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Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241We said goodbye to Siem Reap that night -- Anna and I going through Ho Chi Minh city and Tokyo and Barbara and Charlotte back though Bangkok and then on to Beijing. We had an unfortunate incident, with confusion over what time our first flight actually left Siem Reap. The airline had made the change and we ended up with the old itinerary, which had us missing our original flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. I finagled us onto a later flight which, in a perfect world, would have allowed us to make our original connection to Tokyo. As Murphy would have it, that plane left early and we missed it by a few scant minutes. We ended up having to rebook on a Vietnam Airlines flight, but after an extended ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City December 30th 2016

Geo: 10.7592, 106.662I did not sleep much, as I had decided to have a driver take me to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat. None of the rest of the party wanted to get up so early. I had to meet him at 4:45 am and he took me in a tuk-tuk. I decided to go as I would never have the same opportunity. I was worried I would be late to meet him, as I was not on any real sleep schedule. I thought I was so special and he would just drive me there, I would snap a few pictures and off we would go!! How dumb am I? I got there and every (mostly) Asian person there had a selfie stick and there were thousands waiting to see the sun!!! So my pictures ... read more
Angor wat
Our beautiful hotel
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Asia » Cambodia December 29th 2016

Geo: 13.4256, 103.86Woke up Thursday and had a wonderful Cambodian/Western breakfast. Again, lots of wonderful fruit. We were so excited as today was the day we were to see Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious structure. We rather looked like scenes from a bad movie as we had on lots of sun lotion and lots of insect spray with deet, along with big hats. We were determined to not get any mosquito bites. Our guide took our appearance in stride, and we headed for the ticket counter to get our entry tickets. It was very busy and already warm, but we got to the Temple complex around 9:00am and started in! There is so much to see you can only do so much. We saw the main temple complex, the "Temple of Smiles,“ and the temples ... read more
Fishy massage

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 28th 2016

Geo: 13.4691, 104.041We woke up thinking about packing our ever growing collection of belongings -- not a small chore and it is funny how the suitcases had grown with all the sand! After breakfast, Barbara and I took one last walk along the beautiful beach and enjoyed that. It was sweltering hot but sooo nice to remember our last look at the Thai beaches. We snapped back into reality and had to "get it together" so we could head off to the airport.The airport in Krabi is not very big and we looked around at all the different dried fruits and food while waiting for the plane. We all realized as we sat there that there was a baby bat perched above our head (how he got into the airport in the first place is anyone's ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi December 27th 2016

Geo: 8.05, 98.91Barbara had pre-booked an early pickup for us all to take an all-day boat and beach excursion. What a day it was!! It started after breakfast, when the four of us loaded into a truck with only benches on which to sit. I was not sure I would have wanted to have an accident in that. We were taken to the outdoor office of the boat company, where we were asked to pay our deposit. I thought I had 1,000 Baht bill with me (about $28), but I had really only picked up 100 Baht note – more than a little embarrassing. Luckily the tour company must had decided I looked trustworthy and let me pay later, and I was glad that did not stop us as this was the best day! We walked ... read more
Lunch in Phi Phi

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi December 26th 2016

Geo: 8.05, 98.91After a western breakfast in the hotel with many fruits I loved (not always sure what they were), we headed to the front of the hotel where I had arranged a driver to take us back into town to a beach area, from where we would take a long boat (famous Thai boat) to the most beautiful beach in the area, Phra Nang Beach. It was the beach itself but also the ride over which was breathtaking -- beautiful beach resorts and many huge monolithic karsts -- the limestone formations famous in Thai beach pictures. Of course getting on the boat was a show unto itself, as you have to go out into the water and then haul yourself up on to the two step ladder into the boat, which was pretty primitive. The ... read more
Love it here
Long boat fun

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi December 25th 2016

Geo: 8.05, 98.91Oh my gosh, it was Christmas in Bangkok!!! We had taken a small gold tree with us for our room and we had small gifts to exchange. There was a beautiful brunch at the hotel and we enjoyed it immensely. We had never seen a greater assortment of food in our lives. We had champagne and it was very festive. Far from home, we still felt merry and we did call home to talk with our families before we left for the airport in the afternoon to fly to southern Thailand -- to the beach area, specifically a place called Krabi. We were picked up from the airport after we got there and taken to our resort, where it is was already dusk. It was hard to see much but we did see that ... read more
Merry Christmas 2

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 24th 2016

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521We started our day with breakfast at the hotel. The fruits and fruit juices were amazing -- a favorite part for me of the Thai cuisine. We were all pretty excited for our first day of proper sightseeing in Bangkok. We got ourselves sorted and then made our way via boat to the Grand Palace, which really is grand! The King of Thailand had recently died and the Thais so revere him there is black with ribbon literally everywhere! Many locals were at the palace to pay their respects so we could not see the main building of the Palace but it was not a problem. It is so large we saw many beautiful parts. That day Anna had worn a dress with a scarf which was not good enough for entrance so we ... read more
Love that shirt
Lovely ladies at the Palace

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 23rd 2016

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521We met our fellow travelers -- Barbara and Charlotte (B and C) -- the following morning and did a little shopping in the mall next to our hotel. They had traveled to Bangkok the opposite way around the globe, traveling from DC to Frankfurt, and then on to Bangkok. They arrived early on Friday morning, so we had the advantage of a least a few hours in a proper bed. It was fun to shop as it was very quiet early in the morning (the storekeepers always wanted to make a bargain with us as it was the excuse of "the first sale of the day!"). The Thai merchants do like to haggle, so it was fun. Barbara said I was a little rough with them at first, but that comes from those haggling ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 22nd 2016

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521We transferred planes in Tokyo, and after another seven-hour flight, we landed in Bangkok shortly before midnight on Thursday. We checked into the Royal Orchid Sheraton in Bangkok, which had a very large Christmas tree which made us happy since we did not want to miss the holiday. We had a beautiful room overlooking the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. We checked the view, the room and fell asleep. It was nearly 2:00am when we got into bed, so sleep came easily.... read more
Christmas in Bangkok

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