Last year when I was packing, selling, and taking care of everything in The States so we could move overseas, Josh promised to take me on a trip. This is the first part of my promised trip. I tried to write these blogs, so you could experience all the adventure with us. Hope you enjoy the first of many Asia posts!
Thailand lived up to the hype that is always advertised or shown on TV. From the traffic jams to the motor bike army, our initial sites were what was to be expected. The only difference was the hire car driver that LOVED 7-11 stores, and I think he had done enough research on it to own or at least buy their stock. We arrived at the hotel and did not want to stay cooped up after our 8 hour plane ride, so we hit the streets for some food.
The sights and smells were again what was to be expected. We walked a few blocks and landed at this hole in the wall place that was not a disappointment. We picked it because of the nice old man standing outside hustling people to eat his food. I had the pad Thai and Josh had the green curry chicken with a coke (I drink more coke while overseas. I learned in Honduras it helps kills what ever passengers you may be eating).
With our Bellies full and beat from the flight the only logical option was a traditional Thai massage, which beat anything I have ever had. Now mind you it was already ten at night when we went into the massage place. It was completely packed. Everyone was ready for their $7.00 one hour massage.
The next day we woke up ready to take on this high expectation day. Roaming the streets to and fro while waiting on the tour, we found the adventures of the tuk tuk, which was an experience in itself. We met with our tour guide (whom also lived up to another Thai stereotype , a lady boy). Our tour had two other Americans as our only other tour group members. So we saddled up in some tuk tuks off to the river tour-adventure. Here we took a long riverboat that was all blinded out with beautiful flowers. I noticed the driver was at the back of a boat sitting really low, he could not see where he was going, don't worry,no wrecks though.
Boating up and down the river you could not help to see the poverty stricken areas that had been frozen in time. No million dollar houses on this river. You could see temple after temple as we went along, and seeing each one of them as full as they were showed that while million dollar houses may be nice, but their faith was first and seem to be the part of life that made them full. Made me step back and say what was most important to us God, family, and friends. No where at that point did I think of work as most of the time I put it before the others.
After getting off the boat we went to the temples to indulge into their beliefs and culture. We were in aw walking around the temple grounds as it reminded me of seeing the Vatican in college. I asked myself the same question about both places: would all of the money, time, education, and resources be better spent helping the poor around us than in some building that needs upkeep and expensive grounds keepers. But then you think that if the Vatican was not there as a beacon of light and those temples where never built how would we better understand their history. So I say to say they are necessary evils to continue the history of our religions to teach others, just a little extravagant way to display their beliefs and history if you ask me.
Going from temple to temple we were just dumbfounded by the amount of detail on each building and how much they cared to show off their own beacon of light. Mid through the tour we started to get a bit "hangery" and tuned out. As the tour ended and we went along our own ways, the other Americans headed off to Thai boxing and we decided to take another adventure in the tuk tuk.
Now this tuk tuk ride was the most fun I think you could have in one. Our driver was a well experienced 75 year old man with the spirit of a teenager. Every bump a wee and every curve a woo. He kept us laughing and holding on as we must have missed the roller coaster speech to keep all hands and feet inside the car. As we arrived back to the hotel we wanted to say "one more round". But we knew to take the memory and run.
Being in Thailand we just had to take a look around the street markets to take in the sights smells and sounds that infused all the senses good at time and well interesting others. We then dogged into this rather nice restaurant and as we sat down I said "you should buy a suit". Josh needed some talking into,but as the meal went on the waiter (who doubled as the owner and suit maker) he said we should check out his shop next door. Later we walked out with shirts and a suit. A little lighter in the pockets and a full belly we headed back to the hotel.
What do you do when you have walked all over Thailand, and ready to relax? Get another Thai massage, of course. This one was a relaxing with the much needed attention to our sore feet. We went along back to the hotel to prepare for the next day's adventure.
Next Asia post will be about Siem Reap, Cambodia. Check back in the next couple of days. I am working hard to go through all 1,000 pics.