Wow — what a week! This was the first time I pulled my passport out since arriving in Thailand in late September, and only the third time I’ve left the comfy shores of Koh Tao in the same time period. And while I’ve been endlessly content to sit still lately, this trip was a blissful reminder of how good it feels to move. We kicked things off with two days in Bangkok, spent primarily exploring the city’s so called Green Lung, the island of Bang Krachao — though we did escape to downtown one evening to eat tacos and watch Star Wars (a true expat vacation). Next, we hopped a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, one of my favorite destinations in all of Southeast Asia. Here, we settled in at the lush Navutu Dreams, where we spent four days enjoying the resorts’ wellness offerings and serene vibes and exploring the temples of Angkor.
It was a true vacation. We didn’t stress about bus schedules or scouring booking sites or doing and seeing it all. We put in lots of leg work planning the trip ahead of time, and simply enjoyed watching it come to life upon arrival. I can’t wait to share every detail — from biking through the island Bangkok forgot to practicing yoga and trying acupuncture in the gardens of Navutu — in future posts. For now, a little preview.
Because this post is going up a little late (I’ve had it written for more than 48 hours, but didn’t have a reliable internet connection with which to upload it — ah, Southeast Asia) I’m packing it with extra punches of visual goodness. Enjoy this special extended edition of Photo of the Week, and I hope that no matter where you are or what you’re celebrating (or even what you’re struggling with, since this can be a tough time of the year for many) you’ve found a way to capture a bit of the magic of this season.
A brief stay at Bangkok Tree House
Sunrise over Angkor Wat
Our Siem Reap Sanctuary, Navutu Dreams
The twisted trees of Ta Prohm and the bold faces of Bayon
Breakfast of champions at Navutu
Saffron, the hue of Southeast Asia
Goodbye, jungle paradise
Which photo is your favorite?
Housekeeping Note: I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas and I’m still blogging about my summer travels! There’s just so much to cover — no wonder I got so burned out on travel that I needed to take this time to catch my breath — and catch up on posts. You guys know I love sharing my travels chronologically whenever possible. However, I’m getting antsy to start sharing these Southeast Asia adventures with you along with the ones I’m currently blogging about — my summer Caribbean trip and soon to come, my American West one. What do you guys think? Do you mind if I start shaking things up by sharing a bit of both? As always, I’m open to your thoughts and feedback!