Thailand & Cambodia! Elephants, Tigers, Temples, Sailboats and SCUBA!
Update: We had so many adventures in Thailand and Cambodia that it took 8 stories to describe them! Start with the highlights or dive right into whichever story grabs you – Links: Thailand and Cambodia Overview, SCUBA Diving, Tigers in Phuket, Bareboat Sailing for 10 days, Temple ruins in Siem Reap, Volunteering with Elephants, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Trip Date: March-April 2015
We’re in Asia!! Sheila spent a summer teaching English is China, but Thailand and Cambodia will be firsts for both of us. We’re diving, beaching, and sailing for the first half in the Phuket and Khao Lak areas, then joining friends to explore Cambodia for a few days, then on to Chiang Mai to explore the city and spend time with the beautiful rescued elephants at Elephant Nature Park (ENP).
Our planned itinerary:
- A brief overnight in Bangkok
- 3 days at a beach resort in Khao Lak, Thailand, an hour north of Phuket (relaxing & adjusting to the 12 hour time zone difference)
- 3 days on a live-aboard dive boat with Wicked Diving aboard the MV Mariner I in the Similan Islands
- 3 days with sailing friends at Phuket beach resort
- 10 days with friends bareboat sailing near Phuket (itinerary TBD but will probably include the Railay area, Krabi, Ko Ph Phi, Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Le and ?)
- 3 days at Siem Reap, Cambodia touring Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat and more
- 5 days touring Chiang Mai, Thailand
- 7 days volunteering at Elephant Nature Park – one hour + north of Chiang Mai
- 2 days touring Bangkok
We’re looking forward to the culture, food, people, etc., and we love finding natural gems, i.e. waterfalls, hot springs, secluded beaches, and jungles. We’ll be in Chiang Mai during Songkran – the annual water fight festival. Sheila is a wimp when it comes to spicy food – hope she survives 5+ weeks of Thai food.
PS. The Elephant Nature Park is a true rescue sanctuary where the elephants get to just be elephants. No riding, no art, no circus tricks…Lek and her staff are great people from everything we’ve heard first hand and read online. http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/. It’s part of http://www.saveelephant.org/projects/
We didn’t take any of these photos (of course), but they inspire us and we’ll post our own once we’re there!
Update: Our story about Volunteering with Elephants.
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