Thailand, No Longer A Distant Future
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Not to long after, Brianne will join me on the west coast (July 21st)
and we will venture on to unknown lands and exotic destinations,
meeting the relaxed and welcoming parents in Bangkok, Thailand, where
we will then fly to an island in the Gulf of Thailand, called Koh Samui
-- known for their crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, culinary
excellence, and long tailed fishing boats. This leg of our trip is
greatly anticipated for some quality family time, that has become
harder and harder to grasp as each year rolls by. Here we will, yet
again celebrate Brianne’s birthday in a unbelievably beautiful
location. From a memorable 5th birthday in London to a revolutionary
15th at the wave break in Cabo San Lucas, this kid’s got it going on...
trust me. Brianne will turn 17th on the 30th of July in Koh Samui,
Thailand, an unforgettable way to pass another year of her life.
As Bri’s birthday comes and goes the family will say goodbye to the
charm and meditation of the gulf and enter a world sure to grasp a hold
of every human sense, Bangkok. A mystical, yet overwhelming city that
I hear captures your heart as it runs over it at the same time. From
the culture to the traffic, from the temples to the streets, from the
venice of the east to the canals of the slums -- this city is sure to
be remarkable in ways unknown. Here we will welcome our final member
of this exotic trip, Chris, with humor, smiles and never ending
appetite that are sure to add to this families’ craziness and
exploration. Four days of sensory overload is sure to be a great way
to end a family adventure and begin an independent one.
As Chris and I wave goodbye to Mom, Dad, and Brianne -- smiles are sure
to cross our faces at the memories we just made and at more that are
yet to come. We will begin undertaking our adventure with an over
night VIP bus ride to Chiang Mai. From the city of Pai we will be
trekking into the northern hill tribes of Thailand, spending our nights
with two different Lahu hill tribes, living and learning their ways of
life. During the day-- elephant rides through the jungle and some
white water rafting will fall into play. On the third day we will
arrive back in Chaing Mai in late afternoon to spend the night and
following day exploring a city of Burmese-influenced art and
architecture and miles of rice fields.
After our stint in Northern Thailand we will begin our travels down the
western coast, along the Gulf of Thailand stopping in the cities of
Phetchaburi, Hua Hin, and Surat Thani. We will then have a chance to
unwind and live out a dream of mine, sleeping in a giant treehouse! We
will spend 3 days exploring the Thai National Park of Khao Sok. Home
to the fairy tale lake of Cheow Lan and the Raffelsia, the largest
flower in the world. After the cooling off session in the jungle, we
will head south to the area of Krabi and stay in the small town of Ao
Nang. This area is well known for James Bond Island, rock climbing,
and the limestone cliffs that jut out of the sea.
Back to the north we will head back to Surat Thani to begin a boat trip
to living life as islanders on the islands of Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao.
Here we will experience staying in a traditional Thai hut 30 feet from
the waves, learning to scuba dive, receiving our open water PADI
certifications, and soaking up the Thai mentality and culture,
hopefully to bring their mind set and way of life home with us to the
US. After 8 days on the islands, Chris and I will travel north to
Bangkok to conclude a trip of a lifetime.