One of the things I really value about traveling, is that we have to learn to put our “Americanness” aside. We realize that, while sometimes it does seem so, the whole world does not speak English. The concept of “keeping up with the Joneses” is entirely different in other countries. Safety regulations are wildly different.
My husband, who has gone from Mr. Meat and Potatoes when we met and got married, to Mr. Texting Me Pictures of Silkworm Larvae and Octopus Balls (I’m not being crude there, that’s what it’s called on the menu.) when he is eating out for business travel, order this over our hosts frantic objections and warnings.
Growing up in the United States, we don’t grow up with old. When a building is 200 years old, we’re all “Ooooohhhhh, can you imagine? This was built before great-grandma was born!” The oldest structures we have to oooohh and aaaahhh over are things like the Richard Sparrow House, built in 1640 and the Wyckhoff
At some point when you are planning your trip to Thailand (especially Bangkok), you are going to read in a guide book, or someone is going to helpfully insist, that you must go to a Thai mall while you are there. And you are going to think, a mall? Why would I take my precious
It seems many of our memories of Thailand revolve around food. (Come to think of it, a lot of our memories of a lot of our travel revolve around food. Note to self, examine our family’s relationship with food…) Anyway! On this particular day, we took a walk down an easy-to-miss back street, near the
Ah yes, the Tuk Tuk ride. The day we had a reasonable concern part of our party had been whisked off to parts unknown, never to be seen again. That was an exciting time. I’m telling you, we made memories on this trip! We had had our yummy lunch at <<Shoshanna Restaurant>>. We had politely
As we left Wat Pho, our friend had an idea for what he assured us would be a great, inexpensive lunch: Shoshana Restaurant. He was also confident this was easily walkable. Ok, the first part was quite true – yummy lunch. No arguments there. The second part… well, let’s say that it can be walked, from
It’s hard to imagine the humble origins of Khao San Road as layered sign after neon-colored sign beckons to you, offering everything from sustenance, to chachkies, to items of questionable legality. Those origins of the road are only alluded to in the name, which means ‘milled rice.’ The first hotel was a small one, serving
The Reclining Buddha behind us, and one of the oldest temple complexes in Thailand is laid out around us. The colors, the details, and the architecture are not at all western at all, which is, of course, exactly as it should be. But it’s also a little disorienting to me. Usually when traveling I love
Stepping over the threshold into Wat Pho, I was surprised – and then surprised at my surprise, if you can follow that – at the size of the famous Reclining Buddha. After all, in today’s day and age, we can easily view not only the professional, perfectly lit photos – but also a neverending supply
Our one non-medical outing while staying at the Mercure, was when the Moms decided we had to go into “town” in the daylight – instead of during an emergency run to the pharmacy. When we announced our plan, two girls decided they wanted to come along, as long as it involved a lot of shade.
As I said in my previous post about the Mercure, we had a very nice, restful few days on Koh Chang after our boat trip. The one hitch in the whole thing was that my girl, Katie, managed to get badly sunburned the last day on the boat. Her face was RED. It looked so
Although billboards in Thailand clearly showed people with my Galaxy S7 taking underwater pictures… I just don’t have the faith that the ‘water-resistant up to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes” means I can put it under water in the ocean and take pictures. Unfortunately, that means you don’t get any cool underwater shots
We had set sail, and then anchored off the coast of Koh Mak last evening. Just the memory of watching the sun, and the sunrise, from the deck of a sailboat will be enough to get me back on a sailing vacation sooner rather than later. Since it was our last night on the boat,
This day on Koh Kood was to rest, relax, and enjoy the beautiful tropical weather. And to have what turned out to be maybe the best meal we had out in a restaurant our whole trip. The meal we compared the other meals to… but we’ll get to that. We had anchored off the coast
After the excitement of our Klong Chao waterfall experience, we had some well-earned downtime. Most of our time on the sailboat was actually motor propelled, travelling from island to island. But on this evening, we took some time to purely sail, including some time with the 1980 Christopher Cross hit ‘Sailing’ wafting through the boats
Our journey up the river was intended to bring us to the road where taxis pick up passengers, and our goal was a little waterfall about a kilometer and a half from where we were. So, we arrived at the “intersection” and found… very little traffic. And very little intersection. And the signage was… less
When traveling in Thailand, at some point, you are going to have to use a public restroom. I suppose it is technically possible to come and stay at a 4 star resort, at least a Thai 4 star which isn’t quite as spoiled as a US 4 star, and plan your days so that you
We set out from Bangkok on our drive to Koh Chang and our sailboat for the next four days. It takes about 5 hours to get to the ferry, half-hour or so to cross (not including the wait for the ferry which can be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so), and