After a full day’s journey (boat from Phi Phi to Krabi, van from Krabi to Suratthani, another van from Suratthani to the pier, and a boat from the pier to Koh Samui), we finally made it to Koh Samui at around 7. Even though we were headed straight to Koh Phangan the next morning, Jason and Alyson were flying into Samui in the morning so we wanted to be there to greet them and all take the ferry together.
After an hour-long tuk tuk ride from Nathon Pier to our place in Chaweng Beach, we finally made it to our hotel. We had paid 800 B for our hotel room at Khun Chaweng Resort (a little more than we usually pay) and as soon as we walked into our room, we were amazed. It was one of the nicest rooms we’ve stayed in and in the perfect location. As much as we wanted to take advantage of our great hotel room, we also wanted to get out and explore/eat dinner. So, we headed out and decided to check out the beach.
Chaweng Beach is the largest beach in Koh Samui and also the most popular for tourists. Even though it was already dark when we got there, we could tell this was one of the nicest beaches we’ve seen and also that Koh Samui was going to be by far the nicest/fanciest island that we’ve been to. We could already see why this is the most popular spot/island for honeymooners. The beach is about 7 km long and filled with restaurant after restaurant, similar to what we typically see on the beaches but these were all very nice and classy. They were all offering seafood BBQs by the kilo, buckets, hookahs, and of course, a great view of the ocean. This would definitely be one of the dinners we’d have with Jason and Alyson.
After walking about a mile or so on the beach, we headed to the main street to check that out too. Just as the beach had been one of the nicest and fanciest that we’d seen, the street was the same way. There were great restaurants, shopping (including one of the huge fancy malls that we frequent in Bangkok but on a much smaller scale), and hotels lining the streets. Whereas on the beach we saw tons of seafood BBQ restaurants, lining the street were restaurants with similar setups, but instead of seafood, they were serving all different types of meat. From ribs to chicken to pork (some of them were even roasting full pigs right outside), we knew this would be the second meal we’d have with J+A when we were back in Samui.
But now, instead of planning our meals, we were ready to actually eat. We had read about the Chaweng Night Market, and happened to stumble upon it, and thought that would be a perfect and cheap meal for us for the night. We had some of our usual Thai favorites (all for 150 B – $5), a couple of margaritas, and then we walked back to our place and called it a night.
J+A were in Samui and waiting for us by the pier by 8:30am. We met them at about 10:30 for our 12:30 ferry. As soon as we saw Jason, he was so excited, less about seeing us (jk:) and more about all of the international people he’d met during his flight. He’d met people from Canada, the UK, Australia, and more. As someone who hasn’t done much traveling outside of the US, he had never really experienced this before. He loved talking to people from all over the world and swapping stories. We told him that this was one of our favorite things about traveling. Not only do you meet the most interesting people, you learn so much about other cultures, countries, etc. We told Jason that he would meet people from all over the world on this trip (particularly since we were going to the Full Moon Party, which draws people from all over), and he couldn’t wait.
Dave and I were excited to have an authentic Thai meal with Jason and Alyson for their first meal, but all Jason could think of eating was a cheeseburger. We were a little disappointed in him (though admittedly also a little jealous when his huge cheeseburger came out), but he vowed to eat Thai food for dinner. Alyson, on the other hand, not only had Thai food, she tried a new dish that we recommended, Lard Na, and loved it.
By the time we were done eating, it was time to board our 30 minute ferry to Koh Phangan. Luckily, we didn’t have to take any long ferries on this trip, as we didn’t know that Alyson didn’t love boats and often got seasick. Once again though, she was a trooper and made it to Phangan without any problems. As soon as we boarded the ferry, people immediately started talking to us about the Full Moon Party and what other parties we’d be attending during our stay. We didn’t realize that in addition to the Full Moon Party in a few days, there would be a waterfall party that night and a jungle party the night after. We weren’t sure if we’d make it to all of them (alive) so we decided to play our plans by ear.
We were all staying near Had Rin (Sunrise Beach), where the Full Moon Party was taking place, though we were at the opposite end as J+A. We got dropped off first and we all got settled before meeting up again a few hours later at their hotel (after they had time for a quick nap). Of course, Dave and I were anxious to explore, so after dropping off our stuff at the Pooltrap Village Bungalows where we were staying (after our awful experience in Koh Lanta with the bungalows, we were thrilled to learn that this place was not actually bungalows, but actually pretty decent rooms, complete with air conditioning… and no frogs, lizards, cockroaches, etc.), we walked into town to check out the scene.
