Longtails docked on the beach – Andaman Sea
We first visited Thailand 5 years ago, it sounds like a short time but it feels a lot longer now that we’ve seen the rapidly developing jewel of Asia again. We really enjoyed our previous visit but the 6 weeks we’ve spent in Thailand this year have truly been some of the best of the trip and have taken our love for Thailand to a whole new level.
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Where the magic happens
Our main priority when booking our accommodation for our last week in Asia was to make sure that we were close to good street food. Luckily for us our last destination was Bangkok so we headed to the Sukhumvit area and took up residence in a guesthouse just around the corner from Soi 38. We had heard from several reliable sources that the street food in this area would ensure that we left Asia in style!
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Cooking up a storm
When we first made the huge decision to journey around the world our route was based on a number of key experiences. We plotted these bucket list items on a map and basically joined the dots. Fairly high up on the list for me was learning to cook in Thailand and I was beyond excited when I finally got my chance.
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Up close and personal
The Asian elephant is the second largest land mammal on the planet, only surpassed by its African cousin. So what would you do if you were stood in the middle of a huge field with two of these 3 tonne giants walking straight at you? They are not shackled in any way and they are getting closer! Do you turn and run? No, you keep walking towards them, strangely calm and feeling unthreatened. Eventually you are stood next to these two beautiful creatures dwarfed in their majestic presence and all you can do is reach out and give them a stroke and a cuddle. Does this sound ridiculous? Probably, but that is what we did!
Delicious fruit shakes – just add ice
Nothing says Asia to me like fantastic street food. I know everyone talks about how great it is but I really think everyone should experience the joy of eating the most delicious, fresh and surprising street food at least once in their lives. The experience of a night market is intoxicating, it’s loud, busy and a real assault on the senses. You wander around being hit with the most mouth watering smells, every stall frantically preparing food in ridiculously simple but amazing ways. I’m astounded by what some of these cooks can achieve with one gas burner and a wok.
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This phenomenal sunrise happened every day on Koh Yao Noi
When people talk about the Thai Islands the immediate image that springs to mind is a glistening beach, palm trees, azure ocean, longtail boats and the beautiful smiling Thai people. This image is still very much a reality but what happens when you have to share it with the hoards of holiday makers and backpackers that arrive en masse every year? Does it still have the same appeal?
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