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This is Bangkok Thailand where we start avacation of a lifetime that will change the way you see the world.
An hour outside Bangkok is the Damnoen floatingmarket.
The floating market was electrifying and kindof organized chaos.
They had tons of fresh food and spices andother things to keep you entertained.
One thing is for sure I will probably neverget to shop like this again.
This was awesome and every day just gets betterand better.
Since we planned to do a whole bunch of shoppinglater we got our tour guide to take us behind the scenes.
Yeah there is a whole floating village behindthe market.
At one point we got off the canoe and visitedsome of the locals and their pets, btut these arent like any American pets.
Oh my gosh.
It got your finger.
Tricky little gibbon.
There is no shortage of animal to play withhere in Thailand and this snake was the biggest one I vlog so I had to carry it.
We got to walk around their house and tastetest the sweets they sold.
I recommend a private custom tour guide forthe inexperienced traveller.
Ours is George.
He showed us to some amazing thai food andgot us the detour to the rest of the floating city.
Dang that is some good thai food.
Just outside the floating market is the DamnoenTiger Zoo.
Hanging with Tigers is exhilerating and yetjust feels nice to relax with them.
While for some this might be frightening tome I felt a little closer to my earthly counterpart.
Now there are plenty of Tiger exhibits inThailand.
Most of them places are set up for touristyphotoshoots.
I enjoyed the Damnoen Tiger Zoo because thereis a little more focus on interacting and feeding the Tigers yet it isn't as picturequewhich was fine by me.
But yes, they still take plenty of pictures.
We fed them milk but you can also feed themmeat one of my biggest regrets from the trip was not paying more to feed them meat.
Any way you do it, it is awesome.
Now it was back to Bangkok for the ChatuchakWeekend Market.
There are 1000's of vendors here ready tobargain shop.
Shop anything your heart desires from foodto knock off apparel, to anything.
its all here and on the cheap.
Those shoes were like 3 bucks.
If you are here on the weekend it is a mustdo.
The Chatuchak weekend market is awesome.
I will put everything I recommend in the descriptionbelow with links.
My wife loved this specialty shop and whynot its kinda cool your wife will probably like it too.
In all Thailand there are plenty of nightplaces to party it up but my wife and I aren't partiers so we finished almost every nightwith a massage.
And why not? This place was 15 bucks for a 2 hour massage.
The next morning we started off at Wat Pho.
Yes it really sparkles that much.
This is the beautiful temple of the recliningbuddha.
It is massively impressive and pictures don'tdo it Justice.
Just behind the Buddha is a place where peoplemake offerings by dropping money into pots.
Each pot comes with a different blessing butalso helps feed monks.
And the grounds are beautiful at this temple, and kinda fun, and rich with history.
Lucky for us we got to witness the annointingof a monk that day which goes to show this Temple still functions and is not just a touristspectacle.
As a side note becoming a monk in the buddhistculture brings a blessing and honor on your whole family.
A hop skip and a jump away is the Grand RoyalPalace of Thailand.
Once closed off to public decades ago, nowis open and packed with Tourists.
None-the-less it is stunning.
The palaces beauty and grandeur are enhancedby its intricate design.
With careful planning you can get some amazingpictures here using the rich variety of colors on the building as a backdrop.
Women wear your best dress for this palaceand you might get asked to be in pictures.
lots and lots of pictures.
Aferall, who wouldn't want a picture witha princess in her palace.
That afternoon we caught a plane to ChaingMai in Northern Thailand.
And that night we booked a Thai cooking classthat started with a tour through a local fresh food market.
We got to try many of the flavors and gotexplanations of the food we would be using that night in our cooking.
We also got to see many of the foods we wouldnot be using.
I will link to this cooking school as well aseverything in this video below.
During this cooking class the instructor teacheshow to make the food then you taste it.
Then you prepare it yourself.
You do this for 4 dishes then my favoritepart you get to eat at the end of the night or in the middle of the day if you took themorning class.
One of the things I love most about Thailandis its unique and flavorful food.
It seemed like everywhere we went we got suchflavorful food.
And once again it is so inexpensive.
So I am definitely glad we are learning howto cook it.
I recommend this cooking class over othersfor a few reasons.
First The facility is beautiful and serene.
Second They offer night classes if you wantto do stuff during the day.
And third They helped even me cook a masterpiece.
Look how proud I am.
Remember Thai food can be spicy but they areaware of that and will help you get through it.
Look how proud I am.
That night we rested in my favorite travelhotel I have ever stayed at the Thannatee Hotel.
But Luxury Hotels arent my thing.
I felt as though an artist captured the essenseof Chaing Mai and made it into this quaint little hotel.
I have linked to it below.
There is this zen waterfall peaceful waterfallin the middle of the hotel.
You can hear it from your room.
And now the elephants! Spending a day with the elephants was thecoolest thing we have ever done and alone is worth the trip to Thailand.
Sitting atop the elephants you go for a daysjourney crossing rivers, passing through small villages, and climbing forest mountains withsome of the most majestic views you will ever see.
And this video is nothing in comparison tothe beauty you will experience in real life.
Once again I chose this company amongst otherbecause of their focus on interacting with the elephants.
It doesnt just stop with the Elephant ride.
You start by building trust and feeding yourelephant.
And boy they love to eat.
If you want more time with the elephants theyhave two day, week or even month packages to spend a ton of time with the elephants.
Around midday you give yourself and the elephanta mud bath.
And they love it.
Then hours later you give the elephants awater bath in the river.
And of course a water fight is bound to breakout.
The magic is that you make this playful connectionwith an animal that just yesterday was a stranger.
The next morning we woke up early to catchthe sunrise from Doi Suthep, A buddhist temple in the forrest mountaintops.
