Thailand: Month One

The Hong Kong International Airport was beautifully decorated for the holidays.
The Hong Kong International Airport was beautifully decorated for the holidays.
These adorable little taxis are usually found in Patong, but every once in a while we pass them on the road
These adorable little taxis are usually found in Patong, but every once in a while we pass them on the road
Just part of the traffic...
Just part of the traffic…
I've taken about a million photos of these signs. Pretty much every road here has one.
I’ve taken about a million photos of these signs. Pretty much every road here has one.

Umbrellas in Rawaii

on of the south eastern beaches
on of the south eastern beaches

Dad in paradise

We found a secret bar called "Paradise" and this was the view.
We found a secret bar called “Paradise” and this was the view.
Just passing through on our way back from the southern cape
Just passing through on our way back from the southern cape
No deer or moose crossing here!
No deer or moose crossing here!
We found a shop in Surin that imports beers from all over the world. happy girl!
We found a shop in Surin that imports beers from all over the world. happy girl!
The lovely water truck making mud on my street. nice!
The lovely water truck making mud on my street. nice!
It's got green beans, tomatoes, peanuts, and green papaya! SO GOOOOOOD
It’s got green beans, tomatoes, peanuts, and green papaya! SO GOOOOOOD
I met an elephant named Candy on the beach
I met an elephant named Candy on the beach
The fancy foreigner grocery store has everything I've ever wanted, including mac and cheese and these!
The fancy foreigner grocery store has everything I’ve ever wanted, including mac and cheese and these!

walk on the beach

The color of the water here is unreal!
The color of the water here is unreal!
drove north and spent the day at the beach with my dad
drove north and spent the day at the beach with my dad

Naithon!

This bar in Surin doesn't belong to my dad.... yet
This bar in Surin doesn’t belong to my dad…. yet
The perfect pineapple to go snack!
The perfect pineapple to go snack!
is this real life?
is this real life?
One of the sunsets we watched at Surin Beach
One of the sunsets we watched at Surin Beach
Local market where we get most of our produce.
Local market where we get most of our produce.
I bought a wrap dress that doubles as a beach towel.
I bought a wrap dress that doubles as a beach towel.
too cute!
too cute!
learning about weather at the muslim school
learning about weather at the muslim school
Teaching the kiddies at the Bangtao Public School
Teaching the kiddies at the Bangtao Public School
There's just something about sunsets over water.
There’s just something about sunsets over water.
On the coastal highway driving south from Bangtao
On the coastal highway driving south from Bangtao
The lot next to the school is abandoned and this house has been unfinished for years. I'm gonna move in.
The lot next to the school is abandoned and this house has been unfinished for years. I’m gonna move in.
There's an Auntie Anne's pretzel shop in the big mall here. In case anyone was worried I was going to starve...
There’s an Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop in the big mall here. In case anyone was worried I was going to starve…
I went out with my new friends in Patong. It's like the Vegas of Phuket. It was crazy!!!
I went out with my new friends in Patong. It’s like the Vegas of Phuket. It was crazy!!!
Sometimes you just have to document your beach hair.
Sometimes you just have to document your beach hair.
I drank a piña colada from a coconut on the beach. Someone pinch me.
I drank a piña colada from a coconut on the beach. Someone pinch me.
Kathryn and Camilla taking this snorkel business very seriously.
Kathryn and Camilla taking this snorkel business very seriously.
Went snorkeling in the Phi Phi islands and saw about a million little fish!
Went snorkeling in the Phi Phi islands and saw about a million little fish!
This was right near Monkey Beach where only monkeys live!
This was right near Monkey Beach where only monkeys live!

Phi Phi

On the boat headed to the Phi Phi islands wearing this gorgeous life jacket!
On the boat headed to the Phi Phi islands wearing this gorgeous life jacket!
I spent the day boating to the Phi Phi islands.
I spent the day boating to the Phi Phi islands.
The color of the water here is so beautiful.
The color of the water here is so beautiful.

Thai fishing boat

My new friends Georgia and Kathryn on the beach in Maya Bay.
My new friends Georgia and Kathryn on the beach in Maya Bay.
Thai fishing boats at Maya Bay
Thai fishing boats at Maya Bay
This girl is the sweetest, friendliest,  most gentle, dog. She likes hot dogs and cheese.
This girl is the sweetest, friendliest, most gentle, dog. She likes hot dogs and cheese.
Soi means "street" in Thai. The soi dogs here are so friendly and we're bribing them with food for their company.
Soi means “street” in Thai. The soi dogs here are so friendly and we’re bribing them with food for their company.
My teaching outfit
My teaching outfit
This is me with my kindergarten class learning about animals!
This is me with my kindergarten class learning about animals!
Most days my lunch is Thai ramen noodles. So spicy and so so good!
Most days my lunch is Thai ramen noodles. So spicy and so so good!
Always remember to look up!
Always remember to look up!
The Chinese temple was much more decorated and ostentatious than the Thai temple.
The Chinese temple was much more decorated and ostentatious than the Thai temple.
After visiting the Thai temple we went to this Chinese temple. So many more dragons!
After visiting the Thai temple we went to this Chinese temple. So many more dragons!
On our first day of class we went to this beautiful Thai Temple.
On our first day of class we went to this beautiful Thai Temple.
Thailand's national symbol is the elephant. There were three adorning this thai temple and it was so beautiful!
Thailand’s national symbol is the elephant. There were three adorning this thai temple and it was so beautiful!
Sometimes I have a coconut for lunch on the beach. It's the perfect drink and food all in one!
Sometimes I have a coconut for lunch on the beach. It’s the perfect drink and food all in one!
One of my first dinners here. This restaurant is right by my house and right on the water!
One of my first dinners here. This restaurant is right by my house and right on the water!
On my second day here I bought a new doorknob and replaced the old one at the school. It was so empowering!
On my second day here I bought a new doorknob and replaced the old one at the school. It was so empowering!
A volunteer organization that spays/neuters street cats and dogs and attends to their health needs.
A volunteer organization that spays/neuters street cats and dogs and attends to their health needs.
This frog sits in its box all day and then goes out at night, but its always right back in the box the next morning.
This frog sits in its box all day and then goes out at night, but its always right back in the box the next morning.
The beach is about a 2 minute walk from my house. It's so beautiful.
The beach is about a 2 minute walk from my house. It’s so beautiful.
Dim sum on the plane to Phuket. Notice the black and white dragon fruit!!!
Dim sum on the plane to Phuket. Notice the black and white dragon fruit!!!

Window View

During my layover I killed some time learning about the Chinese opera and it's traditional dress.
During my layover I killed some time learning about the Chinese opera and it’s traditional dress.
The gate signs at the airport in Hong Kong were festive and adorable.
The gate signs at the airport in Hong Kong were festive and adorable.

3 thoughts on “Thailand: Month One”

  1. Hey Natalie,
    What a wonderful blog! I enjoyed your dad’s as well , but I have to say his is decidedly more focused on narrative than photo documentation so it’s a real treat to see you pictures. It sure sounds (and looks) like you are having a wonderful Thai adventure. Good for you! I’m sure all your friends are jealous, and rightly so.
    Take care, Natalie.
    Mike

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