Tortoise on the Move

December 7, 2015

Gallery: Thailand

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Photos from around Thailand, June 20 – July 13, 2015. For more on my trip, check out these posts about the islands (Andaman coast and Gulf coast), Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park, and our Thai cooking class

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July 6, 2015

Thailand: Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Days 9-16 of a 3-week journey around Thailand, June 20-July 13, 2015

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July 6, 2015

Chiang Mai: Thai Cooking Class

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Thai market

Thai market

On our second day in Chiang Mai, we signed up for a Thai cooking class with Oui from Trichada The Cookery Home, recommended to us by a friend of Katie’s. Oui picked us up from our hostel at 8:30 and we went straight to the market. On our way there, we selected the dishes we’d be making for the day from a menu of Oui’s teaching recipes. We’d be making a starter, a soup, a curry, and stir fry, and a dessert.

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July 6, 2015

Chiang Mai: Elephant Nature Park

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When Kate and I decided to officially add Thailand to the second half of our adventure, I already knew I wanted to visit Elephant Nature Park. I’d read about it on Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site, the same blog where I found AuPair.com. In researching various tours, I also came across this article, a heartbreaking piece on elephant abuse by trekking companies, which led us to decide against any tours that involved trekking, or elephant riding. Elephant Nature Park offered us the opportunity to get up close and personal with elephants but acts as a sanctuary for the animals.

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July 2, 2015

Thailand: Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Railay Beach

Koh Samui

Days 5-8 of a 3-week journey around Thailand, June 20-July 13, 2015

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June 30, 2015

Thailand: Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi

Days 1-4 of a 3-week journey around Thailand, June 20-July 13, 2015

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June 20, 2015

Until Next Time, Australia

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Last breakfast at Bondi

Last breakfast at Bondi

This is a hard one to write. Today, I left Australia on a plane bound for Phuket, Thailand. Australia. The place I’d dreamed of since I was 8 years old. I still haven’t processed how amazing this year has been, much less that it’s come to a close. Katie and I spent our last three days in Sydney, exploring the city that never gets old to me. Seeing the Opera House for the last time (this time) was exactly like seeing it for the first time. I was in awe. More than anywhere, standing in Circular Quay reminds me how lucky I am to have had this experience and how everything happens for a reason.

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