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.

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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)

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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…

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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.

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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?

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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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