Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Even though we were sad to leave the incredible island of Koh Samui we were really excited to see Bangkok and celebrate our favorite holiday of the year as well! Never did I ever think Will and I would spend Christmas in Bangkok, but we were ready to explore and make some memories. 

We left Koh Samui on the afternoon of Christmas eve. It was an easy 1 hour flight and put us in Bangkok around 5pm. We quickly realized that we had made the best decision in getting our hotel to send a driver to pick us up because traffic and rush hour in Bangkok was no joke. 

Our hotel was in the heart of Bangkok and in the middle of everything! It was so interesting coming from the laid back feel of Koh Samui because Bangkok could not be more different. I wasn't aware of just how big the city was and just how much there was to do. After checking in to our hotel we wasted no time and hit the streets on a mission! We ate some yummy Japanese food...surprise surprise...did some sight seeing, and did lots of people watching. We walked down the popular bar area called Soi Cowboy and to say it was a sight to see is an understatement. There was a certain bar at the end of the street that made Will literally run for his life...I'll let you ask him about it so I don't have to go into detail. It was hilarious. We ended up at a bar called "Whisgars" which is exactly what it sounds like, a whiskey and cigar bar a.k.a. Will Cravens perfect mash up. After Whisgars we were exhausted and went back to our hotel excited about Christmas and our only full day in Bangkok ahead.  

Christmas day was a gorgeous and very hot day. The only reservation we could get for a dinner was at 9:30pm which was fine because it left us with an entire day to explore. We did a Christmas service just the 2 of us in the morning then spent the rest of the day shopping and riding around in "tuk tuks". These are the Bangkok taxis and so much fun to ride around in. 

We got back to our hotel to start getting ready for dinner and there was a Bangkok girls choir in our hotel singing Christmas carols. This made me so happy and was exactly what I needed to really feel the spirit of Christmas day. It even made me a bit emotional just feeling the reality of missing our families back home being the first Christmas without them. They sang about 10 songs and Will and I loved the show!  

We made our dinner reservation at the restaurant Vertigo. We read so many good reviews and the pictures looked incredible. The name Vertigo quickly showed as we made our way to the top...the 59th floor rooftop to be exact. Even though it was already dark, being that it was 9:30pm, the view did not disappoint and the food was amazing. 

The Poinsettia Christmas Tree in the hotel

View from our dinner table

Christmas was definitely a bit different this year but in the best way possible. Will and I will always remember this incredible trip and could not believe it was already over. Our flight back to Japan was the next day and even though we were happy to be back in our own bed, we still to this day talk about how much we wish we could go back. Being away from family has been the hardest challenge of all, but moments and memories like these with my sweet husband make me realize this is what life is all about. The few months out of the year I get with Will are precious and spending them wisely is crucial. I would say if this is any indication of our future Christmases together...bring it on. 

Can't believe 2016 is here! So much to look forward to. Thank you all so much for your continued thoughts and prayers this past year as it was a very scary one! Love you all.

Caroline and Will 

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