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Day 4 :: Open air train ride in Kanchanaburi. The dramatic views from the bridges (where yes, you can hang out of the sides of the train car) were worth the wait. And wait we did, the trains didn't exactly run on time but that was part of the charm. We snacked on ice cream and cold tea as we waited ...

Day 7 Paresa Resort Phuket :: Yes, this is REALLY my room. This is what I call a room with a view ... it reminds me a bit of one of my favorite properies, the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA but this is all Thai luxury. At barely one-year old, the gracious staff can accommodate wedding parties and any other version of a romantic getaway you may be planning.

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam Hotel Bangkok - Standard room :: Some of the other writers in our group stayed here. They liked the central location, price point ($60 a night!), brand spanking new and close to the Sky Train. It's a great budget-friendly option for the Bangkok traveller

Day 1 :: Bangkok Siam Kempinski hotel ... our grand operator Tippy (yes folks, she is freelance and available to you too!) met us at the airport and off we went in air-conditioned van to this new Bangkok hotel that took over 5 years to build. After the long flight, the smell of flowers and luxury accommodations cradled me off to sleep after a hot bath ... separate tub and shower to boot!

Sea Kayaking and cave exploring :: Hongs of Phang Nga. This was an adventure of a lifetime. Yes, the first caves looked idyllic like this. But add high tide and narrow caves... and believe me, it becomes adventure travel really quickly! You have to stay tuned for the videos.

Day 9 :: Elephant trekking in Khao Lak arranged by the Imagineer at The Sarojin resort. Champagne and elephant riding? yes please.

Day 5 RarinJinda Wellness Spa Bangkok :: Our first official spa spoiling (the first of many!) of the trip. We opted for a couples suite (good for couples and friends who enjoy getting pampered together) and did the signature massage which is a blend of Thai and Swedish-style oil massage. It began with a pampering foot ritual, the 90 minute massage & ended with tea and a sweet treat. The treatment rooms are pure luxury as you will see with a private shower and dressing room and therapy…

Days 10 & 11 :: The train here in Bangkok is really nice, clean and organized. Once you jump on the trains/subways during rush hour ... is when you really start to feel a party of a city! Get a Rabbit card, makes everything easier.

Safety tips and precautions that will help your family stay safe when you travel. These are lessons we learned the hard way. Please share.

Travel safety tips and precautions that will help your family stay safe when you travel. These are lessons we learned the hard way--please l...