This is my final post about our trip to Thailand. I have over 1,000 photos, so I could go on for a month or so, but I will wrap it up today. We left off with our visit to the temples in Phuket. So, I'll continue from there.
Here's a few more photos inside the temples. The temples were so ornate and decorated so beautifully inside and out.
Elaborate dragon stairway. Dragons symbolize power, strength and good luck for people who are worthy of it.
Respect for the Buddha
We also visited a cashew factory. Thailand is one of the largest exporters of cashews. We brought several bags of cashews home. They had flavors like bbq, sour cream and wasabi and they were delicious.
Back to the resort for pool and beach time...
Our resort was directly on the stunning Indian Ocean.
I think the girls read through 5 books each between reading at the pool, the beach and the airport layovers.
Did I mention that I love these boats? And how about that gorgeous water?
This is the Xana Beach Bar pool area. I loved that the chairs were placed in the water- this is where I liked to hang out.
The infinity pool. The girls are relaxing on the over sized couches that were around the pool deck. I spent a lot of time on the lazy river that wound around the resort. Unfortunatley I don't have a photo of it.
We all had traditional Thai massages. Oh my, it was wonderful. They really do stretch the muscles, but we felt so good afterward. I wish I knew where I could get a Thai massage in my area. I would do it on a regular basis! This is the Sukko Spa in Phuket.
Here's a photo of my cute little masseuse.
After each massage (we had a few..lol) we were served Thai tea and exotic fruit.
We visited Phuket Town and even sent postcards from the cute little pink post office. We sent one to ourselves as well, but we haven't received them yet. Wonder if we will ever get them?
Street art in Old Phuket town.
There were lots of shopping opportunities. We took a trip to Patong Beach, where they had an ultra modern mall as well as local vendors along the streets.
Here we are riding the bus to Patong Beach. We rode the bus a lot... the girls got a real chuckle whenever the tour guides would tell us to board the bus- they don't pronounce the letter "s" as well as we do, so they were always telling us to get on the "butt" or asking us our "butt" number. lol
Patong Beach selfie.
Jungceylon Mall in Patong Beach, Thailand
The mall at night and the multi-colored fountains.
Once again, the girls had to have Thai tea... this time it was Thai "iced" tea... they really like getting their pictures taken drinking various beverages. lol
And here they are drinking coconut milk...
Everyone rides scooters. They were everywhere.
Yes- we ate street food! These are Thai pancakes- called "Roti." They were much like crepes and filled with fruit.
We saw this Tsunami Zone sign on the way back to the resort... they say when the elephants head to the hills, there is a storm brewing...
We also shopped at the little villiage in our resort.
All around the resort there were Stampin' Up banners and signs. It was definitely apparent that the Stampin' Up! girls were in town... approx. 300 of us from 6 different countries (and our guests!)
Set up for movie night.
These name plaques hung on all the trip achievers rooms. This is perfect to hang on my stamp room door at home.
Even the fruit had the Stampin' Up logo. Believe it or not, the plastic drink cups at the resort had the SU logo too!
The final event was a huge dinner and entertainment event hosted by Stampin' Up at the Blue Elephant in Phuket.
We were greeted with applause by the Stampin' Up Executive team and staff as we entered the venue. There were Thai dancers, chefs, crafters, elephants, a band and a gigantic buffet dinner cooked by the Blue Elephant culinary chefs, waiting inside for us.
More delicious tropical fruit drinks for us as we entered the enormous white tent.
They handed us these magnificent jasmine and rose bracelets. The scent was divine.
The tent was gorgeous and the tables were decorated with elephant table cloths, golden bamboo utensils and beautiful centerpieces. I wonder how they washed all the dishes, silverware and glasses... thats a lot of dish soap!
The Blue Elephant Mansion and Culinary School all lit up this evening.
Pretty hand painted parasols.
Everything looked so beautiful- the colors and the food as well as all the native crafts were a sight to see.
These chefs were delighted to have their photo taken. When they saw me with my camera, the head chef summoned the others for a group photo. So cute.
Some of the delicious Thai food that we were served. I ate chicken satay on a regular basis (seen below on the skewers). Pad Thai was Maci's favorite.
More majestic elephants to greet us.
Maci and Megan are considered tall in their own country, let alone Thailand.
The girls volunteered to hop up on stage and learn a popular Thai dance.
They were splitting coconuts for us and we got to drink coconut milk straight from the coconut. .. (not my best look.. unlike the girls, I don't prefer to have photos of myself eating or drinking)
Not sure what these little characters represent, but they were cute.
As we left the event, we were handed this gold elephant necklace. I love this! I didn't even get a chance to mention all of the awesome pillow gifts we received each night when we returned to our room. We are definitely spoiled on these incentive trips!
The Blue Elephant Culinary School looked so beautiful all lit up. We were able to tour the inside as well. The Blue Elephant is among the best cooking schools and restaurants in Thailand.
Back at the hotel was this pillow gift waiting for me. This was the last pillow gift of the week. Its a hand painted porcelain vase. I really miss getting a gift on my pillow each night.
A few photos of our resort.
A lounge and drink area.
So fun to see banana trees.
The swim up pool bar.
Lit up at in the evening.
There were little walking bridges everywhere, because the pool was built through the entire resort.
This is another exotic food favorite of Maci, Megan and Tracy ( I didn't try it).. pineapple rice. It came served inside a pineapple. We had this at a local restuarant in town called, Simmy.
Stampin' Up also had a hospitality room where we could go everyday and get candy, snacks and drinks. We also got to play games and win prizes each day. Here are some of the snacks they had for us before we left.
One last photo of the girls drinking tropical drinks... I told you they like getting their picture taken drinking things..can you see the SU Thailand logo on the cups?
This is a photo of all the gifts I received from Stampin' Up during the trip.
It was the most incredible trip ever! I'm so thankful for all of my amazing customers and supportive downline as well as my family. Without you guys, this wouldn't be possible. Of course, thankful for Stampin' Up! too.
We were sad to be leaving this beautiful place... well, three of us were sad.
Of course we had to purchase elephant pants in Thailand for the trip home.
From the time we left the hotel until the time we stepped in our front door, it was a whopping 48 hrs travel time. The girls are chilling at the airport before the last leg of our flight. Thats Maci's little yellow "blankie" under her head. I made that for her before she was born. She takes it EVERYWHERE... and now its been to China and Thailand. lol
As promised, I have a beautiful Christmas card to share with you, made from a stamp set in the new Holiday Catalog. The Holiday Catalog debuts on September 1st, however this set is available to you for early purchase! Its called Carols of Christmas and can be bundled with the coordinating framelit set, Card Builder Framelits for 10% off. Click on product photos below to order.
I used silver glimmer paper, soft sky and smoky slate cardstock as well as the white satin ribbon with silver trim. Its so stunning in person!
Thank you for following our amazing travel journey. I hope you enjoyed "traveling" along with us.
Until the next time...
Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!