Had Rin was very similar to Koh Phi Phi in that it was filled with tons of cheap restaurants and bars, stands selling great street food, and of course, lots of souvenir shops. The whole beach/town was also very manageable in size, like Phi Phi. We went to check out the beach, which similarly had the cheap bars serving buckets and hookahs that we love so much. And, even more amazingly, on the beach there were hundreds of stands set up in front of all the bars and restaurants that were individual bucket stands, selling buckets to go for as little as 150 B. This place seemed like heaven and we were already starting to get so excited for the Full Moon Party (FMP).
At around 6, we headed over to meet J+A at their place. They had a great hotel about a 5 minute walk from Had Rin. It was a perfect location. We waited for them to finish getting ready and then walked to the beach so that they could see it. We showed them around and then went to a very local Thai restaurant for dinner that a bar owner we had chatted with earlier in the night had recommended to us. Jason had promised us that he’d eat Thai food for his first night, so we wanted to make sure he kept his promise 🙂 We ordered all of our favorites (Pad See Ew, Pad Thai, Fried Rice, Morning Glory, and Papaya Salad). They seemed to like everything (except maybe the papaya salad, which was a bit too spicy for them), though they said they weren’t sure they’d ever be able to eat Thai food every day like we do. Luckily, all of the islands were full of Western food, but we told them that once we got to Bangkok it would be all local Thai!
After dinner, we went back to the beach to share a couple of buckets and a hookah – we had to make sure we showed them our favorite thing to do on the islands. We hung out on the beach for a couple hours, did some catching up, and then called it a semi-early night.
The next morning, we decided that we’d rent a tuk tuk for the day to explore the island. J+A had breakfast at our hotel, so Dave and I picked up something to eat on our way to meet them. We had seen a place called Mama Schnitzel the day before, serving huge chicken schnitzel sandwiches for 60 B. Even though it was 9:30 in the morning, we had to try one. It was awesome!
After breakfast, we found J+A and then a tuk tuk driver who agreed to take us around for the day. We were negotiating prices and finally agreed on something for the 4 of us, when at the last minute, two girls from S. America (one from Argentina and one from Chile) decided to hop onto our tour with us. Dave and I love talking to people about our time in S. America, so we didn’t mind at all. Usually, the more people you have, the better price you can get, but in this case, our trip was 420 B pp for the day, regardless of how many people were involved. We figured that with so many tourists coming for the Full Moon Party, we weren’t in the best negotiating position. Either way though, you can’t really beat $12 for a full day of touring per person.
Our first stop was the Phaeng Waterfall. We warned Jason that there most likely wouldn’t be much water in the falls because it hadn’t rained in about 8 months, but as soon as he heard there was a hike involved in the stop, his mind was made up. We saw the waterfall right away. Just as we had suspected, there was literally no water. But, then the hike to the viewpoint began, so Jason was still pumped. The hike was about 45 minutes long and not very difficult. The girl from Argentina that was with us, however, was not a small girl (to put it gently) and we could all tell that she was struggling. We finally made it to the top and J+A seemed to be very excited about the views and the photos. Dave and I didn’t think this was one of the best viewpoints we’ve seen, but we were happy that they were happy. We snapped about 50 photos and then Dave started looking around for another way down (we wanted to go a different way than we came, if possible).
There was a Thai guide standing at the viewpoint who told us we could go down another way. So, we listened to his advice because, well… why wouldn’t we? Dave led the whole group, but about 15 minutes into what should have been our descent, we realized that we were still walking up-hill, which didn’t seem right. Since our driver was supposed to be picking us up fairly soon, we decided not to risk it and turned around to go down the way we came. We realized that the other 2 girls from our group weren’t with us anymore. We figured they had turned around a few minutes ago.
We got back to the viewpoint and shortly after, we ran into the girls. The one from Argentina was limping and almost in tears. She had twisted her ankle and could hardly walk. Well, considering she was significantly overweight and wearing flip flops, the injury didn’t really surprise us. But, as soon as we started to realize that it would probably take her an extra hour to get down the bottom (if she made it at all), Dave and I started to freak out a little. This was our one day to explore the island and we had only hired our driver for 5 hours. If we got too behind in our schedule there’s no way we’d be able to make it to all the stops we wanted to see. Being the much nicer people that they are, J+A of course wanted to stay behind to help this girl down. Dave and I, on the other hand, wanted to go ahead to try to figure out a way to make sure we still got to go around the island.
