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Apr 4, 2017 - Let all who are hungry come and eat

Let all who are hungry come and eat April 4 2017 Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean Pesach starts a week today. This can mean only 1 thing: “Let my people go …. home”. And so, our Exodus from SE Asia begins. We’re at the airport in Bangkok now and, all being well, we leave Bangkok today and arrive back in Edmonton before we left. I love the International Dateline. In between will be 3 flights (via Hong Kong & Vancouver) involving around 18 hours in the air over a variety of seas & oceans & more than 28 hours of total travel time. But that...

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Apr 3, 2017 - Wat the heck .....

Wat the Heck …… April 3 2017 Bangkok, Thailand In 64 days of travel my wife only asked for 2 days off. Her first was in Siem Reap, Cambodia last month. Today, our last day in SE Asia before we leave for home tomorrow morning, was the 2nd. Being the magnanimous ruler that I am (in my own mind and don’t even start with me about that because I am very happy in my bubble world) I granted her request. I am a benevolent ruler. (God – if she reads this I am in SO much trouble). To prepare for her day off, she made me steal a napkin at breakfast...

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Apr 2, 2017 - What you can get for 300 Baht in Bangkok

What you can get for 300 Baht in Bangkok April 2 2017 Bangkok, Thailand “The mountains gleamed around in a hedge of inaccessible purity, from which his eyes fell, dazzled, to the green depths of the valley. And when he heard the harpsichord’s silver monotony across the lotus pool, he felt that it threaded the perfect pattern of sight and sound”. -Lost Horizon by James Hilton, as reprinted on the bookmark left for me by housekeeping today. If I stay here long enough, maybe I’ll get to read the whole book on the bookmarks. I gotta say,...

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Apr 1, 2017 - Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market April 1 2017 Bangkok, Thailand The Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest market in the world. There are more than 15,000 vendor stalls crammed into 27 acres on land previously owned by the Thai Railway system. That is a lot of vendor stalls. I named them all. My favourite is “Spot”. (That was for my children). The brochure/map they hand out says this about the market: “Many Chinese tourists visit Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok to purchase fruits, handicrafts and milk tablets, etc.” I am intrigued. What is a...

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Mar 31, 2017 - Lost Horizon

Lost Horizon March 31, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand They turn on the elephants in the pool at 7:00am sharp at the Bandara Resort on Koh Samui. If I wasn’t already awake, they’d wake me up for sure as there are 8 of them just spitting water all over the massive pool and so it sounds like you’re in the middle of a waterfall. It’s actually kind of soothing. But I’m already awake by then because, like everywhere else in SE Asia, at sunrise about an hour earlier, a rooster or two has been cock-a-doodle-doing. There are chickens everywhere in SE...

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Mar 19, 2017 - Goodbye Vietnam, hello Thailand

Hey, Today I'm writing from our newest destination, Thailand. But first I'll tell you how we spent our day yesterday. The day itself wasn't anything special, as I told you, we did the tour. It started with a big pagoda,apparently the biggest in Southeast Asia. I got few information as the tour guide told us a couple of interesting stories as we walked around. Before we went into the pagoda,he told us the reason why there is a very high stair before you enter it. The 2 reasons are: - as you enter the pagoda,you have to look down for...

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Mar 10, 2017 - Final Soiree in Bangkok!

We arrived back in Bangkok nicely on time which is kind of surprising as every other form of transport to date (pretty much without exception) had run late since arriving in Asia. The train terminates at station on the opposite side of the river to the ‘normal’ / main station in Bangkok, and therefore the opposite side of the river to most of the city. I wandered up the road towards the river and the bus landing to jump on a boat downtown and across to the main area of China town where I had arranged to meet Anoushka, the girl I had...

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Mar 7, 2017 - Bangkok

Up to Roll Over Lay Down - Status Quo 7am as usual. Fairly crap breakfast by the riverside. Good job we still have some Marmite left! Shared a taxi to MBK Shopping centre (Mah Boon Krong) with a retired Dutch couple. 100 baht - 50 each £1.17 P Bought a load of crap gifts as couldn't find anything better. 12 flip flop keyring and 4 leather elephant ones. Also got a load of snacks and spices as well as a French bag to throw everything in the hold for 200baht £4.66 Had veggie spring rolls in Khao San Road at Jo Jo's Pad Thai restaurant. Sat on...

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Feb 15, 2017 - Bangkok #3

I always enjoy heading to Amanda’s / Bangkok as it is great place to truly recalibrate (as well as obviously catching up with her, which is always a lot of fun!). After a pretty decent sleep I woke and pretty much exploded my bag across her apartment in order to sort through everything, work out what (if anything) I could get rid of, get everything washed after the trek, work out what I could leave there to pick up when I pass through in March and just generally sort everything out. The issue with hostels is you never completely unpack so...

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Jan 31, 2017 - One night in Bangkok

We are up early today as according to the boat it is 2-3 hour drive into Bangkok. Not sure how you can really say the ‘port’ is Bangkok when you are that far away. None the less it is a must see. We have hired a private van through the ship which turns out to be a giant rip-off. Charging double what we were told and more than double what we could have got privately!! Of course it is their typical scare tactic, if you if you don’t take a cruise tour or transfer the boat will not wait for you. Therefore you are on your own to get to next...

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Southeast Asia 2017

Jan 25, 2017 - Three days apart!

Tuesday 24th January We are back together after a three day separation, as Sally went on the Tribal Villages trek and I stayed behind in Chiang Mai. Unfortunately, although a lot better, my back would have been very uncomfortable at the end of a four hour minibus trip to the trek starting point. I didn't want to risk disrupting the trip by not being able to walk, so I decided to stay behind. I had a pleasant three days enjoying Chiang Mai. I found two lovely parks, teeming with bird life, so didn't have chance to get bored. I also explored...

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Jan 20, 2017 - Day in Ayutthaya

Friday 20th Jan Today we were in the old capital city of Ayutthaya, where there are remains of over 200 temples. We were taken to the three big ones in the morning and by lunchtime were fully "templed out". The day was very bright and at 34oC it was hot although thankfully not too humid. We had lunch together at a riverside restaurant then back to the hotel. We decided to go for a massage after the others had said how good it was, so it was a quick shower and a dash out to Tony's Place before the rest could get there. Now this was a novel...

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