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Jun 1, 2004 - Muay Thai (Bangkok, Thailand)

For those of you who don't know, "Muay Thai" is Thai boxing--a type of boxing where practically anything goes, and using one's elbows and knees and feet are the most powerful moves. As one might expect, although people from all over the world do Muay Thai, the Thai's have always been the best at it, and consistantly are the world champions. On our last night in Bangkok, Ry and I got to experience this great sport! We came into the small arena just before a match started. (There are a number of matches, each has 5 rounds of 3 minutes.) The...

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May 30, 2004 - Made it! (Bangkok, Thailand)

So after 30 long hours of flights and lay-overs, I finally made it to Bangkok at 1am Sunday morning. I've never had such a long travel experience before; it felt like I was going to the moon it was taking so long! Anyways, I finally arrived and got myself set up in a hostel. The next day, I befriended an Aussie named Dave, and we spent the next two days together seeing Bangkok as I waited for Ryan to arrive on Monday night. The highlight of the day was spending the afternoon in Lumphini Park, which is this sudden expanse of peaceful...

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May 10, 2004 - No rooms at the Bangkok Hilton

Bangkok - it's hot, it's dirty and they throw your rucksack out of bus doors at full speed! No, really, they do. We've seen it happen. The local pedestrians don't like it much, and nor do the owners. Home is now a 3m x 4m cubicle. The ceiling fan keeps us awake until the chickens get going at 5am. Bring back Singapore. First night we realised we were in Backpacker Babylon on the Khao San road. Fine if you want dreadlocks or a Big Mac, but where's the real Bangkok? Not on Pat Pong - or so I'm told. Instead we sought sanctuary at some of the...

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Apr 30, 2004 - Bangkok

A three hour bus journey seems like nothing these days. Heading back to Bangkok I make for what seems like the epicenter of the backpackers world - the Khao San Road". My hotel has a pool on the roof which makes it pretty up-market, but it's still less than ten pounds a night...

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Apr 21, 2004 - Bangkok: 1st day

The flight was long and uneventful, which is good because if a transatlantic flight is short and exciting, then something has gone terribly wrong. From the airport, I stopped at my hotel just long enough to shower. Then I hopped in a cab and headed for the Grand Palace. Along the way, the taxi driver generously offered to sell me everything except the Grand Palace itself. Like any good mobile travel agent, he asked about my itinerary. When I told him I was planning to go to Angkor in Cambodia, he tried to sell me on similar places in...

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Mar 26, 2004 - Bangkok

Subject: Bangkok (one week late) Hello again: We took a train from Chaing Mai to Bangkok. You may remember that we had a very negative experience with the train ride in Malaysia. We now were thinking that we are more savvy to Asian ways and also that if we traveled in the day we could see the countryside. The first hour of the train ride was filled with the delightful click-clack of a train and my (Bob) ramblings of the joy of trains and future train rides that we can do. After the second hour when we noticed that there was no dinning car...

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Mar 1, 2004 - bangkok

After a stressful 24hrs in London, mostly spent trying (unsuccessfully) to figure out where i'd put the travellers cheques I'd bought for my trip, i touched down in Bangkok around 5pm in the evening. I got an introduction to the Thai way of doing things almost before we hit the ground. There is a golf course at the airport and some of the holes run along the side of the runway!! Thought I was seeing things at first. After i got settled in to my hotel I decied to go for a wander to get my bearings. The main backpacker area was just round the...

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The Big Chill

Feb 25, 2004 - Last time in Bangkok (for this year anyway)

Sarah is now doing her Foot Massage course and Denis has not been able to get to the Pool yet as he has been uploading 3 weeks worth of photos to the website. No photos from Bangkok this time but we thought we would do another summary of our memories, this time from South-East Asia: - cleanliness of Bangkok on arrival after coming from India - watching Lord of the Rings in Lazy Boy chairs in a Bangkok cinema - swimming on a beach on Phuket on Christmas Day after a roast dinner - learning to dive in crystal clear waters on Koh Lanta - Thai...

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Jan 5, 2004 - Back to Bangkok

We fly back to Bangkok today from Phuket - we got the boat back from Koh Lanta changing at Phi Phi again. We will be sorting out our Vietnamese visas whilst we do a Thai massage course for 5 days. It takes that long for the visas to come through so it is a good use of time. No new Thai words yet and still solid. Hope to upload some pictures when we get back to Bangkok as well. (Photos uploaded on 13/1/04 at last after we got a new camera - warning to you all - Sony operate a real guarantee scam. Because the original camera was on a...

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Dec 26, 2003 - Bangkok

Bangkok is indeed one of those cities that will overwhelm the unprepared traveler. Our return visit was made marginally easier because of our one-night stand a month prior: we wasted no time getting to the area of Bangkok where we wanted to stay. Our first day was basically a write off due simply to our late arrival in the city, but the next morning we were up and about, though we didn't venture far. We explored Kao San road once more, continued eating like three growing lads, and relaxed (some more). We managed, like everywhere else...

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World Trip 03/04

Dec 22, 2003 - Merry Xmas from Bangkok

We had a brilliant flight for some reason and were at our hotel within an hour. We didn't do much the first day as we had not slept for 36 hours and found it odd that there were no cows and moustaches. We soon got ourselves back into gear with a few beers and thai chicken curry (hmmm, nice). We also found an internet cafe with a fast connection - hence now up to date. Next day, had a swim in the rooftop pool (8 quid a night for a double) and then went off to get a Thai Massage at Wat Pho - which houses the Thai Massage Institute (we hope to...

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Dec 15, 2003 - Bangkok, Thailand

Greetings from Pat pong! We are one week in to our travels and already half the money has gone! Well not exactly but probably spending rather more than we should! We have been accustomed to the nicer things in life and trying to adjust to a travelling budget will take a little time. We arrived in Bangkok from Koh Samui and it's actually quite nice to be bombarded by heat on the airport tarmac after the storms and disappointing weather we've had over the last week. Our minds soon wished for the Samui weather after we felt burnt in Bangkok...

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Wedding bliss

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