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Jun 10, 2016 - arrive Thailand

12 hour flight from Madrid followed by 2 hour stopover and then 2 and a half hour flight to Bangkok. Neither of us got much sleep on the flights. I had a arranged a private transfer to Jomtien Beach where we are staying. They were waiting where they said they would be so it was into the car for the two hour drive. Pretty wrecked by the time we arrived, but the hotel is good - we have stayed here before. Had a quick dip in the pool to freshen up and caught up on some sleep in the afternoon. Went to a local place for dinner for the first of...

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May 29, 2016 - Bangkok for a while

In to Bangkok airport without incident and board a bus for the ride to the terminal. Had some trouble finding our gate but it got straightened out in the end. Dinner of sorts at Burger King and Dairy Queen, then a bit of shopping before heading to the gate. We got there too early so had to wait outside the boarding area for almost an hour. But at last we boarded - big jet with nine seats across and we were in the middle. We all slept some and had their fabulous meal of fried rice, some fruit, salad, and a dry bun.

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May 25, 2016 - Floating Market and a bridge

Up at what seems a reasonable time and meet Peter with Joe and Ashley in the lobby at 7:30 then head off on our day’s adventure. Our first item of interest was passing the salt flats west of Bangkok – they fill the ponds then in a few weeks they dry up and the remaining salt is removed. It is then sent to be cleaned and sold. There were many stalls selling salt from small containers to 50 pound bags! We then made our first stop where we were given a demonstration of making coconut sugar. Still not quite sure how it’s done but Peter pointed...

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May 24, 2016 - Mostly riding on the bus

May 24 Up at a reasonable hour and off to the restaurant for breakfast. I tried some tomato jelly and it was quite good! E also used Alice’s pancakes to feed the fish next to our table. Then we headed out to the bus for the long drive to Bangkok. We made our first stop at Wat Maha Dhat – a riverside temple with a very nice Buddha image. There were lots of food shops around and the place was pretty complex – we almost lost the bus but got back before they could get away! We continued along making one stop for gas and snacks then stopped at...

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May 16, 2016 - Chinatown and temples

The bus headed out to our hotel – the Bangkok Royal Orchid Sheraton. Peter gave us general information about the trip during the 45 minutes the ride took. We got to the hotel about 1:30 and quickly got our rooms. We got a nice room on the 18th floor overlooking the Chao Phraya River. It took a while to settle down (and there was a thunder storm) so probably got to sleep about 3:00 AM. From 9:00 AM on Saturday to 3:00 AM on Monday took only 27 hours, but due to the flight path, 20 hours were in daylight! We got up around 8:30 and had a very...

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Mar 27, 2016 - Easter Sunday, Bangkok

We are up early, take a wonderful shower, and head down for breakfast. The breakfast is amazing with lots of choice: hot rice dishes, eggs any way that you want them, sausages, bread, yoghurt, fresh fruit, and of course sweets. It was not included in the accommodation price and was very pricey - approx. $26.00 for both of us. Our hotel is recently renovated, our room is modern and comfortable, the shower is great and the water is hot!. The weather is overcast and it is raining hard for a while. We decide to take it very easy today; walk...

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Mar 26, 2016 - Toronto to Bangkok

Good Friday, March 25. Waking up at 5 am. Breakfast at 6am. Coming outside from the hotel we have to scrape the ice of our car. Later we hear that the ice storm hit overnight;lots of people have lost power |(Tony and Kim included) and trees have come down. The hotel is conveniently located not even 5 minutes from Park & Fly. Our car is taken care of, we board the bus and head for the airport. Everything moves very smoothly and we are through security at 8 am. Our flight leaves at 10 am with boarding starting at 9:20 am. We are in the air...

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Mar 21, 2016 - Bangkok

From tiny, tranquil Koh Lanta to the bustling megatropolis of Bangkok, though a short flight, is a journey to another world ! The ride with Joe (aka Mario Andretti), the Ops Manager for Nit & Darin at Lanta Castaways, to the airport in Krabi, got us off to an exciting start ! Thanks Joe. We flew into the older Bangkok airport north of city center. And then a 1 hour taxi ride to our hotel, even using the elevated tollway ! Hotel on a very busy 8 lane wide street w/ elevated metro line above. Our room on the 30th floor was so far above the...

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Mar 17, 2016 - Bangkok Ciy Tour

Amazing how being in bed for 12 hours can revive a person! Breakfasts here are wonderful, and cater to both Asian and Western appetites, and we were warned to have a big one since there would not be time to stop for lunch on our first day of touring Bangkok, home to nearly 11-million people! The first thing to contend with in this city is the traffic. It takes forever to get anywhere, unless you are on a motorbike, but then you are risking your life, so we had to be content with poking along in our lovely, air conditioned coach, getting an...

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Mar 15, 2016 - A Drama-less start to the trip!

I know you are all anxious to hear that there were no traumatic incidents and drama at the start of this trip, and just to prove to you all that I did, in fact, have my passport on my person as we left home, I have a photo with both Janet and Ron (last Fall's heroes) and the passport taken before we left St Catharines at 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, in the rain, for the drive over to Toronto Airport and our 1:20 a.m. flight on Eva Airways, Taiwan's national carrier. However, I cannot find the little gizmo that allows me to download photos from...

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Mar 11, 2016 - Back to Bangkok

The city feels familiar to me now and much less daunting. The currency is easy to figure out, the 7-Eleven supermarkets provide easy access to a great many amenities and compared with Vietnam the roads almost seem empty. We stay on the slightly quieter Rambuttri Road which runs parallel to it's big brother, Khaosan. I find myself comforted by this area as we know our way around it, so we don't venture very far with this visit. We allow ourselves plenty of time to overindulge with food, drink and shopping. I even get to watch England beat...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Last Day In Bangkok

Our breakfast arrived at 5am & was quite impressive considering we were on a train. We pulled into Bangkok about 6.15am & managed to get a tuk tuk to take us to our hotel. The tour company that we had organised the first three weeks of our trip had agreed to book us back into the first hotel that we stayed in back in January. We had left the tour group back in Siem Reap a day earlier & would have gone back to Bangkok for a last night there. However they kindly agreed to let us change the booking to our revised final night which I hadn't...

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