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Oct 31, 2014 - Hotel Bangkok aka Pantip Suites

Our hotel room is HUGE! When the hotel described it as 1,100 square feet, I honestly thought it was a math error converting from meters to feet; however I was wrong! While the hotel is older, and the rooms not 4 stars, it will be just fine for a couple of weeks. Also, this is the hotel our adoption agency wants the families to stay in, so here we are. The staff is all very friendly, and of course, Lily is the star of the show. She will be greeted more often and much quicker than Letty or I, and of course Lily is not shy. It is funny though...

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Luke's Journey Home

Oct 31, 2014 - Welcome to Bangkok

We made it!!! After flying for 16 1/2 hours and sitting in the Taipei airport for another 4 hours, we are finally in Bangkok!! The flight was great, and again the crew was amazing. The breakfast options were a bit more mundane than fish floss, but still had the wide variety of options for both American and Chinese palates (quiche or noodles?). The flight was also more packed than the red eye out of Seattle; however half the plane was staying put for the second leg of the flight to Amsterdam. Walking up the jet way to the airport was a rude...

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Luke's Journey Home

Oct 26, 2014 - Day 2 in Bangkok

This is Lois writing. Today (Sunday) we had a tour of some of the major sites in Bangkok with our guide Emmy. We visited several opulent temples and the Grand Palace. In the United States we don’t seem to have quite so much flashiness in our public places, like we’ve seen in other countries. Religion and a monarchy seem to foster such displays. It continues to be quite hot and humid. Even Emmy thinks it's hot, and she is looking forward to winter. Because we were "seeing the sights" today, we encountered a lot more crowds than yesterday,...

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Southeast Asia 2014

Oct 25, 2014 - Flying over; Day 1 in Bangkok

Lois writing first - then John We left TVC on Thursday a bit after noon, thanks to the Jim Breit chauffeur service. Flew American Airlines to Chicago, and less than an hour later, we were on the next flight to Tokyo. Thirteen hours in the air is a bit much, with cramped seating. On our other overseas flights (using Delta), we were able to pay a bit more to choose bulkhead seats with more leg room, but American didn't offer that option on this flight. They also wouldn't allow us to choose our seats for the Japan Airlines flight to Bangkok...

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Southeast Asia 2014

Oct 14, 2014 - Bangkok, Thailand

Peter checked in from Bangkok and was planning to go into the city with a group of his friends. He expected to see some interesting sights because the port area there is pretty much like you might read about in an old book, with opportunities to purchase services for almost any kind of vice one might have! The ship will remain in Bangkok overnight. He concluded our call when he was about to run out of minutes on his telephone calling card, which he is not planning to add money to, since he will be home in a few days! He is planning to call...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Bangkok

Didn't get off to a good start today - I didn't wake up until 12 noon! Had set alarm for 7.30am, but hadn't realised the alarm was programmed for Mon-Fri only, and so being Saturday it didn't go off. Because of the time difference my body happily kept sleeping! So, rushed to get dressed and off to visit the sights! Got a river boat from the pier near my hotel up to Tha Chang for the Grand Palace. All the research I had done before was very useful otherwise wouldn't have had a clue about which boat to catch, the fact that you just board and...

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Vietnam 2014

Oct 10, 2014 - Journey to Bangkok

The plane journey to Bangkok was perfectly pleasant, the plus side of EVA air was getting a premium economy seat for cheaper than standard economy on other airlines, and whilst not luxury by any means I appreciated being able to stretch my legs out fully, and have plenty of space to recline the seat. I actually slept for several hours which was a nice surprise! The downside of EVA air was not understanding a single announcement (they did make announcements in English but I couldn't understand them!) and the food was rather odd, so I'm glad...

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Vietnam 2014

Sep 18, 2014 - Getting my teeth fixed in the land of smiles

I bit on walnut too hard last week and chipped my tooth. Since im already travelling i felt it was best to try to fix it before i go home. Dental treatments performed abroad can be less expensive, but they also carry risks and associated complications that i prefer not to deal with. For one, Follow-up care for treatments i do here will be impossible. I cant just fly 12 hours back just for a followup so i decided i better do my homework and find the right dentists. Luck for me a quick Google search brought up a number of dentistry sites in...

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Sep 5, 2014 - Bangkok 4 - Back to Mango City

Things really got kicked into high gear today. I was about to travel the length of Thailand in one day, without serious plans. Oh boy, game time. I week earlier I booked a plane to Bangkok for half a day, to stay in the hostel I originally wanted and just finish up the things i didn't do. In the end it turned out great. Things just came together smoothly. I took the fast plane back to Bangkok, taking 50mins compared to 14 hours on the train. Double the price but worth it. I retraced my steps in Bangkok to where the scams awaited be last...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Sep 1, 2014 - Bangkok 3 - Bourne Movie-Time

I was rested and rejuvenated for round 2. Today I took a different mindset to the scams and con-artists..'bring it on'. I laughed at the tuk tuk drivers trying to rip me off and was ruthless in negotiating. 200baht? No you're taking me for 30baht. I approached 1 driver who said he can take me for cheap if we go to a tailor first. Of course he gets commission for this scam but i decided to go just for fun. I pull up to this tailored suit shop and it's in an industrial area with the sidewalk not finished. The place itself was nice but the...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Sep 1, 2014 - Arrived to Thailand!

As of November 5, 2013 travelers holding UK, US, Japanese, German, French, Canadian and Italian passports are at present eligible for a 30-day visa-free entrance when entering Thailand by a land crossing, rather than the 14 days they were allowed formerly. Wondering why these seven states? They are the G8 countries. Who's the G8? Yes, I had to Google it also, according to Wikipedia, they're the 8 most most affluent developed countries on Earth by international net wealth" so we think Thailand is desiring them to spend up large. This is...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Bangkok 2 - Scam City

I got my butt kicked by the city today. I still wasn't feeling great but thought I'd go sightseeing regardless. Saw the grand palace of the Thais, the biggest temple in Thailand and walked a few chaotic markets as well. By the end, the heat and volume of walking got me. I was making mistakes and Bangkok was making me pay. Either it was not getting my change back when paying or dropping my food, or my bag breaking..just not a good day. The one thing I learned is that temple seeing is not really my thing, it just doesn't have a tonne of...

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Alex en Europa 2012

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