Aloha everyone! So sorry it's been a while since I have been in touch, but as you can imagine I've been very busy. I am going to start a series of posts about my greatest adventure so far and that was just over 2 weeks spent in Thailand. What an amazing trip. Our journey included bike tours, hiking/trekking, kayaking and camping overnight on a remote island.
Here's where it all began. To celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary we planned a trip to Thailand and Japan. The Thailand portion was something I will never forget, in fact I dream about it to this day. I have been to Japan now 7 times, China and other faraway places but not Thailand before.
Upon arriving in Bangkok, the air is hot and humid almost like New York on a hot summer day but with a bit more humidity. Unlike Hawaii there wasn't any trade winds. They drive like crazy there on the shoulder lanes and weaving in and out of traffic. We got to our hotel and it was beautiful and air conditioned. Compared to the outside where it is smelly, dirty and a bustling city. That night we ate the best green curry ever and also one of the best noodles pad see ew in recent years. Before we met with our guide and other members of our group we explored the city a bit by walking around. There are many temples in Thailand and everything is quite lively as you can imagine.
In the evening we met our other G Adventures tour mates and also had a briefing. We were jet lagged so we stayed at that night and woke up early to our free breakfast buffet (many hotels in Thailand offer breakfast buffet included in the price). The first full day in Thailand included a cycling tour through the city and then through some of the residences along the river, freeways and bridges. It was really interesting to see how people like so close, on top of each other, everything open and their lives on display. We ate street food such as coconut mochi, fresh fruits, something like a malasada with curry meat in it, durian, and of course Thai dishes like pad thai, green papaya salad and curry. Seriously, I could not get enough of the Thai food, its so much better than anyplace I know here in Hawaii. The flavors are complex, ingredients are fresh, portions are generous and of course the price, you can't beat the price. We ate like royalty for $15-20 bucks for 2.
Here's a look at Bangkok. Honestly, I would say to skip Bangkok, it's not the best place to visit in Thailand if you can go straight to Chiang Mai that's what I would recommend but I am glad we went there and saw it. Very interesting.