Sunday, September 29, 2013

thailand travels part 4: bangkok & beijing

are you sick of these posts yet? almost done...
we spent another day and a half in bangkok on the back end of the trip.
we stayed with sister seangsuwan again, and she took us to eat at some local restaurants where i had no idea what i was ordering but it was some of the best food of the trip. i had to be brave, but the little shacks ended up being the best food - and the cheapest. 
on sunday we went to church and a missionary from utah translated all of the talks for us. it was awesome. 
then we went to jj market - the biggest outdoor market i've ever seen. 
it was crazy.
they had everything imaginable and so much of it was really cute - not just dinky souvenirs.
we were there for 3-4 hours and didn't even see the whole thing.
we took a red eye from bangkok and arrived in beijing around 7:30 am.
we had a 9-hour layover so joe lined up a personal tour guide to pick us up from the airport, take us to the great wall, and then back to the airport.
i am SO glad we did it.
our tour guide was super nice and spoke english really well.
we took a cable care up to the wall and walked as far as we were allowed. 
that meant LOTS of stairs that i was not prepared for.
(it was raining, i was wearing flip flops, not the best planning on my part...)
BUT, joe and i were in awe the whole time.
 it was so incredible and beautiful, and our tour guide was giving us historical facts the whole time.
hands down the best layover i've ever had, and we made it back to the airport with plenty of time.
one more 12 hour flight and we were back in sf. 
it was the most amazing, exhausting, eye-opening, exciting, adventurous,
(made-me-happy-to-live-in-america) trip i've ever been on.
biggest shout out to joe for planning everything, keeping me safe, taking me out of my comfort zone, and giving me the time of my life (until next year)!
oh, and because of the time difference, we got to celebrate our anniversary for 36 hours - starting in bangkok and ending in california. pretty good planning if you ask me.
cheers to two years with the man i love more than anything!
^ and coming home to this isn't so bad ^


  1. I'll never be sick of travel posts. Well done, Joe.

  2. Just finished all the posts. Wow! Looks like a blast! I am actively trying to get to that private villa, eat all the good food and shop all those great shops!