Thailand is all that!
Trip Start Mar 23, 2007
137Trip End Sep 15, 2008
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10 dives later and we have seriously chilled out and have become definite bums. We actually have become so entrenched in bum-land that going to the beach some days is just too much trouble. It's not only hours pass and we wonder where the time has gone - ahhh the luxury of sinking into a good book while the waves lap at the sand. Days pass and we think - really? We've been here on this little tiny island two weeks already?
Thailand gets a lot of press in the travler's circles. It is called the land of smiles afterall and with hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches, top ranked diving, and scrumptious food it lives up to every bit of it. We didn't think this would be the case. In fact, I was the biggest doubter. So often the places that have become tourist meccas have lost a part of what made them such a draw in the first place. Thailand was a major upset in this theory and happily so. We loved every minute of our stay in Thailand including Bangkok. We feel that Bangkok gets a rather unfair rap in the whole deal as well. Sure it's not a small island where the pace moves no faster than the dive boat, and sure it's overcrowded but it has a definite personality and most of the people we had the fortune to meet were just happy good people. Maybe this is in part because we stayed outside the major backpacker hub Kao San which is dirty, and full of crime. We stayed in a local neighborhood and at a place where the staff made us feel like family. Tout for Sivalai Place. It made our full experirence in Bangkok about as homey as it could be.
We've had a little of everything here - the island paradise, the big city adventure, and a venture to the border of Burma where we visited the River Kwai, traditional floating markets, a Tiger reserve, and snake charmers. It has been almost a vacation within our journey!