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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 13th 2019

Safari World is another zoo but had different shows throughout the day. The first show was with dolphins and was a good start. Then there was a cowboy show full of slapstick and bad American imitation. The most entertaining part of this show was watching the audience. Then we headed to the elephants and they put on quite a show. We ate lunch, buffet lunch, making that the 2nd questionable meal of the trip since most of the food was cold. I had time to walk around and saw a lot of the other animals including the largest herd of giraffes I've ever seen, over 200. Then I headed to the sea lion show booked as the best and only American sea lion show. It started out great and then the sea lions revolted, barking at ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 10th 2019

After recovering from 19 hours of travel and not being able to sleep on the plane I sat down for a meal on the waterfront with a spectacular view of the Rama VIII bridge. Had to start it the trip with some Pad Thai and a few Singhas.... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 26th 2019

As I approached the tenth anniversary of my Travelblog membership, I thought I should commemorate the occasion. After much thought I decided to write a Travelblog re-living my travels. As I've written 244 blogs, this being 245, with about 286,000 words (the equivalent of four novels) and 7000 pictures covering the years from 1949 to the present, I knew that summarizing my life of travel would be a daunting task. I figured that a picture was worth a thousand words, so I decided to write a pictorial blog summarizing these years. Little did I know how difficult it would be to cull down 7000 pictures to the 121 pictures in this blog. By the time I arrived at our move to Germany in August 1977, I knew I had reached the limit of what my dear ... read more
My first Round the World Trip
My first Round the World Trip
My first Round the World Trip

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 21st 2019

I arrived early in the morning and my host, Joice, was at work. She told me to go to a shopping mall called Rama XI. I went to the Starbucks, because I know there's free WiFi, so I could let her know I made it. She told me she could be there around 14:00. It was nice actually to have some time. I could write my diary and I called my sister and Pien. It's always nice to see them. I told them I was so happy when I arrived here. Delhi was such a dirty city in compare to Bangkok. Also the traffic is ok. To be honest, I didn't know they drove on the left side here as well. When Joice picked me up, we went to her condo first. It's a really nice ... read more
Coconut and coconut
Evening market
Evening market

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 18th 2019

We spent our last two nights in Thailand in the city of Bangkok, resting after a long day of travel from Koh Phangan involving boats, buses, planes, and cars, in preparation for another full day travelling from Thailand to Indonesia. We have been to Bangkok many times before, to the point where we were getting a bit complacent about our visits to this quite amazing, diverse, culturally rich city. So we decided to change it up a bit, and switched hotels - a little upgrade from a tired hotel in the same neighborhood that we like. Its really quite amazing how a little change can create such a shift in attitude. We were inspired to venture out again, and quickly became absorbed in the Saturday night vibrancy of the Koa San Road area. There we experienced ... read more
“Me and My Friends”, says Stan
The Joy Luck Club Restaurant Wall of Witches
The Joy Luck Club Restaurant

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 18th 2019

I have only been studying the Thai language for a few weeks, but already the rewards are huge. For example, during our short stay in Bangkok, we had great fun engaging with the two non-English speaking taxi drivers we met. They were both delightful, but the last experience was exceptionally good! En route to the airport earlier today, our hip young driver uses Siri to translate his Thai questions to English, which I then try answer in Thai, with much assistance from him. This actually is very effective. Then he hands me his phone and asks me to find a Canadian artist on YouTube. Of course I could not resist bringing up my own music, so the next thing we know we are cruising down a freeway in Bangkok listening to Bev Zizzy Woman in Black ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 28th 2019

Living in Chiang Maiin north Thailand is a treat. With that said, Chiang Mai is the ideal jumping off place to take a lively, jammed-pack trip to Bangkok. I was fortunate to be able to make the trip with one of my best friends and we shared a trip we'll remember forever. In looking back, the whole experience was the perfect mix of the old and the new. Friday Night After we finished work in Chiang Mai around 5:00 pm, we caught a plane at Chiang Mai International Airport, leaving on the 7:00 pm flight. The flight is a short 70 minutes. We were on time and landed at Donmuang Airport in Bangkok right at 8.10 pm. Bangkok is everything that Chaing Mai is not. Even though Chaing Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand ... read more
The Museum Siam
The Museum Siam
The Cielo Sky Bar and Restaurant

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 18th 2019

We awake around 10am - really good for me as a jet lag sufferer! I am assuming it had something to do with being up at 5am on the day of travel but not actually flying till gone 9pm! We had a lot to do - this must be the most disorganised trip ever, leaving making sure we had passports, air tickets, driving licences and clean underwear - everything else is anyone’s guess! We pack a small bag for tonight’s overnight train and swimming cossies for the pool - everything else goes into our wheeled holdalls. It is 12 noon and we check out, leaving our luggage in storage. We go out in search of breakfast. In the daylight we realise that we walked the long way round last night but at least we know for ... read more
Relaxing in the pool
Sleeper train to Laos
Sleeper train to Laos

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 12th 2019

Tonight, we decided to visit Thipsamai, which is often listed as one of the best Pad Thai restaurants in Bangkok (i.e. like how Pat’s is often sited at the best cheesesteak in Philly). It’s located closer towards the Grand Palace from my hotel (on Maha Chai Road). We had spent the earlier part of the day shopping at Terminal 21 as well as another mall that contains smaller individual owned stands, so we took a taxi there. The first thing I noticed was the long line that snaked down the block from the restaurant. Pom had arrived a few minutes before us and saved us a spot in line. The line contained a wide range of customers – tourists to expats to locals. There were also little stands along the street to provide snacks to people ... read more
Chefs Cooking Out Front
Our Dinner

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