McSolars take Thailand – Bangkok (Round 2) + Wearily Heading Home

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Note: This is post 12 of a 12 post series of our family adventure in Thailand with our wonderful friends, the McManus family

We arrived back in Bangkok early in the morning and headed straight for the MBK mall. Our flight back to Beijing didn’t leave until late that night, so we had 1 full day to go see what all Bangkok had to offer (without all the jet lag this time). The MBK mall has a bag drop so you can leave all your suitcases and such while you’re in town. It’s also a massive 7 story tall beast of an overwhelming shopping center complete with shops in the halls between the storefronts. I was overwhelmed to say the least.

One thing we were sure we wanted to visit was a floating market. Most of them are pretty far out of town so we picked one we could get to easier. We hopped into some taxis and found out on the way the floating markets were closed this day, but we were separated from the McManuses and couldn’t call them…so we just had to pray we would meet up and we did.

We ended up hiring a boat to give us a canal tour that was pretty cool. It was super neat to catch a glimpse into that side of Thai life. The kids we saw swimming and playing were so full of joy. All the people waved and smiled as we floated by. The only problem was our fearless captain decided to drop us off somewhere random and we had to navigate our way back to the train station, which we did.

Eventually, we made it back to the MBK mall so everyone could do a fish spa + shop until it was time to go. Max + I even got to finally ride on a tuk tuk (crazy little taxis that are all over Thailand). They drive so fast and dodge in and out of traffic. It was a bit sketchy at times, but still a blast as well.

Then we grabbed our bags and made our way to the airport, exhausted + ready to be home…

Note: Driving in Thailand was super fun + a bit stressful. We rented cars in Chiang Mai + Phuket. They drive on the other side of the road and really have no traffic laws or speed limits or cops making sure people follow the nonexistent traffic laws. In our whole time there we didn’t see even 1 accident, which is kind of insane considering how fast they drive, how they make their own driving lanes and how many motorcycles are flying all over the place, too. That being said, I would never, ever, EVER drive in Bangkok. Too many people and too much traffic.

Another Note: When in Bangkok, make sure you ride the train just to watch all the amazing Thai commercials. The acting is so poor (it’s a commercial, but still), and they’re all SUPER cheesy with over the top laughter/smiles/etc. It’s great.

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McSolars take Thailand – Big Buddha

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Note: This is post 11 of a 12 post series of our family adventure in Thailand with our wonderful friends, the McManus family

Driving around Phuket we kept seeing this big Buddha statue on top of a hill. On our last day in Phuket we decided to explore that area. It was such a cool place. We all got to witness some monks chanting/praying. We got blessed by a monk again (because any time you can get blessed by a monk you have to, right?). And we left a message on a gold leaf we may or may not return to see one day…

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McSolars take Thailand – Ya Nui Sunset Beach Portraits

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Note: This is post 10 of a 12 post series of our family adventure in Thailand with our wonderful friends, the McManus family

We made sure to catch a sunset on the beach one night in Phuket + a photo session broke out (of course)…

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Thanks to Michael + Melissa for capturing some amazing images of us the whole trip. We’re so grateful for you.

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