Impressions of Thailand

Thailand is more of a transit destination for us on this trip, offering the cheapest flights in and out of the region. Though we didn’t spend too much time here, sticking primarily to a few towns en route to the Laos border, the allure of this country is palpable.

For me, Thailand is familiar – I spent two months interning in the north in 2012 and have explored some of the southern islands on previous visits. For Charlie, this is his first trip. But whether you’re a returning traveller or a first-timer in Thailand, it’s hard not be charmed by the friendly people, the delicious (and cheap) street food and the lively markets, characteristic of most Thai towns.

This time we didn’t get to see as much of the lush countryside or the famed beaches, but as we keep passing through Thailand in transit over the next couple months, we hope to explore more of the country. For now, here are some impressions of bustling Bangkok, historic Ayuthaya and sleepy but colorful Nong Khai.

Long tail boat on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok
Long tail boat on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok
Backpacker enclave around Khao San
Backpacker enclave around Khao San Rd.
Street shopping in Bangkok
Street shopping in Bangkok
Iconic Buddha image at Wat Mahathat in Ayuthaya
Iconic Buddha image at Wat Mahathat in Ayuthaya
Beautiful Buddhist statues in tranquil Wat Mahathat
Beautiful Buddhist statues in tranquil Wat Mahathat
Buddha sculpture remains after Burmese invasion
Buddha sculpture remains after Burmese invasion
Elephant grounds a short bicycle ride north of the Night Market in Ayuthaya
Elephant grounds a short bicycle ride north of the Night Market in Ayuthaya
Elephant grounds in Ayuthaya
Elephant grounds in Ayuthaya
Succulent grilled skewers omnipresent in Thailand - our personal favorite is the pork
Succulent grilled skewers omnipresent in Thailand – our personal favorite is the pork 🙂
Pad Thai Moo (Pork) - variation of the many noodle dishes in Thailand
Pad Thai Moo (Pork) – variation of the many noodle dishes in Thailand
Delicious cream-filled crepe tacos - one of Charlie's favorite desserts out here!
Delicious cream-filled crepe ‘tacos’ – one of Charlie’s favorite desserts out here!
At the lively Saturday night market in Nong Khai
At the lively Saturday night market in Nong Khai

 

 

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