Bangkok, Thailand; Day 7

As we prepare to leave Thailand tomorrow we were up and out early for our Covid tests so we could get same day results. We got a recommendation from our hotelier for a private hospital that is reliable and affordable and it was exactly that. The hospital seemed to take things more seriously than ourContinue reading “Bangkok, Thailand; Day 7”

Bangkok, Thailand; Day 6

What does a King Cobra, the Thai Royal family and a laundromat have in common? They were among today’s sights and Adventures during our 6th day in Bangkok. We awoke planning to get a pre-departure Covid-19 PCR test required for our next port of entry in Nairobi.  However, we were also planning to see theContinue reading “Bangkok, Thailand; Day 6”

Bangkok, Thailand; Day 5

Today started with some life maintenance activities. Everyone’s favorite – dental cleanings!! Hard to believe we’ve been traveling for over 7 months and we’re due for another cleaning. Actually we’re a tad early, but we decided getting them done in Bangkok would be easier than where we’ll be traveling in the next couple of months.Continue reading “Bangkok, Thailand; Day 5”

Bangkok, Thailand; Day 4

Today the kids asked for a day off from cultural or educational content but of course we still tried to find something fun to do. On our way to our big Adventure, we thought we’d have some small ones. We got dropped off about 1.5km away from our destination so we could walk through ChinatownContinue reading “Bangkok, Thailand; Day 4”

Bangkok, Thailand; Day 3

We booked our first tour using the company GetYourGuide. We’ve had them recommended to us multiple times and finally used it. It’s a global online marketplace for booking tours – they find you a quality guide for a private or group tour. They have a big selection of the popular activities in any given area.Continue reading “Bangkok, Thailand; Day 3”

Bangkok, Thailand; Day 2

We have a list of desired destinations and fun activities for our week in Bangkok and got started on completing these right away. We wanted to take a long boat ride in one of the canals and we were able to achieve that goal in the morning. We are staying in the Old City whichContinue reading “Bangkok, Thailand; Day 2”

Bangkok; Thailand; Day 1

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in an hour and 15 minutes. You can take a train in 11 hours or a bus/car in about 10. We decided not to do any of those. Instead we took 10 days to make it from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and are glad that we did.Continue reading “Bangkok; Thailand; Day 1”

Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 4

Tiffany has had a strong desire to ride a train on our world tour. The other 4 Adventurers talked her out of the 2 week Trans- Siberian trip across Russia and out of the 1 week trip across Canada. But they relented today with a ride on the so-called Death Railway. We visited a WarContinue reading “Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 4”

Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 3

Today’s adventures were lazy, hang around the resort ones. Our complimentary breakfast was served on the porch of our villa and the rest of the day was spent doing some math, playing in the pool and watching the sun set over the river. Timtub Siam still have a LOT of holiday lights up and turnContinue reading “Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 3”

Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 2

We began this school day with a field trip to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. This cemetery honours the remains of the captured Allied soldiers and airmen who died as POWs building the Burma-Thailand railroad during the Second World War. There are 5,000 British Commonwealth and 1,200 Dutch casualties commemorated in this cemetery (all of theContinue reading “Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 2”

Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 1

We have less than two weeks left in Thailand and when we leave, it will be from Bangkok. We started the day a 45 minute drive south from there, but that is not the direction we chose for this travel day. Instead we went 2.5 hours west to Kanchanaburi. This town of around 30,000 peopleContinue reading “Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Day 1”

Ayutthaya, Thailand; Day 3

Today was a bit of a slow moving, discombobulated day for these 5 Adventurers. We were all a little tired from our activity yesterday and from all the Wats and ruins over the last few days. Ayutthaya has been a tougher stop than Sukhothai. Perhaps because it’s the second ancient capital and we’re less excited.Continue reading “Ayutthaya, Thailand; Day 3”

Ayutthaya, Thailand; Day 2

Today, we rode in a tuk tuk, hired 4 Grab cars (think Uber-Asia) and rode a river boat – yet we still walked 5 miles. Phew, no wonder we’re tired. We haven’t walked this much since our hike to watch a sea turtle lay eggs in Tortuguero, Costa Rica last September. Fun fact; those eggsContinue reading “Ayutthaya, Thailand; Day 2”

Ayutthaya, Thailand; Day 1

This morning we said goodbye to our charming hotel in Sukhothai. With 5 Adventurers, we don’t fit in the standard hotel room with two beds so we have the debate to either squeeze into one room or get a bigger place/two rooms. If we’re staying a while, we’ll get a bigger place but for 2-3Continue reading “Ayutthaya, Thailand; Day 1”

