Man, I have a lot of pictures for you.

When I first decided to go to Thailand a few months ago it was because I thought that it would be really healing for me to come here.  

I was 100% right, I should really listen to myself more often.  

Traveling is good for the soul.  

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Cotton candy is good for the soul too.

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Totally normal to see this as you are driving along the road:

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I can’t stop.

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After we went to church on Sunday (ummm going to church in a different country is awesome!) we drove about an hour to explore Ayutthaya (the first capital of Thailand).  The city was destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army and we visited the ruins of the temples.

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We went down a ton of stairs to the bottom of one of the temples.  It was a tiny bit scary and it felt like an oven.  

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Wishing well.

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So beautiful.

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The outdoor markets are one of my favorite things about Thailand so far.

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Mango sticky rice, will you marry me?

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I actually have no idea what was in the bottom of this and I am okay with that.

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The meal I could live off of.

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DDDDDOOOONNNNNUUUUUTTTTTSSSSS

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And the sunset that made my heart melt.  No filter/no altering…. this is exactly what my eyeballs saw:

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I hope your Monday is off to a great start!

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Looks like an amazing trip. Glad you are having such a wonderful time. It looks beautiful there!

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Beautiful photos! Seems like just the trip you were needing :)

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beautiful sunset! Such a great way to heal….traveling is one of my favorite things as well. There’s something about having the ability/opportunity to travel that makes me feel so privileged and grateful at the same time. I cherish every minute I can explore some place new. Summers in the country or hikes out west…hopefully I’ll get some international travel in my life soon…have a super duper rest of trip. And who knew about the cotton candy?! Cool!

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Everything just looks amazing- glad that you are having this amazing experience :)

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Wow everything looks amazing. Elephants are the coolest animals, cant beleive the are right there in the road. Those ruins looked really cool, but yeah the temple did look kind of creepy. Food looks delicious! What an amazing sunset, I’m sure the picture didnt do it justice but still incredible.

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Wow, everything looks amazing! I have heard the outdoor markets are the best, especially the night time ones.

As you adjust to the temperatures, do you think you’ll find a time to go running outdoors? I know it must be so hot/muggy but it seems like such a beautiful place to run!

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Mmm mango sticky rice looks so amazing! I am glad you are having such a good time over there. It sounds like it was the best move for you.

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I totally agree: Travelling is very good for the soul! x

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Once again, your trip looks incredible. Those ruins look amazing. Now I really want to visit Thailand.

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How beautiful. Love the elephants. I don’t think I could stay away from them.

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I would be able to stay away from the elephants either. I could spend the whole day at the zoo just watching them, kids go crazy wanting to see other animals lol.

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What a beautiful place! So glad you’re having a blast… you totally deserve it!!

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Thailand looks so beautiful I hope you’re having a wonderful time!

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glad you listened to your heart, as well. i find travel to be incredibly therapeutic and cathartic. and religious ceremonies in other countries? even MORE cathartic, as you confront your own spirituality despite language barriers. hope you are experiencing a world of peace. [& adventure– go, girl!!!] xx

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Those ruins are beautiful. I am definitely feeling the traveling itch lately. My ex never takes the children, so I would have to take them along. I am ok with that. Maybe Utah to visit my sister? You’re pictures of the mountains there are tempting me.

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Tons of places to visit with the kids. We take our three everywhere, a bit hectic but great family memories and we always have a good time.

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that looks like bubble tea!!! ahhh I want to go to Thailand :)

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TOTALLY Bubble/Boba Tea. Those things at the bottom are Boba or Tapioca Pearls and they are DELIGHTFUL!

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Sounds like a wonderful day!

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What a beautiful place!! I can totally understand why it would be so healing. And I’ve always heard things about it, but now I see what they are all talking about.

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Awesome!!! Thailand looks absolutely beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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What incredible pictures! Wow- you are having a great trip :-)
(and basically every pic made me starving! haha, keep enjoying your time- you really deserve it!)

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Som Tom is amazing!! (Papaya salad)
It’s also super easy to make and great with grilled chicken or fish in the summer!!
Enjoy beautiful Thailand. :)

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I really want to go to Thailand now! I looks amazing!!

