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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket February 9th 2014

The journey to Arusha was long. I started at the Saskatoon airport at 7pm on Wed., of course two hours earlier then the flight. Flying to Vancouver gave me the opportunity to visit with my beloved cousin Janet and David. I was whisked away from the airport, and given crackers, cheeses and conversation. Most definitely, it was the best wait between flights I was to have. The next flight was 13 hours from Vancouver to Hong Kong. I managed to sleep almost half the time. Cathay Pacific has good flight food, and good movies so it did not feel like a hard ship. Two hours in Hong Kong, then fly to Phuket. To meet Jacob and arrange our flights together, I had to leave the security section in Phuket, go through immigration and get my bags. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi February 9th 2014

Picked up early from The Chatrium in Bangkok. This is the day for our visit to the Bridge Over the River Kwai and the Death Railway. On the way we stopped for a quick visit at a local market, literally along a railway track where the train brings people to buy their fish, fruit and vegetables. The track is the main aisle of the market and when the train comes twice a day, the stall holders literally have to move everything back from the side of the track to allow the train through. We then headed to a floating market where you get into a paddle boat and get paddled up and down the canal to look at stalls along the sides and also to buy food, goods etc from others boats. Very busy and a ... read more
Death Railway

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 9th 2014

This morning I was lucky enough to have Jodi take me on another elephant walk with just me and mellisa (my room mate) It was so great really Learning about the elephant. Families, and the different personalities. We got to just hang, and observe and take pictures it was AWESOME! Totally everything I would have hoped for! I will be sad to leave tomorrow. Later in the afternoon we were all working on the "firebreak" to create a border around the park in case fires start in the mountains. Basically we were picking up dryer leaves and such off the side of the road. Then we were all given an orange sash and we were sent to tie it on a tree, and make a wish. The reason that you tie the orange sash around the ... read more
Breakfast buddy
Saying goodbye

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui February 9th 2014

A final welcome chance to chill out after 13 weeks of full on globetrotting. Excepting Fiji the first time had same bed for more than 4 nights.... Fiji again .... Otherwise 3 nights in Luang Prabang (Laos), Hoi An (Vietnam), and Siem Riep Cambodia), so good to spread out a bit. Unfortunately my belly has also decided to spread out a bit... No surprise really after 3 months of exotic food and not 1 day without a beer (or three). So also time to start thinking about diets and excercise. As I lie here on this Thai beach. simmering gently I'm the tropical heat with waves lapping my tanned toes, I'm exhausting myself with such thoughts! So intend to enjoy last few days enjoying the memories of the last few months, perfecting my tan, honing my ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 8th 2014

We got to go to a local school today. They had all these stations set up, bracelet making, Thai massage, traditional dance and a little refreshment hut. I spoke to a teacher for a while and he told me there are five different tribes of children who attend. Some live in the mountains and the bus them in from Monday to Friday to go to school and stay in dorms. They teach them life skills so they can have a job when they are done with school. Having us there helps them practice dealing with foreigners. This afternoon after watching the elephants bathe in the river (I could never grow tired of that) I held a yoga class on the skywalk overlooking the beautiful property. We did a gentle relaxing class and the breeze was gently ... read more
Elephant
Elephant sleeping

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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 8th 2014

Travel went well. Very busy and touristy place, interesting tuk-tuk rides for shopping and through the blockades. First taste of lovely Thai food before seeing a Ladyboys show, which was one of those bizarre moments with some of them looking worryingly attractive (from a distance!). Hotel very nice with a lovely river view but not unhappy to be moving on.... read more

Asia » Thailand February 7th 2014

Unfortunately the only accommodation that had been available was in a tent but the agent assured us that if we booked it, once we were on the island if a room or bungalow became available we would be able to upgrade. Well that just didn’t happen, the island was very busy and no rooms were available for a couple of nights so reluctantly we settled for a tent for two nights with the promise of a bungalow after that. The tent had a full sized mattress in so wouldn’t have been so bad but for 3 girls who came home drunk at 3.15 am and giggled at the top of their voices for best part of an hour! The beach was very pretty and not busy considering all the bungalow operations were full. We spent 3 ... read more
The beach - Ko Muk
View from the beach over to Ko Kradan o
the beach

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

OK, ok. I know its a weak title but it seemed appropriare, given that the gov have just issued warrants for the arrest of 18 red shirt leaders! However, the city seems eerily quite with almost empty roads comp with the chaos of a month ago. We were out for a meal last night and no sign of any trouble, though some light army prescence noted, so expect to get to airport today ok, hopefully. Quad biking was great and saw a lot more of countryside that way. Said goodbye to the rest of our group this am, and exchanged a few addresses as seems appropriate after a month together..whether any are followed up remains to be seen,...I hope so, as they have been a great bunch, fun all the way, and we will certainly miss ... read more
Siem R
Anyone for spider?
What about snake kebab then?

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand February 7th 2014

7th feb - Friday Reluctantly leaving Ayuthaya. Despite our intentions to travel first class rail, ha, ha, not always have such carriages. Hence, after much bartering with rail clerk, paid 250 baht (£5) for 2 very good 2nd class tickets to Bangkok. 'Very fast rapid train'. Of course it was running late, but only a mere 30 minutes, nothing to worry about. On arrival at our destination we tried to follow all the rules according to well laid guidelines :-Do not take taxi directly from train station, drivers rip you off-Insist upon air-conditioned taxi with meter-Insist driver turn meter on before you get in to car-Barter the fare or get out of cab-On no account take Very bad Tuk-Tuk- Walk away from station using hand signal like patting dog to attract meter taxi with honest driver ... read more
Wat Arun view across river from restaurant
Loft room at old bangkok inn

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand February 6th 2014

5th feb - Wednesday Today has been a bit of an adventure. Arrived Pak Chong train station 8.30am to discover 'ordinary' train delayed by an hour and a half. Great start to the day. However, as we sat patiently on the pretty platform a theatre of activity unfolded before us. Local vendors appeared from every direction, mostly trawling across the railway tracks. Choosing their spot carefully, buckets, packs of ice and cartons of drinks soon became tempting pails of chilled drinks. Others had woven baskets containing meat on sticks, sticky with spices, types of fish on stalks, carved fruits such as papayas, tied tightly in air-filled plastic bags, small sachets of sticky rice with sesame covered meat balls, corn on the cob, huge woks filled with cooked noodles and vegetables, and more. By now the vendors ... read more
View from our room, including tuk-tuk




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