Sukhothai, Thailand; Day 3

Today we continued our Adventures in the ancient city of Sukhothai – but this time we had an expert local guide and more transportation than our feet. It still involved our feet, but included 10 wheels! After another hearty breakfast at the hotel, we met Sumitra (nickname ‘Me-ow’) and her colleague in the driveway ofContinue reading “Sukhothai, Thailand; Day 3”

Sukhothai, Thailand; Day 2

We enjoyed our breakfast at the Thai Thai Resort and needed every calorie consumed to help is with our 4+ miles of walking the Old City of Sukhothai, Thailand. We started the day with a tuk tuk ride which took us out to one of the oldest temples in the area. The Wat Si ChumContinue reading “Sukhothai, Thailand; Day 2”

Sukhothai, Thailand; Day 1

We really enjoyed our time in Chiang Mai these past 4 weeks. We did our best to burrow into the day-to-day of living there and also see the local sites. But after almost a month it was time to move on to see more of Thailand. We hired a van to drive us 4 hoursContinue reading “Sukhothai, Thailand; Day 1”

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Day 27

We made a school day out of some visits to two temples in the area. Tiffany was fond of telling the kids that “we had ‘Wats’ to do today”. The kids weren’t amused by that pun either. Our first stop was to visit Wat Phat That Doi Kham which features three enormous Buddha statues inContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand: Day 27”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 26

We had a quiet day today after a lot of Adventures this week and a late night last night. A good Thai lunch, using up food from the kitchen for dinner and family movie night were the highlights of our activity. We leave Chiang Mai on Monday to explore some other parts of Thailand beforeContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 26”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 25

We had read good things about both of Chiang Mai’s zoos so we thought we’d pick one of them to try. One is the regular type of zoo – go during the day, see animals in enclosures etc, etc. The other one is called the Chiang Mai Night Safari and boasts a tram tour throughContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 25”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 24

At least one of our kids noticed an advertisement for a quarry waterpark in Chiang Mai. The photo looked like a death tourist trap but we were interested in a recreational outing and agreed to give it a chance. The place was called the Grand Canyon Water Park park and it was themed US WesternContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 24”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 23

The 5 Adventures Academy worked from a remote location today and came back stuffed! This afternoon we were under the excellent care of the CookVenture Home Cooking Studio. They teach how to cook delicious Thai food. It was a fantastic experience. We highly recommend cooking classes where you travel and this school if you’re everContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 23”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 22

We visited one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai called Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The legend of this temple is fascinating and worth a five minute read here. It was a school day today so the kids were positioned to look, listen, and learn. This temple is named for the mountain thatContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 22”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 21

We are over a month in Thailand and it’s been 3 weeks since we left the extravagant breakfast buffet in Phuket and came to Chiang Mai. So we thought we’d share a little about the cooking and eating we’ve been doing. Back during normal life in San Clemente, we cooked at home for a lotContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 21”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 20

It was another wonderful Saturday here in Thailand as we relaxed, enjoyed a pool day and had a Dad date (with CreeperPuppy). He and Brian went to the Dairy Queen to catch up on life and other interesting topics on a 1-on-1 basis. It was Children’s Day in Thailand – celebrated every year on theContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 20”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 19

Today these 5 Adventurers headed off to the Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. It was a great experience and got all of us closer to these animals than we had ever thought we’d be. The elephants we were visiting are either rescued, retired or unemployed. It used to be common in Thailand to use themContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 19”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 18

We are going to try to get more days of school out of the house (visiting temples, seeing historic sites, etc.) but today was a tablet school day for the kids.  We did start a new book today.  You may remember that we have read three books as a shared reading experience (Alice in Wonderland,Continue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 18”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 17

We had so much fun Monday on CreeperKitty’s birthday that we couldn’t fit it all into one post and decided to share it on our quiet Wednesday. After visiting the Umbrella Factory we went a little ways down the road to a place called Art in Paradise – there we got a lesson in perspectiveContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 17”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 16

Today was a normal day living life in Thailand. School, reading, laundry, etc. For dinner Brian and Tiffany decided not to cook so we went to a place for BBQ and…cooked. But it was fun cooking over a clay pot with hot coals. There are a bunch of similar places but the one we choseContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 16”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 15

The 5 Adventures Academy had a field trip to a factory today. It may be a bit different from what you may normally think of as a factory. The Borsang Umbrella Center makes thousands of handmade umbrellas and parasols every year. The Borsang village is the originator of the paper umbrella craft (yes, including thoseContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 15”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 14

