I have now been to two foreign countries, Mexico and Thailand. Very far from the suburbs.
Thailand was amazing. I loved how gracious the people were. There was a slightly more intense pace in Bangkok as opposed to Ko Phi Phi Island (Krabi) but the constant was grace. They never want to lose their cool or worse yet, cause someone else to “lose face”. Homeless encampments do not seem to exist there. But can really see the income disparity in Bangkok, with plenty of luxury outposts alongside tin sided shanties along the Chao Praya River.
I stayed right along the river at the Mandarin Oriental, which was amazing. I want to go back there one day again soon. Phi Phi Island Village was simply beautiful, with warm days and nights (but not too bad while I was there. I got lucky). Spent a day in Tonsai Bay too. Fun place to shop, eat and pick up other stuff. (Yes, I found cannabis near a taxi stand and well, it was cheap and good enough for me.)
Here are just a few photos. It was always a little foggy as they were coming out of the rainy season at that time (November) and not the best camera on my phone, but you get the idea!
Have you been to Asia or Southeast Asia? What sort of things did you procure? Bring back? Leave behind? Tell me your story please in the comments below.