Thai Thanksgiving: Introduction

A trip report for my Thanksgiving week in Thailand.

  1. Introduction
  2. SFO -> PVG -> HKT
  3. 6 hours in Phuket
  4. Ko Phi Phi
  5. Ao Nang
  6. KBV (Krabi) -> BKK (Bangkok)
  7. Bangkok
  8. BKK -> PVG -> SFO

Thailand is a very popular tourist destination, and it’s been on my list for years. My friends and I had all expressed interest in going to Thailand at some point, but it can be hard to get people to commit. (I’ve heard committing is even harder for Californians – apparently we’re notoriously flaky 😉 ).

At the beginning of the year, I proposed going over Thanksgiving to my boyfriend and a couple friends. Max and my friends Barbara and Aimee were down for it, so I started monitoring @theflightdeal for airfare.

In February, we found some cheap airfare but it still took us a few days to commit. We had limited PTO so we only wanted to spend a week, but we wanted to visit islands and Bangkok, too.


Little did we know the experience we would have on China Eastern Airlines!

Barbara had been to Thailand before, so we came up with a rough itinerary of flying into Phuket to visit islands, then flying to Bangkok for a few days before flying home. Our tickets cost $856 per person, and I put them all on my Chase Sapphire Preferred, resulting in almost 7000 Ultimate Rewards points.

We booked the following itinerary:

11/20: MU 590 Depart San Francisco 12:48PM, Arrive Shanghai 6:56PM (+1)

11/21: MU 9831 Depart Shanghai 9:17PM, Arrive Phuket 11/ 22, 1:22 AM (+1)


As far as hotels go, we crashed for a few hours at MeRoom in Phuket before taking the first ferry to Koh Phi Phi. On Phi Phi, we stayed at the very cute Sabai Sea View Bungalow. After a ferry conquered pouring rain to bring us from Phi Phi to Krabi, we stayed at Aonang Orchid Resort because I wanted to experience a swim-up pool villa. Finally, we flew Bangkok Airways from Krabi to Bangkok to spend our last few days in Bangkok. We stayed at the Grand Sukhumvit Bangkok by Accor – there are SO many hotel options in Bangkok, we basically opened up TripAdvisor and picked one randomly. Sometimes it’s nice not to take things too seriously…


Clockwise from upper left: MeRoom, view from Aonang Orchid Resort pool villa, our own little bungalow in Phi Phi, living room from our suite in Bangkok (we got upgraded), .

This was my first time ever visiting Asia, and I was so excited to experience it. At the end of the trip, Max asked me what my favorite parts on the trip were. I ended up saying about 7 things, one for every day we were in Thailand! That’s pretty awesome to have a great memory from every single day of the trip.


Clockwise from upper left: Celebrating Loy Krathong in Ao Nang, Washing an elephant in Ao Nang, Floating market in Bangkok, Snorkeling at Long Beach in Koh Phi Phi, 

Before leaving for Thailand, I had a lingering question…would people think I was Thai?


I didn’t have to wait long before setting foot in Thailand to find out!

→ Part 2: SFO > PVG > HKT

Other posts about my Thanksgiving in Thailand: #thaithanksgiving

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