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BANGKOK, THAILAND

Sunday December 4, 2016

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Bangkok, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Bangkok, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Bangkok, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Both Luang Prabang and Siem Reap were the focus of our summer travel for 2016. As I wrapped up our plans earlier this year, I decided that tacking on a stop in Thailand would be a fun addition to our Southeast Asia adventure. It had been three years since my last trip, which seemed three years too long to be away. I’d visited Bangkok, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, Mae Wang and Chiang Mai previously, and decided this time I needed an island fix. With August monsoon season hitting the Andaman Sea, heading to Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand was a no-brainer. So I booked two tickets out to the island for a week of sun, sand and palms, following a quick stay in lovably chaotic Bangkok …

KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

Thursday November 10, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Koh Samui, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Koh Samui, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Koh Samui, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Koh Samui, Thailand www.bucketlistbums.com

Koh Samui was our first visit to the Gulf of Thailand, and I’m already scheming up plans for a second visit. This place was an exotic dreamland of turquoise beaches, swaying palms and lush jungle – exactly what I wanted from an island escape. Our visit coincided with monsoon season on the Andaman coast, which made deciding on Koh Samui a no brainer. Mornings treated us to blue skies and sunshine, followed by late afternoon downpours, which came as welcome relief from the draining heat. Ah, island life …

LUANG SAY RESIDENCE, LAOS

Thursday October 20, 2016

Luang Prabang, Laos www.bucketlistbums.com

Luang Prabang, Laos www.bucketlistbums.com

Luang Prabang, Laos www.bucketlistbums.com

Luang Prabang, Laos www.bucketlistbums.com

Luang Prabang, Laos www.bucketlistbums.com

After a crazy week of travel through Thailand, I felt such comfort knowing we’d be rooting ourselves in lovable Luang Prabang for a good chunk of time. And it was even better to know we’d be in the hands of The Luang Say Residence during our stay. Located just outside of the town’s historical district, the luxury boutique hotel was a tropical haven of lush palms, heliconia and lily ponds surrounding five white French colonial villas. At check-in, I wanted to pinch myself. It was like stepping into an elegant colonial dreamland – a place too charming to be real …