During my ten wonderful months in Thailand, I got to go to two weddings.
You can invite whoever to the wedding up until the day which is pretty cool.
Sometimes the weddings also have themes. We didn’t have a theme for the first one.
A previous employee came to our school one day and invited our head teacher and then invited the rest of us.
Luckily, I was going back to the US for a bit so I was able to pick up a dress so I had time to prepare.
Since everyone in Thailand is so small, it was hard finding things that fit me.
November 2019 was my first wedding. Yay. It was cute. Christina, myself, and the head teacher at our school had to take two taxis to get there. The first one dropped us off and we had to call another one cause we were at the wrong address. We were there for about an hour? We mingled, ate, and then we went to Haven. I had my favorite dish there: Pad Thai. Then we went to Jaidee.
The second wedding was in February 2020. The theme was mint so that’s why we all had mint-ish colored dresses. It’s also interesting because the weddings are in the morning and they last all day. Love it.
The second wedding we went to was one for the books. We were invited I think a week before the actual wedding? We all had to get dresses. I found my dress at a shop near my apartment. Christina, Jade, and I went to Central Plaza Rama II to shop for their dresses. Jade had a sprained ankle. Christina was able to find a wheelchair so we wheeled her around the mall.
Being farangs in Thailand was always laughable because we already stood out and then other things would happen that made us stand out more 😂 So it was amusing to see people’s reactions when they saw us wheeling Jade around in a wheelchair hahah.
After a few hours at the mall, we we all ready for the wedding.
Our morning started off at 10am I think? We prepared ourselves by getting a few bottles of Prosecco when we were at the mall.
We met at Christina’s apartment the morning of the wedding. It was convenient because she lived 3 minutes away.
A few hours later we walked to the school. One of our friends let Jade use crutches so once we got there, she was stable.
The wedding was a blast. We sat at a table and of course, drank a bunch of whiskey and ate quantities of food.
The afterparty was great. We went to a restaurant and they had karaoke which was exciting!!! We ate some more food and got to sing our hearts out. Indria, Jade, Christina, and I horribly sang Britney Spears and some other peeps, and of course Jbiebs. We all took turns singing and being obnoxious. We ended the night earlier than usual, around 8 or 9pm? I mean we had been drinking for the whole day and started super early, so I think we did a pretty good job.
That wedding was hands down one of my top ten favorite days in Thailand.
I met some great people in Mahachai (aka Indria and our Thai friends) and became better friends with others (aka Christina).
Jaidee was just a bar on the side of the road that we would pass when leaving Landmark.
Christina and I were walking to our apartments one night from Landmark and these people were like “HEYYYYY.” She was like “so this girl before you never wanted to go there do you?” Of course I said yes because they sounded fun.
Little did we know we’d be spending 95% of our weekend nights there. We’d always try some place new, but then we’d just end up at Jaidee. The thing is is that they were all great and entertaining and they were genuinely good people.
Sometimes they’d take us on little day adventures to temples, their houses or cafes. I went fishing a few times with them which was so much fun!!! I caught my first and only fish 😃
We’d go to Jaidee on Fridays or Saturdays (sometimes both).
I’d usually have a mojito….or 5 when we’d go. Mai nam tan (no sugar). Sometimes I’d switch it up and get a bottle of Singha, which was my favorite Thai beer.
This one night we got really drunk off of our boxed wine at Indria’s apartment. We all forgot to eat dinner???? We showed up at Jaidee and brought our wine with us. None of them liked it. They usually just drank Singha, Chang 😷, Leo, or Hongtong.
After Jaidee closed, we’d go to Landmark or Whaz. We were also introduced to Let’s Bar a few months later. Let’s Bar was always packed and the live music was great. You’d have to push your way through all of the people to get to the bathroom.
Landmark and Whaz were right down the street from Jaidee and there was a 7 along the way so that was always great. Whaz had live music too. Landmark had a bunch of tables and chairs so we’d go get beer at a nearby store and drink there for hours listening to some tswizz (Taylor Swift), Britney Spears, Thai music, or just whatever we were feeling that night.
We’d sit and talk. We always laughed a whole lot. Indria, Christina, and I would be at one end of the table and everyone else would be on the other end but we’d all yell to each other.
At the end of the night, (usually somewhere between 11pm-6am) they’d all take us home or we’d go and get some yummy food.
There was this one time when I fell off of a bike.
I always told Indria and Christina that I was going to fall off of a bike at some point because I always had to hop on and off with my little legs. The bikes were too high and my legs just couldn’t do it.
So, there I was.
Everyone was sitting at the table eating at a restaurant we’d go to sometimes and I face planted into the concrete. I still have a bump on my head that I think will be with me forever. LOL.
Our our weekend mornings/afternoons, depending on when we got home, we started off deciding where we could get greasy or western food. Hangover helpers hehehe. Our favorites were: Baantoon, Three Girls and a Boy, and The White Oven.
After doing our errands for the day, we’d usually end up back there again at night. Orrrrr, we’d go to Indria’s and watch a movie and then go there 😆
At the end of the night, (usually somewhere between 11pm-6am) they’d all take us home or we’d go and get some aroi mak-mak (very delicious) food. We’d try new food and drink beer.