Today was CreeperKitty’s birthday party! His actual birthday is not until tomorrow but we had an all day adventure planned so decided to celebrate today. We’d tried to convince him it was going to be a pretty lame birthday and he believed us since he’s seen no evidence of shopping or presents. It felt aContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 14”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 12

Many of the stores and restaurants in Chiang Mai are closed for New Year’s Day.  We had also learned that some were closed today as well. We decided to take this Friday off from school to give us a jump on the holiday weekend like many others here in Thailand.  Today we indulged our AmericanContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 12”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 11

Today was routine as we settle into the second week of our month-long Chiang Mai stay. School, wander the neighborhood (in this case in search of a liquor store, a fly swatter and AA batteries) and have a meal at a new restaurant. Suaram was the star of the show today. She is learning howContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 11”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 10

Computer-based lessons are unavoidable for the 5 Adventures Academy but we try to throw in variations every chance we can. Yesterday, we visited some Buddhist temples to follow-up with Brian’s religion section on Monday. Today, we played a game to follow up on Tiffany’s lesson teaching us all how to count confidently up to 13Continue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 10”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 9

Today we took school on the road (finally!) We all like field trip days better than online curriculum days. After brunch out we headed to the historic and cultural center of Chiang Mai – the Old City. Built in the late 13th century, it is a 2¼ km square area in the center of currentContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 9”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 8

In anticipation of our upcoming visits to some of the Buddhist temples in the area (there are over 300 in Chiang Mai alone) Brian prepared a presentation for school today on the fundamentals of Buddhism. The students seemed engaged by the material and provided their own perspectives on 4 Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.Continue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 8”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 7

Today had a relaxing start and then a flurry of activity. The kids got some cash for Christmas yesterday and were itching to spend it. We’d heard a rumor there was a ToysRUs on the other side of town and this week at that mall is a joint Japanese/Thai festival (which is why the parentsContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 7”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 6

Merry Christmas to all! We had a wonderful time today celebrating Christmas and opening gifts from each other. The kids loved their gifts from Santa and Brian & Tiffany were grateful for a happy and healthy family. Here is one quick image of the morning disarray. We hope that all of you enjoy the companyContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 6”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 5

Today was Christmas Eve for the 5 Adventurers in Thailand. No school today so this afternoon we headed out to Nic’s Restaurant and Playground. They had an extensive menu, a playground for the kids and SANTA. Well, one of Santa’s helpers wearing a beard over his mask and an obvious pillow under his coat –Continue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 5”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 4

We had a fun day of school today finishing up the group reading of The One and Only Ivan by watching the Disney film from last year. Apparently they do this in public school as well (i.e., read a book and then watch a film adaptation). The kids loved the movie and the teachers thoughtContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 4”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 3

Most of the day was hanging around the house for school, present wrapping, reading etc. but around 4:30 we (ad)ventured out to explore more of our part of Chiang Mai. Our house host recommended the local Ton Phayom fresh market for fruits and vegetables so we thought we’d check it out and grab dinner whileContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 3”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 2

After school this morning the 5 Adventurers spent some time apart gathering additional ingredients for a very Merry Christmas. We decided a while ago that we’d try to make Christmas special and familiar for the kids even though we would be in Asia. We also wanted to avoid carrying gifts for each other across 12Continue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 2”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 1

Today was an early but short and easy travel day for us. We left the resort about 6:15am and headed to the domestic terminal at Phuket airport. Our destination was Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and we flew Vietjet – a discount airline akin to Southwest or Frontier in the US.  The experience was familiarContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 1”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 11

Today was our last full day here in Phuket and we chose to visit some of our favorite places to do some of our favorite activities. The boys spent a few hours in the Kid’s Club. Mom and Suaram had a long conversation in the pool. Dad read Dostoyevsky in the shade with a coldContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 11”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 10

We were looking forward to visiting the market at Nai Yang Beach which is held on Saturday afternoon but were fearful that a rain storm might put a damper on the shopping. Fortunately the rains held off and we were able to sort through a wide variety of items for sale. Tiffany was right toContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 10”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 9

The faculty and student body of the 5 Adventures Academy were happy to see the school week come to a close today. We intend to press ahead with another few days of school before the Christmas weekend but were glad to see the end of our “resort school” week with all of the distractions andContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 9”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 8

After our favorite breakfast buffet we did school and then spent the afternoon at the pool. Buy one get one free happy hour was a draw for Brian and Tiffany while the kids decided to spend all their allowance money on donuts and then throw them in the pool. Afterwards we headed back to WeenaContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 8”