Mom and her friend, Lisa, came to Thailand for about 8 days. Between planes, buses, tuk tuk’s, song taew’s, vans, and trucks, we managed to see as much of Thailand as the week would afford.
We spend a day trying to squeeze as much sightseeing out of Bangkok as we possibly could. We started at the Grand Palace, wandered through the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, spent some time on the grounds around Wat Po and the reclining Buddha and then took a break to introduce them to the joys of mango sticky rice. Freshly sugared up, we took a quick boat ride across the river to see Wat Arun. We went back for a mid-afternoon nap and then went out again to Chatuchak market, mostly for food. It was a long day, but we managed to sneak in the best of Bangkok in 24 hours, including a fairly hectic tuk tuk ride.
Then we spent some time at my site. My mom and Lisa met my host family, my counterpart/co-teachers, and of course all of my students. It was fun to see my previously super shy students being completely over the top with my mom and Lisa. I didn’t expect them to be quite so hyper, but I’m proud of them for not hiding from us like they used to do to me just one year ago!
A van/taxi/plane combo led us to our next destination down in Surat Thani. We stayed at Our Jungle Camp for two nights and got to spend time at Khao Sok National Park. I got to kayak, mom got to take a Thai cooking classes, and Lisa got to canoe. We ate delicious food, hit up a natural hot spring, and even had some extra monkey visitors on our porch.
From there we spent the last few days on the island of Koh Samui. It was beautiful, but expensive in comparison to other islands in Thailand. I’m not itching to get back to Koh Samui anytime soon, but it did the trick as far as fulfilling the sun and sand requirement. We also had a great airbnb with a pool directly outside of the front door, so I’m not complaining.
It was a bit of a whirlwind, but fun to check out some places I have never been, and I’d highly recommend a trip to Khao Sok if you haven’t been. Cheow Lan lake is absolutely breathtaking and I can’t wait to go back and get in some hiking…and another spin in the kayak!
PS – It’s February 21st, wish my mom a happy birthday! 🙂