More family has arrived!

Max & Kristin enjoying the pool-side life in Phuket

Max & Kristin enjoying the pool-side life in Phuket

What a whirlwind!  From the temples and mountains of Chiang Mai to the beaches of Thailand!  Leaving Cory and Margo to travel through Laos we set off to meet Max and Kristin in Phuket.  It was so fun arriving to see them swimming in their hotel pool like they've always been down here and we've just finally made it to see them. 

The next day Eric and I set off on scooters, while Max and Kristin got in a private car to drive them to the sites.  We met up at the Big Buddha to enjoy the views of both Buddha and the surroundings.  The water is so gorgeous here! 

Max and Kristin set off to ride some elephants and Eric and I scootered off to look for some pretty views.  We love the feeling of freedom we get from having a scooter and being able to explore.  I'm thankful Eric has mastered driving on the left hand side of the road and being so confident in his skills with all the different types of drivers we encounter. 

We met back up with Kristin and Max at the pool for the perfect ending of such a fun day.

Sukhothai, family edition

I've missed this face!

I've missed this face!

Knowing Cory and his girlfriend Margo were coming to visit us at the beginning of July got us through many tough days on Java.   It's been 7 months since we have seen friends or family from home and though we have met so many awesome people on the road, nothing replaces family.  They arrived early in the morning to Bangkok and we hit the streets exploring and taking the river ferry up and down the river.

The next day we headed by train to the town of Sukhothai where there are 193 ruins from the 13th and 14th centuries.  They are spread throughout 70km and we found the best way to explore was by scooter since the 100 degree temperatures made it a bit hot to explore by bike!

The temples were lovely.  Not too crowded and with plenty of areas to take a pause and take in the surroundings. They are divided into sections and we explored the Central section and then the East and North areas as well.  The central area has been restored to some degree but seeing the nature taking over other areas was beautiful.  Click on any of the images below to enlarge.

Another really special part of this day was getting to call our family on Dinner Island to wish them a Happy 4th of July.  While they were all together lighting off fireworks it was surreal we were halfway around the world looking at Buddhist temples!  I'm so glad we could say hello to everyone - this is the closest we'll get to a family reunion for a while!

Talk to family - from a Buddhist temple to Dinner Island!

Talk to family - from a Buddhist temple to Dinner Island!

The next day on our way back to the train station we stopped to see one of the most photographed Buddhas in the world.  It was swarming with people and we all took off our shoes and spent some time walking around and looking at all the different Buddhas.