Roundup Week Three

Greetings from Thailand. In the hopes of keeping my friends and family up to date I am going to start a new series called the roundup. Every week I will be regaling you with my travel wins, fails and things in-between. Last week left me in Bangkok. This week I head further north to Chiang Mai and then across the boarder to Cambodia

This week Chiang Mai > Siem Reap > Phnom Penh

Day 15

Today we made our journey to Chiang Mai. Ashley and I boarded a flight heading to Chiang Mai. If you know me you’ll know I don’t enjoy flying. Learning to travel with my new found fear has been interesting to say the least. This flight was a bit bumpy and to make matters worse we were at the very back of the plane so we felt everything.

After arriving safely and checking in Ashley and I laid low for the night.


Day 16

Today we headed to the elephant jungle sanctuary. Located an hour outside of Chiang  Mai to see some elephants. Although terrifying at first, it was such an incredible experience. These beautiful creatures were rescued from horrendous elephant riding camps. Luckily that is all in the past for them and now they get to live the rest of their lives roaming free. We got to feed them, take a mud bath with them and, then bathe with them. Not exactly my normal type of spa day but I loved every minute of it.

We meet some Portuguese travelers who invited us to the Grand Canyon of Chiang Mai. This man made canyon is the perfect place to swim, paddle board and kayak. After a very hot day in the sun it was so refreshing. Afterwards we all headed to a local restaurant and I had some very spicy Chicken and Basil.

Day 17

Today was a temple day and Ashley and I headed to Wat Phra Singh. The temple was gorgeous and we loved seeing the many little temples. We intended on going to another temple but our tummies had other ideas. So instead we decided to grab a bite at Rustic & Blue. Wow this place was so adorable and the food was so fresh. After a dip in our pool it was feeding time again. We walked along the boarder of Old City and ventured to riverside bar for drinks. We then hit up the Ploen Ruedee Night Market. This was by far the best night market we had seen in Chiang Mai. It had  so many of the vendors and each looked so yummy.

Day 18

Ashley and I woke up super early to head to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. When we arrived already out of breathe due to the high altitude we were greeted by 300 stairs. It was all worth it to see the temple at the top. The views of Chiang Mai were beautiful even with the clouds. The temple itself was so beautiful. I feel in love with the prayer rooms and got to light a candle for my father. There was an energy running through the temple. When I stop and thank god for my blessings, it’s when it hits me how much I have already got to see, do and experience.

Of course after any spiritual experience I was ready to eat. We headed back to Rustic & Blue because it was that good. We then did some work back at the hotel and soon enough it was time to eat again. This time we would be the ones cooking. I thought it may be a cute idea to take a cooking class in every country. So tonight would be our first one in Thailand. After a trip to a local market we were off to BaanThai Cookery School for a private lesson. We cooked five dishes; Tom kah kai soup (a northern Thai specialty), deep fried spring rolls, pad see ew, green curry, and mango sticky rice. It was a feast fit for a king! Everyone at Baan farms were amazing and it was the perfect way to end our time in Chiang Mai. Read more about our cooking class HERE.

Day 19

Today we board two flights to reach Siem Reap in Cambodia. First Bangkok then off to Siem Reap just in time for bed. I was so sad to leave Thailand but so excited to be back in Cambodia a country I feel in love with three years ago.


Day 20

We relaxed by our pool at our beautiful hotel. Then we grabbed a tuk tuk and headed to Phnom Bakheng temple to watch the sunset. We were dripping with sweat while we sat waiting for the sun to set over the lush Cambodian landscape. The sunset was stunning.

After a gorgeous sunset Ashley and I decided to be adventurous and try some local delicacies. We ate at the Bug Cafe. There we feasted on tarantula, spinach, and feta samosas, scorpion & papaya salad, and the an ant salad. I thought the tarantula would be the worst but the samosas were actually delicious. Scorpion is super bitter! Like eating a plastic tire bitter. I have eatin fire ants before so I thought the ant salad would be the easiest, but actually those were some big suckers. Safe to say Ashley and I had our fix of bugs.

Day 21

Rise and shine waking up at 430 am is horrible but it was time to catch our tuk tuk and head to Angkor Wat for sunrise. While not as impressive as my first sunrise at Angkor Wat it was gorgeous nonetheless. Ashley and I explored Angkor Wat then ventured off to Baphuon Temple, Bayon Temple, and Ta Phrom. These are the popular ones and luckily we managed to avoid most of the massive crowds. Then for out last night in Siem Reap we visited pub street and walked around a bit. We ended our time in Siem Reap with $4 foot massages can’t get much better than that.



At a Glance


  • Finding out about the Southwest flight explosions the day of my flight to Siem Reap.
  • Being a paranoid freak and thinking I had Dengue Fever because I felt sick. Anytime I have felt ill on this trip my mind jumps to Dengue Fever.


  • Getting to play with Elephants was pretty amazing. It was definetly an experience I will remember forever.
  • Sunset at Phnom Bakheng. While I had gotten to see sunrise last time I was in Cambodia I never got to see a sunset there so that felt special.


  • Day 15-18 Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 19-21 Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Hi, I’m Jay a twenty-something-year-old New Yorker who quit her job and left everything behind to travel. I’ve lived in some incredible cities from Paris to New York to Florence, and along the way, I’ve crossed a ton off my bucket list. I hope to inspire you to get out there and see for yourself, just how beautiful life can be.

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