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Island Hopping Never Stopping

Island Hopping Never Stopping

The last leg of our Thailand trip was planned for the southern islands so we could unwind and truly relax before returning to Spain for our last, most intense year of studies. The plan was to fly from Bangkok to the island of Koh Samui, then take a ferry to Koh Tao, a tiny island known as a worldwide snorkeling and diving mecca. We decided on Koh Tao since it wasn’t as commercial/touristy as Koh Samui, and hoped to find some remote beaches there. We had an amazing time relaxing on sandy white beaches, snorkeling through crystal clear waters, and enjoying some amazing seafood. Continue reading

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What Remains of Ayutthaya Kingdom

What Remains of Ayutthaya Kingdom

During our stay in Bangkok, we decided to take a day trip to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once one of the largest and cosmopolitan urban areas in the world back between the 14th and 18th centuries, and stood as Thailand’s capital for more than 400 years. … Continue reading

Busy Bangkok

Busy Bangkok

I mentioned in my Singapore posts that I caught a really bad case of the flu there. I thought I had fully recovered by the time I got to Thailand, but it came rushing back by the time we left Chiang Mai and got to Bangkok. I think it was the blazing air conditioning at … Continue reading

Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park

In one of my earlier posts about Thailand, I mentioned how Thomas and I were exposed to the exploitation of elephants in the country firsthand. We saw that many of the elephants in captivity for purposes of tourism were often abused with chains, metal rods, lots of yelling, hitting, and yanking. The scars that trace across their bodies were proof enough. We knew there were organizations out there that facilitated interactions between humans and Thailand’s beautiful animals without the need for abuse, neglect, and sedation. An amazing example of this is Elephant Nature Park. Continue reading

A Temple in the Clouds

A Temple in the Clouds

One of the main culture shocks I experienced in Thailand was the extreme dedication to religion there. A whopping 95% of Thais are Buddhist. There were monks in bright orange fabrics around every corner, and temples situated on what seemed like every other block. There were small shrines outside large business buildings, shopping malls, restaurants…basically … Continue reading