After spending one whole year as a full-time travelling family (wahoo!!) and having spent 359 days of this in Southeast Asia, we thought we would look back on the good and the bad.
After Pattaya, we decided to head north, back to Bangkok for our second visit; Paula’s brother and his family were flying back to New Zealand in a few days, her parents were due to fly to Vietnam on the 3rd of January and we had a bus booked to take us into Cambodia.
When family and friends found out we were visiting Pattaya we were warned about the sleazy nature of the city as it is considered one of the main sex tourism areas in Thailand. Since we did not intend to be out hitting the go-go bars and the infamous ‘walking street’ area we didn’t think it would be too much of a concern.
Our stay in Lopburi was a very last minute plan as our Airbnb just out of Ayutthaya was cancelled (due to damage caused by recent flooding) four days before we were due to head there. So after some last minute accommodation searches we found a good little spot just out of the centre of Lopburi…. and we were pleasantly surprised during our stay in “monkey city.”
Once our month-long visa for Laos was up, we had three weeks to fill before meeting family on Thailand’s eastern coast. We took a look at the map and did a few searches around the main trunk line that runs from the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge border crossing down towards Bangkok.
Carrying on from our first six month review post, I thought a blog that includes our costs and budget to date would also be required.
After visiting 4 countries, 10 provinces and travelling over 12,500kms we are just about to reach the six month mark of our adventures. So is being a full-time travelling family everything we dreamt it would be?
Once the boy’s cousins (Zac & Indi) returned from their holiday in Bali, they had plenty of time to spend with them as they were on a mid-term break from school. So it was perfect timing….
After a fleeting visit through Bangkok in early September we were back to spend just over two weeks here, see some sights and catch up with some more family.
Our stay in Chiang Mai saw us experiencing a range of activities and sights, from bathing with elephants, staying in a treehouse, standing on the highest peak in Thailand, learning Muay Thai and even having a Police Officer trying to extort money from us!! (More on this later)….