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I’m a little sneaky.
As most of you know, I’ve dedicated the last two months of The Deep Dish to a Taste of Cayman series that showcased some of this year’s participants. ย However, some of you might have noticed my radio silence towards the end of the series. ย It’s not because I didn’t want to hand out some comment-love…it is because I was IN THAILAND!!!
Truer words have never been spoken, my friends. ย We very quickly learned that the best food in Thailand comes from a cart. ย Jill will be happy to learn they even had macarons!
Armed with that knowledge, we started our trip in Bangkok with a visit to the Grand Palace.
From there we headed to Wat Pho to see the massive Reclining Buddha, making sure to grab some spring rolls from a street vendor on the way ๐Ÿ™‚
Our day was spent doing a walking tour of Bangkok and we ended up resting our feet and filling our tummies at expat-favorite,ย Happy House.
I was thrilled to find that many dishes in Thailand are packed with pineapple and cashews! ย That’s a brilliant idea and I fully intend to start tossing them into my meals at home.
As far as I’m concerned, dinner isn’t complete without dessert and by using the default ‘street cart’ rule I discovered one of the best meals of the trip: Banana Nutella Roti.
There are street markets all over Bangkok and we started our second day off by heading to Bo Bae market to score some souvenirs on the cheap. And of course, grab an early lunch!
That picture of Alisha’s slurpage tells you just how good this food was. ย The rest of the day was spent sight-seeing before we hopped on a sleeper train for the 13 hour ride north to Chiang Mai.
Chaing Mai is beautiful! ย It’s full of gorgeous temples and incredibly kind people. ย It was our favorite stop on the trip. ย It also plays hosts to two fabulous restaurants.
When you’re in Chiang Mai, you have to swing by the Night Bazaar where they have just about everything ever made on sale with a ‘special price for you!’

When we went to China in 2008, we lavished eating Chinese food. Admittedly, if you didn’t want McDonalds, Pizza Hut or KFC that was pretty much your only option. ย This is not the case in Thailand! ย We had a fantastic German meal while stocking up on our Thailand trinkets.

While in Chiang Mai, there was much animal-snuggling.

The ‘Motherload of Yum’ was found in Chiang Mai with this traditional northern Thai dish, Khao Soi.

I’ve already made it twice since coming home. ย SO GOOD! ย After our tour guide rolled us out of the restaurant we walked our gluttony off at a few temples including Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

From Chiang Mai, we hopped on a domestic flight to Phuket and Patong Beach for some fun in the sun and good eats!

And if you’re in Patong, you simply cannot neglect to visit the Phi Phi Islands.

We had an amazing time in Thailand. ย The food, the people, the sights, the animals…nothing in our wildest dreams could have prepared us for the experience!

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  1. Street/Market foods are the best to sample local treats. I really want to visit Thailand some day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Echoing Vianney — thanks for sharing the ride with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh I miss everything about Thailand and I want to be the one slurping on that plate! Mis Koh Samuie and Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai rock! Aah…good ole time ๐Ÿ™‚

    chow! DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors

  3. Holy wow I am envious! What an amazing trip. I can't imagine – the monkeys the food the tiger cuddles! I sooo need to break free of this north east corner of my world and travel. Love all of your pics!!!

  4. SO jealous right now, what a trip!! Love all the pics and the food looks amazing! Thanks for letting us tag along.

  5. Fun – great food and a fabulous time. And a beach with monkeys – what's not to love about that?

  6. What a fabulous trip you all had in Thailand! You are not only a great traveler, but also a “traveler adviser”…all the sights, the people, the animals, the beaches, but mostly the amazing Thai foods, funny, how a German restaurant popped among the local Thai restaurants.
    Photos are the greatest:DDD
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing! We are seething with envy!!!

  8. hey cool! look slike u had lots of fun. I had heard many stories about thailand lots of ppl from here go there for holidays, its just a 2 hours flight. nobody told me that it looks so much like india. except the beaches are much prettier in thailand. the food looks amazing too! maybe we should plan a trip there. =)

  9. Oh how fun! Thanks for sharing the details and pictures of your fabulous trip!

  10. SO JEALOUS! I haven't been to Thailand in over 5 years ๐Ÿ™ I need to go back soon – your photos look gorgeous

  11. OOOOHHH MY! That's what you've been up to! Lucky girl!!! All the food looks to die for and those places…. ahhhh I have always wanted to visit Thailand… maybe as a stop over to Europe! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great to have you back!

  12. Oh my GOSH! How amazing! What an absolutely wonderful trip, filled with great experiences. Thank you so much for sharing! All of that food looks incredible. So glad you had such a great time!!

  13. I'm SO jealous right now! I have been to Phuket once for a wedding but whole time we were in a resort and my experience was nothing like this! I wanted to go out and explore more… everything you had looks great. Oh how much I love Thai food! Thanks for sharing. I should totally go back soon, or I should just go to Thai restaurant for lunch! My craving can't wait that long. =D

  14. I am so flippin' flappin' jealous! Wow! How freaking awesome is this ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. What a freaking awesome post! I totally wanted to lick those plates clean … and cuddle with tigers too! ๐Ÿ˜€ HUGS!!!!

