And they were all....
In Bangkok we finally got comfortable enough to have a night on the town so we had tapas at a proper restaurant (should have stuck to Thai food) and went to a well known tourist show called Calypso Cabaret. We arrived pretty early so we spent a while wandering the streets. We were near Nana station which is a pretty heavy tourist spot (and is also known for it’s *ahem*...
Lumpini Park is in the middle of downtown Bangkok, sort of on the scale of Boston Commons. It’s a lovely, peaceful oasis in the middle of bustling Bangkok. There was an entire outdoor gym with ripped dudes pumping and nearby, a public section of the park with workout equipment sprinkled around. Great idea! Are there similar things anywhere in the US?
Koh Samui night market
After eating a delicious meal, we zipped on our trusty motorbike over to the Friday night market at Fisherman’s Pier on the Island. It’s a popular tourist destination and filled with lots of restaurants catering to tourists and shops with kitsch souvenirs. But we love night markets for their festive atmosphere, plentiful food and varied wares (including free samples of Thai wine made...
A few more pictures. This time from our snorkeling trip (Ok, there are not any pictures of anyone snorkeling, but camera+water = sad camera). You can see the big Buddha from afar giving a better sense of scale. And some fishermen. And some rocks and stuff. The snorkeling trip was OK. There was a 2 hour long, extremely rough boat ride out to some reefs that the more experienced divers said...
So we actually got to the restaurant in the last post a bit early and so had about an hour to kill before they were open. We decided to go to one of the famous monuments on the island, the “Big Buddha”. Here’s some pictures. Offerings at the foot of the Buddha, and snakes/dragons to guard the stairs up to the Buddha. This figure peeking out over the tops of the trees is...
Well after all that seriousness yesterday, here’s something a bit lighter… We had heard that sunsets can be really nice on the island but our resort was facing east, resulting in a slow fade from blue to grey darker blue. We made a mission of finding a nice place to watch the sun set and combined it with finding a nice place to eat. Because what is better than watching the sunset?...
It’s the 100th post here on CadeParade. In honor of this high and round number, here are some introspective thoughts I’ve had about our travels so far. ———————- Back when Jason and I were discussing the possibilities of this trip, I had an idea that there were two ways of experiencing a country. First, there is the two week vacation, entered...
In the middle of March we left Bangkok for about 10 days and headed down to the island of Koh Samui for a Startup Workaway meetup. Neither of us really have start ups but Jason was keen to go and talk to 1)tech people and 2)people other than me. Plus he really loves beaches. So off we went! We stayed at the Jungle Club which was very nice overall, but I would recommend staying in something other...
When we were planning the trip, I wanted to book a houseboat in advance, but Jason (after reading horrifying stories in the guidebook) wanted to look at several boats in person to make sure we weren’t getting ripped off. I agreed with the stipulation that he would have to pick one. Well when we got there and saw how many boats there were, Jason changed his mind pretty quickly and we ended...
We have to leave Thailand at the end of April due to our visa restrictions so we’re planning our next moves. Right now, we’re thinking we’ll go to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar, then head west to Prague (I know, right) where we’ll meet my parents in June. Here are some pictures that make us excited…. Angkor Wat in Cambodia Photo via whc.unesco.org ...
Vacation from Vacation Vacation
When we figured out we had an extra day in Alleppey and there was not much to do in Alleppey, this happened. Also, I figured out how to make animated gifs…
Several people have inquired about our well being after the 8.6 and 8.2 earthquake in Sumatra after hearing it could effect parts of Thailand and perhaps Bangkok. We are ok! And everything seems to be fairly fine.
From Rajasthan, we flew down to Kerala, a small province way in the South of India known to tourists for tropical weather, nice beaches, and most of all, houseboats. Kerala is also one of the most educated areas in India and the most developed. It was very exciting driving to our homestay from the airport and seeing modern buildings and people following general traffic laws. There are also lots...
A few weeks ago, on the advice of Tripadvisor, we ventured to the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute Snake Farm. Besides having lots of snakes on display, the institute studies venomous snakes and prepares antivenom with the Thai Red Cross Institute. I think they said they were also the second snake farm founded in the world. Cool! I think snakes are awesome animals, and I just love looking at...
Thailand is for mushroom lovers...
In the supermarket nearby there is a huge stand devoted to what must be the most types of mushrooms I’ve ever seen in one place. This post is dedicated to my mycophliac friends, Kjersten and Meghan back home! Come to Thailand, it’s full of mushrooms!
Our second day in Jaisalmer we headed into the desert for the Jaisalmer special—a camel safari. We were hustled into the back of a Jeep with another woman, Angelique, who was in India doing volunteer work. Our first few stops were at tiny villages. Our guide explained that the men mostly worked in a nearby quarry and then drove the stones over the border to Pakistan where they got a...
Eat quick then go home.
“Eat quick then go home” was the advice we were given after eating at un-named Thai sidewalk eatery #1340239528034. We had glimpsed this strip of dinner places while wandering around the neighborhood so we decided to try it out one night. We surveyed all of the options and decided on this place because it was the most crowded. After eventually getting our menus, we discovered there...
No, no I do not.
Bonus picture: Apparently Thailand is still in the 90’s where denim on top is cool…