This is the first time in awhile we haven’t had a trip on the docket. In a way, it’s nice to think of all the possibilities… & of course, to realize it only means we have more time to enjoy our beach home and NYC!
Lately I’ve realized how many amazing spots there are locally in the New York/New Jersey area I have yet to explore. I’m making it a goal of mine to start arranging more weekend trips to places on my bucket list that are way overdue, and totally accessible!
Every time I come back to NYC I experience a bit of post-trip depression. As much as I miss home when I’m away, coming back to the hustle & bustle of the Big Apple is always a bit of a shell shock. Right now as I head to work in 40 degree weather, a sea of black coats and grim faces I am especially missing Thailand! Realizing how far away such a beautiful environment and kind, easygoing culture is just makes me a bit wistful.
After getting home late Sunday night, I had one day in NYC then headed to Austin, Texas for my very first SXSW! The festival encompasses 3 sub-categories :: film, music and interactive. Our time fell between the end of interactive and the beginning of music which was perfect. We were able to experience relevant panels – from VR experiences, digital investing, and journalism and check out live music everywhere we turned. Continue reading…
Unbeknownst to us, Krabi is much more nature oriented than Phuket thanks to it’s unspoiled jungles and forests. After being a bit let down at our first Krabi hotel, we were fortunate enough to see Phulay Bay Ritz Carlton Reserve was right down the street. A quick email last night and they had a room ready for us (and upgraded!) by 8am this morning. Service like that just means the world when you’re far from home and in a bind.
My husband (of a little over 2 months!) and I are currently wrapping up our two week honeymoon in Thailand. I am so bummed it is coming to an end. Going into the trip, I didn’t have many expectations – primarily due to a lack of knowledge. How different could the beaches possibly be from those which are much more accessible to NYC?
I cannot tell you how wrong I was; Thailand completely blew us away. From the glitz and chaos of Bangkok, to the surreal beaches of Phuket and the adventurous nature of Chiang Mai, Thailand hit it home on every aspect we were looking for.
Will be updating with pictures and details of each stop on our way.. stay tuned 🙂
We started off our honeymoon with two nights in Bangkok. To be honest, coming from NYC, spending time in a chaotic city wasn’t at the top of my list. However, between the warm people (not to mention the warm temperatures!) and the amazing food, Bangkok truly impressed us.
Our hotel choice was the Sukhothai, located in the Sathorn business district. It perfectly fit our needs; removed from the hustle & bustle with easy access to the downtown river area.
After a 12 hour leg from NYC to Dubai, then another 6 hours from Dubai to Bangkok, we were very surprised by our energy levels upon arrival to Thailand. After a smooth check in we headed to dinner at nahm, by the widely acclaimed chef David Thompson. This meal was absolutely outstanding! When our hotel concierge stated that they do not alter the spices for locals, we knew we were in for a good meal. A very chic, upscale vibe – we could have almost confused it for NYC ;).
The next day jet lag was surprisingly on our side & we packed a ton in. We visited the Emerald Palace (via the Bangkok SkyTrain like true New Yorkers!), shopped at the weekend market, and ended the day with a food tour by Tuk Tuk.
The Chatachak Weekend Market was my favorite part of our city exploration. We were pleasantly surprised to find vendor after vendor of trendy, affordable clothing, cute jewelry, fun treats and most importantly – street food! I bought a few tops (all less than $5!), some colorful pouches (can’t get enough!) and Matt got a trendy backpack for $7.
After our two nights in Bangkok and plenty of heat to warm us up from a New York February, we were more than ready to head north to the mountains of Chiang Mai.