I recently returned from my first trip to Southeast Asia. I had the fortune to visit Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), Singapore, and Bali (along with dinner in Osaka, Japan, on a seven-hour layover). I will admit that I didn’t do as much research for this trip, as it crept up on me, but it ended up being a truly remarkable trip. And I learned a lot while I was there. Here are five things I learned during my trip to Thailand, the first full leg of my Southeast Asia trip.