Eat, See, Do - Thailand


I recently spent two months venturing through South East Asia. I travelled through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Bali. I saw some amazing places, met some wonderful people and learned so much along the way.

Over the next 3 weeks, I will be sharing my recommendations in a new travel series of what to eat, see and do in South East Asia, starting with where my trip began. Here are some of my favourite things I saw and did in Thailand!


Thailand


I only spent a brief amount of time in Thailand but from what I experienced, it definitely lives up to its reputation of the land of smiles. I spent most of my time in the country's second largest city, Chiang Mai. It gives off a small town feel with all of the fun of a big city. Here are some things I would highly recommend checking out! 

Eat

There are so many amazing food markets in Chiang Mai! One of my favourite dishes to eat was khao soi, a curried noodle dish with your choice of protein. 
















Thai Coffees

 I couldn't start my day without a Thai milk tea or a Thai coffee. A black tea or coffee mixed with sweetened condensed and evaporated milk. I still have cravings from time to time!! 















See

In Thailand, there's literally a temple and a 7/11 on almost every street corner. Which is very convenient! Strangely enough, both buildings were designs intricate and uniquely beautiful. Here are a few of my faves:


Wat Chana Songkhram Ratchaworamahawihan

Wat Chana Songkhram Ratchaworamahawihan











Wat Pha Dat Waterfall

We rented scooters and drove from Old City, Chiang Mai to Wat Pha Dat Waterfall. This was my favourite temple I visited. It was so serene and we had the place all to ourselves since it's off the beaten track. 

Make sure you grab a Thai coffee from the family who run the stand at the temple! 












Wat Pha Dat Waterfall



Wat Pha Dat Waterfall

Do

One of the most rewarding experiences of my trip was visiting an ethical elephant sanctuary. With many sanctuaries to choose from, I wanted to ensure I was visiting a camp in which the elephants are treated with love and respect. I asked my hostel for a recommendation and they suggested Elephant Family Sanctuary, a camp where the elephants are not allowed to be ridden.  







Elephants

Being surrounded by these majestic creatures was such a surreal experience. They're so big and friendly! It was so humbling to see the dedication and care that goes into keeping these animals healthy and happy.



Thanks for reading about my time in Thailand! Leave your recommendations if you have any in the comments section, I would love to hear about your Thai experiences!

xo
Emily

11 comments

Vibeke J said...

I love this post. seems like you had a great time :D I have only been to Bangkok for 1 day stopover. Lovely photos :D Thank you for sharing

Annissa Slusher said...

I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to hang out with elephants! Love it!

Unknown said...

Awesome! I'm interested in reading more...looks like you had a great time!

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Umberta said...

Loved this post. I like you went to a place where elephants are treated with love, they're so often bad treated in Thailand for touristy reasons...

Yuliya at YukovaDesign said...

you look very happy! xxx

Chanel and Emily Chartrand said...

Thank you :) Thailand was so much fun! Bangkok is such a huge city, it's a little overwhelming! But once you get past the initial culture shock there's so much to do and see!!

xo
Em

Chanel and Emily Chartrand said...

It was so amazing Annissa! They're so gentle and each one has a personality of it's own. The experience was totally worth it!! Thanks for the comment <3

xo
Em

Chanel and Emily Chartrand said...

Thanks Umberta,
It's sad to see the general lack of knowledge regarding the treatment and care of elephants. On my way to the airport in Phuket I saw a man walking his elephant with a big metal hook around it's ear. It was so sad :(

Thanks for the comment!!
xo
Emily

Chanel and Emily Chartrand said...

It's hard not to be when you're out exploring!!

xo
Em

The Belly Rules The Mind said...

seems like it was a fun trip. Lovely pictures. Love the pictures with the elephants