After much debate, we decided to wait for the girl, and luckily we had a very nice driver who gave us a little extra time added to our trip to make sure we’d still get to all the stops she promised us. Suffice to say though, there was no more hiking for us that day. And, we made our Argentinean friend promise to wear sneakers while hiking from now on.
The rest of our stops for the day were different beaches around the island. The first was Ao Chaloklum, all the way in the North (Haad Rin is all the way in the South of the island). We arrived to find a beautiful and almost deserted beach with tons of colorful boats lined up along the shore. J+A were amazed at how pretty it was. For me, the more amazing thing was the fact that at one side of the island you can have a place like Haad Rin, which is packed from morning until night (or really until morning again) with tourists and everything a tourist could possibly want. Then, on the same island, you can have this beautiful, secluded, and very local beach, with not a tourist in site. Ao Chaloklum is also known to have a nice village, so since we were all starting to get hungry, we decided to find a spot for lunch. We settled on a cute place right on the ocean. Jason ordered a whisky coke with his meal. The restaurant didn’t have any whisky, so they actually sent someone out to the store to get a bottle so they could make his drink. He loved that. He also loved the fried fish that Dave and I ordered. He said it was one of the best dishes he’d ever had (though just a day earlier he had what he called his best meal of 2014 on his flight to Thailand, so we took it with a grain of salt:).
Stop number three was Haad Mae Had, another great beach. This one was a bit more touristy, but still beautiful. J+A wanted a little break from the sun, so instead of laying out or going for a swim, they decided to spend their hour getting massages. They had yet to try out the 200 B Thai massages, and they said they were awesome. Dave and I found a spot on the beach and went for a swim. We got into the water and the bottom was extremely rocky. So much so that it was almost impossible for us to walk. We both tried to find a spot where we could stand without stepping on all of the rocks. At one point, Dave slipped and put his hand down to catch himself. He immediately jumped up and said that he thought he had been bitten by something. I, of course, told him he was fine, but then he showed me his wrist, which looked like it had about 50 big puffy bites on it. We got out of the water and went into the nearest restaurant. They told him he’d been stung by a jellyfish! Luckily, they had some vinegar handy to help with the pain. I had always thought you had to pee on a jellyfish sting to make it better. Of course, I told Dave I was more than happy to volunteer, though he declined my offer 🙂 His sting looked pretty bad, but luckily, he seemed to be ok. What a tough husband I have! J+A didn’t believe us when we saw them again and told them. Two tour members had been injured during the day so far. We hoped there wouldn’t be any more!
Our last stop of the day was Haad Son, aka Secret Beach. We walked down a steep path from where our driver dropped us off on the road (this one was not easy for our Argentinean friend with the sprained ankle). Another beautiful and fairly secluded beach. After Dave’s jellyfish sting and another guy telling us that he had just stepped on a sea urchin, Alyson and I decided that we’d skip swimming this time. Jason and Dave, on the other hand, got right back in the water.
By the time we got back to Haad Rin, it was about 5:30 and we all needed some time to relax before heading out for the night. We had thought about going to the jungle party that night, but in the end, decided that it would be best to take it easy instead and save ourselves for the FMP the following night. So, we met up again for dinner at a place called Chicken Corner, which Dave and I had read about in our Lonely Planet and then found on our way to pick up J+A. Their menu was complete with pretty much anything and everything you could imagine, from Mexican to Italian to Thai to Israeli, and more. We all shared hummus and pita as an app (Dave and I hadn’t had this dish in months). For our entrees, Dave and I went for a burrito and a gnocchi gorgonzola (weird combo, I know, but they both were delish). Jason got tacos, which were arguably the best dish of the night, and Alyson got a chicken schnitzel sandwich., similar to the one we had for breakfast. After our delicious meal, we found a bar to have a couple beers and play some pool and then we decided to call it an early night.
