Bangkok + Korat - The Final Countdown

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February 2nd 2009
Published: February 2nd 2009
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Chinese New Year singers and dancers

Please close the Airport !!!

Everyone says you must be happy to be home - er, not really. After six trips to Thailand I am not sure anymore. I was hoping the airport in Bangkok would be closed again and I would be kept from returning to Australia a little bit longer. No such luck as the Thais seem happy with their new Prime Minister - for now anyway. Yes I am a proud Australian and my home is Adelaide but it is difficult to leave the many friends I have made in Thailand.

I have been back in Australia for a week and have slowly settled back into work.

After returning to Bangkok from Pattaya I was feeling fairly ordinary with a cold so I stayed in Bangkok and spent time with my friends there without doing much at all.

I did go for an express boat ride down that Chao Phrayer river to have a look at the National Museum and some of the exhibits were very interesting, a good way to spend a morning or afternoon in Bangkok.

Wat Hua Lamphong is on Rama 4 Road and walking distance from my Silom Road
River BoatRiver BoatRiver Boat

The best way to get to the main temples and palaces of Bangkok
Hotel. I have passed it many times decided to have a closer look inside the temple and was very impressed with what I saw.

I then made the effort on January 22nd to go to Korat for one day to see the Thai family that I have stayed with to say goodbye and to see everyone before I returned to Australia. They were happy to see me, especially the kids and fortunately everyone I wanted to visit was about the place. There was some quality time with the family and also a few drinks with the bad boys of the village who are so much fun to be around. It was a long way to go for a day but I was happy to do so and reluctantly said goodbye with a promise to return again soon.

Back in Bangkok I had one last night with my friends there without staying out too late and before long it was time for that dreaded trip to the airport. The last week of every trip seems to go so quickly but I am very grateful for the experiences and memories that I have of my visits to wonderful and definitely
National MuseumNational MuseumNational Museum

Worth a visit
amazing Thailand.

Kop khun khrap - Thank you

Sawatdee khrap - Goodbye

Pob gan mai - See you again soon

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National MuseumNational Museum
National Museum

A live exhibit
The Princess funeral templeThe Princess funeral temple
The Princess funeral temple

The huge temple was bulit quickly after the Princess died last year and then taken down afterwards
Sanum Luang ParkSanum Luang Park
Sanum Luang Park

Near the Grand Palace
Wat Hua LamphongWat Hua Lamphong
Wat Hua Lamphong

Have a close look
Wat Hua LamphongWat Hua Lamphong
Wat Hua Lamphong

The old and the new Bangkok
IT CityIT City
IT City

You can find a copy of just about anything here
Patpong Market SilomPatpong Market Silom
Patpong Market Silom

Late afternoon before the tourists go shopping
National StadiumNational Stadium
National Stadium

Near the BTS Skytrain and MBK Shops
The village near KoratThe village near Korat
The village near Korat

He is 82 and smokes and drinks beer - and very happy
The rice fields The rice fields
The rice fields

Near our village
BBQ cutting plateBBQ cutting plate
BBQ cutting plate

Hygiene is a worry sometimes as the guys were cutting their cooked bbq meet here
Our villageOur village
Our village

A warm spot for the cat
Chinese New YearChinese New Year
Chinese New Year

Silom Road Bangkok

3rd February 2009

Great blogs
So when is the next trip.... :-)
18th February 2009

Not sure Reet !!!
Maybe a one way ticket next time or an extended stay. I hate the trip back to the airport. I want to be in Thailand for Loy Krathong in November sometime, maybe this year. I miss the Thai family that I stay with so much. Hope you are well and I will be reading about your next adventure soon. All the best from Leon xxx

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