Thailand Travel Diary – Pt.2

In my first travel diary for Thailand I promised an action-packed trip. Thailand certainly delivered that. Sure you can spend the whole time relaxing by the pool, sipping cocktails and getting massages (we definitely did a lot of that!), but there are also some great things to do in Thailand to keep you busy.

  1. Go karting – not a conventional holiday activity I will admit, but rates as one of our favourite! My Dad, Dan, Amy, Lex and I decided to go go-karting one afternoon. Mum decided to spend the afternoon by the pool (not really an ‘adventurous’ type!). Go karting is not that different to Australia, except that they are a lot more laid back with their safety (which made us go a little faster and turn those corners quickly), but also, the track we went to had amazing views of the Big Buddha statue high up in the mountains! I will say that I got lapped quite a few times, but as I repeatedly told everyone, I was the smart one, soaking up the view!.
  2. Kick-boxing – none of us were really keen on kick-boxing but my Dad really wanted to go so we surprised him with VIP tickets. As it turns out this was the BEST night of our trip and I seriously didn’t want to leave! We were in the front row, close enough to soak up the action and smell the sweat!. The van came to pick us up from our hotel and we drove to a remote shed and walked inside to find a boxing ring and seats with our names on them! You get given a black kick-boxing tank to wear and so we all put them on. As we were waiting for the fights to start a man came over to ask us if we wanted to bet on the winners of the 5 matches. When in Thailand I thought!  placed my bets and handed over my Thai money. Lex then went to bet and the guy told him he couldn’t bet on his chosen contenders and had to change his bet haha. During the matches I had a glance around to see where the guy with my money was and he was nowhere to be seen. “We’ve totally been stitched up here – typical tourist trap” I thought to myself. I’ve never been in to kick-boxing or fighting of any kind but I have to admit it was exhilarating and so much fun! One of the boxers was from America and Lex thinks he was there training for the UFC. You’ll be pleased to know that I won a few of my matches and the guy I betted from didn’t actually do a runner!!!! It was all just a bit of fun anyway.
  3. Tours – we did two tours whilst in Thailand. The first was a boat tour to Phi Phi island. I won’t mention too much about the boat ride because I’m feeling queasy just typing this (think: broken down boat in the middle of the ocean on a really rough and windy day!), but the snorkelling was fun! The boat also stopped at an island that has all the monkeys on it. They are intense! As soon as you get off the boat they approach you looking for food. In fact, one massive monkey came on to our boat and found some milk in a woman’s bag. He ripped open the milk and drank it quickly – he even had all the milk running down his face and body. The other tour we did was a mixed bag – we went to see the elephants and I fed them some bananas, we went to a jewellery store, the Big Budda and also a honey store! Totally random but so worthwhile.
  4. Market shopping – I was so intimidated by the bartering at the markets that I ended up getting Amy to do all my dirty work for me! The markets in Thailand have some really unique and lovely pieces. You really need to move away from the fake designer things and instead go for the handmade homewares that they have to offer. We found beautiful serving bowls and serving spoons, Mum was also on the hunt for a Pestle and Mortar. I can’t resist clothes and found some handmade dresses and pants in beautiful patterns and soft fabrics (and at a fraction of the cost of Australian clothes). I’ve worn them heaps and have found them to be great quality too which is important – I’ve never been big on fast, cheap fashion, instead I prefer quality pieces that are going to stand the test of time.
  5. Thai cooking class – Mum, Lex, Amy and I all went to a Thai cooking class. This was AMAZING. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to VJ’s kitchen. She taught us how to make a delicious green curry as well as a chicken and cashew nut dish, and of course a Pad Thai. I have never tasted such good food (and I cooked it!). VJ also gives you a copy of her recipes so you can make them at home. This cooking class has inspired me to do a cooking class in every country that I’m lucky enough to visit. It immerses you in to their culture and is an experience you’ll never forget.

Stay tuned for Thailand Travel Diary Pt. 3

Lis x

Thailand Travel Diary – Pt. 1

Thailand – what an amazing holiday. Amazing because it is such a beautiful place, but also because it was a family holiday (the best kind). Lex and I went with my parents and my brother Dan and his (new!) wife, Amy. Mum and Dad had been to Thailand before and Dan and Amy had been to Bali, so they all had a little insight in to what to expect. Lex had also been through Asia quite a bit back when he was a cyclist. For me, I was an Asia newbie and wasn’t really prepared for the culture shock that I was about to receive.

From the moment I stepped off the place and got in to a maxi taxi to take us to Karon, I knew I wasn’t in Sydney anymore! As we were driving to the resort, our taxi drive pulled over without notice and disappeared for a good 10 minutes. It was 8pm at night in a foreign country and I just thought, ‘great!’. He got back in to the cab and started driving. No questions asked! As soon as we got to Beyond Resort, Karon, I was in paradise. We were greeted with a platter of fresh fruit and made to feel like royalty! We checked in to our rooms which were all on the ground floor and faced straight towards the pool and resort bar – perfect! Did I mention Beyond Resort is adults-only?!

We were all a little tired and hungry (planes do that to you!) and we headed across the street to a little outdoor family-run restaurant. I tried to Google the name of the restaurant and do a little map search but it’s not in English! I went with fried rice – my attempt to slowly immerse myself in to Thai food and cooking without getting something similar to a Bali-belly! It was amazing and got me hooked to fried rice for the rest of the trip. In fact, every morning in our hotel buffet breakfast I filled my plate up with fried rice – so not good for me, but hey, when in Thailand!

Our next day was spent lazing around the pool, drinking super-sweet cocktails and planning for the rest of the week. What was in store? Elephants, kick-boxing, go-karting, mini-golf, getting really seasick on a boat that broke down in the middle of the ocean, and of course, Bangla Road! Stay tuned for the rest of my Thailand travel diary.

Lis x

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