Our Trip to Phuket, Thailand… Sawadee Ka
My husband and I love to travel. It’s just one of those things we do during the off-season to enjoy ourselves. Last week, my husband and I took a trip to Thailand to explore a new culture. It was an awesome experience. I encourage everyone to visit if you ever have the opportunity to go. Also, ‘sawadee ka’ means hello in Thai for the women. For men, it’s ‘sawadee kap’.
We ended up doing so many excursion that we didn’t have time to relax and enjoy our hotel. And not to mention our flight time. Our first flight was 15-hours long followed by a six-hour flight and our layover was in South Korea. By the way, South Korea’s airport was way more advance than ours. We ended up getting to our hotel around 1 am in the morning there.
To get the full-on Thai experience, we stayed at a luxury hotel called Keemala Resort & Spa. The hotel offers each family private villas. Our resort had many different type of villas and they each had their own unique designs. My favorite feature of our resort was the location. The villas were located in the rainforest/hills. To get to our room, we had to either walk or catch a ride on a golf cart. Our resort also offered a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport and to the different beaches nearby.
CLICK HERE to see a video of our resort and room @Keemala Resort & Spa. It’s beautiful!
Here is what we did on our vacation in Phuket, Thailand:
You won’t believe this if I told you, so I’m going to show you. We went to play with tigers. The tigers were beautiful, especially the cubs. We were able to play with two-month-old cubs and a four year old big tiger. I was all for it and my hubby was not. Well, he definitely wanted to go see the tigers but he was really nervous. He still cant believe he touched some tigers and got close to them. The cutest thing happened while we were playing with the cubs. One of the cubs was so playful that he tried to nibble on my husband’s arm. They acted just like domestic kittens. Check out our photos below:
(Hubby and I with the biggest tiger)
(Me and the biggest tiger, I forgot his name. Oops!)
(Hubby and I with the two-month-old cubs)
(I took this photo of the tiger’s eyes with our professional camera. So beautiful!)
Siam Niramit Thai Culture Show
After visiting Tiger Kingdom, we went to go see a Thai culture show. Wow, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. They wore so many colors including green, red, gold, etc. I love how their ancestors wore so much gold throughout their ancient history. Truth is, I kept falling asleep throughout the entire show. It wasn’t a bad show, I was just so tired from the time-change and traveling. We were 13 hours ahead of Dallas time zone. However, the parts of the show that I did see were beautiful. LOL!
Phang Nga Bay
The next day we enjoyed a luxurious boat ride to go explore some limestone caves and Phang Nga Bay. Phang Nga Bay is also known as James Bond Island, where they filmed the movie The Man With The Golden Gun. The limestone caves were something out of this world. They were tall, quiet, and quite lavish. James Bond Island was just ‘okay’. It isn’t a place to take a dip in the water. You’ll be better off just taking photos to say that you were there. On our way back to the port, we got to enjoy the sunset surrounding the different islands and bays. Check out some of our photos below:
(Phang Nga Bay-James Bond Island)
(Hubby and I)
(The Sunset-Photo taken by Yours Truly)
CLICK HERE to see a video of us kayaking through the Limestone caves.
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Going to see the elephants was the best part of our trip. If you know me, you know I love animals. I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was eight-years-old. But I changed my mind in college after taking advanced chemistry. LOL. I was a beast in biology but a turtle in chemistry. Shrugs. Anyway, the sanctuary was filled with elephants of different sizes and different ages. They housed both African and Asian elephants; most of them were females.
While visiting the santurary we learned a lot about what the elephants had been through. The elephants in the sanctuary that were rescued used to be either loggers (used to pick up trees) or circus/trekking elephants (tourist riding elephants). We also learned that riding elephants long-term is dangerous for them because of spinal tissue decay.
We were able to feed the elephants, give the elephants and mud bath, and shower with the elephants. The elephants in this statuary had a rough life prior to being rescued. All we needed to do was show them love and affection. The elephants basically get a spa treatment twice a day when tourist visit. I encourage all of you to go to this sanctuary if you’re ever in Thailand. Please never ride on an elephant ever again. Check out our photos below:
(Hubby showering with the elephants)
(Me getting slashed with water while giving an elephant a mud bath)
Phi Phi Island
The day after visiting the elephants, we enjoyed another island tour. We got on a speedboat and traveled to Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. It was the most beautiful islands ever. The sand was soft and pure white like baby powder.
I heard a lot about Thai men being transgenders and finally got to see one before leaving Phuket. Our tour guide was a transgender named Jennifer. She was hilarious and had a wonderful personality. She also kept flirting with all the men on the boat. Check out our photos below:
(My sexy hubby and I- If you look close enough you can see my battle scar from my surgery on my tummy)
(Hubby and I taking a walk on the beach)
(Meet Jeniffer, our transgender tour guide)
(Jennifer, our tour guide, told us that this was the reason the island is called Phi Phi Island (pronounced: pee-pee island)
(Our visit to Monkey Beach)
Our Layover in South Korea
While traveling back to Dallas, we had a 10-hour-layover in South Korea. So we hired a driver to take us around the city to explore. We went to a temple in Seoul called Changdeokgung Palace. We took pictures and then traveled to the Trickeye Museum. We spent so much time in this museum.
Also while driving around, I kept seeing a lot of the Korean girls dressed up in these dresses called Hanbok. After going through the Trickeye Museum we found an area where we could rent the traditional Hanbok clothing. So me and hubby rented us a Hanbok and took pictures in them. I loved every bit of my Korean experience. Check out our photos below:
(Hubby and I playing around inside the Trickeye Museum)
(Hubby and I in our Hanboks, so adorable… He always say, “Baby you want to be Asian so bad.”)
I hope this post wasn’t too long. If it was, I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip in Thailand. We really did have an awesome time. I really love Thailand. It’s a really safe country, unlike some countries. Obviously, it is always safe to pay attention to your surroundings. However, the people there won’t bother you.
Also, the food is okay. It isn’t the same as American Thai cuisines. They don’t season their food as much as we do here in America. The street food could’ve been better than the restaurants. But we were too nervous to try the street food so we sticked to eating at restaurants. We can’t afford to get sick in a different country. You can’t enjoy yourself if you’re sick.
Side Note: The dogs in Thailand are treated like stray cats. They roam freely and live outdoors. They would probably look at you crazy if they saw you walking your dog down the street on a leash.