The next day, J+A decided that they wanted to take it really easy and just relax at their hotel pool/beach. Since their place was so nice, we didn’t blame them for wanting to take advantage of it. Anyone who knows Dave and me though, knows that we can’t sit at the beach (or pool) for more than about 10 minutes without getting bored. So, in the morning, we grabbed breakfast (another sandwich, this time an awesome BLT from a place called Nira’s Bakery) and went to say hi to J+A before setting off on our own for a few hours. We had heard from several people about an awesome island right “around the corner” from Haad Rin called Haad Yuan. What we had heard was that 1) this was one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, and 2) this is where many FMP’ers go pre-FMP night to get their “party supplies.” Many people had told us that the FMP is crawling with people doing pretty much every kind of extra curricular activity imaginable and also crawling with under cover cops trying to sell you those extra curricular activities and then extort you for a huge sum of money or send you to jail once you show interest (unlike the US, there’s no law requiring the Thai police to tell you if they’re a cop if you ask them). So, if you want something other than just alcohol (not that we did, but we estimate about 50%, or more of the people at the party do), Haad Yuan is a good and safe place to go to get it.
This beach is only accessible by boat and is about a 5 minute ride from Haad Rin. We took a similar ride when we were in Krabi from Ao Nong to Railey Beach, which cost 50 B pp, per way. Here, however, they were charging 300 B pp per way. I’m not sure exactly why this is, but I imagine it’s because they know that the people who are going there to get something illegal will pay whatever the cost is. It’s pretty much highway robbery, and very hard to negotiate because all of the boat drivers just agree on a price that they won’t go below, and well.. that’s that. Luckily, we’re in low season so Dave was able to get us both there for 300 B each way, but it seemed as though most people were paying about 200 pp. Either way, $20 for a 10 minute round trip boat ride is insane, but like I said, we weren’t exactly in a strong negotiating position.
Anyway, 5 minutes after we left, we were in Haad Yuan. Everyone who said it was probably the most beautiful beach on the island was right. It was small enough to be very private but not too small that it would be boring to spend a few hours there. The sand was perfectly white, the water crystal clear. We wished J+A would have come with us to see it. We got dropped off around 2, and had arranged for the same driver to pick us up at 4:30. So, we had a couple of hours to explore and hang out. We did exactly that, and also had no problem finding the area on the beach where everyone came to get their pre-party supplies, not that we partook of course.
We were a little early at our meeting spot for our boat, and we started to talk to other drivers to see if we could negotiate even more. This turned out to be a mistake, as Dave told another one of the drivers that we had paid 150B pp for our rides and he got really angry. When our driver showed up, the other driver got into an argument with our driver about it (or so we assume, they were speaking Thai). Suffice to say, we had to pay the 200 B pp rate on the way back 😦 We just hope our boat driver didn’t get in trouble (or worse) over it. There’s definitely some sort of taxi mafia situation going on there.
We stopped by to say hello to J+A when we got back and talk about our plan for the evening. The hadn’t realized it, but their hotel required all guests to attend an all you can eat buffet, pre the FMP for 500 B per person. They tried to get out of it, but didn’t have much luck. So, after Dave and I got ready for the party, we picked up a couple of slices of pizza and ate in their hotel room while they were feasting. Personally, we like to eat pretty light when we have a big night of drinking ahead of us, but I guess the hotel wanted to make sure all of their guests stomachs were nice and full before the long night of drinking ahead. We told J+A to make sure they didn’t eat too much!
After dinner, we pregamed for the party (along with their 2 Aussie neighbors that they had befriended during the day). We headed out around 11 to check out the situation on the beach. We did a lap all the way down the beach, and although it was starting to get crowded, we realized we had arrived a bit too early. Luckily, J+A’s hotel was really close by, so we went back for about a half an hour for more pre-gaming before heading back out for round 2 around midnight.
By the time we got back, the party was in full swing. I have never seen anything even close to what I saw on the beach that night. All along the beach, the different bars had different DJs set up – essentially, it felt like 15 different parties going on all at the same time, each with a different vibe depending on the DJ and the music. There were 10,000 people (and this was the low season – during high season there can be as many as 40,000, which I can’t even imagine) from all over the world (we think probably about 100 different countries) all wearing neon shirts, with neon paint all over their bodies, all doing more extra curricular activities than I could possibly even imagine.
