Monday Montage: When It All Works Out

No, this is not another post about how I am working out. This post is about how everything seems to be working out for us to be able to travel for a longer time here in Thailand.

In my 201st post, I had written about how Thailand was changing the immigration laws on visa runners.  When we decided to settle in Phuket for a little while, there was no problem with us leaving every three months, getting a new tourist visa and re-entering the country. This was a totally acceptable way to travel for long periods of time in Thailand. Recently the rules were changed and visa runs (especially direct in-and-out border crossings) were disallowed. There was much scrambling and panic as the many expats that had lived here for years with just visa runs every so often felt the doors to Thailand closing on them. What the rule changes meant to us, was that we would have to pick up stakes a bit sooner than expected and move somewhere else for a while, or start traveling to different destinations more quickly again (a new place every month or so). Our problems could have been a lot worse, I know.

This was not the plan that Chad and I had when we rented our lovely home in Phuket, but plans often change in life, and even more when you are traveling long-term. Chad and I started praying and planning as much as we could for what may happen.

Then, in the news today, the new Prime Minister  of Thailand apparently said that the new immigrations laws that would have affected our stay here, were going to be repealed. So, it seems that we are going to be fine here for a bit longer. It was truly an answer to prayer, one that I was not expecting to be a yes, but was. So be prepared, we are going to be writing more posts about traveling with our toddler in Thailand and its neighboring countries (Malaysia next month!) for a little while longer.

I want to share some pictures with you today from our week that may give you a glimpse as to why we want to stay here just a little longer. Happy Monday everyone!

 

Laem Ka beach, Phuket
Laem Ka beach, Phuket, Thailand
View of Laem Ka Beach
View of Laem Ka Beach
View from O2 Beach Club, Chalong, Phuket, Thailand
View from O2 Beach Club, Chalong, Phuket, Thailand. My mommy group had our last play date here.
Chad and Z on Laem Ka beach
Chad and Z on Laem Ka beach
There is always a photo op right around the corner in Phuket Town, like this one that Chad and Z nicely posed in for me.
There is always a photo op right around the corner in Phuket Town, like this one that Chad and Z nicely posed in for me.
Walking through Phuket Town towards the night market.
Walking through Phuket Town towards the night market.

What do you love about the area that you live in? The sunny beaches, the way all four seasons are so different, the snowy hills, the architecture? Leave a comment and tell me!

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  39 comments for “Monday Montage: When It All Works Out

  1. mamabyfire
    August 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I’m so glad you guys can relax a bit and not worry about having to leave. As always, the photos are beautiful! I have to visit Thailand someday! I love my hometown Seattle because it’s on the water, by the mountains, and trees are everywhere!

    • andthreetogo
      August 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      I think we will always have to live near the water. It’s the best. My grandfather lived in Washington for much of my childhood and I always loved visiting him. The whole state has some amazing landscapes. I would live there except for the rain. 🙂

  2. Lauren
    August 25, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    What a beautiful landscape! I love living in south florida since we can almost always go swimming! 😉

    • andthreetogo
      August 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      That’s one of the things that I love about staying here! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  3. Sue Slaght
    August 25, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Oh such good news! Looking at your photos over these past months and the ones today I can totally understand why you want to stay. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:32 am

      It is. 🙂 I wish my photos could even do the real thing justice. 🙂

  4. melissajane01
    August 26, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Beautiful beaches! Glad you will get to stay longer. I love going to new beaches in SoCal.

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:33 am

      I love the beaches in so cal as well! They are much nicer than ours in Northern California for sure!

  5. The Vanilla Housewife
    August 26, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Glad to hear that you guys dont have to leave Thailand because I know you love it there!

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:35 am

      We do. It’s a great place to hang out for a bit before we continue on our travels. 🙂

  6. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    August 26, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Happy Monday indeed! Beautiful photos and happy news! In SD, one definitely appreciates the lovely sky.

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

      I bet! Is SD pretty flat or mountainous? (I am really bad with geography :-/).

