Day 4: Just a very quick update from us — I only have a few minutes to type this before our overnight bus comes to pick us up. We spent our first 4 days and 4 nights in the wonderful hustle and bustle of Bangkok. We have so much to show and tell you, but as you all know, we do that through photos so it won’t be until we get home that you get to read about all of the travel stories! Don’t worry, the time will fly by and we will keep you updated on baby and our adventure until we can fill you in on the exciting smaller details.
Bangkok has been amazing – we stayed in the Rambuttri area, near Khaosan Road. We really could not have picked a better area because our street was just perfect for everything. Not as crazy as Khaosan Road, but still full of life, colour, street food, and festivities. Our bedroom was on the Main Street, and we initially thought that we would not get much sleep, but with our sliding door closed we slept like babies. Probably because we were always exhausted from all the walking, eating, and endless excitement! Needless to say, we are a little sad to leave, but of course, we know that there is plenty more adventure ahead of us… And most of it is faaaar better than what we have had in Bangkok, so these four days have been more than enough.
We are taking our trip as it comes, and don’t want to book too far in advance because we never know who we might meet, or how we might feel when we get somewhere. For that reason, we waited until yesterday to book our overnight train to Chiang Mai. Unfortunately all the trains were full for tonight AND tomorrow night. We were so disappointed — Bangkok is great, but it’s time to move on to the north and then the beaches! We eventually decided on an overnight luxury bus which will leave Bangkok at 6pm this evening, and arrive in Chiang Mai at 6am in the morning. Apparently the seats recline to almost a lay-down position, and the bus is very comfortable. At double the cost of the overnight train, it better be worth it — We will know within the next hour!
We stayed up late last night and then did a full day tour today, for which we were picked up at 7am. We felt like zombies as we followed our group around! We are both currently exhausted since we have only slept 3 hours and we just did a tour from 7am until 4pm. We now sit, with our bags, eating spring rolls, drinking fresh fruits shakes, and waiting for the bus to come and pick us up! We pray that we get some sleep this evening on the bus. Despite all the exercise, movement, and backpacking – this preggo lady is doing pretty well, and excited for Justin to show me around Chiang Mai. He has been there, but this will be my first time in northern Thailand. We have heard that it is cooler up there than it currently is in Bangkok, and that frightens me because I have been a bit chilly down here when we are not in the sun.
We are very completely surprised at how cool Bangkok has been – the Thai people say that it is “cold”, and although We know that it is not truly cold, it sure is cold by Thailand standards!
In all the madness of moving cities, and not being near wifi for a day or two I was unable to send out the above update. We then got excited about sending out the baby’s gender announcement, and we therefore forgot to update all of you. Since we are now relaxing in the very chilled northern city of Chiang Mai, we will properly update you on the last few days…
DAY 5-9: It feels like we have been in Thailand for far more than 9 days. On one hand the days move by quickly, but on the other they move by so slowly. We simply love the laid back atmosphere in Chiang Mai, and due to the fact that we met some amazing new friends on our journey from Bangkok to this city, we decided to stay here a little longer than initially planned. We have been relaxing, eating, walking, and doing daytime activities (when we feel like it). In the next couple of days we will leave for southern Thailand. We have been toying with the idea of going to Laos for about 5 days, but Justin has already been there and he thinks that it would be far too much traveling considering how much vacation time we have left. So for now, it seems that we will still head south this week. We are extremely excited to get the the really beautiful part of Thailand — the HEART of what makes Thailand so gorgeous — those amazing beaches and islands!!
We have taken to eating Thai food at every meal now, and only in the mornings do we sometimes switch to western style breakfasts since we barely ever have that in China. Eggs, bacon, toast, jams, butter, tea and orange juice – so simple, but so good (especially when you haven’t enjoyed it for a while). Bread is really good here… Not sweet, and no yucky black beans in it. Just good old fashioned bread with butter on it. Yes please! For lunch, dinner and snacks, it’s always a curry, soup, or some Pad Thai. We simply can’t get enough of this food. How strange that I was going to come live here, but ended up in South Korea instead. Perhaps I was simply meant to go there to find Justin, and then bring him over here!! Sounds good to me!
Yesterday we went to play with beautiful tigers, today we relaxed, tomorrow we are doing a full day cooking course, and the following day we will either head south, or stay another day to explore some waterfalls with the our new friends, Andy and Gayle, who we met on our way from Bangkok.
Thanks for following along and for all the sweet messages and comments. Although we included some pictures in this post, will get the the rest posted (with stories and details) when we are back in China. By Wednesday we will have the latest bumpdate ready for you. Mommy and baby are growing at a rapid rate now, and the bump is very prominent now! We are amazed at how easy it has been to travel during this stage of the pregnancy. Except for the growing bump and the inability to drink cocktails, it doesn’t even really feel like we are pregnant. Praise The Lord for a happy and healthy second trimester (in Thailand, woohoo)!!