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Holiday Season 2016 – Thailand, Beach, and Family

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our holiday season this year. Ok, so it was a little weird not having any snow and not hearing Christmas music everywhere, but we had awesome weather, we had the beach and to make it even more special, my parents flew the crazy distance and spent two weeks with us!

Pattaya Thailand

Pattaya Thailand

An outdoor restaurant in Pattaya

We spent four days in Pattaya, Thailand. We had a great time and enjoyed it but I wouldn’t recommend it as a destination if you have young kids. We stayed at the Mercure Resort and the kid’s pool was pretty sweet. Kasm had a blast and usย adults even got to monkey around and play some volleyballย – I totally sucked at it and may have even hurt my shoulder a little! Ahhh getting old is not fun!

Pattaya Thailand

It was REALLY hot in Pattaya but that didn’t stop us from getting out and exploring a little bit.

Our first outing was to the Sanctuary of Truth. It is a ginormous wooden structure that covers more than 3200 square meters of land. It is stunning and there are thousands of carvings and I’m sure we took close to a thousand photos while visiting it, but here are just a few ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Sanctuary Of Truth Pattaya Thailand

Sanctuary Of Truth Pattaya Thailand

 

Sanctuary Of Truth Pattaya Thailand

Sanctuary Of Truth Pattaya Thailand

Sanctuary Of Truth Pattaya Thailand

Sanctuary Of Truth Pattaya Thailand

The next day we visited the “Big Buddha”. It was another impressive site, but boy oh boy, was it ever scorching hot out! We had planned on walking part of the way but that plan changed rather quickly and we opted to take a taxi.

Big Buddha Pattaya Thailand

Big Buddha Pattaya Thailand

Pattaya Thailand

Our last outing in Pattaya was ย Mini Siam. We weren’t sure what to expect of this place. I was half expecting it to be pretty cheesy but it did not disappoint and was pretty impressive seeing the world’s greatest structures in miniature!

mini siam pattaya thailand

mini siam pattaya thailand

mini siam pattaya thailand

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The heat was really making us crave a beach so it was time to head to an island! We took a private taxi service from Pattaya to Ko Chang. I had booked our resort months in advance and really had no idea what to expect. The pictures looked great but you just never know! Few days before our departure, I did what I always do, READ REVIEWS!

Ok, so maybe I shouldn’t have done that. There were a lot of great reviews but also some not-so-great ones, which started to stress me out a bit. All that stress washed away when I saw our resort. Our rooms were practically on the beach! We just had to go out the back stairs and Viola! we were on a gorgeous sandy beach.

Ko Chang Thailand

View from our hotel room

We spent a relaxing week swimming in the warm waters, chillin’ on the beach, taking the occasional short walk and best of all being with family. Bruce, Kasm and I are incredibly fortunate to be taking this journey around the world for a year and to have family meet us half way around the world and share in that joy, makes it even more special.

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Fresh juice after a swim? Oh yes!!!

 

ko chang thailand

Sunset walk with Nanny

 

ko chang thailand

Christmas at the beach

 

A restaurant with a view

A restaurant with a view

 

Ko Chang Thailand

Baked pineapple stuffed with rice, veggies and seafood. Yummy!

 

Smells spicy! You try it first ;-)

Are those eyes on that fish? You try it first ๐Ÿ˜‰

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No laughing allowed ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

ko chang thailand

We look relaxed, don’t we ? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for making the second half of our Thailand trip so special!

 

Ko Chang Thailand

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3 Comments

  • Reply Mahin rahnemoon January 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Beautiful pics ! We had a great time with you guys , spacialy with kasm ! Made this trip fun and Unforgettable ,
    wishing you all a safe and more adventuress travel ahead ,
    Stay safe and happy .
    Love you all xoxox

  • Reply Joanne O'Reilly January 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Always fun to show the pics to Ben – glad you had a nice time!

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