The first time we went to Thailand, we spent a month in the country– in the city of Chiang Mai and on the island of Koh Lanta. The two places couldn’t have been more different, yet both appealed to us. To this day, we can hear the melodic Thai greeting, Sa-wat-dee-kha, that was always spoken with a smile and sometimes a wave.

We stayed in the historic center of Chiang Mai where we visited temples, talked to monks, perused the markets, got Thai massages and ate the local cuisine (as well as some fine Western meals – pasta and bagels – we had long been craving!). We took two trips outside of the city center – one a trekking journey and one to two magnificent temples.

In Koh Lanta, our days moved a bit slower as we relaxed on the beach watching the tide roll in and out again and the incredibly colorful sunsets. The only day we strayed from Khlong Khong Beach was when we jumped on board a traditional long tail boat to explore nearby islands.

When we returned to Thailand in 2017, we visited three destinations: Bangkok, Koh Chang Island and Chiang Rai. In the capital city, Bangkok, we enjoyed navigating our way through the different neighborhoods, sights and culinary delights. We were looking forward to a week of sand and sun in Koh Chang, but Mother Nature delivered on Rainy Season, so our water activities were carried out in the rain, but we still managed to have an excellent time. Chiang Rai surprised us a bit - we found more to do there than we had anticipated - from temples to tea-tastings to thundering waterfalls.

In 2018 we again found ourselves visiting Thailand, this time with a different twist. We were housesitting on Phuket, in the wonderful beach town of Kamala.

Thailand Facts:

Capital City: Bangkok

Country Population: 68 Million

Language: Thai

Useful Words and Phrases: Hello - Sa-wat-dee  |  Thank You – Kawp Koon

Currency:  Thai Baht (THB) | Current Value

Thailand Guides:

The Ultimate 2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary
A Bangkok Itinerary for Budget Minded Travelers
Must-See Chiang Mai Temples
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Chiang Mai Itinerary: The Best Way To Spend 3 Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand
14 Things to do in Chiang Rai, Thailand
The 5 Best Things To Do in Chiang Mai Old City, Thailand
Snorkeling Koh Lanta, Thailand: Four Island Tour
Bangkok On Nut: 11 Things to do in On Nut and Sukhumvit 77
Best Koh Lanta Beaches: Klong Khong Beach
The Best Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand Restaurants
Koh Chang Snorkeliing 4 Island Boat Tour Review Thailand
Chiang Mai Trekking Trip: Our Review of A Day Trip from Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang: Slow Boat on the Mekong River
Chiang Mai Massage: The Best Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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