• Travel, Thailand
    Thailand

    Thailand Itinerary

    The wonderful thing about Thailand is that there is SO much to see and do! It’s also the overwhelming thing about planning a trip there. It’s important to have a general sense of how much time you want to spend traveling city to city. We wanted to take in as much as absolutely possible so we flew between cities every time, and lost only a few hours each trip. Secondly, when choosing which island(s) to visit it’s also important to know what kind of vibe you prefer. We like having options of things to do day and night, which is why we chose Phuket. Certain islands are more difficult to…

  • Shrine Serene Light, Phuket, Thailand, travel
    Phuket,  Thailand

    Shrine of the Serene Light

    One place that was a delightful surprise was the Shrine of the Serene Light, or Sangtham Shrine – a place of worship to Chinese deities. In my weeks and weeks of research, one of the blogs, or TripAdviser, or somewhere mentioned a beautiful shrine tucked away in Phuket Town, and that it used to be accessible only by 2 discreet entrances. There was no way we weren’t going to hunt it down! Walking in, we knew we were somewhere special. Although small, the grounds and temple itself are quite extravagant and full of beautiful colors – my fave! The temple at night is STUNNING! Minus the telephone wires of course.…

  • cenote, azul, mexico, playa del carmen, travel
    Mexico,  Playa del Carmen

    Jumping into Cenote Azul

    One activity that has been on the top of my must-do-in-Playa list is to explore the cenotes. Riviera Maya has 6,000+ of them due to the massive underground waterway system. When the rooftop of an underwater cavern collapses, cenotes are made. They can have fresh water from the rain, or salt water as some can also feed into the ocean…or sometimes even both. ​Structurally, t​here are many types of cenotes​:​ some ​may be wider, resembling more of a natural pool, others can be completely closed ​with a small diving entrance ​and others ​have both features. After a quick Google search of best cenotes in Playa del Carmen, we decided to check out Cenote Azul. I really wanted to jump off a…

  • Elephants, Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park, Thailand
    Chiang Mai,  Thailand

    Elephant Nature Park

    One of my favorite days OF ALL TIME was when we spent the day at Elephant Nature Park. There are many tour options from which to choose, and we decided on Elephant Trails as it sounded perfect for what we were expecting (and also b/c it was available the day we were planning to go). Holy moly did it deliver!!! We were picked up early in the morning by ENP and upon arrival, were provided our gear, which consisted of long sleeve shirt, pants and hat – we were all super cute. Just look at those high waters!  We first washed and separated bananas to feed the elephants, and all…

  • Mexico, Playa del Carmen, food, drink, travel
    Mexico,  Playa del Carmen

    Eat & Drink in Playa del Carmen

    I simply can’t write about Playa del Carmen without dedicating some space to the food. GAH! So delish! As mentioned in my previous post, there are tons of places to dine and drink along 5th Ave. One of our fave spots is Las Hijas de la Tostada! I’m fairly certain you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, though I can’t confirm since I haven’t eaten everything – YET. I had the spicy tuna tostada and it was INCREDIBLE! Super fresh with chunks of tuna, avocado, mango and bell pepper, it required no sauce/dip as it was flavorful on its own. Andrew and I shared guacamole and coconut shrimp,…

  • travel, playa del carmen, mexico, mermaids
    Mexico,  Playa del Carmen

    Dear Playa del Carmen

    Dear Playa del Carmen, You will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Exploring your natural wonders, eating the best tostadas EVER, enjoying a rooftop spicy margarita (or 2) and dancing – all the dancing! – you have been a second home for us for the past 5 years. The city’s energy and vibrancy continue to lure us back year after year, and we find something new to love with every visit. I can’t wait to uncover more secrets. Until next time… Anyone that knows us knows that we ADORE Mexico, and that we travel there at least once every year. While true that it’s a cheap stay and…

  • Phuket, Thailand, beach
    Thailand,  Travel Tips

    Thailand Travel Tips & Things We Learned

    ~ Always have travel TP and hand wipes/sanitizer on hand.  ~ Be prepared to have spare change in public places for restrooms as there is sometimes a small fee to use them. ~ Bangkok excluded, unless you want to spend a fortune on bottles, we couldn’t find champagne in bars to save our lives. ~ In Bangkok, cabs/tuk tuks rip you off every chance they can. They’ll say the meter is broken and charge a flat fee. Try to find a metered taxi – you’ll save TONS. ~ You cannot purchase alcohol from 2-5pm – this is strictly enforced EVERYWHERE in Thailand – or at least everywhere we went. ~…

  • Phuket Town, Night, Thailand, travel
    Phuket,  Thailand

    Exploring Phuket Town

    We made our way to Phuket Town via cab and, per usual, walked around to soak in as much of the city as possible. We found ourselves in need of some cool air and decided to pop into Macchiato House and Cakebox, a cute coffee shop in an adorable space – a minimalist vibe with a wide array of coffees. They also housed the ONE beer that I could not get enough of, Cha Tri IPA, and I loved it so much I took a pic to always remember it (of course). Craft beer lovers, pay attention – this was a real find b/c everywhere else we went served the…

  • Chiang Mai, Market, Thailand, travel
    Chiang Mai,  Thailand

    Eating Our Way Around Chiang Mai

    There is SO MUCH to say about the places we ate and drank in Chiang Mai that were incredible for so many different reasons. One of our favorite day spots was Annie’s Guesthouse and Bar, where we experienced the deliciousness that is mango sticky rice for the first time. Creamy, with juuuuuust the right amount of sweetness, I could eat mango sticky rice at every meal and probably not get sick of it. Annie’s is an open-air bar/guesthouse offering a wide selection of beers and spirits. Even more than Annie’s, we’d 100% recommend Fern Forest Café. The food, the ambiance, the service – we could have stayed all day. Outside…

  • Phuket,  Thailand

    Dear Phuket

    Dear Phuket,Your calm waters and vibrant streets were exactly what we needed for our last week in Thailand. Beachside cafes with a Chang, exploring Phuket Town and swimming with the rainbow of fish in your crystal clear water will be etched forever in my memories. Even if we had a whole year, I’m not sure we’d be able to explore the stunning beaches you so picture-perfectly display. I hope to see them all some day. After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, we knew we’d want an extended beach time, and Phuket 100% delivered. We snorkeled around Banana Island… Lounged poolside at HQ Beach Club for a…