The destination of our dreams

buddhism, holiday diary

So Thailand is officially over and what a trip it has been. Phuket, chaing mai, Bangkok, khao lak, the jungle!

Everything has been such an experience.

If you want to know where, how much and how to plan this holiday go to the bottom of this post!

To follow the kardashians pit fall and peak tradition:

It be hard to say a pit fall but the one that stands out to me was the food poisoning. I was lucky to only have for a couple of days thanks to the amazing doctors and staff out there in phuket. I assumed I would receive barely any help as you’re under this idea of “Thailand = 3rd world” but the people in phuket were just amazingly helpful and so considerate. Their English was perfect too!!! Always praying as we walked past, always blessing us.

The peak of our trip was everything. Even with the illness, the people for one and Ben was beyond. I am such a lucky person to have him as my other half. Let’s just say that.

Phuket

Out first trip was to phang nga bay were incredible. The rock formations from millions of years ago made you trip. Great geography lessons by the way. I loved canoeing through the caves and battling my fear of small spaces. I mean my eyes were closed but still done it and Ben said the rock face was 3 inches away from my head and we had to lay down to get to the lagoon which didn’t take long. We searched other lagoons and spotted rock formations that had faces and looked like cartoon characters! And a tour guide gave me a rose shaped from a leaf!

The way people lived on the floating village, insane. If the kids played football and the ball went out of the floating patch of plastic then they’d jump right in to get it!

I loved the beaches I mean look at the water and the crazy weather background.

Our hotel was surrounded by thick forestry and we often had little friends come into what seemed like a rainforest bathroom. Two frogs just outside the bathroom by the water feature called biggie and smalls. Yes we were sad to name them. And then a friendly lizard that stayed on the walls until one night he reached into Ben’s shorts.

Chaing mai was most definitely my favourite city!!! We got there in the night and we made it to the Sunday market which was very lucky because the city is best known for the Sunday market, a fast crowded place full of unique and cliche items at great prices. Gorgeous bags I could have taken so many home but you know… suitcase allowance. The temple of doi suthep held so much stories and you really felt part of the story with the tour guide we had who was an angel!

One of the tapestries told the story of the relic found after a monk dreamt of the relic of the Buddha. Temples were destroyed after a war and believed all relics were destroyed but one remained somewhere in Chang mai and the people of Chang mai found it after his dream and gave to the king and he kept for 13 years and one day he touched it and it broke in two and he kept the one peice that was small and he prayed for miracles and sent the biggest peice on top of a white elephant and the elephant roamed until it found a destination and the elephant circled the top of a mountain 3 times before dying and was said to be a spiritual meaning so they burried the relic and made a golden dome on top and that’s why they have the temple of doi suthep.

The children on the steps sit all day in traditional thai clothes and wait for people to give money and take pics with the tourists for snacks whilst their parents worked all day. You just would never find that in the UK.

Ben bought me a jade stone which is very expensive and is Thailand’s most precious stone as it is originated there.

We had the best hotel too surround by 100 different types of trees! And loads of cocarp in the ponds.

Bangkok was another world all together, before landing and looking out to the city there was a must of city fog hovering over it and you knew you were in for a treat. A great of hot smog, pollution, lady boys and just stand still traffic. I have to say a did my fair share of moaning. I’m Jessica Morley and I don’t like the bloody hot fumes and shit tour guides. Yes Bangkok grand temple was hit or miss with me. Beautiful beautiful creations, a mass of sparkling jewls, but unfoutnely not much of a back story but just something pretty to look at and once I’d seen I wanted out. Very crowded and the tour guide was like yep so this is that and this is this you got 30 mins to look around. I guess it’s not his fault if there’s not really anything to say other than the king has a lot of connections to the area. The tall pointy triangle things are tomb stones of all the generations of royal so that was wack!

But when we hit the night life of Bangkok that was much better!!! We headed to one of the most favourites roof top bars and had some unusual food. Very high which made my legs shake the whole time and the bathroom experience for Ben was extraordinary. Peeing infront of a huge window looking across the city, I hope no one had binoculars in the other building’s…

We headed back to the south, so by this point we hit the north and middle of Thailand and we were heading south again but to khao lak.

Khao lak moracea hotel was breathtaking. Right on the beach front and stunning beach views. Ben spent ages in the sea smashing into the waves whilst I was quick to get out once I lost my fave sunglasses to the tretourous waves. They were choppy the entire time we were away so who ever said Thailand seas are calm… they are not in August! But nonetheless more fun for us! Wish I had my body board.

We went to the jungle just before we settled in our beachview room. The jungle was loud and scary a hub of activity and so remote it felt wildly refreshing to be away from the 1st world sounds and really concentrate on breathing and just looking out at the lake, trees and monkeys instead of Instagram on a sunbed. (Guilty pleasure)

I have to say I didn’t use my phone as much on this part of the trip expect to take the generic picture of the setting and back setting of where we stayed. We enjoyed our activities phone free and some things are best kept for memories and inside your head. I think you can’t put a price on that Because if your busy taking photos your never really in the moment.

The water was incredibly warm and felt so good to just relax and be with nature. At night nature bit us a lot!!!!! Damn midgies but hey, it didn’t matter as much when we were canoeing through the lakes and seeing all the wildlife surround us. Ben did most of the work bless him whilst I just took it all in but hey I only got little arms. It really felt like something of a blue lagoon movie but with actual tents and kitchen food available.

We went hiking one day which was definitely scary! Leeches on us and slippery slopes. Scared to touch the wrong tree in case it kills you or makes you itch. I like that kind of rush but I’m not doing for things sucking my blood. The ranger married me though, haha!he made me a ring out of just a peice of straw!

The elephants were heaven. A dream comtrue, the reason why we booked the trip in the first place. You gear how the elephants are such social animals and that you can guess their emotions by their eyes and I really felt what they felt and how happy they were the elephants were all females as they run in families where as the lakes tend to drift. Pfft usual. And these ladies really loved eachother they stood by eachither side and were constantly huddled and making noises. When I hugged the trunk of an elephant it made this tiger like noise and the woman said it’s because she was happy with her activity. We washed her and fed her and she was in her element as well as we were. When the rain hit it was like a toy coming down on them from the sky. The eardrums took a beating because wow they were loud and just full of life. So amazing to see and a true blessing.

How much, how to book and who with :

So if you have come down to the very bottom, this is the run down.

Basically how we done it was we went to Thomson and they have a sister branch with hayes and Jarvis. And they speacilise in these types of holidays rather than Thomson so even though we went through to Thomson hayes and Jarvis were the ones to hook us up with all 4 star hotels, all the flights there and back and internal and all with private transportation to and from airports and trip advisors that visited you at hotel to let you know about pick up times and or places to go for trips which was bet helpful.

I would suggest booking with hayes and Jarvis. And this entire holiday cost three and half thousand each. For two weeks and a day.

This included breakfast and everything else was self catering. You could find cheaper online and do your self but the struggle is real and you wouldn’t have an easier time of getting on and off to places like we did. No stress and just pure fun! So the money was well worth it. Save save save save!!!!