P and I wanted to take advantage of the time, during our transition from Boston to the Bay Area, to travel for a little bit before we started our new lives in California. We had wanted to take a month or more to travel throughout all of Southeast Asia, but that was wishful thinking. In reality, we were only able to travel for two weeks, but we were grateful for those two weeks.
We decided on Thailand because it was on the top of our travel bucket list, we got an insane deal on flight prices, and the country itself was relatively inexpensive. We traveled in late January / early February when the weather was less humid and hot. We started out in Bangkok for a few days. Then we flew to Phuket, then Chiang Mai, and back to Bangkok to fly home.
Travel tip: When traveling between the main cities in Thailand, flying is the quickest form of transportation. Consider booking the local flights directly through the airline’s website and paying in Baht, the local Thai currency. Oftentimes, you are booking the exact same flight on Expedia at a significantly lower rate ($30 per person vs. $83). You’re paying what the locals are paying. We really liked Thai Smile, an airline associated with Thai Air. Flights are on time, you get a snack even with an hour long flight, and the flight attendants are super friendly.
It was a much too short sampling of the three major cities in Thailand, making both P and I dying to come back for more. Thailand is unlike any other place that we’ve visited before. The Thai people are always smiling, the food is out of this world, and the natural beauty of this country is unreal. A trip to Thailand should be on everyone’s bucket list!