I’ve been a little bit behind on posting lately because I’ve been traveling the past few weeks, but I’m excited to get back home and back to blogging regularly. This past week I got to travel to Thailand, and had the most amazing trip. Something about Thailand gives me so much joy and energy and a love for people. If you’ve never been, seriously, add it to your list! Endless beauty, amazing food and nothing but smiles and kind hearts from the locals here. About two years ago I visited Thailand, and I always knew I needed to experience it again. This time, I decided to spend my time in Bangkok and Phuket.
While I was in Bangkok, I stayed at the Dusit Thani Hotel, which was in a great location to get around the city. The first day I was there I went to the floating market and the open air market, which are really cool cultural experiences. These markets have Thai women in boats selling homemade food and local produce, it’s kind of like the farmer’s markets we have here in the states! There’s definitely some cultural shock as you walk around and see raw beef, seafood and chicken literally everywhere… but that’s how the Thai people roll!
After a couple days in Bangkok, I headed towards Phuket and checked in at the beautiful Keemala Hotel (aka hotel of my dreams!!) It was the most amazing hotel I have ever stayed at. It was kind of like tree-houses and bungalows tucked away in the forest and we even had sliding doors right out to our own negative edge pool. I knew the second that I walked in that my trip was going to be way too short. The resort is also a wellness center, so they had amazing green juices and all the food was made from local produce. The first day in Phuket, I went on a John Gray Sea Canoe excursion. I did this on my last trip, and had an incredible time again. It was a full day experience on a catamaran, and while we took several trips out on Kayaks to see the bat caves and visit little beaches, the boat crew was preparing some delicious Pad Thai for us. I couldn’t recommend this experience more!
On the second day I went to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. If you are able to visit Thailand or Africa, I definitely recommend finding a way to get some elephant action! BUT it’s so important to find a place that is providing a safe environment for the elephants where they are unchained, free to roam and free from being poked and prodded into performing tricks for tourism. Do your research on this one and I promise you won’t regret it! I personally visited the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary but there’s many to choose from.
On the last two days I went back to Bangkok, and got to spend time with Shear Love International ministry. I got connected to the founder, Diana, through a mutual friend and this really was such and impactful and inspiring moment for me. Shear Love is currently providing for five men and five women who were involved in sex trafficking. They have brought each individual in as a student and train them in hair styling so they have a way to provide for themselves and also have support from a community as they make this huge step towards freedom. I was able to go in and get my hair washed and styled as I heard their stories. Shear Love has completely changed their lives and I’m planning to get involved more in the coming months to support them financial and hopefully visit again soon. If you’re passionate about ending human trafficking, this is a great organization to support!
That night we walked through the red light district, and I was shocked by the sadness of every man and woman standing on the streets just waiting to make $1-2 dollars for selling their bodies. Out of 700,000 people living in this city, 150,00 of them are making money in this way and it’s just so normal there. Something needs to change, right?! It’s really important to me that while visiting the beautiful places in Thailand, I can also realize that tourism is just a small portion of what makes up this country, and that their is this huge issue that needs to be noticed. We all have the power to influence and make a difference!
My trip to Thailand was such an adventure with incredible eye-opening experiences. I can’t wait to go back!