My first meal in Thailand was Pad Thai from a street vendor, and my last meal was also Pad Thai, but this time, it was at the airport. The street version was better.

Thailand proved to be as hot and humid as I remembered it, even though it’s supposed to be winter. Nevertheless, I had an amazing visit. The first stop was to our house. I didn’t remember much of it. The next day, we went to church and met so many friends from long ago. The potluck was amazing.

Right after church, a bunch of us went to Koh Chang (Elephant Island) near the border with Cambodia. We arrived at the Bailan Bay Resort late Saturday night, and after having dinner and wrapping up, we stayed in beautiful cottages perched on stilts. We spent two nights there. In between, there was fishing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, eating, and simply laying out. The water was the perfect temperature.

Returning to Bangkok on Monday, my parents and I went to meet up with some relatives. The rest of the week was spent with more eating, visiting, and touring. One of the highlights was on Friday—first visiting Pranakorn Nornlen, a boutique hotel. Then, there was the Emerald Buddha Temple and the Palace. Afterwards, we ferried across the Chao Praya River to Wat Arun to climb the steps.

There was more church on Saturday. The trip concluded with an eating tour at Siam. Then, I arrived at the airport via light rail and finished off the trip with a plate of Pad Thai.

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