Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Thailand Anniversary

Ironically enough it was a little over a year ago when I first visited Thailand.
A shopping trip to Chiang Mai for Ichiban (the store I work for on base), that ended up being downplayed due to the devastation that occurred in Japan during the same time. Thus I never posted all the wonderful pics or elaborated on our super quick but super fun Thai trip!
(My two co-workers and I...measuring, recording and photo documenting the products we found on our buy trip)

A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to visit Thailand again...this time to see my husband on a "port call". We were super fortunate in that this much needed visit (he'd been gone a month and a half and would be gone the rest of the summer as well) landed on our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! Such a blessing! 
This trip to Thailand was to the beach of Pattaya. Though many had told me of the craziness that goes down in those parts of Thailand, I was excited  to go to the beach, (any beach) as well as see my hubby!
Nick splurged for me, and put us up in a 5-star hotel! The Centarra Grand Mirage Beach Resort. We even got the Club suite room for all the extra amenities! I felt like a princess! (sometimes being preggo pays off...Nick's been spoiling me ;)

View from our balcony

With meals and snacks in the Club (compliments of our upgrade), several pools as well as the beach to sunbathe at, 8 different restaurants to dine at, and a full spa, I could've never left the hotel and been content!  (We almost didn't)

Dinner one night at the hotel (with a few of Nick's co-workers, but my friends too of course)...a Hawaiian BBQ buffet, complete with dancers.  It was so hot and sticky at night that a lot of our pictures came out foggy due to the heat steaming up the camera lens!
We could've done more siteseeing, but Nick and I took this small amount of time together to relax, enjoy meals by the pool and a bit of time at the spa!
Nick had a few work commitments while in port, so I spent the time he was away getting pampered at the spa....great services and even better prices.  Things are much less expensive in Thailand and we took advantage of the difference!  
We got a couple's full-body massage that was amazing! A nice anniversary treat for two!

We only went out one night for dinner.  Being that I was 18 weeks pregnant then, we were uber cautious of what foods I consumed while in Thai territory.  (Given that food poisoning isn't uncommon and I was very far from our Navy hospital, I didn't want to take any chances)

These crazy little trucks are how you get around in Thailand...they're very fast and very cheap!  (But a very bumpy ride, so hold on!!!)
Several friends recommended we eat at the Brazilian restaurant while there, so that's where we dined.  (I know it's not Thai food, but I promise we got our share of Thai at the many different restaurants at our hotel)
Dancing entertainment in Thailand is very common....these "ladies" (or uh, one of them was) made us get up and dance in between our Brazilian courses.  
The entertainment was fun, but the food was fabulous!  The different kinds of Brazilian BBQ'd meat keeps coming until you say STOP!  
 The last time I was in Thailand, I was there to shop, shop, shop.  That being said, I didn't have much desire to shop this go-round.  This time in Thailand I wanted to see the animals.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to ride the elephants which is the one thing I really wanted to do, and hadn't gotten to do on my first visit.  (Being almost 5 months pregnant and riding on an elephant might not have been the safest thing for our baby...) Instead, we went to the tiger zoo where we got to see tigers, elephants, pigs and crocodiles!  

A tiger show...

 The highlight of the day was getting to feed the baby tiger....
I kinda wanted to take him home ;) 
 A crocodile show...
(I could've done without these guys but the show was very entertaining.  One of the trainers even stuck his head in the croc's mouth!)

All Asian countries love chocolate covered bananas...sprinkles on top? Yes please!  
 And of course, it wouldn't be Thailand without an elephant show too!

 Maybe I didn't get to ride an elephant but I did get to feed them! 

The guys also fed the tigers...via pellet guns! 
 (You shoot at targets, and when you hit the target, raw meat drops into the tiger cage where the hungry tigers wait below to consume it)

A fun day at the zoo!

That night was our anniversary dinner.  We ate at one of the hotel's restaurants on a balcony overlooking the ocean.  We dined on lobster and steak while listening to the sounds of the waves...sweetly enough we had a very similar experience on our honeymoon 5 years prior!  It was perfect!
Our last night together we had dinner on the beach!  A Thai BBQ buffet!  An ideal last dinner in Thailand....all our favorites made fresh by chefs right there on the sand!
It was a wonderful few days in Thailand together.  A 5-year Anniversary getaway....
I still don't know how we got so lucky that the port call landed at precisely the right time, but I'm truly glad it did!  


  1. Brit! I was just looking at pics from that buy trip as I'm putting together my personal blog book. Fun times! So, now we've both been to Thailand preggos! ha ha.

    Good call on playing it safe---Chris got food poisoning in Pattaya (on our elephant ride, outing, actually) and felt terrible for three weeks and wanted to die for one of those weeks. :(

    So jealous you got to hold a baby tiger!!

  2. Great Memories! I did ride an elephant and I promise the zoo was more fun. the Tuk Tuk we rode to the night market was WAAAAY more fun than the elephant ride through the sad hood of Pattaya.