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Thailand was a magical place! Diversity in the landscapes- from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, to the culture of Chiang Mai, to the stunning waters of the south and beautiful white sand beaches.
I (Kaylee) went to Thailand with my mom for 20 days. While traveling from Jordan, en-route to China and Thailand, I found out I was pregnant! You can read more about that here. Although being in my first trimester did make me tired (you’ll see from the photos), we still had a fantastic time.
Our first stop was Bangkok! We pre-booked our Airbnb before we got there. Our accommodation was in a weird location, almost in the industrial side of Bangkok. It did have the BTS train steps away though and that was quite easy to navigate. The hosts were INCREDIBLE! She met us in the lobby of the building when we arrived (which was quite late at night), showed us to our room, and gave us some print outs of must-see’s around the city. The apartment was very clean, and there was a pool downstairs which was lovely.
When we were in Bangkok we went and seen Wat Pho , among others. Wat Pho was breathtaking. It was HUGE. We weren’t expecting it to be that large.
We also seen Wat Suthat, which was also breathtaking. The grounds were very clean, the buildings had so much detail, and we could tell that there was a lot of respect in the courtyard.
One of my favourite experiences was the Chatuchak Market. We took the BTS Skytrain from our Airbnb right to it. The market was humongous. I can’t even describe how many vendors were there. Everyone was friendly and wanted to chat. My mom knew I was pregnant at the time, so Cooper’s first ever gift was this giraffe light, which was purchased at this market. We still have it to this day!
After spending about 5 days in Bangkok, we set off to our next destination…
We planned our entire trip to Chiang Mai around the Yi Peng Festival. We spent a total of 5 days there, which gave us plenty of time to visit all of the festivities and get a feel for the town.
We took part in the floating lantern festival, which is known as krathong offerings. There was a beautiful celebration set up in a local garden. We were all able to take part in creating our own krathong, and sent them off into the Ping River.
If you know what the Yi Peng Festival is, I’m sure you’ve seen the floating lanterns, known as khom loy in Thailand. The entire festival was truly spectacular, but the khom loy really stood out to me. Watching local people and traveler’s light their lanterns and set them off into the night was something I’ll never forget. I am so appreciative that the local people allow travelers to be a part of this entire festival. Watching the lanterns float into the air- literally hundreds, was truly an experience of a lifetime.
After the festivities, we we’re off to the southern part of Thailand.
We debated between Phuket and Krabi, but ultimately decided on Krabi because we wanted to go to Koh Phi Phi and spend a few days there. When we arrived in Krabi, we were blown away by the large rock formations and the drive into the town.
The following day, we took a ferry from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi. The boat held at least 100 people. There were seats in the bottom of the boat if you wanted to sit in the shade, and they also had seats on top if you wanted to enjoy the view and sun. The boat ride lasted about an hour and a half. Half of the time we spent on the top of the boat, admiring the large rock formations coming out of the water and enjoying the sun. The rest was spent snoozing on the bottom portion of the boat. I vividly remember a moment where I guess we hit a rather large wave, and I woke up falling out of my seat. Luckily I saved myself from the embarrassment and my foot caught me. Good reflexes I’d say. 😉
Koh Phi Phi
When we arrived in Koh Phi Phi, we walked around looking for a hotel or hostel. The island is quite small, so we were able to find one within a couple of minutes of walking.
The next few days were spent walking around the island, getting to know where everything is, and of course spending time in the ocean.
We went to Doctor Fish and got a fish pedicure. It was one of the weirdest feelings ever, but hilarious. I can’t even describe the feeling to you- it doesn’t hurt but it doesn’t really tickle either.
As you probably have realized if you’ve been following us for a while- I love scuba diving I was stoked to go diving in Thailand before I had even left to Jordan. I found out I was pregnant while on the way to Thailand, so I couldn’t scuba dive there, which was a total bummer. We did take a couple of boat tours though, which were a lot of fun and I got to do the next best thing- snorkel! The first one was a group tour, and it took us to multiple spots, like Maya Beach, a sand bar, monkey island to see the monkeys, and of course we got to snorkel.
Boat tour 1
One of our first stops was Maya Beach. Some of the people on our tour got off of the boat, while others, like my mom and I, stayed in the boat so we didn’t have to pay. To us it was just a beach. To others it was an iconic spot! We were allowed to swim outside of the boat since we weren’t touching land, so we had fun anyways.
The next stop was a beautiful (and I do mean beautiful) sand bar! The sand was that powdery white, cloud like sand, and the water was a blue unlike any I had seen previously. We spent about an hour here, which was enough because it was a private beach, so there was little shade and nothing to eat or drink.
One of our favourite stops was monkey island. They are seriously adorable and quite feisty! Our guide gave us some bread to give the monkeys, but told us not to put it in our bags because the monkeys won’t hesitate to look in your bag. A few people coaxed the monkeys onto their arms to give them the food. I on the other hand was too afraid to get bit, so I kept my distance.
After monkey island we went snorkelling in a beautiful, calm spot. I’m really bummed that I can’t say that I actually seen dolphins, but I was snorkelling and noticed the group started swimming towards something quite fast. I popped my head out and everyone on the boat was yelling, “dolphins” and pointing behind me. I can’t believe I missed them!! Maybe someday Mitch, Cooper, and I will see them together since it is on our family bucket list.
Boat tour 2
For our second boat tour, we opted for a private experience. So we walked around the island, got the best price, and agreed that we’d meet the following morning. We wanted to go snorkelling and back to monkey island. The next morning we met our guide by his long tail boat and set off… The tour did not go as planned!
It started pouring and as the rain came down, the water continuously got more and more rough. He asked us if we wanted to go back to shore, but we were already soaked so we decided to keep going. Within 10 minutes he said we have to turn back, because the waves were getting even more out of control. When we got back to Koh Phi Phi, he offered us our money back because we didn’t get to go snorkelling or to monkey island. We of course denied it and told him to keep it, because he had spent quite some time out on the water with us.
Sometimes with travel, it doesn’t work out as planned, and this is just one of those experiences. We had fun anyways and will always laugh about that day!
To finish off our trip, we flew from Krabi back to Bangkok. We stayed in the same Airbnb as before because they were such great hosts. The following day we were flying back to Toronto, and it was time to find out how far along I was with Cooper!
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