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Jun 29, 2018 - Day 35 - Homeward bound

Today we did a little 2 hour long boat trip up the River Chaophraya. Was very interesting and left us amazed how people live. Poor vs wealthy. Well it’s our last night in Bangkok before we fly back to Sydney tomorrow evening. We’ve had an amazing few weeks away - I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog. Some of it may not make sense as I made a point of writing it every night (basically because I’d forget what we did the previous day :-| ) and I’m pretty tired at the end of the day. Cheerio5

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Jun 28, 2018 - Day 34

We went on a big adventure today to a place called Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World heritage site full of temple ruins. It was a 2 hour train trip (3rd class with the locals :) from Bangkok in 30 degree heat with 84% humidity. Phew. Worth it though. We hired bikes when we got there and just rode around the different sites then jumped back on the train to Bangkok. Am just adding this in for my records if anyone ever wants to go there as it’s a bit of a hike.... . From the Ratchaprasong (downtown) area catch the BTS (Skytrain) from Chit Lom to Mo...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Day 33 - have skipped a day in transit.......

We flew 11 hours to Bangkok landing at 5.00pm. We went out this evening for a wander around. Have to say the centre of town has really been cleaned up since we were here 2 years ago. Streets are (reasonably) clean, no beggars and no street food stalls. We went out for a bite to eat tonight to a street food market which was really well organised and clean.

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Apr 4, 2018 - Lessons learned

We have now been home for a few days, and it's a good time to look back and think about what we learned on this trip, and to offer some tips for overseas travel. 1. The news media doesn't tell you everything about what's really going on in other countries (does it even tell us what's going on here?) 2. Road Scholar trips have great guides, the people are interesting and there is no tipping; we highly recommend them 3. It is useful to learn a couple of phrases in the language of the country you are visiting. I would recommend knowing how to...

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Mar 30, 2018 - "One night in Bangkok"

On Thursday March 29, we had an early afternoon flight from Luang Prabang, Laos to Bangkok, Thailand. The airport terminal in Laos is only 2 years old, but it looks like they didn't bother purchasing any new stuff for the inside - the chairs were old and several were broken. Fortunately, we didn't have to hang out there too long. The two hour flight was uneventful, and we even had a decent snack. Two of us thought that the main protein was fish and one thought it was chicken. None of us has gotten sick, so we will never know. At the Bangkok...

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Mar 21, 2018 - Bangkok Thailand

History: Historic Siam of old, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya river. Thai culture is rich and engaging in this bustling center, where modern skyscrapers rub elbows with century old Buddhist wats or temples. The towering Wat Arun, named for the god of the rising sun, stands dramatically on the rivers bank. At the city’s traditional floating markets merchants sell all manner of local produce, from mango and dragon fruit to sticky rice. Okay very nice and interesting city but how many Buddha’s and temples can you have and PS the...

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Feb 25, 2018 - Thai field notes

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. The King is revered as a near diety. It is illegal to insult the royalty, a fact that makes political manipulation and oppression easy to do by the well connected. The Army has been in charge since it ousted the Prime Minister in a 2014 coup. The motto on Army headquarters is "Country, Religions, Monarchy, People." Thailand supposedly has one of the world's lowest unemployment rates at less than 1%. The data is open to question. Buddhism is mixed with ancient spiritual belief and practice. Our group...

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Second Time Around

Feb 24, 2018 - Back to the city

Hill life was relatively simple. Walk to a village, decide whether to shower with hose, relax, repeat. Our first night, the village men were disembowling a pig when we arrived. Later, I observed briefly as the elders performed divination over the vital organs. Some of the pork was given to our group for dinner, but we passed on the blood-mince option. The second night featured Thai massage. Nine out of 12 passengers requested massage. Including Mo and me. After dinner, nine women from the village appeared. Each knew one one-hour routine,...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Love-hate in Bangkok

Tourist downtown Bangkok is hard to like. Two major issues are heat and crowds. The heat is a drastic change from Morocco and Greece. Throw in the humidity and our pace has slowed to a shuffle. More shuffling is required at the major tourist sites. We managed on our own to see two in two days. One was the giant reclining Buddha of Wat Po. The other was the Royal Palace which includes the Emerald Buddha. Approaching the sites, I never saw so many tourist buses. Ever. Dozens were lined up, each sqeezing out maximum numbers of passengers....

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Feb 9, 2018 - Transfers and temperatures

I was thankful that I didn't get hit with pigeon crap until our last day in Athens. A little thing, for sure, but annoying none the less. Our subway ride to the airport was uneventful. Turkish Airlines gave us the easiest check-in so far. I was secretly relieved as the Turks are not happy with the US because of a recent visa freeze and disagreements over the conduct of the war in Syria. But these things don't come up unless one brings them up. While waiting for our Athens-Istanbul flight, we were approached by a very shy and uncertain...

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Jan 17, 2018 - Thailand - Southeast Asia Cruise

We made two stops in Thailand. The first was to Bangkok. Typical Asian traffic – totally unreal. We did have a lot of fun shopping in the open market, at least until the fumes began to overtake us. Also saw a sign advertising a Burger King Whopper for $59 (Baht), which is about $1.82 US. Hmmm? We then went to another Buddhist Temple (my soul should be SUPER clean by now). This temple had a new twist. Shoulders and legs MUST be covered or you can’t come in. Fine with me – been there, done that. Except that our guide told us that we “had” to...

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Jan 14, 2018 - A lovely two months in Bangkok

Our 2 months in Bangkok is almost up. Yes, we’ve had a fabulous time eating, drinking, exercising and exploring but must admit the rose-coloured glasses are fading a bit. We had toyed with the idea of buying this apartment – it’s on the 14th level, large, airy, 2 bed 2 bath, in reasonable condition and most importantly in a totally Thai area close to public transport and the river. Kjell (the Norwegian owner along with his Thai wife) want about $250,000 for it and the body corporates are very low compared to Australia. Even rang the...

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