The year 2012 was pretty exciting for me. I was able to finish my master’s degree, find work abroad and still get to squeeze in a bit of travel time. I had fun reminiscing on all the things that happened in my life for the past 12 months and choosing the pictures that best represent each month.
Here’s my 2012 in pictures. Enjoy!
January: Revisited Bangkok and when to the floating market.
February: Hot Air Balloon Ride at Clark.
March: Trekked to Osmena Peak with friends.
April: Beach time at Malapascua
May: After finishing my masters degree, I revisited the beautiful Angkor Wat to celebrate.
June: Visited the Sahara Desert for the first time!
July: I moved to another country and this is my temporary home while I look for an apartment.
August: I miss the beach so much. I went to Samet to unwind.
September: I went to Samui to dip my toes on the beach.
October: Visited the Plain of Jars in Laos.
November: Visited the Long Karen tribe in Chiang Mai.
December: Back to home base to celebrate Christmas with the family.
Also known as Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is one of the famous landmarks of Thailand. It was named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. This photo was taken while the boat was cruising along the Chao Phraya River. I was able to take a photo of this place during the day (Meandering in Bangkok) but it’s prettier and more mysterious at night.
I have always loved Thailand mostly because of the food, the culture and the shopping. On my first visit to Bangkok, I visited some temples and enjoyed shopping a LOT! On the second visit, I still went to the night markets but mostly to buy souvenirs for folks back home and to visit some temples. On my third visit last January, my goal was to do the things I missed on my first two visits.
My first goal was to go to the floating market. For convenience, I joined a tour going to the Damnoen Saduak floating market which is in the province of Ratchaburi.
There is a series of canals where the boats can roam around and there are stalls on either side.
Some sell stuff on the stalls while others peddle on the boat. You can buy an assortment of stuff like decorations, clothes, paintings, food and even plants!
We had some time to kill before going back to the city and the tour guide asked if anyone wants to go on an elephant ride. YES! We went to the Elephant Village a few minutes away from the floating market.
I was sooooo excited that I will be able to ride an elephant ( my second goal for the trip) and be able to do one thing on my bucket list, hooray!
My last goal is to check out the temples. I went to Wat Arun and revisited Wat Phra Kaeo and The Grand Palace.
There are still a couple of things that I want to visit and all I can say is, I’ll see you again Bangkok!