Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sawasdee Ka!

I've been blogging about past trips lately...I need to take a trip.

At this time last year we were in lovely Thailand. The Land of Smiles. Oh what a beautiful place. Such warm and welcoming people. Such delicious food. Such a rich culture.

This year I'm in New York. I'm freezing. And I'm pale. No, I'm not complaining about living in the greatest, most fascinating and most exciting city on earth but you know, I just need a change of scenery, a little sun on my face and warm weather wouldn't hurt. I wouldn't even mind my crazy frizzy hot-weather hair.

I'm longing for a trip where I'm not feeling rushed or where I'm traveling for work. Yes, photography is work! It's fun and fabulous and I love it but I'm looking for some time away where D and I can lounge and wile away the hours exploring new cities or new beaches, reading, drinking in the middle of the afternoon, eating, daydreaming, photographing...sigh.

This weekend the New York Times Travel section listed Phuket as one of the top 44 places to visit this year. I loved it there but there are so many other gorgeous cities and islands to visit in Thailand that I would tell people to skip Phuket. If you really want to see it, you can take a day trip since many of the islands are accessible by boat - we also went to Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui - amazing. Funny though...there is a global recession and they are suggesting people should run off to Thailand for a vacation. Paradise doesn't come cheap (although they do have a fantastic budget travel section). Having said that, if you can afford it and you love adventure, learning about rich cultures, great food and beautiful places - then go to Thailand! (Beware of recent political troubles). If you live in North America expect a very, very long flight (18 hours direct flight from New York's JFK). If you're like me, you will need two days (or so) to get over the crazy jet lag - we were there for nearly three weeks including our time in Cambodia. It was unforgettable.

Stay tuned for photos of our visit to Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

under the sun

The Tourist Trap

The Modest Monkey

Koh Phi Phi

Today's soundtrack:

Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

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