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    Bangkok, Thailand (August 2018)

    Bangkok was pretty bangin’

    We flew into Bangkok from New York and stayed there for one night before flying to Chiang Mai (you can read about that here!) the next morning. Our last leg of the trip was also spent in Bangkok before flying back home. Bangkok is a busy bee city, full of people, cars, bikes and tuk tuks. Super interesting stuff to do… More info after the jump!

    Day 0 – Tue (Before Chiang Mai)

    • Arrival 12:40PM at airport, used Grab app (Thai Uber) to order a car
    • Checked into Aloft hotel
    • Walked around area at night
    • Went to Terminal21 mall and ate dinner at Thai Street Food Express in Food Court
    • Hotel pool

    Day 1 – Mon (After Chiang Mai)

    • Check-in to Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
    • Walked to Chinatown
    • Dinner at 511 Cafe

    Day 2 – Tue

    • Breakfast at 7-eleven
    • Water ferry from hotel to Wat Arun Rajwararam
    • Wat Pho
      • The Vihara of the Reclining Buddha
    • The Grand Palace
      • Temple of the Emerald Buddha
    • Lunch at Ama Art & Eatery
    • Rest in hotel
    • Dinner at Sukishi Buffet at MBK Center (all you can eat – hot pot belt go around)

    Day 3 – Wed

    • Breakfast at The Coffee Club at River City
    • Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
    • Dinner at Enjoy Bkk Bistro Bar

    Day 4 – Thu

    • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    • Maeklong Railway Market
    • Lunch near railway market (try the Khao Man Gai!)
    • Headed to airport
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    Chiang Mai, Thailand (August 2018)

    When I first night we touched down in Bangkok, I was super overwhelmed. It’s a crazy city with tight sidewalks, heavy traffic in the streets, and aggressive vehicles. To be honest, even though I’ve lived in NYC all my life, I was uncomfortable. Thankfully, the very next morning, we flew to Chiang Mai because that was the scene I was ultimately looking for. Chiang Mai is a smaller city, north of Bangkok. When I was doing research, Chiang Mai was the most mentioned city besides Bangkok to visit so I knew I had to go. There are tons to do here – from cheap eats and massages to Temple hopping to seeing elephants to street markets to cooking classes. Chiang Mai to me was the chill, adventurous, spiritual sister of Bangkok.

    Day 1 – Wednesday

    • Arrival at Hotel at 1:00pm
    • Walk around area
    • Lunch at Its Good Kitchen (actually pretty good)
    • 1-hour Thai Massage at Lila Thai Massage
    • Wat Phra Singh Waramahavihan
    • Walk down Rachadamnoen Road to Old Gate, window shopped
    • Coffee break at The Coffee Club
    • Dinner at Krua Dabb Lob (it’s ok)

    Day 2 – Thursday

    • Elephant Nature Park all day
    • Dinner at Kanjana Restaurant (very good)

    Day 3 – Friday

    • Thai Akha Cookery School
    • 2 hour massage at Lila Thai Massage
    • Ploen Rudee Night Market
    • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
    • Walk around night bazaar area
    • Dinner at Ploen Rudee Night Market

    Day 4 – Saturday

    • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
    • Lunch at Its Good Kitchen
    • Monk chat at Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
    • Dinner at Cafe de Thaan Aoan (it’s ok)

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