If you’ve been reading along…you know that in 2009 I did a lot of travel. It began with Egypt and Jordan in March–followed by Peru for three weeks in May, and now in December, another G Adventures trip to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
So…for the story–
After checking into my hotel in Bangkok, Thailand…having just traveled 33 hours from the Midwest, I needed a massage. Although it was 3:30am in the morning, I was able to get a massage in my room for $5.00 (from a girl). It was the first of four massages I would enjoy while in Southeast Asia. After sleeping for a few hours I briefly explored Bangkok prior to attending a “get acquainted” meeting with the other tour attendees, who turned out to be a married couple from England on their honeymoon and four women from Germany, California, England, and Canada.
The following day we took a boat ride on the famous canals aka Klongs of Bangkok and visited a Buddhist Temple…one of many to come!
I took some video footage from my trip and made a few movies (for the first time) with my Mac…so if you’d like to see some very aggressive catfish, watch this.
I loved taking photos of the monks…
I didn’t partake of any fried bugs…but if I hosted a travel show like Andrew Zimmern…I would!
We went to the Wat Pho temple where the largest “reclining buddha” is housed!
Riding in a “tuk-tuk” is a fun experience!
Later that evening we took a night train to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I rode an elephant the next day…
And took a half-day cooking class…
For Sale: Painting by an Elephant…
more of the World’s beautiful children…
I have a treat for tomorrow…the dazzling White Temple!
- Northern Thailand: Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai & Elephant Nature Park (infinitesatori.org)
- Carol Stevenson: Photographing Elephants in Thailand (nikonusa.com)
- Wildlife Group Wants Thailand to Ban Ivory Trade (abcnews.go.com)
- Wildlife Group Wants Thailand to Ban Ivory Trade (irrawaddy.org)
- Wildlife Group Pressures Thailand To Ban Ivory Trade (huffingtonpost.com)
- Anything Goes In Chiang Mai – Bangkok, Thailand (travelpod.com)
Reblogged this on Inyong Wooner Page.
One of the best things about traveling in Asia – cheap massages! I love how you use your pictures to tell the story. That’s a great one of the monks wearing flip flops!
The colours are so vivid the photos just come to life! I checked out the video as well (kind of my thing), nice job.
Thanks Michelle—what a fun job–I’m sure stressful as well!
Gorgeous pictures! I wonder if I’d look odd if I wore an outfit like the little girls are wearing, to work? Cause I want one!
I’m going to check out G Adventures. That sounds very cool.
I know…they are so cute! Thanks for stopping by!
Great blog. Very much enjoy the photos and stories. (And thanks for liking my post, as well!)
You’re welcome and thank you for the sweet compliment!
What a fun adventure.
I would not be able to bring myself to eat any bugs, just the thought give me shivers. 😀
Love the photos, the golden Buddha looks unreal.
I love following your adventures. Any real live bugs where you slept?
I don’t remember any. Thanks for following!
No bugs for me! Sandals on the elephant ride…..so casual. You are an adventurer.
I had flip flops on…you’re right!
Fried bugs! Protein, right?
Hi Elisa…I was thinking about you this weekend. Wondering where you were. Yes…they say bugs have lots of protein and like I said, I would indulge given the right set of circumstances.
Thailand is such a beautiful place, the island of Koh Samui I especially loved. Thanks for sharing these pictures, brings back wonderful memories.
Thanks John…I haven’t been to any of the islands yet.
I love your posts.. and I’m very interested to hear about these Gap Adventures.. they look interesting to me.. would love to know more.. Great pics.
Thanks and I think they’re a great way to go if you’ve never been to a developing country and you’re traveling solo. Check them out on-line… they’re now called G Adventures.