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Angkor

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I recently travelled to Siem Reap and explored Angkor Wat for the second time. The first time I went I was a teenager and after being robbed of all my money on the first day, the 50 cent beers on pub street were mostly all that I could (not) remember. With this in mind, I was a bit worried to travel back to Siem Reap with my family, but was also excited to give Cambodia another try in hopes that I had a more pleasant experience the second time around. The good news is that Cambodia made a comeback in the mind of Elise and now she has a slight obsession. Why am I talking in third person?
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The Perfect Pool Dress

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Dress: Tuulla – Backpack: Culture Riot – Flip Flops/Hat: Platinum Fashion Mall

Taking a quick break from my family holiday and Songkran celebrations to bring you a new outfit post! I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia last week to explore Angkor Wat. We booked a random hotel online and it ended up having what might be my favorite pool of all time! It was literally a work of art. Forcing myself to walk around hot and dusty temples each day was quite an achievement. I think I may return to Sarai Resort & Spa Siem Reap very soon – they also had some of the kindest, most genuine staff I’ve ever encountered!
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Everything is Cooler at W

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I’ve been lucky enough to get to visit many hotels in and around the city, but none of them have tickled my fancy quite like the W Hotel Bangkok. At first I was skeptical, given that the overall decor isn’t really my style, but they managed to have me totally hooked within 2 hours of walking in the door. It got to the point where I felt like they could see into my head, to do everything to entertain me in the best way possible. I was just like a kid in a candy shop, running around giggling over all the cool things.
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Elephants Attack

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It took me several trips to Khao Yai to officially get charged at by a wild elephant. It was AWESOME. It was dark and we drove up beside her on the road, I rolled down my window and was half hanging out to get as close a picture as possible. We were about 10 feet away and right as I pushed the button to take the photo, she decided to run at our car. I gotta say, I didn’t know elephants could move so fast, it was like superhuman speed. Not to mention she stuck her trunk straight out in front of her as if she wanted to puncture our truck with it. Our encounter ended with me screaming and Paul flooring the gas as we swerved to the right, as not to actually come into contact with her trunk/weapon and thus escaping to safety. About 400 meters later, we encountered a park ranger who told us this specific herd likes to attack cars. Can you imagine being the size of an elephant and actually feeling as if you were powerful enough to attack gigantic pieces of metal? Now THAT is a boss notion.
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Mandalay, Myanmar

DSC_0161This post is filled with random thoughts and snapshots of our days in Mandalay. The experience was more than magic and once again, I am lacking the ability to describe it. But here are a few little stories, with relevant photos below each portion of text. Enjoy!
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Shasa Resort & Residences

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The best part of Shasa Resort & Residences is that it leaves you absolutely disconnected from everything around you. This hotel is different from the typical beach resort, in the sense that there is no distinct beach. Although this may initially appear unappealing, it actually poses some unexpected benefits. In fact, it creates an exceptionally original holiday experience.
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The Rayavadee

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So I literally found the most beautifully located hotel in the world: The Rayavadee. By “the world” I mean that I’ve ever been to. But still, it’s a big deal. The weirdest part is that when I found it, I had a totally unanticipated emotion. Yes, I was over the moon that such a special place exists. However, there was a part of me that was convinced that no one should be allowed to own such a place. The fact that the Rayavadee is located on this triangular plot of land, that has access to three beaches on each of it’s three sides is virtually unheard of in the world. I seems to me that this odd geometric shape of jungle and sand should really some form of national park. It’s rare. It’s pure heaven. It needs to be preserved.
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