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Nov 24, 2015 - Bangkok - Wandering down klongs of Bangkok
Today was a rest day for Debbie who was suffering with my cold. Pat Henderson and I stayed on the Chao Phraya River today taking the tourist boat for a way, then switching to a private boat to tour the canals (klongs) along the river. We had a lovely boat entirely to ourselves for an hour and a half and wandered down Klong Bangkok Yei, then onto smaller klongs, returning to the main river (Chao Phaya) vis Klong Bangkok Noi. The trip was relaxing and entertaining - watching the lives of the folks who lived along these canals and...Jump to full entry
We arrived at the Bangkok Riverside Chatrium Hotel in the evening. Our rooms overlook the Chao Phraya River and we were mesmerized by the lights of the city and the boats plying the river. The next morning I was up before daylight sitting on the balcony to watch the sunrise on the river. We chose to stay on the river and do all our tours using the riverboats and avoid the traffic snarls on downtown Bangkok highways. Today we are off to the Grand Palace and then to Wat Pho. The river trip was lovely and cool but the Palace was a ZOO. So many...Jump to full entry
Nov 17, 2015 - Test driving new trip journal
Hi family, I'm trying out this new way of communication that Mary set up, and hope that my poor travel fatigued and overloaded brain will succeed at this new technology. I can't tell you the load my mind has been carrying, with all the apps on iPad and phone, all the weird Wi-Fi, all the app failure , But… Enough complaining! 90% of my life right now is completely positive. Just finished a wonderful day of singing with children in our amazing alternative Buddhist based school and will upload a few pictures from there, and also from my...Jump to full entry
Nov 15, 2015 - A day beyond words!
Hold on to your hats everyone, this is an incredible story As you know, I'm staying at a very beautiful and unique monastery\retreat center in in an urban area of Bangkok, created by a very renowned nun who has done great deal around world on be half of women, peace, children, etc. She's worked with the UN on special programs for women and children, and is considered a spiritual leader throughout the world. I've probably told you that I am being treated in the most extraordinary way, it just boggles me to be seen and experienced as someone...Jump to full entry
Nov 13, 2015 - Last day in Bangkok
The morning starts with chanting and singing again from the school. Apparently it is the school song followed by exercises to the chants accompanied by drums and xylophones! We pick up the local commuter boat at the canal behind the hotel. It zips in and out to the pier so we have to be smart to hop in and grab a seat. Not for the less nimble! 10 Bahts each gets us to the local market which stretches over many side streets. Locals seem to come along with huge shopping trollies and buy in bulk, sort of wholesale. No wonder the stall holder...Jump to full entry
Nov 12, 2015 - Ayutthaya - beyond Bangkok!
Wonderful to be back at Aryasomvilla and in another gorgeous room, with a balcony this time, overlooking the pool. Last night was fun as there were many fireworks for Diwali! As we breakfast out in the garden we hear the children in the school over the canal singing and chanting - school assembly Thai style! We venture to Ayutthaya, the ancient city beyond the suburbs, which covers quite a huge area. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site with, yes you've guessed it, temples and stupas. Also, this time, the remains of some of the palaces...Jump to full entry
Nov 11, 2015 - Return to Bangkok - Farewell Myanmar!
Our last breakfast looking over the Irawaddy is, sadly, taken inside as there is a short sharp shower. That makes it a pretty humid start to the day. Two of our party left very early as they were journeying onwards to Australia to meet a new grandchild. All the office staff line up to wave us off as our coach drives past the Stupa in the hotel grounds. Off to Bagan Airport, not a massive affair but pretty friendly. Our flight is on Air KBZ whose motto is 'Flying beyond expectations'! We see a Batman class being taken on the Tarmac near our...Jump to full entry
Oct 29, 2015 - Bangkok - Day 2
Off to the Sky train to get to the river, Chao Phraya or River of Kings, that has been the lifeblood of the nation like so many other rivers of the world. First fun challenge as always is to brave the traffic, thento barter with the long tail boat owners to do a tour of the khlongs (canals) of the city. Our driver sets off at quite a pace making us wonder how he will fill the 2 hrs booked! Fighting through the busy river traffic of barges and ferries we turn off and go through a lock to enter the khlong system and enter another world....Jump to full entry
Oct 28, 2015 - Bangkok -Day 1
The Ariyasomvilla Hotel is just as wonderful as 2 years ago. A veritable haven after driving from the airport through the bonkers, busy bustle of Bangkok. It is 30 deg outside the air conditioned minibus (sent by Thippy, schoolfriend of fellow travellers) and very humid. We meet Thippy for lunch in the restaurant and she has preordered a veritable feast. What a character and a fantastic source of local information & knowledge. Champagne accompanies the delicious meal so, after a short walk along the khlong (canal) behind the villa, a snooze...Jump to full entry
Oct 19, 2015 - Bangkok, Thailand
Pete had an overnight visit in Bangkok which he enjoyed very much. He sent a picture of a beautiful hotel room where he stayed overnight for the exorbitant fee of $15 a night! We are sure he enjoyed having a big bed in which to stretch out and a full size shower and bathroom, for a change! He saw a lot of the city and its fascinating art and architecture. He went with a group of his buddies to the city of Pattaya, which is known for its wild nightlife scene which seems to include every kind of vice known to man! Pete said they sell all...Jump to full entry
Sep 28, 2015 - Weekend in Bangkok - Unplanned
The best surprise so far, diverting to Bangkok! After springing loose from airport quarantine, I immediately got a taxi to The Peninsula Hotel – a five star hotel at one star Jackson prices in high season. In other words, things are really cheap here. Got $150 USD worth of Thai Bhat, which is a pretty thick wad, and can’t spend it all. Skyscrapers as far as you can see, next to shacks; huge traffic jams and little infrastructure; 15 million people; nice cars on the roads, everyone on a cell phone. A real dichotomy between haves and have...Jump to full entry
Sep 25, 2015 - Last Day in Istanbul and flying to Hanoi
Friday and Saturday are a mix of a blur and a way too much boredom and sitting around. Started out on Friday meeting Defne Gunturkun and her boyfriend Benoit (A new one, Gavin and Morgan). Defne was introduced to me by email by nephew Gavin McMillan. He and Morgan, his now bride and soon to be mother of their second, got engaged in Istanbul and actually got rescued by Defne who saw they were lost and walking toward a bad part of town. I met them in their art studio which they share with a third artist and we wandered around a new (to me)...Jump to full entry