I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the positives and the exciting highlights of my time in China and our travels in Asia, but I want to take a moment to recognize that it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses.
Remember that time we rode elephants in Thailand?
For the last leg of our Thailand adventures, Scotty and I quite literally went to a tropical island, had long walks on the beach, stayed in a seaside bungalow shaded by palm trees, and had an adventure. It was amazing.
Top of the list was getting certified as open water divers!
Yesterday, Scotty and I signed up for a day-long Hike & Bike in Doi-Pui National Park. It was a gorgeous day, and we set out with high hopes of seeing beautiful scenery and getting in some exercise while we were at it. (First and last photos are compliments of Scotty)
Elephants! It probably says something about how little I knew about Thailand that I didn’t expect this when I booked our flights. But planned or not, this was amazing!
Nearly everyone we talked to in Chiang Mai recommended we take a Thai cooking class, and to add to the fun we decided to take a day trip to a local organic farm with Thai Farms Cooking School.
Our next stop was Chiang Mai. According to a write-up in a local museum, Thailand’s northern capital has a “very cold climate” with average lows of 20°C, and average highs only reaching about 32°C through the year. (I know, right?)
We arrived nearly a week ago, intending to stay only a few days. Since then, we’ve been sucked in by the friendly faces and the relaxed atmosphere. Cheap Thai massages and delicious food haven’t hurt either! By a bit more luck, we also met up with Doro, the same friend we spent New Year’s Eve with in Beijing. 🙂
We made it to Thailand, land of smiles!
We’re in Thailand! Scotty and I have only just arrived, so there aren’t even any pictures yet. After a busy few months, we’re looking forward to relaxing… And coming back in the Year of the Snake with some freckles on our skin and sunshine in our hearts. 🙂