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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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Jan 19, 2017 - Bridge over the River Kwai
Another fascinating day today, which started with breakfast overlooking the River Kwai in the town of Kanchanaburi. This is the place where the famous "Bridge over the River Kwai" was built, and we went to see that first thing. This was followed by a trip to the war museum and cemetery, which although interesting I found it a bit overwhelming. These people who suffered and died were my parents generation, and it's probably only by good fortune that my and Sally's father were not there. The museum was only small but very respectfully done,...Jump to full entry
Jan 18, 2017 - Erawan waterfalls
The tug boat arrived with breakfast about 8am which we ate as we were towed back to shore and from there it was a minibus ride to the Erawan waterfalls, a beautiful nature park with a walk up to the top of about 2km and seven levels of the falls each with pools for swimming in. Some of the group did so but we were happy enough to climb to the top of the trail. It was shady but hot and very humid. I'm not sure what 100% humidity feels like but this must have been close to it. We came across a pig and a troup of monkeys, and although I could...Jump to full entry
Jan 17, 2017 - Wat Po, the canals and a raft house.
Tuesday Jan 17th. Another great day started with an early visit to Wat Po, one of Thailand's most beautiful Buddhist temples. Nice to be there early before the crowds arrived, and we left here for a trip on the canals, passing houses on stilts which is how the people would have lived in the past. People still live in them now but they have a road behind the properties for car access. We got off and met up with the minibuses to take us on to Kanchanburi, a town on the river Kwai. This was a journey of about three hours with a stop for...Jump to full entry
Jan 16, 2017 - Monday Jan 16th. Day in Bangkok.
Monday Jan 16th. We had the day to ourselves today as we did not meet up with the rest of our group until 6pm this evening. We took the opportunity to find our way around have a look at some of the attractions of Bangkok. First stop was the Jim Thompson house and museum, which took an age to find as my guide book had placed it incorrectly on the map! But it was interesting walking around the side streets and alleys as we tried to find it. Jim Thompson was an American who came to live in Bangkok played an important part in the revival of the...Jump to full entry
Dec 16, 2016 - Thailand ... Bangkok
We had a few nights in Bangkok and are now ready to head home. What a great adventure this whole trip has been ... sad that it has come to an end ... but looking forward to seeing family and friends! Last entry before we run down to catch our taxi! Xoxo Greg n TracyJump to full entry
Dec 11, 2016 - Chinatown
Great fun exploring Chinatown markets. Had photo taken with scorpian-on-stick which were 100 baht to buy. £2 Tim tried some grub things but needed some more soy sauce! He also had a bowl of something soupy with 'things' in it for a quid,, I had cheese slices on biscuits apple & banana from Tesco! Had a Singha outside our hotel. Traffic not quite as bad but still hideous smog so stayed in our room watching TV again!Jump to full entry
Dec 10, 2016 - Jim Thompson House & MBK Bangkok
Tim grumpy until we found some street food for brek (chicken, fish, rice, chilli etc, ...all luke warm) 110Baht the lot £2.46 Got cab 80 Baht £1.79 to Jim Thompson's House which is the most wonderful house I've ever been in. Mahogany carved with Buhdda's and chines porcelain, giant mahogany windows and mirrors. Cat ornament which was male chamber pot, frog one was female. Walked on to MBK Shopping Centre, looking at smart watches But didn't buy. 100 baht £2.23 cab back to hotel Got some Gambol flipflop in Tesco as feet are killing...Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2016 - Chinatown Bangkok
Breakfast in Grand China Hotel 400 Baht each! £9!! Ouch Tim was very grumpy about it as not good at all. Loads and loads of traffic and smog. Got puzzle books and headed for the pool; fabulous view but no shade and tiny with cold water. I decided to go to Shangri-La for next 3 nights, sod the expensea. .. Christmas & Birthday for Tim I said but he said no as £600 for 3 nights which is a bit extravagant I suppose! Unsuccessfully spent ages looking for somewhere else, Bangkok or Hua hin. Walked up road to Lek Fish Restaurant on the street,...Jump to full entry
Dec 8, 2016 - Off to Bangkok again
ThaiAir (nice) flight to Bangkok 6.5 hours. Watched Wardogs (OK). Slept about 2 hours. Taxi was 460 Baht £10.21 but was rush hour. Staying at Grand China Hotel in the middle of China Town 4* 21st floor apparent upgrade FOC from Superior to Deluxe Room as fully booked. Nice view (very smoggy). Walked a couple of blocks down for a couple of Singha's. Tim had Pad Thai street food I had my Oz Banana and then a toasted cheese and ham sandwich from Tesco which was like a dream come true!Jump to full entry
Dec 7, 2016 - Bustling Bangkok....
So…. I’m on a train again! It’s been a while but I’m finally back on the mode of transport that I enjoy travelling in the most, lying on my sleeper bed on my way to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. I’m on a ‘2nd class, no aircon’ carriage which is definitely ‘interesting’ but having just walked through the 3rd class ‘hard seats’ section, I feel like I’m in the right place! Last time I wrote I got myself up to the point of leaving Myanmar… so moving on from there…. For some reason I had in my head that the flight was 2 hours to Bangkok – had I...Jump to full entry