Thailand vacation wrap up- from 10 to 1


Are you ready for my Cambodia and Thailand Vacation wrap up post? November is not the most exciting month for me- especially when my beloved Iowa Hawkeye football team is doing terrible.  This year I decided a long trip in November would be just right.  I came up with the Thailand and Cambodia idea because I have always wanted to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia and I like beaches so why not add Thailand!


Angkor Wat did not disappoint.  It was so well preserved, massive, and old.  Definitely one of the top 5 sights I have ever visited.

Instead of just listing my favorites and least favorites, here is a list from 10 to 1 about my Thailand/Cambodia vacation:

10- percentage of toilets that were Western style (because you know I have to blog about the bathroom situation everywhere I go!). 90% were eastern squatters.

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The most different thing in Southeast Asia is that in lieu of toilet paper, restrooms usually have a spray hose in which to clean yourself.  At rest stops it was just a bucket of water with a scoop.  No thank you! Definitely bring a large stash of TP if going to Thailand!

9- times i ate pad thai


I’m going to be done with the Pad Thai for a while.

8- days of sunburn.  Thanks Phi Phi Island, AoNang, and Phuket for that.

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7- days too many.  This vacation was almost 4 weeks which I have figured out is a bit too long for me at least for this area.  Temples visiting was annoying, pad thai (which I love) was boring, and I was ready to be done.

6- Massages.  2 Thai massages, 2 coconut oil massages, and 2 foot massages.


Thai massages= ouch!  Coconut oil massages on the beach were great!

5- Gaudy temples in Thailand:


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4- Spicy shrimp soups- my favorite dish the whole time on vacation.

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They aren’t that photogenic but they were the best.  I’m excited to try it at Thai Arroy, my favorite Thai restaurant stateside.

3- new countries (Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos) to add to the list of places I’ve visited.


2- days you really need to see all of the good temples around Siem Reap including Angkor Wat

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1-  Baby elephant that I wanted to take home with me.


The elephants were the best thing in Thailand!


Onto the next adventure!

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4 Responses

  1. Lizzie says:

    It looks like an amazing trip. When we lived in Hong Kong, Thailand and Cambodia were my favorite places to places, along with Vietnam. I never made it to Laos unfortunately.

    This is a weird thing to admit, but I actually LOVE squat toilets… you don’t have to touch anything. I find them to be brilliant. I know that this is a very controversial opinion…

  2. Megan says:

    So where to next? I have no plans to travel, except back to the states, so you better go somewhere so I can still see some cool places!

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