Thank you to Audrey, Nick, and netlogx for making things like this possible. Because of our new 2018, 20-year anniversary initiatives, I was able to take the trip of a lifetime to Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. It is a lifelong dream of mine to visit every continent, so being an employee at netlogx is helping me chase my dreams!
My college friends and I met in the Chicago airport on Friday night. Our first destination was Bangkok. Of course, we spent the entire first day sleeping immediately upon arriving. A 12-hour time difference and a 15-hour flight will knock even the heartiest of individuals out.
The following day, recovered, we set out for our first destination. Ayutthaya is a modern city hosting the ancient remains of the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, one of the precursors to modern day Thailand.
Our remaining time in Thailand was spent touring Buddhist temples in Bangkok – including the temple of the Emerald Buddha – and the Grand Palace of Thailand. Unfortunately, the King was in and out throughout the week, so it took a bit of coordination to find a time when the Palace would be open. On our last day in Thailand, we took a bus to Pattaya City and spent the afternoon lounging on the beach of Ko Lan island while it was snowing in Indianapolis.
The next day we flew to Singapore, which is just a quick hop and a skip away from Bangkok. We spent our first day wandering around the Bay, drinking at the top of a rooftop bar, and wandering through the Gardens by the Bay.
The next day we found our way to Little India and wandered through all the shops, restaurants, and cafeterias filling up the neighborhood. We ended our night with a walk through the Singapore Botanical Garden.
After Singapore, it was time to say goodbye to my friends as I headed on my way to Hong Kong for my first ever solo trip. I spent my first day on Lantau Island, which requires a cable car ride across the island to the sight of the Giant Buddha. The views of the ocean from Lantau are incredible.
The following day I made my way to the ultimate photography destination, Victoria Peak, the sight of countless photographs of the Hong Kong skyline. The way in which the city immediately drops off into wilderness is incredible.
On my final day, I met up with some Scots to hike along the Dragon’s Back to the backside of Hong Kong island. It was here that I finished by week sipping some beer along the shores of Big Wave Beach.