The Thailand Series: Overview

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Just a sliver of Bangkok’s skyline. Taken at Marriott’s Octave Rooftop bar

The Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, was on my bucket list and I can check it off for now. Thailand is so beautiful, I must return over the next few years. Some time over the Spring or Summer, my friend Michelle and I decided to explore Thailand together for approximately fourteen days. After many months of researching, planning and updating the shared Google Sheets document, the trip came and have gone. Before I bury you in the details, I’ll say I really enjoyed Thailand and I highly recommend you to visit someday.

By the way, this is the start of a series for Thailand to ensure I do this trip justice. So stay tuned!

I had never been to Asia and I am really happy Thailand was my introduction to the continent.  Well, let’s retract that statement! China was my introduction to the continent during a brief layover in Guangzhou both in and out of Thailand. I mainly wanted to visit Thailand for the culture, the food, and because two friends had visited over the last two years and recommended it. During the research and planning stage, I became slightly obsessed with this national park I read about on TripAdvisor, Khao Sok National Park  and it was a major highlight for me. Finally, I wanted to have the island experience even though I am from an island.

The itinerary for those fourteen days included Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok National Park, Trang, and Koh Mook. I’ve included the itinerary here as reference and a start to planning your trip to Thailand. Thailand Adventure Itinerary. This itineray allowed Michelle and I to do all the exhausting activities upfront and relax on the back end of the trip which was a great idea.  A few things I packed that made a huge difference are:

  • Comfortable shoes for walking: you can certainly take Tuk-Tuks, motorcyle taxis, pick-up truck taxis, or car taxis (depending on where you are) but you get to see more on foot. If walking is a preference, definitely pack some really comfortable shoes.
  • A lightweigt backpack for the daily activities: I needed to carry my traveling documents, cellphone, Nikon Camera and possibly a bottle water and this 20L lightweight backpack from Amazon did the trick but it wasn’t a great quality; however, I must admit the price was right for me. There are plenty of better options under $20, so you can certainly make a better choice.
  • Strong insect repellent: the insects are relentless and super friendly. The mosquitoes are even friendlier at night. So arm yourself with some good repellent so you can properly receive your new friends. This repellent will be your new favorite fragrance.
  • A hat and sunglasses: the sun is unforgivingly bright and you need to protect your face and eyes. My forehead doesn’t like all of that attention from the sun so I had to bring a hat.
  • Light/quick dry clothes: the heat and humidity was incomprehensible a couple of days during the trip. It was so hot that I washed a few articles of clothing and they dried in a couple of hours. It’s impossible to wear any clothing twice so I recommend packing clothing you can wash quickly and dry overnight or in a couple of hours.

Lastly, no matter when you choose to visit Thailand, it appears there will always be a plethora of tourists like yourself out there. Thailand is very popular destionation for other fellow Asians, Australians, Europeans and North Americans (just about everybody…lol) so you will always have company in addition to your circle of friends. Nonetheless, there’s enough room for everyone.

Thank you for reading, and following. Don’t forget to come back for the details.

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Say what you want but this Baywatch babe was there for the sunsets
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