The last stop of my nearly two-month long winter vacation was Pai, Thailand. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to Pai from Chiang Mai is by mini bus. The mini bus ride takes about three hours with one bathroom stop about halfway into the trip. But be warned—since this drive is through the mountains the roads are super curvy (there are 762 curves between Chiang Mai and Pai), so many people will fall victim to motion sickness along the way. I took some motion sickness medication before the drive and ended up sleeping like a baby the whole way there. If you book your bus ticket in advance online, you can also choose your specific seat. I would suggest selecting a seat as close to the front as possible. Click here to view the different modes of transportation from Chiang Mai to Pai.
The first stop on my solo adventure was Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai is in northern Thailand and takes about an hour to reach by plane from Bangkok. I liked Chiang Mai much more than Bangkok as it was a smaller city and less crowded with tourists. I also felt like the lifestyle in Chiang Mai was a bit more relaxed than in Bangkok. The main event during my time in Chiang Mai was spending a day at an elephant sanctuary.
After Cambodia, we flew to Bangkok, Thailand for the last week of our trip, and guess who decided to join us?! My dad! Since my dad couldn’t take a whole three weeks off from work, he decided to join my mom and I for the final leg of the trip in Thailand. One of the main reasons why my dad decided to join us at the end of the trip rather than the beginning was because his brother (my uncle) Gary lives in Bangkok. Not only was I excited to experience Thailand and see my Dad, I was also super excited to meet my little cousins (Gary’s kids) who are half-Thai half-American.
The next leg of our trip was in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We were only here for two days (wish it could have been longer) but got to see a TON of temples. Out of all the temples I’ve seen throughout Asia, the ones in Cambodia stand out to me the most. I just think the architecture of these temples is so impressive and unique. There are actually over 300 temples in Siem Reap and we saw every one of them! Just kidding…we probably saw about five or six of them, which was the perfect amount. I started to get “templed out” by the fifth temple.