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Thailand...finally...sort of....

April 1, 2017

 Well this is long overdue isn't It? One of the many downsides of not doing photography full time, I suppose, but I believe in better late than ever so here goes. 

 

This last trip I was on was a two week excursion to good old Thailand. Personally, I would prefer to visit a place that's off the beaten path, but Thailand is one of those places that should be experienced by any traveler. This trip was especially important to me because I was able to finally accomplish something that has been on my "to do" list for a very long time. I grew up being raised by a single mom. She is such an amazing person who raised me to be the person that I am today. No sacrifice was too big for her when it came to my sister and I, and that was all of the motivation I needed growing up to continue fighting my way through the ups and downs of life, accomplish educational and career goals, and finally be the one who is taking care of her for a change. And what better way to say thank you than a mom and daughter trip. I'll admit I was a little nervous about traveling with my amazing, albeit anxious, mother, but we had the best time together on this trip. (Mom if you're reading this, LOVE YOU!) 

 

Ok, ok, enough gushing, back to the trip. So we flew out of Vancouver in order to get to our first stop in Bangkok versus Seattle. The flights really weren't much cheaper out of Vancouver (sometimes they are), but the layover in Manila out of Vancouver was around 8 hours less that out of Seattle. When you're dealing with a 23 hour total travel time instead of facing a 31-36 hour one, by all means, do it! Even if it means heading to an airport that you normally wouldn't fly out of. 

 Oh yes, typical airplane shot. Whenever possible, GET THE WINDOW SEAT. My mom was gracious enough to let me have the window seat for most of the flights....something about "I know you want to take pictures." ...she knows me so well! 

 I have to make a shout out to Philippine Airlines, we had such comfortable flights. No complaints whatsoever. 

 Those dreamy views of the sun dancing on top of the clouds. 

 Finally, we made it! Our first couple nights in Bangkok were spend at the Centara Grand at Central World. An amazing resort with rooftop bars overlooking the city's skyline at 55 stories up.  

 

 

 

 

 

I love lit up skylines.

 

After a well deserved good night's sleep, we headed off to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This is the largest of all the floating markets of Bangkok. Bucket list place for me for sure! Everything here was so vibrant and loud, and simply a photographers playground. We had a 40 min tour along the main canals on one of the many boats. Most of what was being sold were spices, pastries, fruit, and souvenirs. I wasn't paying as much attention to that. I was focused on the people. They were all super friendly despite having to deal with hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists daily. It made me crave a simpler lifestyle. Basics is all we really need, the rest is just details that can easily be lost of forgotten, so better to invest in experiences than material goods. 

 

 

 

 

 Coconut ice cream....one of the best things I've ever tasted on a roasting 95 degree day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was basically our first two nights in Bangkok in a nutshell. There are way more images up on the gallery. For now, I just have Bangkok up (thanks to some untimely technical difficulties I was not able to finish the Thailand set, but those images are on their way). Phuket is coming up next, and I promise to try to improve my blogging skills as I go along. I feel like a kid who's learning to ride a bike, so it'll take a bit for me to get a solid blogging style.

 

Thanks for reading, and as always, much love and good vibes!

 

xo Di

 

 

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