For me, visiting Thailand was all about the food and it hasn't disappointed. From pad thai to mango shakes and Thai iced tea, my taste buds have been happy campers.
We started our time in Thailand with a day-long bus trip from Siem Reap into Bangkok. We spent our first night in a nice hostel in the Sukhumvit area of town. Our street was lined with food vendors and our hostel staff directed us to the award-winning pad thai booth. Yum. The next day, we took a five-hour train ride down to the beach town of Hua Hin. The train was by far the oldest working train I've ever been on and it lumbered along as a leisurely pace (the van ride back up to Bangkok took only two hours.) But, it provided some great countryside views and good reading and relaxing time.
Hua Hin is popular among Scandinavian tourists and is where the king is rumored to spend most of his time (in a highly guarded beach-side estate.) There, we spontaneously signed up for a day-long Thai cooking course, held in a woman's home. It was incredible. We started with a trip to the local market and then were able to make five or six dishes over the course of several hours. That would have been enough to make the trip worth it, but we were also able to sneak in a bit of beach time, too.
Yesterday, we headed back up to Bangkok, this time to the Khao San Road area - a maze of bars, restaurants, and shops. We treated outselves to Thai massages and plenty more food (pad see ew, red curry, and iced coffee among other treats.)
Today, on to Singapore!