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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 12th 2015

So this being my first proper day back at Ted and Wans i was treated to a huge bowl of salad for breakfast ( not really what im used to first thing in the morning but lovely all the same.) Wan pops round the corner to the local market to pick it up fresh every morning. Was really nice also to finally get my hair cut properly today - also by Wan ( there are no ends to this womans talents!) the last time i had it cut was in Saigon - where there was a load of pomp and ceremony in the salon but they didnt actually do a good job of cutting hair! After this hectic start it was time to chill out for the day! write up a few days of this blog ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 12th 2015

Starting the day with another lovely bowl of salad, Lee and Boom popped over before going away for the weekend to come and say goodbye. Lee is Wans sister and Boom is her daughter - it had been really lovely to have met them and over the past 6 months have got to have spent some time with them. Having a hug and saying goodbye i then spent most of the rest of the day chatting to Wan (her English is getting so much better) and pottering on the net. At lunchtime Cream, Wan and i popped out to one of Creams favourite restaurants where we all had beef with noodles in a lovely chilli sauce - with really nice deserts for after - for all three of us costing just over 2 pounds what a ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 12th 2015

Today - and being my last day - pretty much panned out the same as the last few days - doing a whole lot of chilling and not really much else. My blog is called Sarah's 182 because thats how many days there are in 6 months - but really should have been called Sarah's 177! I flew out on the 15th Jan and ill fly back on the 13th July - today! but get back to the UK tomorrow - the 14th! so almost exactly 6 months. So, today i finished my packing and just spent time with Wan and Cream, Wan once again cooked me my favourite meal Tom Yum Gai soup - and i caught up to today of this blog! We headed to the airport at 17.00 to catch my plane home ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 11th 2015

After saying goodbye to my friend Hayley at the hostel - she had got up at silly oclock to see me off, i shared a taxi to the airport with a couple of other girls from the same dorm room. They were heading to Kuala Lumpur while i would be going back to Bangkok. Flying with Air Asia who have been brilliant to fly with over my last 6 months of travels i had no worries of any delays etc. Taking off on time and landing half an hour earlier than planned, collecting my bags i caught a taxi to my hotel. Could have caught a bus for a much cheaper price but with a million stops and taking well over double the amount of time - and then still having to find your hotel i ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 11th 2015

It really does feel like a breath of fresh air being back in Thailand after travelling through Vietnam for the previous month. Thai people come across as being more friendly, less aggressive and less pushy than the Vietnamese. The country - even in Bangkok - feels more friendly - you can cross the roads when there's a zebra crossing and the green man is telling you its safe to do so! with out half a dozen scooter riders coming at you from the left and right! The pavements are left for the purpose they are there in the first place - to seperate pedestrians from traffic - rather than having to dodge everything the whole time! And generally the Thai language is spoken in a much softer tone - rather than it sounding like people are ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 11th 2015

With today being my last in central Bangkok after a bowl of cornflakes i decided to go for a city tour on a tuk tuk. Like a cross between being on the back of a motorbike and sitting in an old mini - they are great fun! So, being driven past the Grand Palace and past the Reclining Buddha the next highlight was the Giant Swing and a statue of King Rama ( the first king of Thailand) Next was the flower market before passing many shops selling only Buddhas ( mainly to temples) because some of them are so huge you just wouldnt fit them in your car! Heading back towards Khao San road i stopped off to buy a fruit shake before parting with 3 pounds to the driver and heading back to the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 9th 2015

I guess you can call my newfound freedom a "sabbatical". After 11 years at Fugro, I still feel like one of the team. I left on good terms, they have treated me well, and I imagine that when I start working again, I will probably wind up back there. The first leg of my sabbatical trip was to Bangkok, Thailand. I, of course, got business class on the A380 again. It was not much more for this leg and the experience is much better. Yes, I am spoiled and now that I am unemployed, I am going to have to stop splurging like this! I was not that hungry on the flight, though I have a newfound appreciation for smoked salmon, and the wine was pretty good this time (Australian Shiraz). We landed at the airport ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 5th 2015

Day 3 and still not sleeping well. I. get over how messed up sleeping is on this trip. Normally after a couple of nights I'm fine. Not so far on this jaunt. I grab breakfast, banana crape and honey, and head out on the days adventure. Whenever I travel I always end up on some sort of public transportation. This trip is no different. I make my way to the river and plan on hoping on the local express canal boat or commuter boat and make my way down to Wat Pho. I end up missing the narrow walkway to the boat pier and stumble upon a very pretty park in my neighborhood. I spent some time wondering around and then discover the walkway along the water and make my way to the ferry dock. I ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 3rd 2015

Flying to Asia is no joke but also interesting. I flew Newark to Hong Kong non stop. Prior to boarding the plane i was trying to figure out what the routing was going to be. I was excited to see that we would be flying over the arctic! What i was not prepared for was that our entire flight was in daylight. 16 hrs of daylight. Sometimes so bright i couldn't lift the window shade! The highlight was flying up the coast of Greenland. All the mountains snow covered and fjords with floating chunks of ice. At 35,000 ft that's what it looked like! I was able to grab a few photos but my seat was on the wing so they aren't the best. Arriving into Hong Kong was cool. The sun was settling and i ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 3rd 2015

After sleeping on and off all night long, I finally just stayed awake around 5 am. Today I had quite the agenda. I ended up grabbing breakfast at the hotel restaurant and it was so good. Thai traditional breakfast of broth, chicken, rice and scallions. I loved it so much I wanted to order another bowl! Then I headed out to see Golden Mount or Golden Temple. I picked up a Tuk Tuk. For those of you that don't know, this is a 3 wheel cart of sorts used all aound the city. The driver was so nice and the rode was fun! I arrived at Golden Mount and it's a little off the beaten path. It's a large temple built on an artifical hill. The top is all gold and glows in the morning sun. ... read more




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