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Yep, definitely going to Thailand someday! :) Thanks for sharing all your beautiful pictures!

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Everything is so beautiful! Glad you’re enjoying yourself pretty girl!

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Love the pictures! Looks like the trip definitely was a great idea!

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I’m glad Thailand was everything you hoped it would be and more! It’s gorgeous, and oh the food!

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LOVE your pictures! Looks like such an amazing trip! :)

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Travelling being good for the soul — I couldn’t agree more. Happy to hear that you’re having such an amazing time, Janae :)

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What a beautiful set of photos!!

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Isn’t it great to get away? Looks so amazing and I think I now have a craving for mango sticky rice- that looks delicious!

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Bubble tea!!! I love that stuff! Isn’t it cool how traveling to a different place can really reset your perspective of the world?

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You have no idea how much I am coveting this trip. Everything looks amazing! The places, the sunset, the food, THE FOOD. I am seriously drooling. I think the drink was a boba tea. You can get them here. I like them at first and then the little balls start to gross me out. lol. You look so beautiful and happy in all the pictures. I am so glad you get this time for you. Love you girl!

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Thailand is on the table for our honeymoon, i keep showing your blog to my fiancé :) so keep the pictures coming!

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Wow this makes me really want to get out there and travel more. I hope in the upcoming years we have more time to do just that! Enjoy the rest of your trip – it looks amazing!

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No worries, the balls in bubble tea are just tapioca!

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Wow, Thailand looks so amazing! Love the pictures of the ruins

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It looks gorgeous! I love the sunset picture. Enjoy!

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So glad you are healing and getting to explore this big beauty world!

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beautiful*

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Glad you’re having an amazing time! Thailand is on my bucket list, and your pictures are making me want to buy a plain ticket right now ;)

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I love that you are blending right in and immersing yourself into the culture. What an amazing trip – thank you for sharing such a wide variety of pictures!

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OMG it looks amazing there!! Glad you’re having an amazing trip! Please keep getting those Thai massages because at $6, you can’t afford not to.

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I think your drink is Boba!!! I loooove boba and the little black gummy things are tapioca balls. I bet the real deal in Thailand is gooood!! The pictures are so beautiful and the food is making me hungry!

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So happy to read that you are having so much fun! If it isnt being nosy how come your friends live there? That tree is so amazing. The sunset is so beautiful, makes one really appreciate the love God has for us making something so useful and beautiful. Keep the pictures coming :)

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Great comment “The sunset is so beautiful, makes one really appreciate the love God has for us making something so useful and beautiful.” Excellent way to look at it.

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Fresh fruit looks delicious!! Traveling is so good for the soul and beautiful sunsets are too! Have a fantastic trip. I love all of the pics.

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I love that tree with the face in it!

Being in a new place always seems to heal … way to pick Thailand! Glad to hear you are enjoying this experience :)

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So…now I want to go to Thailand. Im happy to hear that the trip is everything you hoped it would be!

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I would love it if you would post some pictures of locals and tell us about your conversations with them.

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Wow, how beautiful! What amazing photos. Just gorgeous. Have fun and enjoy every moment.

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So beautiful! I’m glad you’re having such a wonderful experience!

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You make me miss Thailand! I loved it there – it’s so soothing (and busy) at the same time. I loved the street food too. Their fruit does taste like candy. I never really knew what I was eating, but that’s okay. I never got sick and liked virtually all the food.

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Beautiful!! Thailand is on my bucket list. That and riding on an elephant. Maybe I could ride on an elephant in Thailand. Kill two birds with one stone.

I’m so glad you’re having a wonderful time. As for that drink with the big straw, it looks like bubble/boba tea. If they were balls at the bottom, then they were tapioca balls. My favorite flavor is taro. Give it a try if you get a chance. Milk tea heaven. I’m craving one now.

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ahhhh I am so jealous, I want to be there right now!!! Haha thank you for taking us on this trip with you – virtually!!! You’re the best!! :D

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Beautiful pictures, especially the sunset! Enjoy your trip!

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Wow Janae, what an amazing trip for you! So glad to see you’re having a blast :)

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Looks like you’re having an amazing time! So glad you’re enjoying yourself, you definitely deserve it! <3

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AHH! SO GORGEOUS! So glad you’re getting everything you needed out of your trip! Keep the pictures coming!

