Part 4 – Thailand & Japan

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Welcome to Thailand! We first landed in Bangkok and had a connecting flight to Chiang Mai. Thailand has so much diverse terrain to offer! Beaches in the south, jungles in the north and a big bustling city in the middle (sort of).

This was our first “real” holiday after three years of saving up and planning. There were two specific things we wanted to do while in Thailand. 1) Visit an elephant sanctuary. 2) Take a Thai cooking class. We left Thailand feeling fulfilled and content. Here’s a few phone pictures we captured along the way:

Elephant Pride Sanctuary
Chiang Mai – Food Market
Green Curry, Red Curry, Panang Curry paste
Weekend Street Market
Anything and everything is at the market!
After all the delicious food we ate…
Bangkok
CentralWorld Mall – largest shopping mall in Bangkok
The Giant Swing and Wat Suthat

The swing was originally built in 1784, under the direction of King Rama I. Since then weather damage has required several restorations, including a recent renovation completed in 2007. For this project, workers used six massive teak tree trunks (each more than 20 meters tall and approximately 200 years old) to construct a new swing. For centuries, the Giant Swing played a central role in annual swing ceremonies that symbolically reenacted elements of Hindu origin stories. The ceremony was discontinued in 1935 after several participants fell to their deaths. In 2005 the Giant Swing and Wat Suthat were nominated as a future UNESCO World Heritage Site.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/giant-swing
Jay Fai

Netflix has a series called ‘Street Food’ and this 74 year old street food chef is featured. Her restaurant is booked for months in advance and walk-ins can wait for hours! We didn’t get to taste, but the smell was mouth watering! And she puts on a good show, cooking everything herself over the open flames!

Our experience in Thailand was awesome. We enjoyed the slower pace (compared to India) the incredibly delicious food and the beautifully diverse scenes. Our time there was what we needed to rest a bit from our hectic adventure in India.

Our adventure was not over though. We had one last stop before heading back home. Japan!

We had a 2 night stop over in Japan. We had it all planned out, but a global pandemic was chasing us and altered all of our plans! When life gives you lemons…you know the rest.

Shibuya Crossing

One of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world, Shibuya crossing is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the city of Tokyo around the world.
Shibuya Crossing has become synonymous with the bittersweet story of an Akita dog, Hachikō, who lived in the area in the 1920s.

https://www.jrailpass.com/blog/shibuya-crossing

The story of this loyal dog is too heartbreaking for me to write about, so, if you don’t already know the story, go look it up and have a box of tissues ready!

Sekaido – 5 story stationary shop!
Sushi in Japan

We had a very short time in Japan and all our original plans were altered. But we loved being on this tech filled historical island. With all its quirks and interesting sights, we were not finished exploring!

Cherry Blossoms

So, this brings us to the end of our trip. We started in Toronto, Canada and kept traveling east until we came right back around! We flew around the world and saw a fraction of it’s diversity.

Going through a few of these images has been perfect for reflecting on my adventures from a year ago, and for being grateful for the opportunity!

Thank you for allowing me to share my images and experiences with you! I must admit though, I’ve missed posting about my local bird life! I’ve got some really exciting images to share with you in the next blog post!

Thanks!
-Jasmin

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