Bryan and I met up with friends who were staying in Thailand for nearly 3 months. We caught up with them during their Bangkok leg and had a blast. We explored the urban core or Thailand by walking, taking tuktuks, and the skytrain. The skytrain is incredible! As the name would suggest, it’s an elevated train, but it’s built in concrete that is straight out of a dystopian novel or Hollywood blockbuster.
Early on we spent an entire afternoon at the Bangkok Arts & Culture Center, which was hosting the Bangkok Art Biennale. We later checked out the Jim Thompson Museum and House on the outskirts of Pathum Wan, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), a dozen or more galleries, restaurants, and bars.
We spent the next part of our Thai adventure in and around Krabi, a large town on the eastern shore of the Phang Nga Bay and northern Andaman Sea. We rented a villa north of Krabi on the shore, just across the bay from some dramatic and beautiful islands straight out of a James Bond movie. We explored Krabi, including Wat Tham Suea, the Tiger Cave and Temple (1,260 very rough and tall steps up a mountain!), and the natural springs of Khao Pra-Bang Khram Wildlife Preserve where we swam in their emerald pools. One of the most magical days was spent island hoping on a private charter, where we visited a beautiful beach on Ko Lao Bu Lo, and a stunning inlet on Ko Lau Bile.
Bryan and I closed out our Thai adventure in Mason Pattaya, an ultra-modern resort made up of individual bungalows. We relaxed in our private pool and at the resort’s beach, but manage to get out for a night in Pattaya of shopping and eating.
We jetted down to Malaysia to visit Georgetown on Penang for a few days too… more on that here.