bangkok | pattaya | phuket | chiang mai | ayutthaya
i had twenty days in the only other country where i feel closest to home.
i'd only been to thailand twice before this trip, but this one was special because it was one where i could personalize to my own and with my best friends. it was also like eleven years since, so it was time to get a newer perspective of the coutry my parents and most of my family called home.
it's strange - coming back to a country at an older age. thailand for the most part was the same, but i saw and took in everything so much more differently.
i can say honestly that this was a well worth trip - hitting up three regions of thailand: north, south, and central. once we arrived in BKK, we departed for Pattaya the following day. and it was the best beginning to my time in Thailand.
no pics from Pattaya :( lol but just think beach or the Venice or Santa Monica equivalent of Thailand's beaches i guess? we only went there for a music festival called 808 Festival - which was like the HARD summer of Thailand with one stage. so fun!
after we flew from BKK -> Phuket Island.
i finally got to see and swim in the clear waters of Southern Thailand :') we went on tours to Koh Phi Phi and Koh Similan. Phuket is the most beautiful, natural area i have ever had the blessing of seeing with my eyes. I get why it's so popular with ex-pats, who wouldn't want to retire there? it's seriously a dream
next stop: Chiang Mai
one of the things i was excited about for this trip was getting the chance to see some of my family. my parents were born and raised in Chiang Mai, and most of their siblings still live there. my lovely auntie took me to see two of my uncles on my mom's side, and along the ride, she showed me the very spots where my parents grew up as kids. it was weird because their houses weren't there anymore - replaced instead by a new family or home. but despite that, i still felt the strong presence of my mom and dad and their childhood.
i like Chiang Mai because it's much less chaotic than the busy streets of Bangkok. it's definitely encompasses more natural beauty and emphasizes more on the eco-tourism of Thailand. the people are nicer, the atmosphere is cooler, and so peaceful. things are also cheaper here lol. but my favorite thing about Chiang Mai is that i can always find a home here.
back to Bangkok!
BKK was lots of fun - i would say it's the city more appropriate for people in their thriving 20's. my favorite things about BKK are how you can find food on every corner and how lively it is. it was probably one of the wildest nights i've ever had clubbing. Bangkok's malls are like worlds of their own. there's also something/someplace you can always go to - if you can handle the worst traffic you'll ever experience. not kidding.
our last full day in Thailand was spent in Ayutthaya, a historic city where many sacred temples and monastaries are still standing. i'm glad we went here because it showed me the more historic and traditional side of Thailand that you can so easily forget about when you're in the urbanized culture of Bangkok for too long. the Wats we went to were really amazing and held a lot of history, i could feel it while i was walking through the sites.
(thnx chris for the pics ^_^)
like i said, it was amazing to see all the different parts of Thailand and experience the life in each city. each one was very different - which is what i realize i love about Thailand, the diversity. there is a unique way of living and atmosphere in each city, and I found to enjoy and love each one.
after this trip, i promised myself to try and visit more often. it made me feel closer than ever not only to my culture, but also to my people, my family, and myself.
Thailand was such a blast. And I'm so thankful for my friends and family who helped make it unforgettable.
UPDATE: finished my video
thanks for reading/watching :3