For a lovely 7 days, our journey diverted our Taiwan travels southwest to the beautiful, heartbreaking kingdom of Thailand. We really appreciate the people we met on our trip and we still reflect upon our conversations. There were many personal observations and deep insight from other travelers that really magnified the disparity of issues such as their poor education system, human trafficking, sexual abuse, animal abuse..the list goes on. But through all the hardships thrown inevitably onto the people, there was also such unspeakable beauty in the people, land, and culture. So instead of despairing over what we can or cannot do, we choose to celebrate by thoroughly enjoying and appreciating all that this kingdom had to offer. Thailand- thank you for sharing your paradise with us!
Our journey started at the Secret Garden in Chiang Mai. Just as the name suggests, this bed-and-breakfast was a hidden gem just a songthaew ride away from the city. From the Garden, we went to play with elephants, get fish therapy, get massages, and shop the lively night markets.
We spent the day as “mahouts” in training.
Per our mahout- this is the elephant 7-eleven! They loved all the bananas and sugar canes we fed them!
We ate our yummy home cooked lunch while the elephants ate their afternoon snack.
We flew to Bangkok for a brief 22 hours & lived it up at the Mandarin Oriental. Since the hotel was so awesome, we never left. They even had a dress code for the lobby and other public areas in the hotel. We love a good reason to get dressed up!
Our last leg of the journey was a plane, boat, and car ride away from Bangkok. The beautiful Pimalai was tucked away on Koh Lanta and we’re afraid words can’t do this place justice!
I taught Phil to be an awesome photographer so he can take awesome pictures of me!
Husbands are good for shopping bags, travel bags- any bags, really!
Our new friend!
We biked to the local village from the resort in order to see these little critters. A lovely shop owner gave us a bunch of bananas to feed them!