With the baby due in just 4 days and being homebound since August, I’ve been daydreaming about our July babymoon and realized I never posted the photos. We spent 6 of the 10 nights in Thailand.
Our first stop was Bangkok. It was my 3rd time there and JC’s first. The other two times I had been, I stayed in hotels on the river, most recently the Sheraton. As big and loyal fans of Starwood Hotels, we chose the gorgeous St. Regis. It was a 400 baht fare from the airport (about 12.50 USD) and because we were sort of in a daze, JC tried to give the driver 5000 baht (thinking it was 500). Thank goodness for honesty, the driver chuckled a bit and gave back most of the bills. We checked into the amazing room and rested a bit before heading down for an amazing breakfast. Considering we spent 2 nights in the city and didn’t stay up long enough for dinner, our 3 buffet breakfasts more than made up for it. Totally random, but any meal where you can have a eggs any way you want it – (just one benedict please) to fresh sashimi to bacon to dragonfruit to freshly bottled juices and the best tea I think I have ever had, is amazing to me. We rested up in the room and then took the train that conveniently had a stop connected to the hotel. We got off at a stop within a block of where we caught a boat to go sightseeing. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho – home of the Reclining Buddha were enough to see considering the heat and crowds. After we probably got ripped off with a taxi ride back to the hotel (at least it was air conditioned) we had some lunch by the pool. We then had The Chinese Tailor pick us up for JC’s fitting. If you’re in Bangkok for more than a day, you can get custom suits, shirts, and dresses made relatively inexpensively. This was my second time to The Chinese Tailor and I must say their service and quality is amazing – don’t let their website fool you. JC ended up having 3 suits and 5 dress shirts made that we had shipped back via DHL. The next day we took the train just a couple stops to Isetan where I enjoyed drooling over the washi tape. Then I met JC at Kinokuniya where we stocked up on some books. Other highlights included hanging out by the pool, seeing my products with American Crafts at Loft (a must stop for any stationery lover), my manicure and pedicure within walking distance from the hotel, and relaxing in our hotel. Next time we’ll try and stay up to visit the night markets and maybe even enjoy a dinner in Bangkok.
Next we were off to Phuket where we stayed at in a private villa at the Amanpuri. It was heaven and easily the most relaxing part of the entire trip. We were pampered and after getting over the initial surprise of them unpacking for us (yes, they did!) we adjusted quite easily to the best service we have ever had. Our sightseeing and leaving the resort was limited to the Big Buddha, which is still under construction. On our way up to it we saw elephants and monkeys, and I was able to snap a photo on the way down. Highlights in Phuket included consuming as many mangosteens as possible (this may be my favorite fruit ever), the Thai tea I had each morning – super sweet, but oh so yummy, relaxing and reading by the pool, JC going golfing at Blue Canyon, taking the buggy down to the beach, seeing a couple hermit crabs, having a masseuse come and do a 90 minute massage outside the villa (JC got a 60 minute one), every single meal we had at the villa, and just being completely pampered at the Amanpuri. And yes, we are already dreaming of taking this baby there in a couple years.