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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 16th 2014

I have been bad and not written things down for a while, so this may not be as in depth as the previous ones, but I will try. After Bali I Flew to KL again for the Future Music Festival Asia. Lissie and Arie were already there and had been to the first 2 days of the festival, I only bought a ticket for the last day as that’s when all the artists I wanted to see were going to be on, also wasn’t sure of the situation, whether I was going to like it or have anyone to talk to etc.. any way I met Lissie and her Swedish friend on the Saturday morning so we could sight see and things before me and Lissie headed to the festival later that day. It was strange ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 13th 2014

Once again, I entered Thailand from India with the intent of going to Vietnam. We stopped over in Thailand because it is a natural jumping off point to get a visa to Vietnam. Vietnam is one of just a handful of countries that still require a US citizen to get a Visa. Ashlee was not feeling well so I brought her to the hospital in Bangkok. They admitted her for 4 days and put her on an IV drip for a Kidney infection. So we ended up spending more time in Bangkok than we thought, but the doctor has ok'd our travel to Vietnam. We need to rush to Vietnam before someone else gets sick or ends up in the hospital. Last time I tried to go to Vietnam, my father fell ill and passed away ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 13th 2014

Back to Bangkok! Making our own way from the border with Cambodia we jumped in a tuk tuk to take us to the bus station and jumped on a local bus to Bangkok, not for the first time on our travels we were the only non local people making the journey! A few hours later and we were back in the hustle and bustle and smell of Bangkok, this time the smell seamed a lot stronger but the traffic now calmer after seeing the chaos in Vietnam. The first night back we had booked a hotel for a night to give us our first break from hostels, however the bath that Carly wanted did not appear to be in our hotel although advertised and the WiFi was much worse than many of the hostels we had ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 7th 2014

It's mango season here in Thailand, and what a wonderful season it is. I've never had sweeter mangos in my life. Everywhere you go there are mangos for sale. I'm lucky enough to have a pick-up truck selling them just down the road from my apartment. I stopped at it one night on my way home from dinner. I inquired about the price and it's 100 Baht for 1 kilo. ($1.50 USD for one pound.) My Thai coworkers have assured me this is indeed a fair price. I decided to buy two mangos. The woman weighed them on a little scale, effortlessly cut them up, and put them on a tray and covered it in plastic wrap. She also offered to sell me some sticky rice and coconut milk, so I could enjoy the traditional dish ... read more
My mangos
Mango sticky rice

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 7th 2014

Exchange Rate $1AUD = 29.6Baht We inhaled the pungent steaming air and the moisture stuck to our dry bodies the moment we started down the Thai Airlines stairs, having landed in ….and of course the answer to the title’s riddle…. Bangkok! We had been dreaming of this moment since shivering our brass balls off in Dragnag, Nepal, all those weeks ago. Yes the air was thick, it was hard to breathe, sweat was dripping from every pore in our bodies, but we loved every minute of it. During the couple of evening hours after landing we spent our time venturing to our one night transit hostel, Link Corner, and a quick jaunt to get dinner at the local corner Thai restaurant. Once settled and ready to eat we devoured delicious pad thai and sipped refreshing young ... read more
Lone Monk in the Grand Palace grounds
Biggest gold buddha in the world - Wat Traimit
Chinatown street view

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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 19th 2014

When my friend messaged me and asked if I was up for a bit of exploring, I jumped at the opportunity. I love going on my own, but it's even more fun when you can share the experience. There was a wat she wanted to see and it was in the neighborhood near Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, an area I've been wanting to explore a bit more. We took the ferry up the river and walked the rest of the way, briefly stopping at a park and to look in shop windows. There were lots of interesting little spots and scenes to take in. This city never fails to yield new surprises. We finally arrived at the wat. Under the hot sun, the walk felt a lot longer than it was. But the wat ... read more
Wat Suthat
Love the elephants
Doors

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 18th 2014

Monday, March 3 Only the third of the month and already some big changes. Over the weekend most of the protest sites and stages were shut down and cleaned up, opening the roads for traffic today. From what I saw in person and online, it looks like traffic is still pretty light, but I expect we'll be back to normal gridlock in no time. The protesters have all moved into Lumpini Park (as well as their main stage). While I'm happy to have more areas safe and walkable now, I really wish the park was safe. It's strongly advised to stay out. I've heard they're checking bags before people enter, too. Wednesday, March 12 Well, not much is happening on the protest front, the Emergency Decree front, or any other front. News is back to normal ... read more
Look at all those open driving lanes!
I went by this later at night. It had 4 guys in full uniform looking busy doing something.
One of a few stations on the sidewalk in Silom.

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 17th 2014

Up at 7AM this morning as we had to get up and start packing for a flight to Bangkok, and upon arriving in Bangkok, it is a total different city. There are skyscrapers, large companies, and its somewhat pretty developed. We are staying at the Lebua Tower and the 6 of us are staying in "The Hangover II Suite" where all the cast photos and the famous scene is shot at. (see pictures) The view here is breathtaking as we are 53 stories up high and we have these amazing views. (see pictures). We have a personal kitchen, living room and 3 rooms for 6 people. *** In my next blog, I'll be posting my explorations and photos of the city because I could not explore as much as I wanted to as we got in ... read more
Living Room Suite
Kitchen Suite
View Balcony

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 11th 2014

Part I It's tax season in Thailand, and time to file returns. I received my paperwork last week along with instructions for filing online. I'd been advised that the website is completely in Thai, so I should either use Google translate or have a coworker help me. Or both. Following the instructions, we found the webpage and then discovered that as a first time user of the website, I'd need to register. Simple taxes, simple account creation. No problem. There are only three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and the in-simplicity of taxes. We three worked together to fill out the registration form. We had it filled out completely and then... nothing. We went back to the instruction. No information there. We looked around the website. Nope. My coworker finally ended up calling ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 10th 2014

Well, it's March now and I've officially lived in Bangkok for a little over 8 months. I can't believe it. Last week someone asked me how long I'd been here and I had to correct myself! The time really does fly. So, how is life treating me here? Pretty well, actually. I'm tired, but that's because I'm always on the go with work, friends, or other exploring fun. They say it takes about a year to really settle into a place and build a life, and I think I'm on track. Work is going well. We're still getting more and more students and now we even have a second foreign teacher! I'm also fortunate enough to have a great boss and team to work with. Knowing I have support makes such a difference day to day. ... read more




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