Not too long ago, in the summer of 2009, my mom and I visited the amazingly beautiful Thailand, located in Southeast Asia. We first boarded the, very hospitable, Eva Air 777 jumbo jet to Taiwan, and then transferred to Bangkok, Thailand. We were surprised that the luggage came fairly quickly; we had to wait for my uncle because we didn’t foresee that the luggage carousel would start so promptly. Since we had time, I began comparing Bangkok’s airport, Suvarnabhumi—which was very clean, spacious, and reflective of the multicultural city–to the sprawling mass of LAX. I was impressed with the airport’s efficiency. The city itself was extremely impressive; there are many tall buildings and structures I wouldn’t even imagine. Bangkok ‘s advanced urbanity rivaled that of many great American cities.
Two days after our arrival, we decided to explore more of Thailand had to offer. My uncle, aunt, mom, and I took a one-hour flight north of Bangkok to the lush greenery Chiang Mai, which was a nice escape from the smoggy city. While we were there, we stayed at The Imperial Mae Ping, a well-known hotel to the locals. I was impressed with the appointments of the rooms and setting—peaceful and serene. The next morning, the buffet-style breakfast, which included both continental and Thai style foods, was savory. Although I enjoyed the availability of pancakes, waffles, and omelets, I truly preferred to “chow down” on the Thai meals, like the porridge and the various noodles. We then visited the Chiang Mai Zoo, which coincidently had a newly born baby panda who was fiercely protected by her mother. I was fascinated by the image of the enormous mother covering her infant from the peering eyes of tourists. For about three days, we visited some famous temples such as Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh. The structures of the temples were astoundingly beautiful; the gold leafed tips of the colorful buildings blinded one all over the city.
Then, after three more days, my uncle drove four more hours north to Chiang Rai where we visited Watrongkhun and Doi Tung Royal Villa. Watrongkhun is a silvery white, mirrored with designs made by a talented artist, Chatermchai Kositpipat. Then, I marveled at the beautiful flower garden Doi Tung Royal Villa at the Thai king’s mother’s palace. The next day, we went to Mae Sai and stayed at The Imperial Golden Triangle which has a scenic view of Laos, Myanmar, and, of course, Thailand. I loved the idea that travelers can take a small boat to Myanmar and Laos.
The last place I visited was Hua Hin. There were beautiful beaches there with various marine life easily reached near the shoreline. I found the waters to be warm and relaxing. After lounging at the shore, we ate at one of the many fresh seafood shops around the area. One main attraction of Hua Hin is their night market, which has a myriad of foods, clothes, and knickknacks.
My travels took three wonderful weeks, and I enjoyed the growth experience of travel within the amiable atmosphere of the South-Eastern area very much.
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