The flight to Thailand is about a 14 hour flight that took my family and I 2 days to travel. We arrived in Bangkok at night on the 20th so was our first official day was the 21st. We spent this day eating at my Dad's go to restaurant and enjoying the enviornment around us as a leisure pace walking around the local area. We finished the day off with thai massages. While massages sound nice, thai massages are known as "lazy man's yoga". This meaning, the client is being stretched more instead of a standard massage.
The Floating Market in Thailand is a staple tourism spot. This is a beautiful spot to visit as there are so many bright colors everywhere. Within each boat paddling through the river, locals are selling souvenirs, cutting fresh food, and cooking traditional dishes. More shops are found in the wooden huts towering above the market selling a wide array of goods.
After spending a day in Bangkok, we drove south to visit the beach town of Hua Hin. It was about a 3 hour drive so after arriving, we once again walked around the local area. At night, we went to the Hua Hin Cinicade Night Market where we visited all of the stalls selling locally made products while sipping fresh pineapple juice.
Waking up in Hua Hin was beautiful. When I looked outside my window I could see the bright green grass around the hotel pool and the sun rising over the beach. The beach at Hua Hin was immeasurable. White sand covered the ground while the waters were a calming deep blue. That day we spent our time swimming in the large hotel pool and walking along the beach.
After out beach escape, we drove back to Bangkok. Even though we were on vacation, returing to Bangkok felt like coming home from a beach vacation. Since that was a 3 hour drive back, the ride had its own delights when we stopped for homemade coconut ice cream. Once we made it back to the city, we got ready to eat dinner with my Dad's close friends. Dinner was had a great view as we sat in a private dining room directly across the river from The Grand Palace.
The next day back in Bangkok we took cooking classes at a hotel across the river. In order to reach our class we had to travel across on a boat. One interesting fact we learned was that if you do not have soap, you can wash your hands with a fresh lime and it was still properly clean your hands with a refreshing scent. On our menu, we learned to cook traditional Thai recipes. These included: Long Green Eggplant Salad, Coconut Porkball Soup, and Chicken Stirfry. Once we finished cooking, we got to eat our meal sitting on the floor with traditional thai cushions.
On the 26th, we visited the Little India market to look for fabrics for my Mom to use. Thailand is also known for their great silk fabrics. The Jim Thompson house is a powerhouse for silk exports. After we found Fabric for my Mom, we visited Siam Niramet. This is a performance telling Thailand's history. We saw this the last time we visited, however, the traditional dances are worth seeing.
Our last day was the 27th where we visited Vista Kitchen. This is a unique experience, where food is recommended on based on the customer's blood type. On the menu, it lists the different blood types as well as the recommended menu items for each type. Finally, after filling our stomachs according to our blood types we got ready for our flight and said goodbye to our trip to Thailand.