Thailand 2017 – Railay Beach

Thailand 2017 – Railay Beach November 9 – 14 Daniel and I flew to Railay Beach in Southern Thailand for the second week of our Thailand vacation. Surrounded by impressive limestone cliffs, the beach is cut off from the mainland and is only accessible by boat. We spent a lazy week relaxing on the beach,…

Getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Chang Mai

Before our trip to Thailand, my partner Daniel mentioned that he was interested in getting a Sak Yant tattoo. Traditionally performed by a monk with a bamboo needle, Sak Yant tattoos or “magic tattoos” are sacred symbols believed to confer blessing or protection. I’ve been thinking about getting a new tattoo for a while but I was waiting for the right time. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Thailand 2017 – The Sick

Thailand 2017 – The Sick November 5 & 6 I awoke on the morning of November 5th to find that Daniel had been up half the night with stomach troubles. He was pale and too exhausted to get out of bed. We assumed that his illness was the result of something that he ate or…

Thailand 2017 – Stewed Pork and Yi Peng

Thailand 2017 – Stewed Pork and Yi Peng Day 4 November 4 On November 4th we hopped on a plane to Chiang Mai. The largest city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has the highest temple-to-person ratio of any city in the country. As we wandered around town, we did indeed seem to stumble upon a…

Thailand 2017 – Wat Pho and Loi Krathong

Thailand 2017 – Wat Pho and Loi Krathong Day 3 November 3 Today we felt like old pros when we hailed a tuk-tuk to take us to Wat Pho, another famous temple in Bangkok. When we reached a temple mobbed with crowds of tourists, the driver indicated that we had arrived and dropped us off.…

Thailand 2017 – Wat Phra Kaew and Bo.lan

Thailand 2017 – Wat Phra Kaew and Bo.lan Day 2 November 2 We began our tour of Bangkok by visiting Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace. Grouped together into one compound, these two sites are the most popular tourist attractions in the city.   We…

Thailand 2017 – Arrival in Bangkok

Thailand 2017 – Arrival in Bangkok Day 1 Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 Daniel and I love to travel together. Before I began my 2017 PCT hike, we discussed the possibility of traveling abroad after my trip was over. But we lost track of the idea during the summer and I had all but completely…