Bangkok + Surrounding Areas
The Damnoen Saduak floating market, 68 miles west of Bangkok, was a bustling circus of tourists and souvenirs. On a side canal, this vendor moved out of the fray to organize her boat.
These are the ruins of Ayutthaya, the Thai city destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Now, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fantastic place to see a plethora of beautiful, yet ruined Buddha images.
Phang Nga Bay National Park on the Andaman Coast
A Muslim fishing village in Phang Nga Bay National Marine Park with the most amazing whole sea bass two ways (sweet-and-sour and garlic-and-herb).
These small, lone karsts (limestone islands) jut out the waters of the Andaaman Coast in Phang Nga Bay National Park. They were a defining feature of the area.
Boats dot the horizon on the Andaman Coast. Some carry tourists, others are fisherman’s boats.
Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful island near Phuket. In some ways, it’s an unnatural view of Thailand. Like an adult theme park. Overrun with tourists, but it has its perks.
I had an epic 24-hour period on this island where I snorkeled with Blacktip sharks, went scuba diving for the first time, and fought another tourist in a watered down version of a Muay Thai fight.
On the Karen Elephant Experience, an elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai, I was able to hang out with elephants for the day. In Thailand, a tree with a fabric sash wrapped around the trunk indicates it’s a “protected” tree to not be cut down. This elephant helped me choose the tree that was protected during my stay.
Buddha illustration painted in gold near Chiang Mai
Flowers in Doi Inthanon National Park