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Month: August 2012

Last Day in Thailand/Bangkok

Last Day in Thailand/Bangkok

On our last day in Bangkok, which happened to coincide with the Thai mother’s day, we stopped and said hello to Sam’s brother-in-law’s mother before heading to the hospital so Sam could get a check-up (don’t worry, this was planned in advance).  The hospital is (lucky for Thai people) probably the nicest, cleanest most modern place I’ve seen in the entire country outside of well-appointed private residences.  The entire place was all white and thoroughly modern looking.  Even the bathrooms…

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Ratchaburi Day 2

Ratchaburi Day 2

After checking out we visited the hotel’s coffee shop – Panoza. Next we stopped at The scenery vintage farm. First we fed the goats. Then we tried archery. All my arrows hit the same ring in different spots about six inches from the bullseye. I guess it’s good I don’t have to hunt for my dinner every day. We lingered around the gift shop for a while, using the discount coupon for a sheep’s milk ice cream cone. I want…

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Ratchaburi Day 1

Ratchaburi Day 1

On Friday we visited the popular River khwae rock valley hot spring and fish spa. We took a long-tail boat down the river and got off just before the rapids. We came to a series of natural hot springs – but first we were given mud masks to wear and sent to the “Dr. Fish Pool.” \ This fish pool had the little skin eating fish that Sam and I had experienced in Phukiet, but here there weren’t as many,…

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Kanchanaburi day 2

Kanchanaburi day 2

After breakfast on Thursday we drove to Pumpee in khao lhame national park. Next we drove up a mountain.  Up past a yellow sign telling us we weren’t allowed to continue. And still up and up we went.  Eventually we went up so high that we were enveloped in the low hanging rainclouds blanketing the mountaintops of the region.  Sam’s brother in-law put the SUV in park to let the engine cool down and we took photos of the eerie…

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Kanchanaburi day 1

Kanchanaburi day 1

On Tuesday we got back to Bangkok from Pattaya pretty late (after 11) only to wake up really early (4am) on Wednesday and head west out of a predawn Bangkok. By 7am we were at the infamous bridge over the river Kwai, the end of the “death railway.” Note the sleepy looks on our faces in the photo below. We had a market breakfast in a nearby town, probably The Makham. We then drove along the jungle roads deep into…

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From Bangkok to Pattaya

From Bangkok to Pattaya

On Tuesday we left Sam’s mother’s house to visit a temple and donate some food to the monks and receive a prayer for her father (Sam’s father passed from cancer a few years ago).  They told me it was okay to take pictures during the ceremony. After the temple we went to eat lunch at the same roadside restaurant we’d been to a few days before with Sam’s mother, aunt and uncle. Our next stop was Sam’s aunt’s house before…

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Leaving Koh Chang – back to Trat

Leaving Koh Chang – back to Trat

On Monday we hung around the hotel till about 2pm.  We went to the pool, came back and ordered room service (the fried fish sandwich this time) and then hung out in the lobby to use the less than reliable wifi for a couple of hours. We took a two-rows to the pier and rode the ferry back to Trat, where Sam’s sister and brother-in-law picked us up. An hour later we were down by the water again, far north…

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Koh Chang Day 3

Koh Chang Day 3

On Sunday we woke up early so we could catch another two-rows to Bang Bao Pier where a large boat (after the usual 45 minute delay for late tourists) took us into the sea.  The ride was unusually choppy and at least ten of the guests were seen vomiting over the side.  I don’t know if my fate was better or worse; the choppy sea upset my stomach too, but the lower part.  There were two bathrooms on the boat,…

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Koh Chang Day 2

Koh Chang Day 2

Each morning at our resort a breakfast was served, and each successive morning the self-serve part of the menu got smaller and smaller.  On Saturday breakfast had an omelet bar, cooked tomatoes, potatoes and onions, cereal bar, toast bar, various cooked sausages, various Thai style cooked meats, fried rice, noodles and more.  By our last breakfast on Monday this had whittled down to the only thing self served being ketchup, with our meals ordered off of the menu. The only…

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Koh Chang day 1

Koh Chang day 1

The morning after Jay’s wedding, Jay arranged a minibus driver to take us to Sam’s hometown of Trat in the eastern part of Thailand by the sea.  After a three hour ride we met up with Sam’s mom at the Tesco (Thailand’s version of Target) and proceeded to the family farm.  It was raining heavily at the time and getting late, so we basically just showered up and went to sleep. The next morning we woke up and took a…

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