Our plan for Thailand! January 10-February 3, 2017thailand-1547511_1920

  • Bangkok, 3 days and nights
    • Fly out January 10 and Arrive Jan 12. Hoping to get over jet lag, check out Khao San Rd, eat some good food, see some Wat’s and get our bearings in Asia
  • January 15 Train to Siem Reap, Cambodia, 3 days at Angkor Wat
    • Going to take the slow train from Bangkok to the border. Angkor Wat is one of our non-negotiables. Explore the ruins with a tuk-tuk driver to guide us.
  • Overnight Train to Chiang Mai, 4 nights, check out another wat, Sunday night market, Thai cooking class
    • Volunteer at the Elephant Nature Park, 1 week
      feeding, bathing, working and serving the most eco-friendly and responsible Elephant sanctuary we could find. Hoping the kids love it and we will be getting to work!
  • Chiang Mai, 1 night, 1 more Sunday night market, then fly to Krabi
  • 3 nights in Railay Beach, Jan 30-Feb 1
    • This place looks amazing. Rock climbing Mecca and limestone bluffs meeting crystal blue waters! Infinity pool and separate rooms at the lodge.
  • Fly to Kuala Lumpur and on to Auckland, New Zealand!

Check out Eden Ministries

We bought many of of Christmas presents from them this year and everything was gorgeous! Eden Ministries serves to restore freedom for the captives of Asia’s red-light districts through holistic programs—transforming body, mind, and spirit. Young women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation are provided a new career, skill training, and counseling—empowering young women for a new life and future. Eden Ministries’ calling is to be a voice to the oppressed, a light to the darkness.

and check out The Well

We bought many presents from here as well!  The talent and tranquility of The Well artisans belies their astoundingly difficult backgrounds: one was sold into prostitution by her family as a small child; several were teenage bar workers; and another was a single mom with no resources. They have discovered their own innate talent through careful training in Thai arts, and The Well has given them a sense of hope and a positive vision for their futures. Today, these women have dreams of opening their own businesses; becoming doctors, nurses, lawyers, and teachers; and sending their children to school.