Phuket, Thailand | Photo Diary

After starting the trip to Thailand with a boat tour around Ko Phi Phi, we spent the rest of our days exploring Phuket.  We were spoiled after watching the sunset on the “Miracle Lawn” of a mountainside villa with our new bestie, the baby elephant Yaya, and enjoying the fairytale sunset wedding at another villa higher up.

Alongside all the romance we caught some muay thai fights, rode elephants in the jungle, visited the Big Buddha, walked through the Chiang Mai Sunday Night Street Market, and relaxed by the pool.  We also saw a “ping-pong show” on Bangla Road in Patong, but lets not talk about that…

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Totoro begged to travel with me, so I had to let him.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Later we learned that the Hyatt Regency Phuket is sort of out of the way, but regardless we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Along with the resorts infinity pool, our room also came with a personal pool on the balcony which overlooked the ocean.  The staff were all so sweet; I would recommend the Hyatt if you’re unsure of where to stay.Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetIMG_1106IMG_1007_Fotor_Collage

Baby Yaya was the sweetest elephant I met during the whole trip~Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset90I1GhVn2h8xUbzfA4Zu2CkzQOvM0V4_thJ5o7-ut-g

The sunset as viewed from “Miracle Lawn.”hh-2Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetIMG_1035_Fotor_Collage

They tried to tell us that all of our elephants were named Lady Gaga or Beyonce, until we finally convinced our guides to tell us their real names.  I wonder what names they give tourists who aren’t American?Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

If you make a donation to the temple, you can buy a bell to write your wish upon.  The breeze rings the bell and makes the wish.10505628_10152518402511026_2785690411109151471_nProcessed with VSCOcam with f3 presethhProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presettumblr_ncinxivhz81qzmob5o1_1280-1

It was so humid at the Big Buddha that I caved and bought some homemade coconut ice cream… which was served in a hot dog bun topped with pistachios.  Interesting combination, but actually not bad at all.
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A wedding so well done and more beautiful than I could have imagined…
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Shout out to my lovely wedding dates, Whitney & Emily ❤IMG_1103Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

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Congratulations, Candis- We love you!
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They set up a private Floating Lantern Festival for after the ceremony, so we could let our wishes fly into the sky.8c5Jbjf3SZT8ElrGGw0OpHfVsifhHAh6WvN7KjeFs78

…and then the happy couple wanted us all to go swimming, so naturally we did.
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There was a little “band” with flutes and cymbals on the bleachers behind the ring, is this traditional for muay thai or random for the arena?IMG_1061_Fotor_Collage Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

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*My iPhone broke midway through the Thailand trip, and my camera wouldn’t fit in all my clutches, so some of these photos belong to the rest of the group and not to me… thank you to everyone for sharing them!

xxLK

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