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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 5th 2002

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521Arrived 1/2 hour late to Bangkok. Easy immigration and customs. Had to wait 20 minutes or so for shuttle to hotel. There were lots of other transients at the hotel. We had a 2-bedroom suite. Tile floor in living room. "View" of local residences. So wonderful to be in a non-European setting.... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 4th 2002

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521Town car showed up at 07.00h. Fairly quick drive to airport. No one in line at United Business Class check-in -- but no one to check us in, either. Only waited five minutes. Were able to upgrade as far as Tokyo. First, walked to Int'l Terminal for kids to watch marble ramp. Then back to United, thru security (not too bad -- I was singled out for body check), then to Red Carpet Club.On time take-off. Long flight to Tokyo. Again, spent time in Red Carpet Club; kids slept. Only one upgrade to Business Class available to Bangkok. Paul took it. I had 5 seats to myself; Kyla had two seats by the window; Keegan took part of a center row. We slept.... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 16th 2001

Bangkok - We arrived at midnight but the streets are lively until at least 5am. This is good city life unspoiled by a half-assed, slipshod attitude or by people who insist on being asleep by 9pm and up at 5am. I woke up to a whole new Khao San Road! Was my guesthouse moved in the night? The late-night food vendors and street-side cafe tables were replaced by racks of clothes and tables of souvenirs. Wow, we could spend days trying to eat our way around town, tackling Thai soups, noodles, seafood and even RAW shrimp with chili sauce - mmm! Mike observed that the girl who works at the Hello restaurant resembles my cat, so we named her Dixie without her knowing. The locals are good-humored and good-natured. They're playful with each other and polite ... read more
Postcard from big, beautiful, bustling Bangkok
 Tuk-tuks on Khao San Road
Buy 1 magazine, get 1 free cat, Bangkok

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 31st 2000

By Rob: When I left Thailand, I was nearly in tears because I knew I would miss it so much. Up to that point in my life and my limited travels, I had never been treated so normally. Back in the summer of 2000, Deanne and I (Rob) headed to Bangkok, Thailand for a trek. In Thailand, we met Ariette, whom we call a good associate or distant friend. Each of us had a unique experience. I hope that the other two share theirs. Anyway, the main thing that I learned in Thailand was that I was an American tourist first and foremost. My clothing, mannerisms, speech, etc. placed me in a category that superseded race and ethnicity. I was totally shocked, especially as a new international traveler at that time. The most poignant experience is ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 28th 2000

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521Yes we made it. The trip from Cairns to Chiang Mai wasa bit drawn out. We stayed over night in Kuala Lumpur and the bus trip to and from the hotel was a major event.Any way we finally got here to Chiang Mai on Wednesdayat about 2pm and found a place to stay without toomuch hassle. We thought we might be able to findsomewhere better so went for walk through town tocheck out a few places. However the empahsis soonchanged to drinking beer and the walk turned into a... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok November 30th 1999

Going from gas-powered tractors to the skyline of Bangkok would be like taking a bus from Amish country in Lancaster, PA to Grand Central Station. I fell asleep with my head on the window, and when I awoke what was in front of me was definitly not the Kansas I'd been used to. First of all, the city's growth is uninhibited by surrounding water, so the area is absolutely massive. Some stunning modern glass towers in the city center, especially at the financial center. There are also some low, very average homes and apartments farther out. As in any big city, there exists a huge disparity between the rich and poor. I stayed in a guesthouse in the backpacker disctrict for the time I was there, but after a few nights out locally I wanted to ... read more
Gallery at Hospital
Underground
Air train

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok September 1st 1994

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521in fact...this time around it really becoming my home base...I was still studying in Berlin, Germany and simply using my 3 months off during semesters to go back home...1995 would be my practice semester coming up and I had to make a decision...Shall I follow into the footsteps of every fellow student from my class and apply to numerous companies in Germany...A boring work at Siemens perhaps...no, why not BMW, Daimler Benz, 1, 2,3,... No, Asia is already taking hold of me and doesn't want o let me go ever again... Beautiful, friendly Thailand of the 90's is calling me to stay...One morning I woke up and decided to give in to the urge to stay...I went to the Germany Embassy and got a list of German companies who have themselves established in Bangkok...Instead ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 1st 1994

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521Well, well...During my studies at a university in Berlin I had the chance to take 2 months of every semester...How else could it be...It took me to Bangkok once again...Yes, I was visiting a beautiful girl I met on my very first trip on New Year's eve 1993...She was just moving out of her home and into a small apartment on the edge of the city jungle Bangkok...Muang Thong Thani...She was indeed very lovely,beautiful, friendly etc...She was awaiting my arrival at Don Muang Airport (BKK), the main entry into the country...nowadays only serving domestic flights...BKK airport code has changed to Suvarnabhumi Airport...one of the controversy 2 billion dollars throw outs of the outed prime minister Thaksin...The political picture in Thailand is a big laugh nowadays similar as back than...Let's not discuss this issue...Here I ... read more
Arrival Don Muang Airport...

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 1st 1993

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521Bangkok...Yep...Little did I know...indeed...little did I know how well that bitch of a city served an alpha male...I was in fact a "gamma male" that turned alpha. My life surrounding ancient temples...Buddhist life in a kingdom of old dynasties...Life still had ancient touches to it... Prior to the 2000's, girls in Thailand where generally not allowed to have boyfriends...Families had a watchful eye over them...Foreigners were out of their watch...How handy was that for a beautiful Thai girl in the 90's?... I tell you...Almost every girl out of a good, rich family wanted to be your girlfriend...No kidding...That's when I decided...Let's call it home...Indeed it become my home in paradise for years to come...I even through in a business I run in Bangkok successfully...Well, than came 2001...Things have changed to the bad...worse...worst...... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 30th 1991

APRIL 1991 WAS A MEMORABLE TIME in my life since that was the first time when I have to travel abroad - going to Thailand for my postgrad program. I was lucky to be accepted at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) located in Pathumthani Province (just 30 minutes from the old Don Muang airport) to pursue a MSc degree in Urban Planning. It was not easy to accept the fact that I will be leaving my home country and be a stranger in a Buddhist nation. With my positive attitudes towards living, it was not really hard to be exposed to a different culture. Asian Institute of TechnologyMy AIT life was never been dull considering that I did alot of things that improved my personal wellbeing as well as my spiritual orientation. Aside from ... read more
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Grand Windows @ Grand Palace
The Golden Grand Palace




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