The Girls Take Over Houston

A couple of friends and I went to visit another friend that moved to Houston a couple of years ago for a couple of days. We were in need of a girls getaway and wanted to see a new city. This was my first time in Houston,Texas and it’s true…everything is BIGGER in Texas.

We stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton Houston West Hotel. It was overall a pretty decent experience. The hotel was located in the Galleria area so the location was perfect and we got a good price as well.

On our first full day in Houston, we made sure to visit The Breakfast Klub. We heard a lot of rave reviews of this brunch spot and wanted to experience it. We were not disappointed! AT ALL. Although it took a little over an hour for us to be seated, we enjoyed the wait by catching up among ourselves.

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By the time we knew it, we were seated and already eating. The food was ohhh soooo good. Seriously…I ordered Chicken and Waffles and it was very yummy. If you are ever in Houston, The Breakfast Klub is a MUST.

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After brunch we made sure to walk around Houston a bit and take some cool pics! We found a beautiful mural on Isabella Street in Houston. The painter of the mural was actually outside and was kind enough to take our picture for us 🙂

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The rest of the trip was spent relaxing…seriously. Below are some more pictures… ENjoy!

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Phuket Island

After my AHH-MAY-ZEEN time in Bangkok, I took a 30 minute flight to Phuket. Phuket is like the Miami of Thailand. It’s an island located on the western part of Thailand that most tourists make it a MUST to visit when in Thailand.

When we landed in Phuket, we were greeted by some very pretty native women. It was definitely a warm welcome!

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The hotel I stayed at was the Novotel Hotel in Kamala/Phuket Beach. The hotel was located directly ON Kamala Beach which made the place exceptional! My room was very spacious and had it’s own balcony which was great for perfect views. I just really appreciated the free wi-fi. You will never understand the struggle of getting free wi-fi until you travel internationally. Any hotel that has FREE wi-fi always gets an A plus from me.

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After getting settled, I was able to walk around and explore the beach some. There were many vendors on the actual beach. It was very easy to get anything from pancakes to massages…right on the beach!

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The following day I went on a tour to the Phang Nga Bay which is also known as the James Bond Island. The island was almost 2 hours away from the hotel and on the way there, we visited the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha) which is also known as the Monkey Temple. This temple was literally filled with hundreds of monkeys. When they see tourists with food, they come out of the caves and expect to be fed. It was quite the experience.

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After the Money Temple, it was time to take a long tail boat to the actual island. The ride was  VERY scenic. I can’t express how beautiful the ride was. The scenic area covered over 30 limestone islands, rock formations, caves and evergreen mangroves. Once I arrived at the James Bond Island, I was ready to explore…

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The following day was set to be my last day in Thailand. I spent the day at leisure in Phuket. I started the day by visiting the Tiger Temple in Patoong Beach. The experience was everything. I honestly wasn’t scared at all. I was just very alert and the trainer that was in the cage with me made me feel very comfortable.

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I spent the rest of the day picking up final souvenir gifts and just lounging on the beach.

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Thailand was my favorite country to explore thus far!! There’s so many more to see.

Floating Markets & Elephant Rides

My favorite day in Thailand was when I was able to visit the Floating Market. It was something I was definitely looking forward to. A Floating Market is a market where goods are sold on boats. It was originated in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life. We visited the Damnern Saduak Floating Market where we got to ride a long-tailed speed boat.   I was able to observe native Thai people sell fruits, spices and souvenirs. You can literally buy anything here!

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Later on that day, we went to an Elephant Camp that was about 30 minutes from Burma. Burma is Thailand’s neighboring country. Most of the people that worked at the Elephant Camp were from Burma. I made the best of my experience at the camp. When we first got there, I saw that most of the elephants were chained down and I noticed that the elephants were also pretty thin. That didn’t sit well with me. I’m all for a great experience but I do expect animals to be treated well. I have heard of other Elephant Camps that cater to protecting and taking care of the elephant race. If…I mean, WHEN I go back to Thailand, I plan on visiting one and experiencing that versus the one I went to this time around.  I still ended up taking the 30 minute forest trek. It wasn’t easy! Elephant’s are massive animals and the ride was pretty shaky. There were times where I thought I would fall. I made it through though! Overall, I’m glad I got to experience the Elephant Camp.

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