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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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Jun 24, 2014 - Last leg of a long journey - Home soon!
We checked out of Rambuttri Village at 12noon after having a good sleep in. We stored our bags with reception while we went out for a Thai brunch, then had a half hour fish foot spa. It cost 250 Baht (about NZ$10) each for half an hour, which was so cheap compared to the same experience we had in Singapore near the start of our trip. Then it was time to get a taxi to the airport - only 480 Baht going in this direction - so cheap. We changed from light clothes into jeans and boots once we reached the air-conditioned airport. Check in was a...Jump to full entry
Jun 23, 2014 - Grand Palace and last night in Bangkok
We had a late breakfast along the street, and then walked the short distance to The Grand Palace. Reviews on the internet had warned us about the touts outside the Palace telling you that it is closed and they try to sell you boat trips and tours until it opens again after prayer time. Sure enough we got approached but I was able to dismiss them and enlighten some English travellers we’d got talking to. David changed into my “new” long pants, and I had on mid-calf length culottes so we weren’t sure if we were suitably attired. If your...Jump to full entry
Jun 22, 2014 - Elephant experience!
It was an early start for us – out of bed at 6am and breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant ready for our 7am pick-up by Bangkok Day Tours. I’d booked this on-line before we left England – a nice air-conditioned van with very comfortable seats, a driver and a lovely English speaking Thai girl named Sally as our guide. We had a long drive – broken up in the morning by a stop at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where we had a half hour boat ride, and then another stop at the Bridge on the River Kwai. Then there was a stop at a local...Jump to full entry
Jun 21, 2014 - Bangkok
We finally arrived in Bangkok yesterday, 36 hours after dropping the car off at Heathrow. We had a 9½ hour wait at Heathrow and a 12 hour wait in the transit lounge at Colombo. We were both pretty shattered by the time the taxi dropped us at Rambuttri Village Inn at 8am (the trip in the taxi took an hour in peak hour traffic and cost 700 Baht - about NZ$28). Check in is officially 2pm but the helpful staff at reception told us our room would be ready at 9am, so we had a drink in the hotel bar/restaurant while we waited. We were asleep...Jump to full entry
Jun 11, 2014 - Khlongs
I thought I should checkout the khlongs or canals of Bangkok. You only live once and I saw the long boats wizz past Jim Thompson's house yesterday. Basically once you find the wharf you wait for the long boat to turn up and jump in very quickly, they don't stop for long, although they tend to wait until people are on board safely. A boy walks along the edge of the long boat collecting fares, however he somehow missed me. I couldn't chase after him to pay the boats are packed and the engine is noisy. I stand out like a golden buddha on a...Jump to full entry
Jun 10, 2014 - Where's Jim?
So today has been declared a temple and buddhist free day to relax a little and do something different. I read something about Jim Thompson's house. I have never heard of him so thought I'd go see what its all about. Apparently Jim was a spy during World War II and settled in Thailand after discovering the last hand woven silk. I believe he shipped it off to all the fashion houses and he built a lovely thai wooden house on a canal in Bangkok. Then he disappeared in the jungle of Malaysia in the 60's and let the conspiracy theories begin. I...Jump to full entry
Jun 9, 2014 - Wat?
aaah hot and humid Bangkok. I had such a good nights sleep I slept in quite late. After 9am which is good given I was awake around 6am every day in Bhutan. I'd done little research into what to see and do in Bangkok. I figured I'd let the city tell me what I wanted to see. Actually I'll say "Wat" because thats is what there is, lots of Wat's aka temples. I've yet to see a Wat Son yet though! I went down to the river and caught the ferry up the river to visit Wat Pho firstly and to see the giant golden reclining buddha. Yes I've seen a few...Jump to full entry