We have made a list of destinations we would like to see while we live in this part of the world so as spring break approached, we decided it was time to see one of those destinations — Thailand. After speaking with many people that have traveled there, we decided on the island of Phuket which is about an hour’s plane ride from Bangkok. We were excited to feel the waves in the ocean, bake in the sand and enjoy some tropical life for a few days. We were not disappointed. Thailand is definitely a country we would highly recommend to anyone wanting a trip to Asia.
We stayed at the Renaissance Resort which is the north end of the island. It was a perfect location right along the Andaman Sea. The resort had a children’s pool with a small waterslide and another large edgeless pool that was a short one minute walk from the beach. We were so happy to see the blue sky, breathe the clean, fresh air, and enjoy the sunshine for a few days.
The waves were not great, but the water was so warm. Unlike California beaches, the sand had no rocks and was full of small intact seashells. There were also loads of sand crabs along the beach.
A few other creatures we saw during our stay — lizards, and of course an elephant or two.
The tropical resort also had pineapple growing, bananas and coconuts.
We rented a car one day to see the entire island. A few things that stood out to us were the 7-Eleven stores — they were everywhere. We had not seen that store sign in quite some time so the kids were hoping for a Slurpee but Thailand 7-Eleven stores do not have slurpees, but plenty of snacks. There were many stands selling kites along the roadside as well so we took a few back to the resort to fly them on the beach.
Our experience coming from New Delhi is that Thailand is much cleaner, no noise pollution and the people were very friendly.
We also saw many different shrines as we drove around the island.
As we separated at the airport with Tyler flying to Bangalore to get to a big meeting the next day and the rest of us returning to New Delhi for a couple more days of spring break, we had big smiles, some shoulders hurting from sunburns, and a great impression of beautiful Thailand. There is a quote that states, “the real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” We are grateful for these experiences that are giving us “new eyes” to the world and to ourselves. We are truly learning how enormous this world is and the diversity and beauty that exists.