6.01.2010

Our Trip



We finally got around to posting some of our pictures from Thailand. It was an absolutely incredible vacation! Despite some early concerns and trepidation regarding the Bangkok protests, we spent the entire two weeks without seeing or experiencing any of the political unrest.

We took full advantage of celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary (without little Miss Kate) and enjoying our first vacation (just the two of us) since our honeymoon. The days were filled with fun activities, massages (only $7!), great food, culture, shopping, sun and relaxation. We spent half of the trip in Southern Thailand and snorkeled in some of the clearest blue water I have ever seen. We also stayed in the excursion filled Northern Thailand for a few days and concluded the trip in Bangkok (after the protesters had dissipated).

We highly, highly recommend the trip to anyone looking for a fun, exotic and adventuresome vacation! It was truly one of those places that lived up to the hype and expectations. Here's a few of the pics below...
This picture was taken at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The entire compound was filled with beautiful grounds, ornate temples and buildings reflecting the unique style of Thai/Chinese architecture.
Wat Pho: We had to force ourselves into this temple amid the throngs of tourists. The gold leafed Buddha statue is huge. It is commonly known as "Reclining Buddha".

This was a much older Buddha statue found deep in the Chiang Dao Caves. The caves were located about 1.5 hours north of Chiang Mai.


We thought it would be fun to squeeze in a little zip lining.

Defintiely, one of the highlights of the trip was visiting the Elephant Camp. The Elephant ride was a blast and we were duly impressed with the Elephant's painting skills!


We couldn't pass up playing with real tigers

We feared for our lives a few times while traveling to and fro in the infamous Tuk-Tuks! One of the tuk-tuks had a DVD player and Bose stereo system!
Another highlight from the trip....We really enjoyed the Thai cooking class. We made a couple of different curries from scratch as well as a soup, spicy Thai salad, and black sticky rice pudding. Everything was absolutely delicious...our compliments to the chefs!
Southern Thailand is absolutely beautiful!




Foot massages and pedicures (yes, Mike got one as well!).

9 comments:

Jen and Lance said...

AHHHH! Julia! I am dying! Do you know thailand has been my #1 place i have wanted to go for the longest time! The pictures are stunning. This makes me want to go right now. It was so good to talk to you today. bummed I didn't get a chance to hear all about it. I will call you soon for all the fun details. Looks amazing! Glad you guys were able to get away together.

The Nixon Family said...

Thank you, tour guide Michael! You did a great job selling me on Thailand. John and I will have to head over there one day. Glad it was such a blast and that you made it home safely!

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Amanda said...

Looks like a great vacation! Wonderful pictures. Happy Anniversary

Jill said...

What a great trip!!

McKell and John said...

OH my goodness, that was an incredible vacation!! I am so impressed that you guys planned and did that just the two of you. Heaven! Julia, lets do lunch soon and I'll bring your money! Love ya.

Ashley Schill said...

So fun!!! Your pictures are beautiful and it sounds like you did so many fun things! I have heard such great things about Thailand and your photo travel log just convinced me further! :)

BIG B...little b and baby C said...

Wow that looks fun! Are you seriously TOUCHING a tiger!?! Amazing. I love how you are holding your knife like you are about to chop off Mike's arm...

Whitney said...

Oh my gosh you trip looked AMAZING!!!!! So many fun thing you guys got to see and do!¡