The first stop was Bangkok with the primary intention of trying all of the food, yes, even the kind you find on the street.
We stayed at the Eastin Grand Hotel close the metro that we never used. Mostly because we were brave enough to rent a car, no we’d never driven on the opposite side of the street (I’m a New York driver) and yes, it was dangerous as hell. So at night we avoided the rental all-together hitched rides on tuk tuks! We ended up at the Silom Night Market and started our trip with pad thai and whatever my companion ordered (she was the true foodie on this trip). Later in the evening we enjoyed the vibrance and energy on the Silom Soi 4 strip – two married women traveling along that was the perfect place to be.
On the second day we brought out the rental car, if it wasn’t for my companions second set of eyes, I don’t think I would have made it. We long debated about going to the famous touristy Damnoen Saduak floating market but ended up gravitating towards Amphawa Floating Market, online reviews mentioned that it was more authentic and our experience there would prove that to be true. We took advantage of the rental car and took a 20 minute drive over to the Maeklong Railway Market, personally one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was truly different than anything I had ever seen. My companion and I sat and people watched over Tom yum soup and Morning Glory in one of the small restaurants along the tracks. We ended the afternoon with our very first thai massages at the Health Land Spa, great massage but nothing to write home about. We stumbled upon Maggie Choo’s and fell in love, it was overall pricier than most places in Bangkok but we danced, and happily handed over our Thai bahts for those artisanal beverages.
To keep the common touristy part short. We took taxi cabs over to the oh-so crowded Grand Palace and Temple of the Golden Budda. We had a failed attempt to try the famous crab omelette made by Jay Fai, if I could do this over, I would have stopped there around 2:00pm, put our names down on the wait list and return about an hour or two later. Unless you’re one of the first 5 on the list, you will be waiting a REALLY long time for an omelette and lose out on time on this trip. Our last day in Bangkok was well spent, touring and trying different foods and dessert.
We met up at Karon Beach. Our home base for the island portion of the trip as we explored the Night Market, took a peak at Patong Beach (it is a sight to see for a brief moment but not worth spending time there). Had the pleasure of doing yoga with a lovely gentleman at CC’s Hideaway. Took a ride up to visit the Big Buddha and experienced the phenomenal view. We had the pleasure of meeting and bathing the sweetest elephants in a very well maintained sanctuary.
Lastly we closed the trip with a private speedboat sunrise tour of Phi Phi Islands. It was something I will dream about for the rest of my life.