We’ve had this on our wish list since Kalyra was born.
Our endless stories about our old home, Thailand, has fueled her dreams of visiting. She talks of mango and sticky rice, riding elephants, and cooking Thai with Mummy- Masterchef style.
Our dream was to take her there before she starts school this February.
We didn’t know how to make it happen.
Craig and I were meant to go to Thailand in February on the Friendship to Friend tour I attended last year.
But, it is for 10 days, which we felt was far too long for both of us to be away from the girls, especially as Kalyra was starting BIG school.
“Why don’t we ask if we take the girls in January instead? It will be much more valuable for our readers as many Australian families go to Thailand for holidays. We can travel our own path and then show the live family story.”
We asked not expecting a yes.
They loved the idea!
We have been working in part with the Thai Tourism board to plan a 2 week family trip to Bangkok and Phuket.
We’re beyond excited, but worried we won’t return 🙂
Our Thailand Plans
We are planning this adventure with a focus on two things:
1. What do we want the girls to experience/ gain?
2. What would be the best angle for our readers?
We have seen and done so much in Thailand, and there is so much we want to do, but we don’t want this trip just to be about us.
To be honest, one foot on Thai soil and I am deliriously happy. I could just walk the streets of Bangkok eating for two weeks and I’d have a ball.
We are hitting Bangkok for 4 nights!
Things we plan to do in Bangkok
- Grand Palace and several temples: Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun and Wat Saket (our old home)
- Eating lots of street food– my girls need to sharpen their taste buds and be more adventurous. I’ve got two weeks to move them away from Western food into healthy Asian cuisine. Maybe the exoticness of eating off street carts will reel them in.
- Market shopping: we are going to be hitting the markets of Chinatown, and Chatthuchuck. I want the girls eyes to be widened by the chaos of Asian markets
- Exploring Bankgkok canals by long tail boats and see the city lit up at night on a Chao Phraya river cruise
- Visiting one of Bangkok’s least explored floating markets: Klong Ladmayom Floating Market.
- Meeting our Thai family: We are so so so so so excited that Kalyra and Savannah and our Thai family finally get to meet. Our Thai family have watched them grow up over the internet and are dying to give those cuddles they have waited far too long for. We can’t wait to spend time with those who made our home in Bangkok special for six months.
Then we will be going to Karon Beach, Phuket for 6 nights.
We haven’t been back since our honeymoon in 03 and then we only saw Patong. This time we are going for a quiet family beach experience. We just want to chill with the girls for a while, Thai beach style.
Things we plan to do in Phuket
- Thai beach chill time where we get to enjoy the food, swing in hammocks, play on the beach, practice our Thai, and have massages.
- Kalyra loves cooking, so we want to attend a Thai cooking class together. But, she has to be the judge and critique my food. I must stand and listen.
- Exploring the island and its different beaches
- Visit Phuket town and see the Sino-Portuguese architecture.
- Elephant experience in the Phuket jungle.
- Phang Nga Bay- James Bond island tour
Click to read an excellent guide on things to do in Phuket
Then, we have 4 more nights to plan for. We are pretty sure we will be going to Koh Yao Noi for a lesser known island getaway.
I feel this is such a valuable opportunity for Savannah and Kalyra to experience a culture so unlike their own and have interactions with those who think differently to them.
One of the major reasons we travel with kids is so they can learn this from an early age and intolerance just becomes a part of who they are.