When people say Thailand, my initial thought is to travel to the beaches that it’s most famous for. Perhaps it was largely due to Leonardo de Caprio’s blockbuster hit “The Beach” more than a decade ago. I’ve been to Thailand many times before, and I still recall on my first visit when I was about 12, that my family and I went to this beautiful resort for meditation. It was extra special because the whole place was built on a stilt house on top of a river, which at night was very relaxing because you could feel the little waves crashing underneath as you sleep. In the daytime we would eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and sometimes the monks would pass by in a boat really early in the morning and you could give them some food. It was a lovely memory.
Since then, I’ve been back to Bangkok but it hasn’t been the same. It feels like I’ve come to an extremely busy junction where I have to look right and left four times before crossing the street.
Anyway, my most recent trip was with my mom and friends from college, it was a half and half trip. The first half was spent with my mom relaxing in Chiangmai and catching the lantern festival, where we lost each other in the crowd and ended up panicking trying to look for each other. In the end she released two lanterns and I none… although I was really looking forward to releasing my first lantern there. The second half of the trip was with a bunch of friends from college. I think there were 8 of us at the time, and it was super fun because we roamed around the streets of Bangkok and rode elephants and stayed in shady hostels, you know the whole thing where you just have clean fun while you’re still young.
Scroll down below to see those memories from that fun trip.