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Month: September 2011

Synchronicity

Synchronicity

I knew my father had been to Thailand when he was in the Air Force.  In fact, I knew he’d been to Bangkok and was stationed at Udorn before it was an “official” base.  Bangkok seems to be an entirely different city now, except for the Grand Palace, which has remained exactly the same.  Bangkok was a much smaller place in 1965, with none of the bright colors and “mixed” architecture of today.  Although my dad has expressed interest in going back,…

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Thailand Day 15

Thailand Day 15

Above is a street view of Fortville, where Sam and I stayed for two nights in Bangkok.  Below are two photos of the fort down the street that it is designed after. Our only plan for the day was to visit the palace.  We were within walking distance so we walked down the street.  Across from the fort we ate breakfast at a roti restaurant. Then we walked through a local college and along the river. Everywhere in Thailand everyone…

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Thailand Day 14

Thailand Day 14

Before leaving Chiang Mai we stopped at barorose market for snacks.  You can get almost anything here. They had all the bugs we saw before, plus hornet maggots still in the hive. They also had eels, turtles and frogs in buckets being gutted right in frontof us. On the highway back to Bangkok (we didn’t take the mountains back) we stopped at many roadside businesses, such as a porcelain workshop (I have a feeling someone who collects coffee mugs might…

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Thailand Day 13

Thailand Day 13

On our last day in Chiang Mai we drove up Doi Suthep Mountain again to get to Phuping Palace.  We stopped at the lookout point on the way. As always – insects everywhere, including my shirt. Phuping Palace is the king and queens winter residence when they travel to the area. The area is couched in religious aura (I had to buy pants to put on over my shorts) due to the citiezrns’ reverence for their king and queen.  In…

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Thailand Day 12

Thailand Day 12

At our last breakfast at Baan Gong Kham they brought us sliced dragon fruit and prepeeled rambutan fruits along with our regular meal. Wednesday was something Sam and I had waited a long time for.  We would have to wait a bit longer as our tour had to wait for the last group of tourists to fit in our minibus because of a “driver miscommunication error.”  Once underway we were stopped in traffic again when a bunch of the giant…

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Thailand Day 11

Thailand Day 11

After breakfast we stopped by a local shopping mall for supplies.  I tried to find a good iced chocolate.  What I found was KFC’s Thailand iteration which not only sells iced chocolat, but iced coffee, ice cream and something that mixes corn and ice cream called a Kream Ball, which you couldn’t pay me to eat.  I’m not sure if this is a full-on tongue in cheek embracing of Chinglish or not, but they had signs that said “chicky meal.”…

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Thailand Day 10

Thailand Day 10

Because it was low season the four of us ended up being the only ones that “Tony”, our tour guide, had to supervise for the day.  This made for a much more relaxing tour.  Our first destination was a local butterfly and orchid farm. Honestly, compared to the butterfly hatchery at the science museum in Seattle this was not impressive.  There weren’t many butterflies and they were all the dull brown ones. This didn’t matter though as this wasn’t originally…

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Thailand Day 9

Thailand Day 9

We were only staying at the river house hotel for one night before heading east to Chiang Mai province and town. On our way out of Mae Sariang we visited “chom tawny” (I couldn’t find anything online so the name is probably wrong) and Chom Thong temples.  Chom Thong is high up above the city and you walk up a long stairway with dragons on the other side.  When you get to the top you’re greeted with a long flat…

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Thailand Day 8

Thailand Day 8

On Saturday we departed for Mae Sariang at 4am.  Mae Sariang is in Mae Hong Son Province in northern Thailand. Thankfully, Sam’s brother-in-law had volunteered to drive the entire trip, so I thought I would sleep some in the car on our all-day drive (it’s similar to driving from Los Angeles to San fancisco).  I didn’t count on the fact that we’d be traveling on country highways at close to, and often over, 100 miles and hour. At our first rest stop I got a good…

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Thailand Day 7

Thailand Day 7

On Friday we flew nok air from Phuket back to Bangkok. Before we could get there though our transport to the airport was stopped by a local parade through a town.  Note the photo of the queen.  They’re everywhere – but I’ll talk more about that in a later blog. We still reached the airport, where I mailed several postcards (all of which still had not arrived at their destinations two weeks later).  You can actually see the beach from…

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