Hello! I hope you had a great weekend, ours was pretty low-key and relaxing…a nice change of pace. Before I jump into my post I wanted to say a warm Happy Birthday shout-out to my youngest brother Andrew and my Mother-In-Law Kathy! The both celebrated turning one year older last week, and we send much love from Thailand!
Now let me apologize for the recent posting absence…we have been having some problems with our wifi but have finally figured it out…so I am back. Gosh, I have so much to update you on…we have spent a long weekend in Chiang Mai, attended a local Thai soccer (football) game, checked out new restaurants and started planning for our next trip. I initially intended for this post to be a recap our trip to Chiang Mai but when I realized we have been in Thailand for over four months now I thought a brief update was more appropriate. Four months…WOW! I cannot believe it has already been that long, the time has flown by and it has been an amazing adventure so far. RG and I have learned and experienced so much…both about ourselves and about Asia. While we miss a lot about home, especially our dog child Marley, we are having the time of our lives and will continue to share it with you.
A brief recap of our four months in South East Asia:
- Countries visited: Four – Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Laos
- This is the same as my last recap post…but we have since traveled from the south of Thailand to the north and made an effort to really see this country. We are planning a trip to Cambodia or Malaysia for next month though!
- Number of beds slept in: Eighteen plus one plane, an airport bench, a sleeper train and a night bus
- Favorite Temple/Shrine: Wat Saket (Golden Mount) – We have seen so many and really enjoyed them all, but the one this is the one that stands out the most in my mind
- Home base: Bangkok
- Favorite visit to-date: This is a tough one, it’s a toss-up between Koh Phi Phi and Chiang Mai…the southernmost and northernmost points we have traveled to in Thailand
- Jobs – We are still teaching at local private Bangkok schools…I promise an entire post dedicated to teaching soon
- Books read:
- Nicole – Seven: I’d Know you Anywhere, Defending Jacob, Bangkok 8, The Book Thief, The Westing Game, Bangkok Tattoo, and Room
- RG – Four: Bangkok 8, La Roja, Little Bee, Bangkok Tattoo
- Any regrets? Not at all!
- Other observations, notes or fun facts about Thailand:
- While RG and I spend our weekends by the pool or on a beach trying to get a tan most Thais do the complete opposite. They want nothing to do with a tan or the sun…be careful buying any lotion or skin product here because it will probably contain whitening serum.
- Bangkok’s official city name is the longest in the world: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Whew! Try saying that to a taxi driver! Many Thais actually call it Krung Thep…not quite sure where Bangkok came from…
- Thai currency is differentiated by the length of the bill…the longest bill is 1,000, followed by 500, 100, and the 20. I really like this.
- It is impossible for Westerners to buy clothes or shoes here…we just do not have the same proportions. Me: “do you have a size 8 women’s shoe? Shop: “A size 8?!?! Too big, no!”
- Every male Buddhist is expected to complete at least one month as a monk, shaving all the hair off of their bodies and dedicating this time to meditating and learning more about themselves and their religion.
Thanks for reading, until next time…cheers!