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Mar 13, 2017 - Bangkok
Our city tour was not scheduled until lunchtime, so we had breakfast and then went out for a wander. It was very hot, so we did not go that far. Wandered through the park, and saw a Tai Chi class in the park. We headed back to the hotel to get changed into full length clothes for our visits to the temples etc. that afternoon. We met our guide in the lobby, only to find out that teh Royal palace was shut that day, so we re-arranged for Wednesday. Went back up to the room and changed back into shorts etc. and then headed out to the Hard Rock...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2017 - Travel to Bangkok
We were picked up at 1015 for travel to Cairns Airport. We then had a 3 hour flight to Sydney to pick up our flight to Bangkok We had a 3 hour wait for our flight, and then a 9 hour flight. Watched a few movies etc. When we landed , it was along walk to the arrival terminal, so our luggage was there before we were! We then got our transport to the Banyan Tree Hotel, where we were given a suite for our stay. By this time, it was 2am local time, so off we went to bed.Jump to full entry
Mar 10, 2017 - Final Soiree in Bangkok!
We arrived back in Bangkok nicely on time which is kind of surprising as every other form of transport to date (pretty much without exception) had run late since arriving in Asia. The train terminates at station on the opposite side of the river to the ‘normal’ / main station in Bangkok, and therefore the opposite side of the river to most of the city. I wandered up the road towards the river and the bus landing to jump on a boat downtown and across to the main area of China town where I had arranged to meet Anoushka, the girl I had...Jump to full entry
Mar 7, 2017 - Bangkok
Up to Roll Over Lay Down - Status Quo 7am as usual. Fairly crap breakfast by the riverside. Good job we still have some Marmite left! Shared a taxi to MBK Shopping centre (Mah Boon Krong) with a retired Dutch couple. 100 baht - 50 each £1.17 P Bought a load of crap gifts as couldn't find anything better. 12 flip flop keyring and 4 leather elephant ones. Also got a load of snacks and spices as well as a French bag to throw everything in the hold for 200baht £4.66 Had veggie spring rolls in Khao San Road at Jo Jo's Pad Thai restaurant. Sat on...Jump to full entry
Feb 15, 2017 - Bangkok #3
I always enjoy heading to Amanda’s / Bangkok as it is great place to truly recalibrate (as well as obviously catching up with her, which is always a lot of fun!). After a pretty decent sleep I woke and pretty much exploded my bag across her apartment in order to sort through everything, work out what (if anything) I could get rid of, get everything washed after the trek, work out what I could leave there to pick up when I pass through in March and just generally sort everything out. The issue with hostels is you never completely unpack so...Jump to full entry
Jan 31, 2017 - One night in Bangkok
We are up early today as according to the boat it is 2-3 hour drive into Bangkok. Not sure how you can really say the ‘port’ is Bangkok when you are that far away. None the less it is a must see. We have hired a private van through the ship which turns out to be a giant rip-off. Charging double what we were told and more than double what we could have got privately!! Of course it is their typical scare tactic, if you if you don’t take a cruise tour or transfer the boat will not wait for you. Therefore you are on your own to get to next...Jump to full entry
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