At the beginning of the night, Jason named himself the chaperon of the night. He said he would be in charge of making sure everyone stayed together. He even came up with a meeting place in case anyone got separated. But then, within a few minutes, he was the one running off, mostly looking for someone to give him some neon stripes under his eyes (like a football player!! – for the rest of the night, he was giving his “tough football player face” in every picture), or paint an American flag on his arm (“all the Canadians are doing it with their flags,” he said. After he got his stripes though, we all managed to stay together for the rest of the night.
One of the first things we saw when walking around the beach deciding on the bar we’d hang out at was a huge sleeping area set up on the sand. It pretty much was like a big playpen for the really drunk people to nap while their friends continued partying. We tried to figure out in what situation someone would end up in the sleeping area (rather than just going home) and the two most likely scenarios that we could come up with were 1) they just wanted to take a quick nap before continuing to party later in the night, or 2) they were with friends that were good enough to take them to a safe place when they got too drunk, but not good enough to leave the party to take them home. I’m going more with scenario number 2.
This party was one of those things that you kind of have to experience yourself to completely understand. With that many people all probably more (or as) intoxicated as they’ve ever been in their lives, you’d think that things would get rowdy or dangerous, but what I felt was that it was 10,000 people all just having the best time of their lives (and funnily, all doing it, while listening to American music). No one seemed to be too concerned with anyone else, everyone just wanted everyone to have a great time. Throughout the night, we spent time outside of several different bars and in between took breaks to go out to the street and get out of the crowd, to stop for another bucket, a snack, or a bottle of water. We thought this was a great strategy, as it never got too overwhelming. Before we knew it, it was after 4am, and we decided to go to the rooftops of one of the many bars to chill out for a bit and see the view from above. Even at 4am, the beach was still jam packed. By 5am, the bar was closing and kicking us out. Dave and I wanted us all to walk back to our place to hang out, though at this point, Jason was ready to call it a night (Alyson was down though). We finally convinced him to come over (they had yet to see our place) but within minutes of getting there, we were turning around to take them home.
As we were walking by the beach, we saw that the sun was starting to come up. Dave and I said we should all go to the beach to watch the sunrise, but J+A said that they could see the sun from where they were and they needed to go home and sleep. So, we parted ways at around 5:30 and Dave and I headed back to the beach just in time for sunrise. It was beautiful and we felt very accomplished that we had made it up for that (though we were 2 of about 2,000 that were still on the beach). Of the “Ten Full Moon Party Commandments” listed in the Lonely Planet book, one of them was making it out til sunrise. At 6:30, after one of the best nights of our lives and definitely the best party of our lives, Dave and I headed back for a short 2 hours of sleep, before we had to leave for our ferry to Koh Samui. For some reason, I decided that 6:30 was the time for me to shower and get completely ready to go for the next day before going to sleep. I woke up 2 hours later and was very happy to be packed, clean and already in my outfit for the day.
Dave and I knew we had to start the day with one last schnitzel sandwich and one last BLT sandwich to help with our hangovers before getting a taxi to the pier. We had agreed to all meet at the pier at 10, and by 10:30, when J+A were no where in sight, we started getting a little worried. Finally though, they showed up and we took our 30 minute ferry ride back to Koh Samui. The day after the FMP was pretty rough (especially for Al who threw up on the ferry ride, and then after as well). As soon as we got to Samui, we parted ways (our hotels were right across the street from each other) and spent the rest of the afternoon napping and recovering.
We met back up at 6pm and though everyone was feeling a little better, there was no way we’d be drinking that night. So instead, we decided that we’d feast on all-you-can-eat meat at one of the places Dave and I had seen a few nights before. We picked one of the restaurants roasting a full pig. Jason, Dave, and I got the all you can eat (we made a deal with the restaurant to give me 100 B off since I’m a girl – though of course anyone who knows me knows I can give any guy a run for their money when it comes to eating). Al went for a plate of assorted meat. At the beginning of the meal, Dave guessed he’d have about 3 plates of food, but the first plates they brought out were so big (filled with ribs, pork, chicken wings, salad, corn on the cob, and potatoes), none of us could eat more than one. It was an awesome meal.
After that, we walked back to our hotels down the main street in Chaweng, doing a little shopping along the way, and then all called it a very early night to catch up on some sleep that we had missed the night before.