  16. Oh my goodness! you are one lucky duck!! Thank you for taking such super pictures and sharing your wonderful travels with us!
    mary x

  17. Wow! I need to return to Thailand and savour in the delights we missed. This looks an amazing trip, Carsley. Loved your post – no wonder you were slurping from the plates! So, macarons are around, too? That may explain receiving a cuddly blue elephant from a Thai publisher. Wonder what that means? Sure was a gourmet trip! Great photos, too.

  18. OK, just yesterday, the man and I were talking about how badly we were craving Thai food, and how badly we would love to go to Thailand. Looks like you took full advantage of your trip; atta girl!

  19. A-mazing…German food in Thailand?! Now way! And the beaches are as beautiful as your pictures say they are?.. Always enjoy seeing your fun adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Fabulous pictures all of them – Thanks for a vicarious vacation ;P

  21. Lucky, lucky you!!! Fabulous sites and amazing food…thank for sharing your fabulous adventure with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. “The Motherload of Yum” ๐Ÿ™‚ — love it! Looks like a fantastic trip and food and fun was had by all! I have to go look at that last picture again now, aaaahhhhh…

  23. I can't believe I missed seeing this post. What an incredible trip you had. I've never been to Thailand but everyone I know that's gone falls in love with it.

    Great photos and obviously great food. My favorite is of I suppose one of your friends standing behind a chimp while both are looking at something.

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Now this is what I call an adventure. What an amazing trip and photos! I want to see and hear more.

  25. Looks like such a fun trip…what a great place to visit! Love the photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. What a GREAT trip! I love Thai food too.

  27. That looks like it was one awesome trip!
    And banana nutella roti – could it get any better?!

  28. What a great post! I wish I was there! Amazing photos! I love Thai food:-) My latest food post has an amazing Thai recipe:-)

  29. looks like you had a fun time! so jealous! ๐Ÿ˜›

  30. Okay so jealous right now. What a wonderful experience. The pics are incredible. You all look like you are having so much fun.

  31. Ummm… Thailand…. SO JEALOUS!!! That is my number one travel spot right now. I really hope you brought home that monkey!

  32. Everything looks delicious! I love that there's a German Hofbrauhaus!

  33. I have elaborated on my monkey comment on my blog (in the Panda post comments). I didn't want to post disturbing stories on your blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Wow… Wonderful trip! Are those tigers sedated? Sorry had to ask because you are so close:)
    Everything looks great. It is on our list of places to go along with Vietnam.

  35. Thai food has a lot of similarities with our Filipino food. I so love Thailand and I'm glad you are having a grand time over there. Wow these foodscape is killing me. Im so jealous!!!!

  36. You just took my DREAM trip! Lucky girl! Thank you for sharing all these pictures. If I ever get to go, I want to pick your brain. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Are you going to post your recipe for Khao Soi? Please? ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. What an amazing trip! I am simply drooling over that food as well as the whole experience.

  38. Khao Soi has now replaced pizza as my favourite food.

  39. My daughter went to Thailand last fall (to be a bridesmaid in a wedding!) and she has echoed everything you say! And I got some great silk jammies and some fun jewelry out of the deal — no food! Glad to hear what you've really been up to — having a ball!

  40. I really envious you that You can go to Thailand. I have not even been set back 10 years ago, but I have plans to go back about in June, I think you're obsessed with thailand right? a lot of fun there!!!

  41. Wow, what an AWESOME trip. I don't mind if once in a while you take a break from reporting on the Caymans!

  42. What an awesome trip; learned so much about Thailand; as always your photos are Perfection.

  43. What a fantastic holiday you all had. I'm so happy for you. You deserved a a fun time.

  44. I am so flippin' jealous! (Except for the monkeys – I am not a fan of monkeys. 19 years in Africa will do that for you;) Coconut and pineapple in everything= genius idea.

  45. I really enjoyed this post, you really brought out some of the coolest things about Thailand! No doubt you will be remembering this awesome trip for years to come. Glad to see what you have been up to-fun fun fun!

  46. You live The. Coolest. Life. That is all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  47. Lucky! What an awesome reason for a hiatus!

  48. What a wonderful post!!! Makes me miss you and Thailand so!! Glad to have made so many of the pics ๐Ÿ™‚ Yayyy Thailand. Same same but different.

  49. Absolutely love these photos! Sounds like it was a wonderful trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. What an amazing trip! That is on our list of places to visit, and now it makes me want to go sooner!

  51. It looks like you had a great time–food carts are hot around the world, it seems. Thailand is near the top of my travel list.

  52. I had no idea Thailand was so incredibly beautiful. So pleased you had a wonderful trip and shared it.
    Mrs. Herb Garden

  53. It looks like an amazing trip! What a great time you all must of had…looks like such fun!! My husband has been to Thailand twice, but he was working and was there for a jet ski race! So no great photos of food and fun like you have!

  54. Oh my gosh…I'm SO jealous right now. That trip looks unreal. Good for you!!

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