After a 10-hour layover in Istanbul, we boarded our 10.5-hour flight to Bangkok just before 1AM. We were both anticipating such a long flight, but after one drink and some time to unwind, it was as if a week’s worth of early mornings had caught up with us all at once. We blinked our eyes and woke up 8 hours later! Our flight was practically over and we didn’t even have time to watch a movie. We landed at about noon and hired a tuk-tuk to take us to our pre-arranged Airbnb apartment.
We both had a bit of anxiety about the Southeast Asia part of our world trip. Culturally, and geographically, it’s unlike anywhere we’ve been so far, but as soon as we walked out the door of our high-rise apartment our concerns turned to excitement. The hustle and bustle is similar to New York City, something we’ve missed a bit, but overall there is a sense of chaos that we have never experienced. The first few things we realized about Bangkok were that they aren’t kidding about the prostitutes, road laws are non existent, and New York City smells like a field of flowers in comparison. We saw people cooking animals you’ve never even seen before, and if you sit at an intersection long enough, you will see an accident for sure, probably involving 30 or more scooters. The lack of rules, or at least the enforcement of them, is a common theme across all of SE Asia. After 3 nights we finished up Bangkok at the famous Chatuchak Market, which was too much to handle on a regular Saturday, never mind one where you have a flight at 5PM. We did our best to scavenge the aisles of super cheap shirts, boots, and army navy gear, but could only get through about 1%. We left in a hurry, torn, but feeling fortunate that we had seen any of this legendary market.
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Just recently stumbled across your blog through Outside Magazine and am slowly devouring your stories and adventures. Your Thailand itinerary covers the exact same locations my wife and I traveled about 20 months ago that completely changed my life and how I think about travel. My wife is a blogger herself, and we’ve both admitted that it would be a dream come true to take her stories on the road like you are doing. Y’all are awesome and I just wanted to drop you a line and express my support!
Barrett, thanks so much for reaching out. We can’t tell you how nice it is to receive support, especially from people who have travelled as we have! We wish you the best and think that you should absolutely take your stories on the road!
Stefaan + Sarah
Hey , i don’t even know how to start off with what to say. I’m a 15 year old girl living in Texas and i have this big mind for travel. i could go on about all the places i want to see before my time ends. I’ve come across your page when i was going through my Vsco. That is how i found you guys. Let me just start off with how amazing i think you guys are for getting the chance to see sights most people never get to see. I feel like you guys have been blessed to take this beautiful life changing expierence. I know that it may not have all been easy to get up and go and i’m pretty sure you guys had some stuggling days but like i’ve read, you guys over came those situations and were left with amazing memories and pictures. I know i’m young but i’ve always dreamed of traveling most of the world to see gods creations and all the majestic wonders that the world has to offer. So far i’ve only been to half the states of the U.S. and Costa Rica. I’ve posted pictures in my Vsco (GenMorales.Vsco.Co) , they are not as adventures as yours but there something (: I know i still have much more to go, but i just wanted to say that all your pictures have some what inspired me. I don’t mean to sound corny or anything but you guys sharing your moments is the best thing i could have ever come across. Letting someone else take in your memories. My point is that you guys have a great stories so far and i’m pretty sure you still have more tomorrows ahead of you guys.
Hi Genesis, Thank you so much for the kind words! It means so much to us that we can inspire others with our work and we are beyond grateful for the support. Sounds like you have a great passion for travel, like us! Follow your dreams, you have so much to look forward to!
Sarah + Stefaan