My last night at Mahachai Jaidee was bittersweet. It was such an enjoyable night but it was also sentimental. I was excited to go home but leaving was also hard. It was a quick but great goodbye. Some of us got matching tattoos which is always fun 😂
Christina, Indria, and I still talk about the random, yet unforgettable times that we had at that bar and all of the places that they took us to. Mahachai will always have a place in my heart.
After my six weeks in Chaiyaphum, I moved to Mahachai. Christina worked at a school there and they just happened to need another teacher. I wasn’t ready to leave Thailand yet so I packed my bags and went to Mahachai.
I stayed at Christina’s for a few nights while the coordinator looked for nearby apartments for me.
Three days later I was lugging my little suitcase to “the apartment near Pizza Hut.” That was my name for it for the first few months before I knew the name. I still called it that even after I found out the actual name. My apartment was about a fifteen minute walk from Indria’s, twenty minutes from Christina’s, and ten minutes to school. It was in a great spot.
Just to give a little perspective of the Mahachai layout:
The main road in Mahachai is called Ekachai Road. My apartment was on the corner of Ekachai and Setthakij 1 Road.
The closest Tesco Lotus was about a thirty minute walk from me. I love walking but it was rough. It wouldn’t have been so bad BUT it was always sooooo hot in Thailand so walking there wasn’t too enjoyable. I’d literally step outside and start dripping.
Tesco Lotus had a few cute stores. Also, a twenty Baht store was right outside. Inside they had: a KFC, and a Dunks (they only sold donuts). They also had a cafeteria that had delicious soup, spicy som tam, and omelets. Sometimes Christina and I would go there after school and split some of the dishes. I miss their soup. Walking further past Tesco Lotus they had this sushi place that we went to once and then tried to go again but they were closed.
Funny story: within the first few days that I was in Mahachai, a few of us teachers went to Tesco. I went to MK Restaurant by myself. It was pretty difficult ordering since I barely knew any Thai. I ended up just taking a guess and hoping that the dishes didn’t have meat it them. It worked. Later I found Christina and Teddy. They laughed at me, of course.
So, The White Oven, Two Ladies, Christina’s apartment, and Number 8 was on the way to Tesco Lotus. The White Oven was a western-styled restaurant that was overly priced but they had truffle fries which were mouthwatering. Two Ladies was not actually the real name of the place but two ladies worked there so that’s what we called it LOL. Number 8 was our favorite spot.When we’d go to Number 8, we’d have a feast. I actually don’t know if that was the name of it either. As you can tell we made up names for a lot of places.
Cafe’ n Garden and Jaidee were close to Indria’s. Cafe’ n Garden had BAGELS. They didn’t have cream cheese so that was sad. I’d go there on weekends for help with my hangover.
Central Plaza Mahachai had a Homegoods store, Robinsons, Uniqlo, Starbucks, and a few other good stores. Taking a taxi was only about fifteen minutes (with all of the traffic).
The train station that we’d sometimes take to Bangkok was about a fifteen minute walk from my apartment and past the school. Walking through the fish market was always interesting (and smelly).
Three Girls and A Boy was our weekend spot. They hated waiting on us though because we couldn’t speak Thai. That was on Ekachai Road too but looking at my apartment on a map, it was to the left. We rarely went to that side of town.
Baantoon was another weekend spot that was on the main road. They had AMAZING Pad See Ew. Ahhhh. I ache for it sometimes.
Mahachai Hospital was about a twenty minute walk from me which I found out when I walked there at 5am.. food poisoning. Over that way they also had a night market, which I regret never going to, and a yummy sushi restaurant that we went to a few times.
Christina, Indria, and I went to this “Michelin Star” restaurant called Ruean Panya Restaurant. We got a bunch of seafood and almost got attacked by a dog. I say “Michelin Star” because it was pretty crappy food.
So, off I was to the hospital after being in Mahachai for less than a month. I was given some meds then went home and slept. I think my favorite part of going to the restaurant was that when we were leaving we saw this huge snail.
Thailand was cool for many reasons, as I have mentioned.
7-eleven is a huge thing in Thailand. They don’t have as many as Japan. Off the top of my head I can think of one 7/11 near Indria, one across the street from my school, two near Christina’s, one near the van stop, and maybe three or four near the train station/fish market.
Nampu Plaza was also a great little building that was less than five minutes from school. They had a DQ and KFC. Sometimes after school we’d go and get ourselves a little treat at DQ.
They usually had T-shirts for sale right when you walked in. Upstairs was the food court. They had som tam and fried rice with shrimp and veggies. Delish. On the other floors, they had video games, and a great DIY store. DIY had everything..from tools to house supplies to party favors and containers.
Haven Outdoorism was a cute spot. It was on Ekachai Road. They had camping gear and yummy Pad Thai. Nutty Cake which was this dessert place we went to a few times was right across the street from it. A few doors down from Haven was another bar called Saan D Me Bar. We went there a few times. They had live music too, wooo. We went there every once in a while and also the night of my 26th birthday. It was a hoppin’ place.
So they had motorbike stops at basically every corner in Mahachai. I would walk by six stops on the way to Tesco. You’d just tell them where you were going and hop on. I became friends with the guys at two of the stops because I walked by so frequently. We’d just say hello and I’d be on my merry way.
Overall, Mahachai had some great spots and succulent food. I’m excited to talk about Thai food. That will be another post because I have maaaany pictures.