“People love escapism and there should be a place for it.” – Tom Hiddleston
How do you escape the humdrum of everyday life?
Sometimes it’s simply a good cup of tea and book for me; or vino tinto y musica; photography or unashamedly binge watching a Netflix series like ‘La Reina del Sur’, ‘Reign’ and ‘Outlander’. Then there’s the ultimate one … travel.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Thailand is one of those inexpensive travel destinations that is, “better to see once, than to hear about a thousand times” – anon. The more I travel, the larger the map imprinted across my heart grows. I believe that each journey expands our worldview in incredible ways, bringing with it a deeper sense of appreciation of life.
After visiting a place, we invariably wish that we could have seen more, done more and photographed more … or at least I do!
Some moments on ‘seizing the day’ in Phuket, Thailand.
’Slow down, this is not the mainland!’ Phuket (silent ‘h’) is the largest Thai island and offers a rich variety of experiences. Phuket houses some of the most attractive hotels and spas in Thailand. This trip was more about relaxation, palm trees, and beach-bumming than touring and traversing the land.
Good things to know: Thailand is the leading rubber-producing country in the world. It is also one of the world’s leading rice exporting countries. Jasmine Thai rice is my personal favorite, yum! We can thank them for this by saying: “Kob Khun Krup” for a male, the ‘r’ is often dropped and “Kob Khun Kha” for a female. And more often than not, it’s accompanied with a smile and bow-like hand gesture, think ‘Namaste!’ In addition to rubber and rice, Thailand is also economically reliant on its tourism and palm oil industries.
Island hopping from the famous James Bond Island, Koh Panyee, Phi Phi and other islands with occasional stops to bask in the sun, enjoy cocktails and a bite on quiet beaches.
Thai cuisine is rarely my first choice when dining out but as the saying goes when in ‘Thailand’ …
I tried the Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup) on Phi Phi Island.
On a hot day, cerveza fria (such as the local beer, Chang) and pizza by the pool hit the spot.
Cave canoeing, sea kayaking, and scuba diving form part of the island hopping experience. Will share more on that in a future post but here are some pics in the meanwhile.
Wrapping up our escape with these majestic creatures at Tiger Kingdom.
They are so beautiful yet so incredibly frightening.
As much as I enjoyed the interaction with the tigers, I felt bad for them. Tourists patting and poking them all day is no fun. It was obvious that they found it quite bothersome but were obedient nonetheless. The trainers are very good and one can see that the tigers are loved.
It would be nice if they were roaming free. Someday in a place where we could play sans fear, now that’s for another kingdom … wink!
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen”. – Benjamin Disraeli
Until next time,