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Jan 27, 2016 - Back to Bangkok & on to Hanoi

Up & away early to the airport for our 7.20am flight back to Bangkok. Breakfast at the airport then a one hour flight followed by a four hour wait for our flight to Hanoi in Vietnam. Our little group of five was back together again after the other met up again from the bus station. A two hour flight next to Hanoi where we were picked up & transferred to our hotel. What a difference in weather! Twenty degrees(f) lower & raining so on with the jumpers & coats. We had our first taste of Hanoi traffic which is remarkable for the numbers of...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Bangkok - Day 3

Moving on today so had to check out at midday. No time to go very far so stayed close to the hotel till we were picked up at 3pm & taken out to the main bus station. We, at last, got to meet the other people on the trip with us, a Young Swiss couple & a Dutch woman. We are all booked on the 5.30pm overnight coach to Phuket in Southern Thailand for the next leg of our trip. The coach was pretty reasonable with plenty of leg room & reclining seats. We left as the sun was beginning to sink in the West & everyone settled down for the twelve...

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Jan 22, 2016 - Bangkok - Day 2

Well it's hot again today & after quite a good night's sleep & an all-in scrum at the breakfast buffet we headed off on the tourist trail around some of Bangkok's sites. We bought day tickets for the Sky Train for just under £3 each & headed off to the river. There we bought day tickets on the tourist boat that runs up & down the river stopping at various places making access to quite a number of the more popular sites. It is a hop on/hop off service so a very convenient way of getting around & the tickets only cost about £3 each again. It...

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Jan 22, 2016 - Bangkok, oriental city where da city dont know what da city has got

One thing. I have learned in my old age...i can get a lot of mileage out of just camping at the beach ...or in any one place for that matter ...goes a looong way with the girlies. And with pops, for that matter. I may be old but my work is poor. The girlies can dig in the sand til the cows come home. The water in koh samui was clean, maybe not totally clear, but very enjoyable. The girls got to do some comedic kayaking routines and were tireless trying to pounce on any unsuspecting crab. Would do that again anytime. As far as they are...

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Jan 21, 2016 - Bangkok, Thailand

Once we landed we lost a little time sorting out about the Visa system but in the end all we had to do was make our way straight through immigration & apparently we automatically get a 30day Visa. Then we had to find our way to the pick up point where a nice lady arranged a taxi to take us straight to our hotel. No big group of us this time, unlike our China trip. The traffic in Bangkok was still as bad as we remembered from previous visits here but the main road from the airport was reasonably clear so we were at our hotel in about 30...

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Jan 13, 2016 - Bangkok/Bangkok/Bangkok

Surprise visit from Dale, a friend from Tasmania, for a week. It was his first time in Bangkok and Peter (with Dale and I trailing) have covered the city and surrounds north/south/east/west. Ferries, buses, sky trains, tuk tuks, canal boats and the occasional taxi – we’ve used them all getting to floating markets, the movies, food halls, more markets, Chatuchuk, absolutely everywhere in fact. I’m sure poor Dale was happy (and exhausted) to leave for a week in Phuket. Walking around with Dale, who is 6’4” and wears a 10-gallon hat which...

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Jan 8, 2016 - Ferry outing

Enjoying a solo day trip that makes me think of Seattle- ferry ride (to touristy beach/surf town, not exactly Vason!). Fun watching kids, surfers, street musicians, and my fellow humans. Deb had friends over last night who like to sing, and we rebelled in old favorites- cockles and mussels, green grow the rushed ho- and the occasional Aussie ballad or political tune. Felt really good to recreate a bit of the family song magic, which I know we both miss. My last week here. Feels bittersweet. It's been such a lovely time, Pete and Deb so...

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Jan 2, 2016 - Post-Christopher Bangkok highlights

After our tearful goodbyes (at around 6 in the morning, yikes!), Fran and I headed over to Khao San Road and the nearby Wat Chana Songkhram. Super-busy and super modern, we didn't even recognize it from 20 years ago. Twenty years ago, we had arrived at 2 am and despite having a reservation (which in those days we wrote AND called the hotel from the USA to confirm), we found the hotel gates locked up tight. Unresponsive to our pleas for a room, the guard told us it was full. A woman came over and offered us a room...we went with her as we...

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Dec 31, 2015 - New Years back in Bangkok

Happy New Year! We celebrated in fine style with a fancy cultural show complete with delicious Thai buffet at the nearby Siam Naramit. This was truly the show to end all shows, with a huge elaborate stage, sparkling costumes, even an elephant walking through the aisles! Even the warm-up shows and sets were more extensive than most I have seen. We have seen a lot of these and I have to admit, this was the best one ever. Totally over the top! New Years Eve found us together, munching on our favorite charcuterie and cheese, with lovely red...

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Dec 26, 2015 - The best day ever

Yesterday was such a fantastic day. We had booked a tour a few months ago that we really didn't know much about which made it so much more amazing. We started off being picked up at our hotel on Khaosan Road in Bangkok at 630am. We made our rounds to a few other hotels in the city to collect 7 others. We stopped at a travel stop at first and gathered some snacks for the journey into the jungle which is where I ran across this really stressful bathroom situation photoed. We got to a rural market first and our tour guide had us try some...

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Dec 24, 2015 - Last day Ho Chi Mihn, first day Bangkok.

It's 3pm Christmas Eve and we are in Bangkok, a few hours ahead of schedule. We were to arrive late tonight but realized that we wouldn't have had anywhere to stash our bags for the 7 hours of walking around ho chi mihn again, so we switched our flights. But, back to yesterday, which could quite possibly be the most traumatizing day for us both for many funny and not so funny reasons. We decided to go to the war remnants museum in town. Aaron had researched it before and knew that it was definitely not favoring the US side of the war. I...

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Dec 20, 2015 - Reunited in Bangkok!

The first time we were in Bangkok I was pregnant with Christopher. We planned the trip, THEN I got pregnant. What lousy timing! All the things I looked forward to; the heat, the spicy food, the smells, the city buzz; were all things that made me tired and sick during that first trimester. I couldn't even muster up smiles in the photos. So finally, 20 years later, I get to fully enjoy all that Thailand has to offer with the best traveling companions I know (Fran and Christopher). Bangkok sure has changed from our backpacker days on Khao San...

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