Koh Samui is the 2nd biggest island in Thailand (after Phuket), so for our one full day on the island, we decided to rent a car so that we could explore. Dave and I have never rented a car in Thailand before, so we thought it’d be fun. We got a jeep and put together an itinerary for the day based off one of the island tours that all the tour companies were doing.
We left Chaweng Beach at around 10am, after doing our car rental check (we took pictures of every dent/scratch on the car before leaving to be sure the car rental place didn’t try to screw us when we returned it). Dave was the driver for the day, and between the fact that he hasn’t driven (a car at least; we’ve rented a motorbike a few times) since we left the States almost a year ago, and the fact that he had to drive on the wrong side of the car and the road, that was no easy feat. He did an awesome job all day, other than the fact that he kept confusing the turn signal handle and the windshield wiper handle (to his credit, they were on opposite sides than in the US).
We made our first stop at the Chaweng viewpoint, halfway between Chaweng and Lamai beach (the 2nd biggest beach on the island). From there, we went to see the famous Grandmother and Grandfather rocks near Lamai beach, though we’re not quite sure why exactly they are famous. We took a dip at Lamai beach, which was also really nice (and huge), and then continued on to Namuang Waterfall.
This waterfall is supposed to be the biggest on the island, but once again, we warned Jason that it might not have any water. There was some water trickling down and a big pool at the bottom of the falls to swim in, which he seemed to be very happy about. After swimming in the falls, we had a quick lunch (roasted chicken, pork, and papaya salad), and then continued on our drive.
Our next stop was at Nathon Town, where Dave and I had come into on the ferry. It was a pretty small town, but had some cute shops and restaurants that we walked around looking at.
Next, we went to the Fishermen’s Village in Bophut. We had all been really excited because we had seen a go-cart track, which we wanted to try out. But at 600 B pp for 10 minutes, we decided to skip it. The Fishermen’s Village though, was very cute and charming. There were tons of nice restaurants and shops, and then we saw something even better than a go-cart track… a huge, inflatable obstacle course set up in the water. We immediately decided that we had to do it and that we’d make it a competition (if Dave or I had the fastest time, J+A would buy us a whisky/redbull bucket later that night, and vice versa). After setting all the ground rules, and Dave and Jason estimating that they could get through the course in 1 minute, 30 seconds, Jason went first. It was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. He was slipping and sliding all over the place, falling in the water, and just exhausted by the time he completed the course (almost 7 minutes later). Dave did better, with a time of a little less than 6 minutes. Still so hilarious watching him go through the course.
My plan of action was to take it very slow and steady. I didn’t think I had the arm strength to pull myself back up onto the course if I fell into the water, so I did whatever I could to stay on there. Jason had fallen off 6 times and Dave 4 (with a 10 second penalty every time), but I managed to get through it and only fall off 3 times. It was still so exhausting! I beat Jason’s score, but Dave was still in first place. Unfortunately, right before Alyson was getting ready to go, it started pouring rain, and she wasn’t able to do the course. I think she was pretty bummed, and I don’t blame her 😦
Our last stop of the day was to what they call the “Big Buddha,” which is probably the most famous landmark in Samui. It was a huge, golden Buddha statue, and I think the first cultural thing that J+A had seen on their trip so far.
Before heading home, we stopped at a very local market that we saw on our drive to the Big Buddha. By the time we were done, it was almost 6, so we thought it was probably time to get back.
When we got back to our area, we weren’t all quite on the same page. J+A wanted to nap, but Dave and I wanted to drink. So, we split up for a couple hours to all do our things and then met up at 8:45 for our last dinner in the islands, a seafood BBQ on the beach. My cousin Jeremy had been to Samui and recommended Arc Bar to us as a place to stay. We didn’t end up staying there, but when we passed it on the beach and saw a great atmosphere, tons of seafood, and lots of people, we decided it would be a good place to settle in for the night.
Alyson doesn’t like seafood (luckily this place had about 20 pages to their menu), so Jason, Dave and I shared a piece of shark (neither Jason nor I had ever tried it) and a piece of barracuda. The seafood came with an awesome salad bar, potatoes, and fries, and then J+A and Dave and I each shared another dish. Pair that with a couple of buckets and a hookah, and we were happy and set for the night.
We had an awesome time exploring the islands and showing Jason and Alyson what our weekend getaways are like. Now, back to Bangkok for our last 2 days together (including Alyson’s bday and our 1 year anny) to show them what our lives in Thailand are like!