Enchanting Thailand: A Journey Through Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui
Travel Companion: Mom
Duration: 10 days
In the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand beckons with its vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality. My February escapade took my mother and me on an unforgettable adventure, beginning with the bustling streets of Bangkok before venturing into the cultural haven of Chiang Mai and the serenity of Koh Samui. Join me as I recount the highlights of my journey through these three captivating places.
You can watch my trip highlights on my instagram account here.
Part I - Bangkok: A Glimpse of Majesty
|Reclining Buddha - Wat Pho temple in Bangkok
Part II - Chiang Mai: Massage Indulgence and Culinary Delights
|I love that every time you get a massage in Thailand, they give you tea and sweet ricecake.
|The famous mango sticky rice
|Doi Suthep which is actually the mountain where Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located.
|Evening Prayer Ceremony
|One of the twin pagodas.
|Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai
|Elephant bath time!
|One of my favorite meals in Chiang Mai, tasty and super affordable. A small restaurant called Som Petch Kitchen that was facing our hotel "THEE Vijit Lanna".
Moreover, in terms of transportation, there are a lot of tuktuks going around. I also used grab (like uber) multiple times to go around. You can also hire a tuktuk to do a night tour to see the temples in Chiang Mai with a drop-off at one of the markets at the end.
Chiang Mai was founded in 1296, and in the following years, the city was encircled by a defensive wall and a moat. The purpose of these structures was to protect the city from potential invasions.The original city wall was about 1.5 kilometers long on each side, and it had four main gates – Tha Phae Gate (east), Suan Dok Gate (west), Chiang Mai Gate (south), and Chang Puak Gate (north). Each gate had its unique architectural design and historical significance.
|We were lucky to find this massage place "Sense Massage Somphet" right beside our hotel "THEE Vijit Lanna"
Part III - Island Escape: Koh Samui and Mu Ko Ang Thong Park
|Melia Koh Samui Resort
|Big Buddha - Koh Samui
|Rawee Souvenir Shop
|Melia Koh Samui Resort
|Emerald Island - Mu Ko Ang Thong Park
|Koh Samui Airport
|Chinatown (Bangkok) during the day
|Chinatown (Bangkok) at night
|Beautiful moment watching the sunset in Koh Samui