Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Mekong River, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
Vang Vieng, Laos
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Took a 2 1/2 hour flight
from Macau to Bangkok.
Wow, quite a bit different from China, we could see the
sun, non-obsessive honking, and very little smog, it was
great! Very excited to be in Thailand - especially ecstatic
about the food. The flight over was a bit delayed so when
we arrived to our hotel, we were quite beat up and decided
to just stay in that evening. But for our five days in Bangkok,
we had quite a busy schedule, so that was alright with us.
During our stay in the
capital city, we took a tour of course of the Royal palace,
Reclining Buddha Temple and the Emerald Buddha Temple. Amazing
structures. We also did a little bit of shopping, went to
the night bazaar, toured The Bridge on the River Kwai and
the floating market, went to an evening performance of Thai
culture and dance, and headed over to Ayutthaya for a full
day of bicycling. So, yes we were quite tired in the evenings
and didn't do all too much as far as nightlife is concerned.
But overall, very happy to be in Thailand and we were very
much looking forward to continuing our trip to other parts
of Thailand including
Chiang Mai and
the Golden Triangle.
Royal Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
A visit to the Royal Palace, Emerald
Buddha Temple and Wat Pho, the Reclining Buddha Temple,
so beautiful, and really brought meaning to the word
"spirituality". One of the most grand temples we have
seen so far on our trip.
Posing in front of the Royal Palace - spectacular,
pristine grounds and such vivid colors.
Almost as tall as me (Sandra), holding
up a massive Buddha statue; these animal protectors
do their thing, chasing away evil spirits and offering
protection to the people. Yet another representation
of colorful Thailand.
Everything about the Royal Palace was
so, um, what's the word, yes ROYAL!!!!
Taking a Tuk-Tuk - a very popular mode of
transportation in Bangkok.
River Kwai and Floating Market
Shopping at the Floating Market, we took
a long tail boat down the river. Lots of different things
to shop for including all types of fruit, handbags (heee),
straw hats, and pretty much all kinds of souvenirs.
Really fun to experience - a definite must.
Yes, my husband is crazy! Heavy,
slimy (ok, maybe not), and ready to squeeze the wits
out of him, Johann did manage walk out of the Cobra
Show alive. Hmm. It was not my suggestion to see it.
Hundreds of different kinds of snakes and the show was,
UM, a bit wild not to say the least. One guy ended up
catching 2 snakes in each of his hands and one WITH
his mouth, and these were 4-6 meters long and very poisonous
, EEEHhhhhh! See me bolting for the front entrance???
Took a bicycling tour of the second capital
of Siam - Ayutthaya. So well preserved and the mix between
Cambodian and Thai architecture was great to see. So
untouched really, massive grounds still uncovered and
many in its original condition.
Just another day in Thailand - riding
past elephants whom are taking a stroll down the street.
Better watch where you are going, because you don't
want to get into a traffic jam. Wonder who would get
At the end of our 35 km bike ride, we
relax with a walk of the grounds at the Bang Pa Summer
Palace. Lovely gardens, so peaceful and serene as the
birds chirp and the Koi fish swimming quietly in the
ponds they call home. Perfect ending to a great day!
Out & About
Taking the high speed private long tail
boat down the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, passing
by the famous Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) - once the third
capital city before it moved to Bangkok.