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        August 26, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        We live on flat prairie. (Did I say flat!!?). Further west, it starts looking like Dances With Wolves type prairie, rolling but empty. In the southwest corner where Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills are a mountain ridge shoots up with lovely forest– beautiful! That is SD topography and geography in a nutshell! My geography is lacking. Traveling always hope that, though, doesn’t it, I think!

        • andthreetogo
          August 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

          Thanks for explaining it! I thought it would be mostly flat, but then I thought of Mt. Rushmore and doubted myself. I am sure that the sky must look amazingly huge and beautiful for sunsets and sunrises. Which I am sure you see a few more sunrises now with a newborn. 🙂

  7. freebutfun
    August 26, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Great to hear things are working out!
    What I like most about where I live? People and comfortable life 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

      That’s an awesome part of living somewhere. 🙂 I miss my people back home a lot!

  8. 5sOnTheFly
    August 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

    So glad to hear that the immigration laws might end up in your favor in the end 🙂 Definitely sounds like a stressful ordeal!

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      It was, and as it usually turns out, we stressed out way more than we probably should have too.

  9. expatlingo
    August 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Nice about the law change! Still raining here, so I wouldn’t say weather tops the list, but the streets, old buildings and canals are charming.

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      I love the architecture there (well what I’ve seen in pictures). 🙂

  10. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    August 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    That’s a relief! Well I know you would have been fine either way, but it’s good to choose your own adventure!

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Yes! And that reminds me of the
      Choose your adventure books. Did you ever read those as a kid?

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        August 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        I LOVED THOSE BOOKS. I tried to get some out recently and there’s about ONE in the whole of the Singapore public library system. They’ve gone out of fashion – Æ blames computer games for taking up the same space (not that he’s necessarily crying tears about this).

        • andthreetogo
          August 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

          I guess that he could be right. Maybe we should start a resurgence of popularity for them… our kids should enjoy them too, don’t you think?

          • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
            August 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

            Darn tootin’!

            Actually, a blog is a good format for them, because you can click to “page” whatever. If we got a large enough group going, it could make a great blog hop…??

          • andthreetogo
            August 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm

            That’s a great idea! If anyone could figure out the ways to make it happen I know it could be you. 🙂 We should chat soon, see what we can do. 🙂

          • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
            August 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm

            Bring friends!

  11. kemkem
    August 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I’m so glad that it will be repealed! It must have been so stressful for you. Phuket looks beautiful, l will have to keep reading and hopefully the spark to visit will come. The pictures certainly look very nice, and l love the Thai food.. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      It is a fantastic place to visit! There are so many wonderful aspects to it (but especially the food!).

  12. Anna Little
    August 26, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing the photos and it’s fascinating to read what life is like there 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you! It is truly beautiful. So is London, I am so happy when we visited it was such nice weather so that we could enjoy it so much!

  13. Lani
    August 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Good news indeed. Thanks for the share 😀

    • andthreetogo
      August 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  14. Nomibug
    August 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Yay! Glad you get to stay! *Fist pumps* Awesome pics… it makes me crave a tropical holiday 🙂 Where I am, I love the mist that sits between the mountains in the morning.

    • andthreetogo
      August 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

      I love misty mountains! We just had a low storm come in over the mountains here and the clouds covered the top of them. It was beautiful! But so hard to get a good picture of. 🙂

  15. Sasha
    August 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Oh, what great news!!! I am so happy for you. . . and me too so I can continue to live there vicariously through you. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      August 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Aw thanks 🙂

  16. Yvette @ BigTrouble
    August 31, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    So pleased you are able to stay in Thailand and your beautiful Phuket setting for as long as you like… I can totally see why you want to! Love that you have a Mommy play date group there too! I look forward to reading about more adventures from you soon… Even if it does make me dribble with longing 😉

    • andthreetogo
      August 31, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      I am so pleased as well. No matter where we have traveled I have tried to find playgroups to meet up with. It’s a great way to meet new people.

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