Thailand travel video captured with GoPro, visiting places Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Phi Phi Island.
For years I wanted to visit Thailand specifically during the end of the lunar calendar (mid-late November) so that Henry and I could witness their famed Loi Krathong lantern festival. I later learned that the specific festival I was referring to was the Yee Peng Lanna. When the stars finally aligned and we were able to make it out this year, I wanted to make sure our trip was one of the most memorable yet!
Historically, Henry and I had been to more unique adventure travel destinations and I dare say he was bit skeptical about the authenticity of our experiences during our trip considering that Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Asia. With that in mind, I thought: challenge accepted!
We started our trip with a couple days in Bangkok to adjust to the jet lag of our 14-hour time change from Los Angeles. Here we took a water taxi and visited the famed Wat Pho (to see the reclining Buddha), Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace! We were also fortunate to visit a few of the floating markets that Bangkok is famous for and taste at least 20 different foods that I had never had before on a food tour!
Of course, we squeezed in opportunities to dine at amazing restaurants like Nahm and soaked in the gorgeous skyline views of Bangkok while dining on the rooftop of the Lebua State Tower. We also explored a little bit of Thailand’s history by taking a day trip to Ayutthaya and visiting the Bang Pa-In Palace and other historical ruins.
For the second leg of our trip, we took a quick flight to Krabi and explored all the beautiful beaches and islands (4 Islands, Phi Phi Island, Bamboo Island, Hong Islands) by speedboat and by the traditional Thai longtail boat. The water was so clear that it made snorkeling such a great experience, even for Henry (who can’t swim)! We were in paradise soaking in all the sun and great company of our guides.
We next ventured to Chiang Mai, which I was most excited about because of its culture, food, and beautiful landscapes (not to mention elephants and the Yee Peng Lanna lantern festival)! We spent almost an entire week here and while that’s probably the longest amount of time we spent in one city while traveling, there was too much to explore not to stay for a while. We were able to take a cooking class, explore the fascinating night markets, and taste a variety of dishes from food stands.
And just when we had enough of the urban town, we took a jeep ride and visited the Spicy Villa where we were able to bike through the rice paddies, go on a bamboo ride, bathe and ride elephants, zipline and trek through the jungles of Chiang Mai’s outskirts. One of my favorite things was visiting the local villages and schools where the children were bursting with energy and curiosity about these two travelers who had trekked miles to visit and bring them school supplies.
Of course all of these amazing experiences led up to the very inspiration for wanting to visit Thailand: the Yee Peng Lanna festival! I walked into this with exceedingly high expectations since this was years in the making. While I was blown away by the experience, let’s just say that this trip still would have been one of the most memorable because of the places we visited, all of the different experiences, but most of all the people we met.
Although Thailand is a relatively small country, make no mistake about it: it is full of personality, adventure, delicious food, and friendly people!