I can’t believe that Dad has already come and gone. The goal was for him to see as much of Thailand as possible, and I think he’d agree that we met that goal. I made an extensive Excel spreadsheet itinerary for us, and not only did we check off every item, we even added a few things. Needless to say, we’re exhausted, but we’re so thankful to have wonderful memories of a week together in Thailand. This is the sort of life event that will be remembered and talked about forever.
So I gave this post that really long title because transportation was a major theme on our adventures. Getting around without a personal vehicle means relying on many others to get you where you want to be. Dad’s conclusion about how Thai people drive: “Go as fast as you possibly can for as far as you can…even if for only 10 feet.” He’s so right — Thai people can be rather jerky in their driving, always speeding up to pass someone or fill in a tiny gap between two other vehicles. Luckily, they tend to know what they’re doing, so at least in my opinion, it’s really just better not to watch. Dad, on the other hand, had a tough time turning his eyes away from the road in front of us and removing his right foot from the invisible gas pedal in the backseat!
Over the course of our week, we were:
– on four planes (not including Dad’s four coming and going from LAX and stopping over in Taipei)
– on two of Bangkok’s train systems, the BTS Skytrain and the MRT
– in taxis in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and on Phuket
– in a van to and from an elephant sanctuary outside the city of Chiang Mai
– in the back of a pickup truck to get from the Chiang Mai airport to our hotel
– on two express boats up and down the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok
– on two ferries to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi and back
– on two long-tail boats to get from the main pier on Koh Phi Phi to our hotel (only accessible by boat) and back
– in two tuk-tuks while roaming around Chiang Mai
*I thought our own two feet should count, as well — we did A LOT of walking!
In the following three posts, I’ll be outlining our trip day by day. Come along for the ride!