McCann Travels: 2 Weeks Solo in Thailand (Bangkok->Chiang Mai->Koh Lipe) with Caroline Fahey, Junior Producer
Traveling Alone?!: Yeah!!! It’s the best.
Most Magical Moment: Watching the thousands of paper lanterns fly up in the sky for the Yee Peng festival in Chiang Mai.
Yummiest Pad Thai: Across the street from my hostel Chiang Mai there was a tiny little restaurant owned by the sweetest older woman. It by far was the best on my trip. Also, the older woman would bring over the food to the kitchen/back yard of the hostel, which was a total bonus.
Favorite Place I stayed: The hostel I stayed at in Chiang Mai was the homiest, community-oriented hostel I’ve ever stayed at. I met so many people there and had so many wonderful conversations with people all around the world. Not to mention the beds were so comfy.
Prettiest Place I Stayed: Idyllic Concept Resort in Koh Lipe. This hotel was my one big splurge and it was totally worth it. Through my hotel room balcony, you could see the ocean and the sun rise every morning. The staff were so kind. The pools were beautiful. It was right on the ocean on the prettiest part of Sunrise Beach. I was in awe every day!!
One Thing I’d Change: I wish I stayed in Chiang Mai and around the north longer. There were so many places up there like, Pai and Chiang Rai, which I didn’t have time to explore. I will definitely be going back.
Favorite Smoothie: The best smoothie I was from this cute little organic juice hut in Chiang Mai called Miss Jucie. I got orange and coconut. The owner was the sweetest and cutest lady I’d ever met. It was Loi Krathong (water lanterns) that week and she helped me make a lotus raft with lots of fresh flowers to place in the river that night. It was super special moment.
Coffee Spot: Graph Coffee in Chiang Mai or Floral Café in Bangkok.
Happiest Moment: Splashing elephants with water/bathing them in a river in the mountains after giving them in a mud bath.
Best Massage: TBH all my massages were amazing for different reasons, but the BEST one was in Koh Lipe at Castaway Resort. It was in this little hut on the ocean. Legit I was looking at the ocean the whole time and hearing the waves roll in. It was wild.
Coolest Spot: Baan Kang Wat in Chiang Mai, it’s a little art community out of the city center (about 15 min drive) with tons of artist studios and a few cafés. I went with some girls from my hostel to visit this cute art fair and got a tote bag with Burmese clothing fabric sewn on the tote in different geometric shapes.
What I love about Thailand: So much kindness and love. You can feel it!! I know… cheesy, but it's so true.