had a jumping snake and then they threw it into the audience. Everyone screamed, but it was a joke- it was only a piece of rope. We went to a fancy spa here called "Let's Relax". M and I got full body massages for 2 hours only $20 each! We also saw more amazing temples, monks and buddhas.

Well, if that isn't enough to get you all to visit Thailand, I don't know what is!

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11 Comments:
Blogger Rachael said...
I agree. Wow. And, yes, now I want to go to Thailand!

Blogger Maggie said...
It sounds like it was a wonderful trip! What were your impressions of Phuket? Are there still signs of the tsunami or is it largely rebuilt now?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Wow! is right! What fantastic experiences your family is having. It is wonderful that you are taking the time to experience these exotic places while you can. The cost is worth it. What an education for your children. Great pictures.

Blogger Debbie B said...
Looks like an amazing trip. Glad you all had fun. Gorgeous pictures. It does make me want to visit.

Blogger jeneflower said...
maggie,

The hotel in Phuket had a whole page devoted to explaining the frequent tsunami drills that were carried out at the hotel like a fire drill. Everyone was to meet at the tennis courts when the alarm went off. It is on higher ground and from that point we would be directed where to go. Also, there were tsunami escape route signs all over the streets of Phuket.
Other than that everything has been rebuilt- there is not only no sign of the disaster, but a lot of new construction which has made the area nicer.

Blogger jeneflower said...
BTW Phuket is pronounced poo-ket.

Some people have a problem with that word.

Blogger Tricia said...
wow, looks amazing. you guys are really taking advantage of your move!!!

Blogger kelly said...
Great Pictures! WHat great sights y'all are getting to see while there.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
It sounds like so much fun to go to Thailand. I understand about the beggars and such. That is one thing about going to Mexico I didn't like, people always trying to sell things, even on the beaches.

Isabella

Blogger Jody said...
I'll have to talk to you about your trip! We're planning on going in two months.

Blogger Jenni said...
Wow. I've wanted to go to Thailand for a long time, but wasn't sure it was a great place to go with kids. Your pictures show how wrong I was about that! Glad you guys had a great time!

Thanks for sharing.

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