We settled into Bangkok for a week. What better place to get accustomed to the new (delicious) food, cool transport, and the pervasive religion, Buddhism, with its exquisite temples and orange clad monks? (Note this blog post covers our entire 3 weeks in Thailand, which was split up into two visits,( 1.Bangkok and 2.Chaing Mai), by our three week jaunt to Myanmar, covered in a previous post)
Since Kiko and I have spent a fair bit of time in our pre-kid lives traveling through Southeast Asia, entering Thailand was tinted with a bit of a "coming home" sort of feeling. A sensation that was no doubt amplified by our previous 2 months in Africa, which while being an utterly amazing and unforgettable experience, was althogher new ground for me, and to a large extent Kiko as well. But what surprised me the most about Bangkok was the ease at which the kids adjusted. Can it really be as simple as some parenting literature suggests; i.e. the kids simply reflect the parents' attitude? Hum, something to ponder when considering some of the rough patches on this trip...
Flash packer (noun): One who travels with the intrepid ethos of a backpacker but having added comfort, style, and technology whilst still maintaining a sense of exploration and adventure.
In Chiang Mai we found comfort once again. At first I struggled with the pervasive touristic nature of the town, but after some reflection I realized that a little taste from home at this point in our trip would be truly appreciated and we fully embraced what Chaing Mai had to offer. We sought out some much missed gluten free foods and scored at a true American diner, Butter is Better.
The ride up included a stop at the "sticky waterfall" (Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si)) with mineral deposits that made for a fun and picturesque adventure.
- The Banana Pancake Trail is the name given to the well-trodden and constantly growing routes around South East Asia travelled by backpackers and other tourists.