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March 10th 2009
Published: March 10th 2009
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Street SignStreet SignStreet Sign

...of the street leading to the house in Rayong. An homage to Jens A Schou, Betty's Dad.
After arriving safely and sneaking through customs at Bangkok International Airport, we were greeted by Na Gig, Na Dam and Na Ting who escorted us to their apartment just outside Bangkok where we stayed the night. The next morning the whole family packed up and we left for Rayong, to Bettys Mom’s beach house. The next few days consisted of relaxing with family, basking in the sun, bathing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, and eating massive amounts of home-made Thai dishes made from the freshest ingredients. And what’s an Asian vacation without karaoke?! Na Dam was the DJ and lead vocalist, but Betty serenaded everyone with Bryan Adams’ Please Forgive Me and I rocked out to Hotel California. On Monday we went for authentic Thai Massages (extreme deep tissue) and climbed the Wat Khao Sukim Buddhist Temple with some of Betty’s family. These days were essential for us to get over the jet-lag and for us to recover from the last couple weeks of strenuous labor we put ourselves through packing, moving, unpacking, and packing again. Betty was a little under the weather from the long flight, so it also gave time for her to get back
The Rayong HouseThe Rayong HouseThe Rayong House

From the beach-side.
to 100%!b(MISSING)efore we left for our trek to the Golden Triangle. A short drive from Rayong to Bangkok and a shorter flight and we are now at our hotel in Chiang Rai.

New foods Brandon has tried:
-chicken intestine (not recommended)
-fried whole sand fish (nice and crunchy, good)
-spicy duck salad (made from the entire duck, delicious)

New foods Betty has tried:

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West ViewWest View
West View

The backyard.
The WatchdogsThe Watchdogs
The Watchdogs

More like stray-dogs, but they are some of the most obedient, well-behaved dogs I have come by in a while. And kid friendly too!

The future site of Betty's Bungalow Village.
Playing in the SandPlaying in the Sand
Playing in the Sand

Nong Yeao and Nong Shane.

Na Dam belting out a tune.

Game of cards called "Bohk Di."
Banana BoatBanana Boat
Banana Boat

More fun than it looks.

Betty's favorite: crab (Poh in Thai).
Shaved IceShaved Ice
Shaved Ice

Na Pit with her scooter-mounted ice stand.
Wat Khao SukimWat Khao Sukim
Wat Khao Sukim

On our way up.
Wat Khao Sukim 2Wat Khao Sukim 2
Wat Khao Sukim 2

A little further up.
A StatueA Statue
A Statue

It's cool.

View from the top of the temple.

Nong Yeao being good.
The Rayong CrewThe Rayong Crew
The Rayong Crew

Basically most of Betty’s Aunts and Uncles and their children. From Left, Top Row: Brandon, Pe Ek, Na Na, Na Dam, Na Vee w/ Nong Sean, Na Gig, Betty, Na Nong, Yae, Pe Hitler, Yae, Na Ting, and Pa Lek. Bottom Row: Na Pit w/ Nong Yeao, Nong Aladdin, Nong Shane, Nong Shell, Nong Tina, Nong Eye, Na Pha, and Pe Ten w/ Nong Pong Pen.

10th March 2009

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10th March 2009

Great photos. Betty's family must have been thrilled with your visit. Gorgeous view of the sea and mountains. Glad you got some rest before the next part of your journey. We look forward to the next chapter. PS: Mark says he wants to try the chicken intestines. Bring some back for him. Stay safe. Love, Cheryl and Mark

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