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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 8th 2015

As we make our way through Asia’s mega-metropolises Kota Kinabalu, Hong Kong, Saigon, and now Bangkok and Singapore it is amazing that each is so unique. They all have commonalities such as lots of people, overwhelming traffic congestion and varying degrees of air pollution. But each city has its own personality and pace and history and attractions. Bangkok is a city on the verge of gridlock. It barely has the infrastructure to deal with its exploding population and rampant development. But because of the calm, friendly nature of the people it is still a city much loved and worth visiting. As in Saigon, the Silver Whisper is able to cruise all the way up the Chao Phraya River into downtown Bangkok. How nice is that! We usually dock at Laem Chabang which is a 2-3 hour ... read more
BARGE TRAIN
THAI RESTAURANT ON THE CHAO PHRAYA
SILVER WIND

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 2nd 2015

After a 16 hour journey from Birmingham - Bangkok, Oliver and I arrived safe and sound 19.15 local time. The first night we spent on Bangkok 's famous Khaosan Road, full of bars, Street Venders and bustling vibe. The first meal we enjoyed is a famous Thai favourite, Pad Thai purchased from a street vender filling, tasty and cheap. We enjoyed a few beers and had a walk around the busy street before hitting the hey for a well needed sleep. Today we moved on from Khaoan Road further south towards the China Town District. Being very close to the Chao Phraya River it seemed acceptable to take the boat, a board a long boat crowded with, locals and tourists having a big pack proved to be a nuisance. Once stoop in a suitable place the ... read more
Khao San Road
Boat Trip
Boat Trip

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 1st 2015

The english phrase I have most commonly overheard when Thai people are talking to westerners is "Same same....but different!" Whether you are talking about food, taxi fares or anything as a matter of fact, you are guaranteed to hear this expression at least once per day. My bicycle ride from the northern border town of Chiang Kong to Bangkok has certainly been different and whilst the scenery may be similar to that of Laos, my cycle touring experience has been far from easy to say the least! Thank goodness I have travel insurance! My partner Noushin and I crossed the border into Thailand from the Laos town of Huay Xai. On arrival in Thailand we were welcomed into the country with a friendly smile from the Border Official and we immediately breathed a sigh of relief ... read more
Noushin at the Laos/ Thailand border
Our first Buddha statue in Thailand
Enjoying a lunchtime stop

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 26th 2015

Sååååå.. det var en lång flygtur.. Här var man vaken nästan hela natten för att ha en bra chans att sova på flygplanet. Fat chance. 11 timmar av stillasittande väntan och nickande med huvudet gjorde under för min redan ackumulerade sömnbrist. Framme kl 5 på morgonen och värmen hänger tung och fuktig utanför flygplatsen, trots nattemperatur. Vi tar en taxi till stan och gör en taxichaffis extra glad när vi missuppfattar priset på resan. Det där med thailändska siffror har inte riktigt fått tid att sjunka in, men det är okej när man är nybörjare. 180 kr för 1 h taxiresa, det bjuder vi på. Chauffören såg på oss och förstod på en gång att vi var på väg till khao san road, det populära backpackerdistriktet. Och rätt han hade. Vi checkade in billigt för ett ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 24th 2015

Our Journey to Osaka Kansai airport was straightforward. The train description however was a little over exaggerated. We opted for the only train available, the rapid direct route. This train was not rapid nor direct. Only if you count the 15 stations it stopped at for a good 5/10 minutes each. Very unlike Japan's standards. As the train was full, we had to stand on our feet for most of the 70 minute journey. Not a problem, Chris put on his music and tried to stay awake while P enjoyed a bit of people watching for an hour. Arriving in Bangkok, was a lovely feeling. Hit by the warm humid air as we stepped outside and struck by the loud traffic we were happy to be in Bangkok knowing that there was no more cold weather ... read more
Watching sunrise on the train
Bright white stupas in Bangkok
Huge reclining Buddha

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 17th 2015

Visited Ayutthaya today -- an ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site that was home to 33 kings from various dynasties. It was the capital of Siam from 1353 - 1767. The Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (temple) was spectacular where there are Buddha statues everywhere. It is peaceful as the site is nestled among greenery, in a park-like setting. If I lived here it is where I would enjoy coming to meditate and simply hang out in the serene setting. We also visited the ruins at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet which is a temple complex that was burned down by the Burmese back in 1767. The left-over remains consist of bricks that outline what used to be there. War is so devastating and senseless!! After lunch we boarded a boat for an afternoon cruise where we ... read more
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
Thai home

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 16th 2015

Diane arrived today at 3:30 a.m., then was up by 7:30 for breakfast and a full day of sight-seeing. She shows no sign of fatigue --- amazing! Today was spent at The Grand Palace in Bangkok. There were 4 Kings who took up residence beginning in 1782 and is where Rama 4 lived (think The King And I). One high-light within massive palace grounds is the 26" Emerald Buddha which is actually carved from Jade. There are numerous government, ceremonial and residential buildings within the grounds and all are gilded with jewels and gold leaf. Truly amazing. This evening was spent on a traditional wooden rice barge where we enjoyed a traditional Thai dinner as we cruised Bangkok's beautiful river. We passed some of the world's fanciest hotels as well as The Grand Palace, Temple of ... read more
The Grand Palace
Emerald Buddha
Chinese New Year traffic

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 13th 2015

So finally I got my visa, after exactly 10 days. To get the tourist-visa to this particular country, they required a form you had to fill on the internet and print out, two photographs of a particular size, two copies of your passport including the Thai entry stamp, another form that HAD to be filled with black ink (wow!), accommodation for the first two weeks and your ticket showing when you're flying in and out of the country. This last particular requirement was the most difficult since I didn't know when I'd leave the country. A travel-agency just made a booking, print it out and then cancelled it for a small fee. That's how I did it! The embassy keeps your passport and the whole process would take between 6 and 8 business days. It took ... read more
View of Bangkok (Sukhumvit)
Khao San Road during the day, Bangkok
First flight

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

Finally....... After a hot shower - it was utter bliss! I began my birthday with getting my haircut - by wan ( who a woman of many talents - used to own her own salon!) it was nice to get it done and she did it perfectly. Had a huge bowl of salad for breakfast, not really what im used to 1st thing - but was nice and healthy all the same and grown and sold by a lady market stall owner just round the corner. I headed out with wan and cream to pick up wans sister and niece - lee and boom and off we went for the day. 1st stop was a huge shopping mall, spread out over 5 floors! The only difference is a fair percentage of the stuff is fake! But ... read more

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

After having a bit of a lay in - i can now im 40!! Eeekk!! It was gonna be a bit of an admin day as flying out to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow lunchtime, so was needing to sort accommodation, packing, currency etc etc. Was nice to make a start on it all - with a little help from uncle ted! And get the jobs ticked off my list. Late afternoon ted, wan, cream and i headed out to a different market - one i hadn't been to yet and one that was worth seeing. It was about a 1/2 hr drive away and was nice as wasn't too busy, i brought a couple of tshirts for £3! We stopped at the many food stalls for dinner, i had chicken in a pepper sauce on a sizzle ... read more




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