I was waiting for it since I left Paris. Earlier in June, I grabbed a taxi to pick my boyfriend at the airport. We spent few days in Bangkok visiting all of its beautiful places. We embarked on a the Tourist Express Chao Phraya boat. I prefer to take this one instead of the other one because, there are less stops on its way. Then we arrived at Wat Arun which is one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, I think.
Then, we took a tiny boat to cross the river. We visited Wat Pho mainly known for his reclining Buddha of 43 meters long. This temple was built in 1788 & then it was extended between 1824 & 1851. This statue represents Buddha when he was about to reach the parinirvana. Buddhists associate this Buddha to Tuesday because it was said that he found peace during this day.
A flight to the North
After one hour flying above Thailand, we landed at Chiang Rai. We stayed there for two nights. We went at Aye’s Restaurant to have a drink. We met the owner who was very sweet. I talked about Phu Chi Fa with him & I told him that I could not find anything that would bring us there. He called one of his friends who drives a taxi car. For 2 000 THB, we had a driver for a day. Everyone in this place was so kind. The waitresses were very curious about our journey & they even tried to say few words in French to make my boyfriend smile. The next day, the driver picked us at the hotel & after two hours on the mountain path, we arrived at Phu Chi Fa. The trip was amazing. We saw how nature can be wonderful & we’ve passed through Hill tribes. We climbed the 1,628 m mountain hoping to see the Mekong down there & unfortunately, we didn’t see anything except the clouds. To me, it was very special to be in the ambiance I felt like I was in the sky. I really don’t know how to describe this experience.
Then, we asked the driver to bring us to the most famous temple of the district : the White Temple also called Wat Rong Khun. This one is very interesting regarding religion & traditions. The whole structure symbolizes a lot about buddhism. The bridge represents the rebirth cycle. The hands at the beginning of the bridge depict everything that distract people from their way to Heaven.
A walk through History
There was one place where I really wanted to go with my boyfriend it was Sukhothai but before, my aunts brought us to Ayutthaya which is one of the first Thailand Capital when the country was still named Siam (1350). In 1569 & 1767, the Burmese robbed everything. Today, the Historical Park tries to preserve the ruins of the past. In this place, every visitor recognizes the Buddha’s face inset in trees.
Somehow, I prefer Sukhothai because it was the first capital of Siam Kingdom founded in 1238. For a long time, Sukhothai was under the Khmer Empire’s domination. Each time I visit the Historical Park I feel so much serenity. I am very glad that these two monuments are part of UNESCO world heritage. Today, there are banks that help to finance the sites’ renovations. Thanks to my aunts, I had the chance to share these wonderful landscapes to my boyfriend. They drove about 800 km to bring us there.
Last days in Paradise
For the last days of my BF’s stay, we took a flight to Koh Samui which is one of the Paradisiac Islands in Thailand. If you want to get there, I recommend you to choose the plane it is not the cheaper way but you will be there in one hour. Taking a boat is a really long journey (about 8 hours). It was truly, the most beautiful week-end I spent. If you’re following me on Instagram, you may have seen that I booked a pool villa at Deva Beach Resort & Spa. We rent a scooter for a day & went to most famous beach : Chaweng Beach. We didn’t do something very interesting at the Island except enjoying our love by the swimming pool & the incredible hotel bar.