We got up bright and early, and took a short plane ride from Chiang Mai to Phuket, and a scenic drive from the airport to our hotel at Kamala Beach. (FYI - Apparently Kamala Beach was one of the beach's hit the worst from the 2004 Tsunami, but 11 years later, you couldn't tell).
We were staying at the Novotel Kamala Beach and the hotel was gorgeous - simple and sleek. Since we arrived so early, our room wasn't ready yet, but the hotel said if we were willing to wait to checkin at 3pm (instead of an early checkin like I requested) we would be upgraded to a suite for free.......ummmm let me think about that for 1 second: YES PLEASE! #pleaseandthankyou #ronswanson #thankyounovotel We were able to change into our bathing suits and then hit the pool to relax while we waited for our room. (Side note: while hanging out at the pool, a couple came up from the beach and the girl had just been stung by a jelly fish across her calf and it looked painful! Brought back bad memories from Hawaii and I was a bit reluctant to go snorkeling in the ocean after seeing that. I didn't want to go through that a second time!)
Our last day in Chiang Mai we booked a private tour with Lanna Kingdom for the day. One of the best days ever and we loved the experience - definitely recommend if you ever travel here!
Our next stop in Thailand was the gorgeous city of Chiang Mai. Once we were dropped off at our hotel, Chiang Mai Gate hotel, we headed off to the Anusarn Market to check out the Lady Boi Cabaret that we had seen Anthony Bourdain go to on Parts Unknown #lovethatshow #iwishiwasrelatedtoanthonybourdai
About a week after getting back from Kyoto - Nate and I headed over to Thailand to spend Thanksgiving week! (Had to find someone to take our minds off being away from family. #lifeisrough) We had a stopover in Hong Kong airport but overall easy flight.
We started our full last day in Kyoto heading over to famous Bamboo Grove forest. This was also at the top of my list of places to see. This was located in the Arashiyama area and only a few train stops down. On our walk over to the bamboo we grabbed a quick bite to eat at one of the food stall restaurants on the street.
We started our second day at the Fushimi-Inari Taisha, which is a shinto shrine. This was one of the top things I wanted to see while we were in Kyoto. This shrine complex was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hata family in the 8th century. Today, it's one of Japan's most popular shrines and is the head shrine for the 30,000 different Inari shrines scattered across Japan. These Torii line a path up the Inari mountain and goes 4km up; there are thousands of red torii. #getineducated #thankslonelyplanet
We set off on our trip to the mainland of the rising sun on Tuesday night. We took the budget airline - Peach from Okinawa to Osaka for a quick 2 hour flight.
Before all our trips began back in November, we had an impromptu camping trip on the beach with our friends John and Alex. In Japan, all the beaches belong to the public, so you're able to camp on them for free and not worry about getting in trouble. #legit #beachesherewecome
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!