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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

Aug 30, 2014 - Bangkok 1 - Circus in Town

Aftermath: how in the world will we stomach this plane? There were a few of us all grabbing the same flight out of town for Bangkok, simply a comedy seeing the eyes of dread on all of us. As a nice parting gift, Siem reap leaves us with a nice 5 hour monsoon in the morning. Oh boy it's gonna be a long one. When I arrive Bangkok is waiting eagerly for the newbie. In total to find the hostel I had to take a shuttle bus to a subway to a taxi and then walk. The scams were rampant and unrelenting. The 2 big ones are the taxis not using the meter...

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Alex en Europa 2012

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...

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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...

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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...

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