The following day I was able to experience Thailand’s own Grand Palace. This walled city known as the Grand Palace was built in 1792 by King Rama I. It is the city’s most famous landmark and was home to the Royal Family for 150 years.
The palace, known for its decadent and unique style, became an important architectural symbol of the Thai royal family and country as a whole.
Although it is open to visitors, the buildings are sometimes used for state occasions and royal ceremonies. This place was absolutely beautiful! If you are ever in Thailand, it is a MUST see.
After fifty million days and twenty eleven hours, I finally made it to Bangkok Thailand!!!! I was so happy when I got off the plane. It wasn’t the most comfortable experience but I made it safe and I was grateful. I got to Bangkok in the evening so I went straight to the Hotel and unpacked and rested till the next day. I stayed at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok. The hotel was really nice. I wish I would have taken pictures.
My first full day in Bangkok included visiting numerous locations. I first visited the Temple of Golden Buddha. This was the home of the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statue. The Buddha was 10 feet high and weighted over 5 tons. It was worth about 14 million dollars. I then got to see the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). Thailand is about 90 percent Buddhist so there were a lot of temples to visit. Each temple had a story of its own.
I’ve been traveling pretty much all my life and Thailand (thus far) has been my absolute favorite. I can honestly say I fell in LOVE with this country. This was my first solo trip and it was seriously amazing. To be able to do you WHAT want… WHEN you want, HOW you want and even IF you want is just very liberating. It really makes you feel powerful and allows you to learn so much about yourself along the way.
My trip to Thailand started November 2014 and it was the longest trip E V E R …seriously…like I said, I’ve traveled to many places but this was my longest to date. I had a total of 3 connecting flights but I was ready! I first departed Chicago and then headed to LA. It was an awesome connect location since my best friend lives there. It had a four hour layover but I was ready to make the best of it. After I landed in Los Angeles, my best friend picked me up from LAX and we then headed to a Mexican restaurant about 15 minutes away from the airport. It was good seeing her and catching up over dinner.
After that she dropped me back at the airport and shortly after I was headed on to Asia! My next stop was to Hong Kong, China where I had an 8 hour layover.
That layover was tough! I actually thought I was going to take advantage of the layover and go see The Great Wall of China but as soon as I got there, I was informed that this Great Wall was in Beijin and NOT Hong Kong….talk about embarrassed….I was SO salty. This is why you should do all your research when traveling. I figured I would still take advantage of Hong Kong. I left the airport and took a transit train to a mall called IFC that was about 25 minutes away from the airport.I made sure I was aware on how to get back to the airport before I left.
It was seriously a basic mall with the Apple store in it. I could tell I was in a touristy area due to the niceness of the place…I wasn’t a fan. I walked around, snapped some pictures, ate a snack, tried to hustle an iPhone 6 from this man on the street and then hopped back on the transit back to my safe haven: the airport.
I would soon begin my journey to Bangkok, Thailand…
Ok… so there was really no partying in Abu Dhabi…I just love that song! On my 5th or 6th day in the UAE, I visited the capital of the country: Abu Dhabi. The city’s main resource is its oil. Oil was found in this city and it has enough to last over 150 years. It’s crazy because gas is cheaper than water here…can you imagine?!
While in Abu Dhabi, I was blessed to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It was SOOOO beautiful. Words can’t express how beautiful it was. SERIOUSLY. Not only is it the largest mosque in the UAE but also the eight largest mosque in the world. I wish I had more pictures to show half its’ beauty but I will definitely have some more to share once I return to Abu Dhabi in the fall 🙂
What about you? Have you been to Abu Dhabi? What are your thoughts?
Below are a few pictures from my visit to Abu Dhabi.
Before heading to The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Outside The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Before entering The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
I live for experiences...and Dubai was definitely one I had to check off my #bucketlist. In October 2013, I gifted myself a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I found a Groupon that I though was very reasonable. This was my first time buying a “trip” through Groupon but I wasn’t skeptical at all. Within 48 from purchasing my Groupon I was contacted by Gate 1 Travel agency and they were able to confirm my ticket and room reservations. They also emailed me with a very detailed itinerary and I can’t say I wasn’t impressed. This Groupon was all-inclusive with the hotel and flights and most meals included. Someone would come pick us up at the airport when we landed in Dubai so I figured that was safe…and it was!
I’m not gone lie, I was a little nervous about going to Dubai since I had heard so many myths about how strict the culture was there but I wanted to experience it for myself. I soon began to research Dubai and found it to be pretty regal. Everything about Dubai seemed to be magical. I saw pictures of buildings that were amazingly beautiful.
I took all my pictures on my iPhone while I was in UAE. When I got back to the states, I never backed up my phone and all my pictures were lost when I was doing a silly Apple update…I was C R U S H E D 😦 All my pictures were gone…. I was able to save the ones below off my instagram page and from the email of pictures I sent my mom while I was in Dubai.
Below are few of the main attractions that I witnessed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I seriously can’t wait to go back with my Momsi in September! We were lucky enough to catch the flight deal last Christmas through Etihad.
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the WORLD. It is named after the President of UAE, who is also the Prince of Abu Dhabi. It has the tallest free-standing structure in the world and the highest number of stories in the world.
View from the 124th floor
About 7 years ago, this was all sand and ruins. Building it’s growth on trade and tourism, Dubai has created a niche for itself and made it’s mark as one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
Burj Khalifa At Night
Not sure of the name of this building but it is Indeed a beautiful sight.
Pure B L I S S
Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert. The HEAT was REAL.
Elegushi Beach / Lagos / Nigeria
…so I decided to dedicate a blog entirely to my experiences. Traveling has really allowed me to learn a lot about myself as a person and taken me out of my comfort zone. I’ve been traveling FOREVER and I want to be able to share my travel experiences…
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