Updated: Feb 26, 2019
One of the best experiences of my life was my trip to Thailand with my mother. We flew from NY to LA to Seoul, South Korea to Bangkok, Thailand. The total travel time on the way there was a little more than 24 hours. We spent the first few days in Bangkok doing tourist things like the floating market, the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. My mom and I had a fun time dressing up for the Temples because you need to cover all the skin on your body (in the 100° heat). Bangkok is an extremely busy (and smelly) city. If you are planning a trip to Thailand, I think just one or two days in Bangkok is more than okay. Our next stop was to Chiang Mai. We got on a super small plane ride, that was only an hour long. Yet, the flight attendants still served hot food, which was, of course the grossest smelling fish I’ve ever witnessed. My mother and I were counting down the minutes until we could get off the plane. We spent a whole day here with elephants, which was hands-down the best experience of my life. They are such pure, kind and loving animals that need to be conserved. I still remember my elephant’s name, Won. If you ever get the chance to travel to Thailand, make sure you spend a day at Thai Elephant Home. The people were accommodating and really want you to have the best day with your elephant. They also take amazing photos. Next, we spent a night learning how to cook special Thai foods at Grandma’s Home Cooking School. It was an amazing place, with their own chickens, gardens, outdoor kitchen and beautiful landscape. Our chef was so helpful! Our next stop was to Koh Samui, to spend our last final days on a small island off of Thailand. We stayed at The Library, which is a beautiful and modern hotel- they even have a red pool! We spent our last days in Koh Samui exploring the city, eating a lot of traditional foods and of course, shopping. On our way back to NY we had a layover in Seoul, South Korea so we decided to make a whole day out of it. We landed very late and googled ‘Korean BBQ’ and went to the closest place to our hotel. No one in the restaurant spoke English so, we just ate whatever they brought and had no idea what we were eating. It ended up being really good. The next day we woke up early and took a full day tour of the city. We saw the heart of Seoul in the winter time, it was beautiful. Our tour of the Gyeongbokgung Palace was breathtaking, I’ve never seen something more exquisite in my life. After our tour, we were back on our 20-hour flight back home. An unforgettable trip.