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Aug 11, 2015 - Canal; Palace; Steak

August 11: Canal; Grand Palace; Madison’s Yet another touristing adventure. Another grand plan de-railed, but it all turned out well. Tourist Police Our hearty party of four took a taxi to the waterfront and had a glorious ride up the river taking in all the sites from another perspective. The plan was to land near the Grand Palace, which we did. But once again as we exited through the teeming with tourists, retail and food market built up around the landing pier, a “tourist police” stopped us as we were trying to figure out whether to turn...

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Aug 10, 2015 - Hellfire Pass

August 10: Hellfire Pass Left our little bit of heaven on the Kwai at 9:00 for the short boat trip down river to meet our driver for the ride to Hellfire Pass. This area of the Thai Burma Railway, named by the POWs, was perhaps the most difficult engineering and most physically agonizing section to build. POWs used hand tools to create the pass. Hammering and twisting a long iron spike and scraping out the rock by hand, they created narrow channels in the rock into which dynamite charges were set. After detonation, the POWs threw the...

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Aug 9, 2015 - River Kwai: Part One

August 9: Thai-Burma Railway; Kwai Floathouse The Story 1942-1943, in 20 months, the Japanese built a 415 kilometer rail line to supply its army from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma. Of the over 60,000 Australian, British, Dutch and American prisoners of war forced to build the railway, 20 percent died of brutal beatings by Japanese and Korean military guards and railway supervisors, starvation, malaria and other disease. Between 70,000 and 90,000 Asian laborers also died. Those that survived lived with their memories. All...

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Aug 8, 2015 - Floating Market; China Town

August 8: Floating Market; JJ Market; China Town; Grocery Store Tour guide drove us out about 90 minutes to the Floating Market. After Ali and Peter negotiated the tour price for the four of us from 4,000 Baht to 1,000 Baht ($25/person), we climbed into the narrow boat. As the canals are shallow, the motor is an inboard with the rudder and propeller are one and the same sticking out some 10 feet behind the boat. Not sure what we expected, but there was plenty to see. One motors up to a souvenir, clothing, art booth, etc., views wares from...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Tuks Tuks and Sightseeing

August 7-8: Tuk Tuks and Sightseeing Our first vacation day with Ali and Pete and boy did we pack in a lot! Grand Plan Runs Amuck Took a 30-minute taxi ride to the gates of Thailand’s Grand Palace thinking that we’d start at the top tourist attraction and work our way through as many as we could during our free day. Come to find out, the Palace was closed for a special military ceremony and wouldn’t open again for another two and a half hours. Fortunately a special tourist police officer offered a couple of suggestions to fill the time...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Beijing to Bangkok

August 6: Beijing to Bangkok To make a long story short…Once again China’s airline system did not surprise us. We were delayed 90 minutes for reasons ranging from the flight arrived late and we didn’t have sufficient time to clean the aircraft (while we were there an hour before take-off and everyone had long since deplaned) to catering still hasn’t finished supplying the aircraft to “we don’t know.” So by the time we arrived in Bangkok, Alison and Peter had been waiting over two hours for us and our travel transfer agent had long left them...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Bangkok

Tyler arrived as scheduled. A little early in fact. We had a little bit of difficulty connecting at the airport, but I had told Tyler just to wait for me if I wasn't there, so I finally found him outside a different exit than I had expected him to come through. We hailed a taxi and were at the hotel by midnight. Tyler is the perfect kind of guy to travel with--fun, quick to try anything, able to laugh easily at things, easy to get along with. I enjoyed him a lot when he was a teenager...even more now. Looking forward to this leg of the...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Arriving in Thailand

My FinnAir flight pulled away from the gate in Copenhagen right on time...then sat on the runway for almost an hour. Normally, I don't give this kind of thing much thought, but this time it occured to me... 1) I only have about an hour in Helsinki before my flight to Bangkok was scheduled to depart. 2) FinnAir only has one flight a day to Bangkok. 3) If I missed my connection, I would be arriving 24 hours later, and while having another night in Helsinki doesn't seem like a bad thing to me, 4) My friend Tyler would be arriving in Bangkok in...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Bangkok, Thailand

Pete checked in from the port nearest Bangkok, although the actual city of Bangkok is still 3 hours away. He actually ended up visiting two other towns. He took a picture of the Hilton in Pattaya but did not stay there, although they did have an overnight in the port. He returned to the ship in order to participate in a crew tour of the area for which he had signed up but, when he got back, discovered that the tour had been cancelled. Instead, he made a return visit to the town of Sriracha and went to the Tiger Zoo there, which was one of...

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Dec 31, 2014 - Silvester/Neujahr - 6 Stunden vorher ...

Dieses Jahr hatten wir wirklich die "Nase vorn" bezüglich dem Jahreswechsel. Zuerst wollten wir eigentlich auf einem Boot auf dem Fluss den Silvester verbringen oder dann in einem Restaurant am Fluss. Natürlich war aber schon längst alles ausgebucht. So entschieden wir uns, "zuhause" zu bleiben und im Hotel zu feiern. Dazu hatten wir ja auf unserem Pool im 14. Stock (inkl. Bar und Restaurant) die beste Aussicht. Da wir nicht das 7-Gang-Menü im Restaurant nehmen wollten (zu stolzen CHF 150/Person), entschlossen wir uns, in der Bar den...

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Christen's on Tour

Dec 30, 2014 - Shopping and relaxe

Heute hatten wir kein Programm, d.h. die Jungs wollten noch einige Einkäufe machen und wir hatten auch noch einen Einkaufszettel bereit. So führte unser Weg ins Central World Shopping Center - ein 8-stöckiges Gebäude mit jeweils Rieseneinkaufsflächen - wir hatten also genügend Auswahl! Im Shop von Scotch & Soda fand jedermann/-frau dann etwas zum Anziehen. Nach X Stunden im - für einmal nicht unterkühlten Shopping-Center - mussten wir dann nur noch die lange Anstehschlange beim Ticket-Schalter überwinden, um im Hotel noch 3 Stunden...

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Christen's on Tour

Dec 29, 2014 - Shopping, Königspalast und Tuk-Tuk

Nach unserer Ankunft hier in Bangkok besuchten wir zuerst noch das Einkaufszentrum SIAM (bequem erreichbar per Bahn - Haltestelle vor der "Haustüre", über eine Passarelle vom 3. Stock unseres Hotels), wo wir später Michael Oertli (ein guter Freund von Fabian und Roman der schon über 1 Jahr in Bangkok für eine Schweizer Firma arbeitet) mit seiner Thai-Freundin. Er führte uns in ein "Hinterhof-Restaurant" (Jim Thompson House), das wir nie gefunden hätten. Dort genossen wir die Thai-Küche in vollen Zügen! Das Highlight des Abends war dann die...

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