Arriving in Thailand was like a breath of fresh air just the friendly smiles and humid weather alone, reassured us that Thailand was going to feel more like a holiday than ‘travel’.
We spent our first night in a hotel close to the city. Tired and weary from the chaos of South Korea, bus rides and flights we were struggling to get back up of the bed.
We found a little restaurant in the red light district (everywhere else was shut) and feasted on curries and salads, for how tired we were feeling we surprisingly drank and ate for hours before stumbling back home and crashing asleep.
Our first day in Bangkok and with limited time we wanted to squeeze in as much as possible. By luck we ended up on a boat ride along the river, brought to the boat by tuk tuk we were greeted with smiles then loaded up with water, beer and fish food.
It appeared we had been taken to a not so popular dock as we were the only two on the boat, we couldn’t have been happier about the situation! As boats jammed packed rushed past us, tourists cranking over the edge to get photos, brad and I sat at the front beer in hand getting a chauffeur ride on the river. It was accidentally romantic and perfect.
The next morning we met up with my dad who has been living on and off in Thailand for the past three years. Like always my dad makes me feel so loved when I see him, a great big hug and brimming with excitement to see us both and get to spend some time together. On meeting my dad we also had the pleasure of meeting Oon, my dads new girlfriend. The long drive ahead was barely noticed, chatting nonstop all the way to Cha Am a luttle beachside town. It was so nice to see dad and to finally get to see his other life away from Australia.
Our first few days in our resort were spent sleeping, swimming and eating. It was great to not be moving for a while and I got lazier by the day. As days passed it became so apparent to me how in love my dad and Oon were, Brad and I looked boring compared to these two lovebirds and we always had this double date feeling when we were all together.
It makes me so happy to see my dad head over heels, he has always been a romantic at heart and affectionate but has never had someone to reciprocate those feelings or at least not that I witnessed growing up. My dad and Oon are constantly swooning over one another and completely content in their new found life together.
Although my mum was not on this trip I feel the same way for her new life also, currently living overseas with her bf Stephen and head over heels in love with each other. She finally has someone who loves her for her and support her dreams in life. So important.
It’s awfully relieving after witnessing all your life two very unhappy people who you love dearly finally get the love they deserve in life. Not just from family but from a partner to share the small things in life.
For the rest of our time in Cha Am we rode elephants and had the chance to see the bluest looking monkey around as well as a very cheeky Macaw. I keep trying to convince Brad we should put all our savings into one. We also went to the floating markets and spent a few hours walking around, eating fresh fruit and me being me, patting a large yellow python (next on my list of pets).
All in all…
Our days here were nice and long, skin kissed by sunshine and stroked with oil massages. A chance to get plump and be tipsy by the afternoon sunset. Like every place it’s sad to leave but always fitting when we do.
Surprise champagne and spa by B