Before diving deep into our Thailand / South Korea travel diaries next week, I wanted to put together a Thailand 101 quick tips guide. Ted and I mentioned how we wish we knew all of these tips while planning our trip. Granted, we barely did research and just booked our flights without knowing much about Thailand, but it would have been nice to know:
Bangkok, being the capital, is such a big city. Saying that, you would assume you need to spend a lot of time here, but actually, you only need a couple nights here. For the actual touristy islands and elephant sanctuaries, they are in other cities, which is a plane rides away.
Phuket is another city on the beach, but the beaches are not as nice as Phi Phi Island. We thought we should stay in Phuket since it was so popular, but in reality we should have stayed in Phi Phi Island longer.
Phi Phi Island is about a 2.5 hour ferry ride from Phuket, BUT another 1 hour drive to the dock. You also can take a speed boat for 1 hour, which is much pricer but worth it in our opinion. We did the ferry on the way there and the speed boat on the way back. The closest airport for Phi Phi island is in Phuket.
Phi Phi island was by far our favorite! You must rent a long tail boat and have a local take you around to the small islands. It is such a unique place!
Chiang Mai is another must city which we had no idea about…. we WISH we did. Chiang Mai is where the elephant sanctuaries are located.
If you are looking to swim and play with elephants, if it’s not a sanctuary, the elephants are not treated correctly. Little did we know you would need to go to Chiang Mai for the sanctuaries. It is either a plane ride or train away from Bangkok. You can’t drive there!
Everything is reasonably priced, you just have to negotiate. Negotiating on the streets is a thing. Ted got a $70 bag down to $30 for my mom. We also stayed at 5 star resorts for about $100-150 a night.
In Bangkok, we also paid a taxi driver to stay with us for 2 days and take us wherever and only charged us around $50 a day
Pad Thai was around $3 and Thai massages were around $8
In reality, we kinda wish we did more research so these are things we learned along the way! I will be doing a step by step travel diary within the next few weeks since I know a lot of you have Thailand on your bucket list (& you need too add it if you don’t)! There is always so much to learn in a new country but these were some of the key basics we wish we knew!
If I wait too long to share this look, everything will be gone, because the price for this top and earrings are unbeatable! Yes, both under $40, and both amazing pieces that I have been getting a good wear out of. First, this cotton linen top comes in 4 different colors and is darling for the summer. Sleeveless is my go-to on hot summer days, and I love that the peplum lets you hide the food baby. I sized down to an xs, but could have gone with a xxs as well! There is a lot of material in this shirt and another reason as to why I am surprised by the price!
These earrings are also another surprise to me. I am an all earring lover, I don’t discriminate, and especially not against hot pink earrings. I immediately fell in love with these babes after finding them online and I have had a blast styling them! I also styled them in this IG post here. They are super light weight and perfect to bring your outfit a pop of color!
The colors are listed in order starting with the first column going down! My OTS (off the shoulder) was a Target find and you can find it here!
YSL Rouge Volupte – This is the lightest lipstick I own and it always ends up being way to light on me so I end up mixing it with a few others. However, I love the formula and many of my friends swear by it!
Revlon Ultra HD Matte in Forever– This is the best drug store lipstick I have found! It is so easy to throw on and I don’t have to worry about the smudges because it almost matches the color of my skin! The matte formula isn’t too drying either which is a plus!
*Nyx Soft Matte in the shade London – I love love love this formula since it is a soft matte, it is so creamy on my lips and it such a good brown/nude. I love to pair it with Nyx lip liner in nude beige to darken it up a bit.
Coulorpop Matte in the shade Echo Park – I have been using this one for year and I still love it. It lasts so long so I don’t have to worry about touching it up at HH with the girlies.
Mac matte in the shade Velvet Teddy – In the picture this color looks more on the pink side but on my lips it is more of a brown color but I’m not complaining because I love it. I do find myself reapplying it more often than other colors! It’s a good go to.
Lip Sense in the shade Hazelnut – This is my go to during a night out because I never have to reapply this! It seriously last so long and it doesn’t even come off on the glass when drinking. However, when purchasing this lipstick, I would recommend buying the gloss or matte topper so that it seals it to your lips, otherwise it will be very sticky!
Tom Ford Matte Rouge in Pussycat – This is my newest lippie and I am already so obsessed. One of my friends swears by Tom Ford so I had to try it out and it hasn’t disappointed me!
Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Becca – This is one of my brighter lipsticks that I go for when I want a pop of color. Plus it smells like cupcakes which who doesn’t love the smell of cupcakes?!
Glo Minerals Suede Matte Crayon in Sorbet – One of my favorite bright pink lipsticks that I wear on good days. It is matte and pretty creamy so it smudges easily but it’s so pretty I can’t get mad at it!
Denim mini skirts are growing on me BUT I haven’t gotten there just yet. It just reminds me of my sixth grade self and I can’t get over that hump. I am sure I will come around, just as every trend takes me a little while! Until then, I found this denim mini wrap skirt and I have worn it this past week more times than I should. It’s the perfect spin and this skirt is so stinking cute. I was sure to size down to a 0 and the tie wrap allows you to adjust it to your size. I wore this outfit to an all white house warming party a week ago. Obviously it’s not all white but I needed a break in the white since I am not a fan when I know everyone is going to be wearing the same thing lol! I am so weird so I thought breaking the all white rules with this skirt would be a good idea! PS I am wearing size 0 for reference!
Happy Monday darlings! Ted is home since bossman gave him off since he has been traveling for work so its officially our first pool day of the summer at home! We haven’t had a day to relax and just hang by the pool in Houston yet. I am so excited! We had a busy weekend with family and a wedding and it was a so much fun. Last night we had all our cousins over for game night and I put all of us in face masks. We even had the cousins but together some of our new furniture. Family time is the best! Anywho, enjoy your holiday week and be sure to check out the strong sales still happening here.