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Amazing! I would love to go to thailand some day. I need to get out more.

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Love the pictures, keep them coming!

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You found donuts!!!!

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Thanks Janae, now I REALLY want Thai food and mango sticky rice for lunch! Your pictures are beautiful, especially the ones at Ayutthaya, I’ve never had the urge to go to Thailand but your posts are making it look so amazing!

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Traveling is good for the soul…

I want to go to Thailand soon!!!!

I love the freshfruit in Asia! So good. Glad you’re having fun!!

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Looks like an amazing trip. Thailand is somewhere I would have never thought to visit but you’re trip is convincing me otherwise!

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AGH! It looks like you’re having a great time so far! I want to try some of that mango sticky rice!! Would you bring some back for me?!?! :) I love going to outdoor markets too- one of the best parts of traveling.

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What fabulous photos!!! It looks gorgeous there. I’d be allll about those outdoor markets too :)

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Oh my gosh. All of the gosh. I’m so happy that you’re having a wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous time!

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Looks amazing! I want some of those little cotton candy cups!

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You look a LOT like your sister in that donut pic! Beautiful girls. ;-)

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I was thinking the EXACT same thing!! :)

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Wow it looks like you are having an amazing time! What a great experience to go see another culture so different from your own.

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So beautiful! So glad you got this opportunity and are sharing it with all of us :) <3

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This looks like such an awesome trip! Thailand has never been on my bucket list, but I may have to add it!

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Mahalo for sharing!

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That looks completely incredible… WOW! That wishing well/tree thinger is SO beautiful!

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Wow! Looks incredible! I need to travel more!

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aghhh mango sticky rice!!!!

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OMG… I LOVE LOVE LOVE sticky rice! It looks like your having such an amazing time! Enjoy it, you deserve it ;)

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Travelling is very good for the soul :)

Looks like you’re having an amazing time so far!

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I love looking at your photos – we are going back to Thailand for a holiday in July and I can’t wait to eat Khao Soi and mango sticky rice again! this time we are travelling with an 18 month old so that will be a different experience too! the Thais are the most awesome people ever and I absolutely love the country – so glad that you are having a great time there too :-)

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Traveling anywhere with an 18 mo old is difficult but that long trip to Thailand….yikes lol

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Love all the photos..

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So many amazing photos! Thailand looks beautiful!I’ve never had mango sticky rice but WOW does it look yummy! As does all the other food!!

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That’s bubble tea! The stuff in the bottom of the cup is tapioca. It is my favorite treat ever!

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Wow-those pictures are amazing! How beautiful. I’m so glad you are having fun!

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I’m having travel envy! I love all your pictures, it looks like you’re having a great time!

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Thailand is on my list for sure! These pictures are incredible!! I love that you love cotton candy! I eat it whenever I can. :)

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Amazing pictures! Glad you are having a great time:)

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Viewing these pictures gives me goosebumps.

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Visit the floating market before you go! So neat!!

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Gorgeous! So glad you are having a great time and getting what you need to heal and refresh.

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I want to go to Thailand SO bad!!

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Beautiful!! I need a vacation. Traveling is SO good for the soul. Soak up every minute!!!!

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sooo… do you want to trade lives? let me take that gorgeous vacation off your hands for a bit! ;)

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I am glad youre having fun over there! That fruit looks so so good and summery!

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Such beauty! I’m jealous and motivated to go!!:)

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Elephants are the best!! That looks so wonderful!

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The ruins are really something to see. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

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Glad you’re feeling a little better. Your pictures are gorgeous!

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Please avoid all elephant activity in Thailand, see here in these videos why;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX7VWC3bJ1Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB0UELUOvJs

There are many national parks across whole Thailand where elephants can be seen in wild, like in Khao Yai, Kaeng Krachan, Kui Buri national parks;

http://www.thainationalparks.com/khao-yai-national-park

http://www.thainationalparks.com/kaeng-krachan-national-park

http://www.thainationalparks.com/kui-buri-national-park

.. or try Elephant Nature Park, the only place where abondoned or sick elephants are truly taken care of and be safe;

http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/

Regards,

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