This travel works out best if you wake upearly for 3 reasons.
First, you avoid the huge tourist crowds later.
Second, this sunrise ranks with the best ofthem.
And third, You get to hear the monks chanttheir diary rituals early in the morning.
Today was a buddhist holiday so I didn't getto capture the monks chanting.
However, since it was a holiday we went andmade an offering to a monk who gave us a bracelet with some sort of words of a blessing.
It seemed very small since we arent of theirfaith.
Once again our customized tour guide was ableto make this all work out.
And I loved our Tour Guide Arnan because hewas a former monk and gave us insight to the monk lifestyle.
In fact he also recommended that we stop bythe hidden temple on our way back.
This tranquil temple makes it ideal for meditationand self reflection.
And for us it provided vista like we had neverseen.
I will link to his Arnan's company below-ask for him.
Following the hidden temple we made our wayto Long Neck Village.
This is one of a few very small villages ofKayan refugee's that fled Burma and are now confined to their village.
Making the most of their situation they nowgladly show off their style in exchange for an entrance fee.
They are happy to take pictures too.
Also you can purchase any of their hand craftedgoods.
And don't forget to bring treats if you wantthe kids to be happy thailand travel guide pictures too We had some time to kill so we hit up thislittle tourist area where they make Paper out of Elephant Poo.
I included this because it was actually prettyfun and makes for some great gifts.
They take you through the process of sterilizing, filtering and forming the paper out of poo.
and let you Doo it yourself.
Lastly before catching our plane to Phuketwe go see a little snake farm.
And of course there are all sorts of slitheringand crawling things they want you to play with.
But the main feature is their Snake show.
I wonder how many times they've been bitten.
The show was so small and personal we wereable to get a few pictures with the snakes.
Now what to do in Phuket you need to graba Tuk Tuk or ride a scooter around Patong the party city.
In Patong there are plenty of shops we founda knock off shoe vendor that took us back to their storage of a plentiful selection.
We also found the Hello Kitty mecca and tonsof other places to spend your money.
There is one thing that is time sensitivethat I highly recommend in Patong.
It is a specific custom tailor suit shop.
They work with your timing to tailor makea suit for you over the course of a few days and are done by the time you leave.
Here you pick your own material and they takeyour measurements in one day and then you come back with a template jacket they refineover the next couple days and so on until your suit is custom fit and you look devonaire.
My wife pointed out: this is awesome becausenormal shopping is geared toward women.
I specifically like this shop linked to belowbecause they will keep your measurements and if you ever want another they will ship itto you.
There are tons of custom tailor suit shopssome less expensive some better this one is my preference.
Just a quick tip: that lower back dip in thejacket is very important for sex appeal.
Pretty awesome for about 230 bucks eh? Since you have time to spend in Patong youmight as well Check Out their Muay Thai fighting.
Just a warning this video gets a little violentif you want to skip go to 14:10.
I wanted to put this in the video becausethere is something unique for everyone in Thailand.
Even for sports lovers.
In Patong there are 2 Muay Thai stadiums eachhosting fights on different nights.
This was intense.
I was loving it.
Unlike a lot of american boxing these fightersactually fight.
Which leads to some great action.
Aggresive punching and heavy knock outs.
Some fights seemed onesided.
which was awesomeand others were even and strategic.
which was awesome.
Some fighters were technical and some veryflashy.
Even the girls gotta dance for that.
Speaking of girls.
My favorite fight of the night was the women.
Check this girl just wail on the other.
She didn't stand a chance but she just keptfighting.
Almost like Rocky.
except she loses bad.
Well okay actually nothing like Rocky.
But either way it's awesome.
If you have any curiosity you should go checkout Muay Thai if for no other reason its just an intense fun night.
There are 2 things in my opinion you havewhat to do in Thailand.
First is the day with the Elephants but justas important is the Two Sea Tour to James Bond Island.
It is nature at its finest.
This was my favorite moment in the trip.
We were the first to get in our canoe andwhat we rowed into was a breathtaking lagoon open up to the morning sky.
And as others with us caught up the guidehad us do a minute of silence and you could just hear the noises of wildlife communicatingwith each other.
Birds and monkeys chattering the water movingthe stillness of the morning.
This felt like Nirvana.
If you do Phang Nga use the Two Sea Tour andwake up early but do NOT go by speed boat.
The charm of this tour is the kayaks and youcant use by speed boat and you could see the jealousy of other tourists as we rowed throughcaves they couldnt access or we got close to a monkey that they couldnt see.
A couple of recommendations.
Most people choose between the Phi Phi Islandsand the Phang Nga Bay.
Phi Phi is amazing but it gets 3 times theamount of tourists.
If you go Phi Phi go by speed boat and pickan early tour.
I don't know how but each cave opening seemedto be a new window to paradise.
Next we took the boat to Hong.
Its eminence provided us view that.
welljust take a look.
A vlog turn was an overload of nature to thesenses.
Now just take a minute to enjoy the sceneryfor a moment.
The reason to wake up early isnt just to beatthe tourists (which is important) but some of these caves like the one to the lagooncan only be accessed at low tide in the morning.
To finish the tour of Phang Nga Bay we tookpictures at James Bond Island then made our way to Lawa to play on swings and just chill.
Dont let rainy season deter you from goingto Thailand.
It normally rains only a couple 30 minutesessions a day.
I even enjoyed the ride home just lookingout at the Islands.
Its like the hills of Ireland just sittingon the Bahama Shores.
Our last day in Phuket we spent at our Luxuryhotel Point Yamu by COMO just relaxing.
My wife loved this resort.
Where else are you going to get such a luxuryhotel overlooking the beach for so little cost.
All my recomendations for hotels, things todo and for filming I have linked in the description below.
And more things we didn't even get aroundto.
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