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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Bye Bhutan

Today was a weird day of sorts. Most things in Bhutan take some time to do, so having a half day at shortish notice made it more difficult to do anything much. We were due to fly out at 10:35am rescheduled to 2:55pm, and actually left 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Right until the end Bhutan made me happy! We visited a fruit and veg market in Paro which has all the usual suspects. Small by world standards but then again Paro isn't a very big place either. I wandered up and down the main street again before having an early lunch and also a...

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May 31, 2014 - One Night in Bangkok....

So naturally spending a night in Bangkok, even if it is at the airport hotel does remind me of the average 80's song. At the risk of writing like my father (although modern songs are not his thing.... yes the 80's would be too modern for him) the chorus does ask some interesting questions.... One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free You'll find a god in every golden cloister And if you're lucky then the god's a she I can feel an angel sliding up to me. Anyway I'm off to Bhutan on Druk...

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May 20, 2014 - I dropped four flights and cracked my spine….

Buddy come quick with the iodine Catch a few winks, baby, under the bed Then you head back to Tennessee Jed…. Alright so I didn’t actually drop four flights, what I did was try to lift a set of twin scuba tanks (of course totally doing it the wrong way), and I pulled my lower back out again. This happened a few months ago when I was in Indonesia on Gili Trawangan, helping my friend Will accomplish his World Record. Being me (stubborn) and the fact that we were a week away from the big dive, I mostly ignored the pain and grit my teeth and...

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May 18, 2014 - Day 3

we woke up quite late (check out was at 12pm and we woke up at 11:55am)so it was a bit of a rush to pack up all of our stuff and be out of the room. We decided the previous night that we were going to catch the train to koh samui despite the 11 hour journey, it was a £50 difference compared to if we were to get the plane, also Sam has developed a massive hatred for planes and airports since our journey began haha. We got a taxi from our hotel to Bangkok train station. We left at 12:20pm roughly and got there at 1pm. As we missed breakfast...

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