Mahachai Jaidee

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First night meeting our new friends (we didn’t know Indria yet)

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.

When we took Indria to Jaidee 😁
Post fishing

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.

Indria, Me, Christina & Mo

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).

A few of our pictures are encased in the Jaidee bartop 💗
Polaroid cameras are great

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.

Christmas at Mahachai Jaidee

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.

Typical night at Jaidee

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.

Love them 💜

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.

The night we forgot to eat dinner. Can you tell??

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 😢

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.

Juup Juup 💜

New Year’s Vacay 2019

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From Bangkok to Pattaya to Koh Chang

Sweet little dog at the hostel
Bangkok, Thailand

Since New Year is coming around the corner again, I thought I’d write a throwback about better times and a fun New Year.

The long 5 day weekend started off in the capital on the 27th of December. Christina and I took a train from Mahachai to Bangkok. Taking the train was always great- it was 10 Baht and took about an hour. It stopped at Wonwian Yai. The BTS skytrain (not the band) was about a ten minute walk. So convenient.

Christina and I got to Bangkok before the others. We stayed at Phobphan Hostel in Bangkok. There was this sweet little dog there. We stopped at EmQuartier to do some shopping. Christina finally got me to shop at Zara. I got a cute shirt and skirt and she got a dress. We had dinner and waited for Jules and Indria to get to the hostel and then we were on our way. First, we stopped at Havana Social and met some cool peeps. We ended up hanging out with some people from New York. We got free shots and bottles. That’s always nice, Then this dude took us to Levels and we got more free drinks. Yay.

Havana Social
Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is great cause they have 7s on every corner. Indria and I went to the closest one and I waited outside for her while smoking and talking to some cool Thais. We got Christina food but she was passed out by the time we got back.

We ended the night late and started the next morning early. Christina realized that she left her purse in the Grab (that’s just a fancy word for taxi that they use in Thailand) that we took back to our hostel. Luckily she was able to contact the guy and get it back. This was the start of an unforgettable New Years.

We stopped at a random spot to get a song taew to the bus station
Trat, Thailand

Jules and I had to get food in our stomachs so Indria and Christina stayed behind to get her purse. Jules and I ended up finding a Pizza Hut that was in the middle. Then, we had to take a Grab from there to the bus terminal. We had no idea where we were going so that’s always fun. Christina already bought all of our tickets and the bus was about to leave. Indria ended up coming to the bus terminal but Jules and I were already on the bus. She ended up taking the next bus. Soooo, two of us were on the same bus and then the other two were on separate buses.

The streets of Pattaya

Once we got to Pattaya Jules and I took motorbikes to our Air BnB. That was amusing because we had our big bags with us. We got to the apartment complex and waited outside. Since Christina booked the Air BnB, the lady that was supposed to collect us came out a bunch of times looking for her. We realized this about 20 minutes later?? Eventually we showed them a picture of Christina and got let into the apartment. Soon after, Christina and Indria arrived. We got settled and went out for a night walk.

The impeccable rooftop view.
Pattaya, Thailand

We had a chill night. We went to a Mexican restaurant close to our apartment and I got some tacos. There was a rooftop pool that had lovely views. The sunset was amazing. We walked the beach and saw a bunch of farangs. The next day we were on the move.

💗

We were off to our destination: Koh Chang. We went from Pattaya to Rayong and made an adorable tiny friend. From Rayong we took another bus to Trat. From Trat we hopped on the ferry and were almost to the island!!! After hopping on a curving and swerving and almost falling off of the road, we made it to our Sleepyowl Hostel.

Got a little carried away

Sunday was our first night on the island. We found this packed bar and danced, sang, and drank a lot. Indria and I found some face paint that was glow in the dark so that was entertaining. I ended up covering my whole face. LOL.

Also we saw a few fake 7-elevens on the island which was humorous.

The next day Jules, Indria and myself went to a beach and that was nice n refreshing. Christina wasn’t feeling too good lolol. The beach was hot but beautiful. The weather was perfect and the water was warm. I’m used to freezing cold water up near Boston so it was a nice change.

For some reason I think that I’m a professional photographer heheh

After the beach we went to a Greek restaurant. We were obsessed with Aesops in Bangkok so we had to compare.

Our 7/11 gear 😃

That night we strutted through the town in our 7 gear, met this bartender (picture below) that could spin his bottle opener, and met some more farangs. OH and we decided to get buckets and split them between two people. WHY? Idk. But we did it and we survived.

Rasta View, Koh Chang

Andddd the night after was NYE. We went to this Jamaican bar and witnessed another memorable view. After sweating A TON (cause that’s what my body does), we made our way back to our hostel and went to the bar that we became regulars at 😂 LUCKILY, we all made it out for NYE. They played Sorry by J Biebs (MY ALLLLL TIME FAVORITE SONG. EVER.) and played some other exciting throwbacks and we screamed in the new year. I also found some balloons so I had some accessories.

Our voyage to the mainland.
From Koh Chang to Trat

We left Koh Chang on New Years Day. That was rough. Jules had to leave earlier than us cause she was going back to southern Thailand.

Koh Chang, Thailand

Me, Indria, and Christina took the song taew back to the ferry. It was a loooong and rough ride. We struggled all the way. We all agreed it would just be easier on ourselves to take a taxi…..who wants to take a taxi then bus then van to their destination?? Especially on New Years Day. Yeah, no one. We were able to get a taxi back from Trat to Mahachai. It was worth every penny/Baht. The driver stopped at 7s on the way. We played categories, sang, and took naps. It only took a few hours.

Safe to say our New Years vacay was memorable. We all laugh about it now because of all of the complications that we faced. From Christina losing her purse to all of us being on separate buses to being complete disasters in our 7-eleven shirts. New Years is coming around the corner again so reminiscing on our NYE from last year has been great. Ahhhh, Covid-free times, it’s always fun looking back on those memories.

From top left: tacos from Mexican restaurant, fake 7/11, picture with some farangs, hummus from the Greek restaurant, FaceTime with my friends from back home, our hostel in Koh Chang, the city life in Pattaya, beautiful view from the Greek restaurant, our bartender friend, this crazy cat that bit Indria (no rabies though), and the Rasta View restaurant with their sweet little doggie.