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Coming back to Thailand was something I’ve yearned for since my Round the World trip two years ago. I simply love the country! The people, the culture, the food, and the fun!

With three weeks before we started our next work exchange, we wanted to have a little fun in Thailand revisiting our favorite islands before responsibility and the weather beckoned.

We arrived in Bangkok on May 3rd, the beginning of the rainy season. Three weeks into it, I’m happy to say the weather has been sunny and hot the entire time – even in the Andaman Sea.

Harry, Mo (my good friend from home), and I spent the first couple of days in Thailand exploring and eating our way around the capital. The food is hands down my favorite thing about Bangkok.

Cheap and delicious, the Tom Yum, Pork Noodle Soup, and endless variety of skewers are to die for. In search of Anthony Bourdain’s Bangkok experience, we also had a great pork meal at the Chinatown night market.

We introduced Mo to 7-11, buckets, and Changovers (ugh, never again) before making our way three hours north to Kanchanaburi.

We stayed in the quiet river side town for 3 nights. Kanchanaburi was a new experience for all of us. I’m surprised it doesn’t get more attention being so close to Bangkok. I’m glad I read about it in Travelfish.org – my favorite SE Asia resource.

In Kanchanaburi, we took an organized day tour that included the Enywan Waterfall, Hellfire Pass and Museum, Krasae Cave via the Death Railway, and the Kwai River Bridge.

We returned to Bangkok for emergency dental care then had a quick stint in the original Thai capital of Ayutthaya before we started craving beach and party time.

Suffering from an extreme bout of jet lag, we spent much of the time on party street Khoa San Rd asleep in the hostel. We hoped to make up for lost time and were soon island hopping from Phi Phi, Koh Phagnan, and Koh Tao.

A few favorite island highlights include a snorkel trip around Phi Phi, a jeep journey around Koh Phagnan, and the Nang Yuan Island in Koh Tao.

All in all – good times and I’m happy to have had an important part of home with me for 3 weeks. Thanks for sharing this part of the trip with us Monique Flores!!! Xoxo

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