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2005 Nov Thailand

3 weeks in Thailand

Day 1-3 Bangkok
Day 4 Chiang Mai
Day 5-7 Hilltribe Trek
Day 8 Chiang Mai
Day 9-10 Bangkok
Day 11-12 Khao Sok National Park
Day 13-18 Koh Samui
Day 19-21 Bangkok
Where do I beginÖ..I wanted to go to Thailand.  So, I e-mailed my travel agent, Susi that works for World Travellersí Club in San Francisco, CA.  www.around-the-world.com .  (Just in case you need a travel agent).  I wanted to do an Intrepid trip  www.intrepidtravel.com because I have done 3 in the past and this is my 4th trip, I like them because you donít have to worry about hotel or transportation, which takes up a lot of time, guess it is the lazy way out and believe me Iím lazy with a capitol L.    Searching the Intrepid web site, I found the perfect trip with was an 18 day trip in Thailand which included Bangkok, Chiang Mai, hill tribes, elephant riding, beaches of Koh Samui, which was a fantastic mix of active adventure and lazing on the beach (which I didnít get to do because of the floods but more on that later in the story).  Meeting the people and trying to understand the culture of Thailand for the short time that I was there, from hill tribes in the north to the striking jungle and beaches of the south, this trip has it all.
Thailand

Where do I beginÖ..I wanted to go to Thailand. So, I e-mailed my travel agent, Susi that works for World Travellersí Club in San Francisco, CA. www.around-the-world.com . (Just in case you need a travel agent). I wanted to do an Intrepid trip www.intrepidtravel.com because I have done 3 in the past and this is my 4th trip, I like them because you donít have to worry about hotel or transportation, which takes up a lot of time, guess it is the lazy way out and believe me Iím lazy with a capitol L. Searching the Intrepid web site, I found the perfect trip with was an 18 day trip in Thailand which included Bangkok, Chiang Mai, hill tribes, elephant riding, beaches of Koh Samui, which was a fantastic mix of active adventure and lazing on the beach (which I didnít get to do because of the floods but more on that later in the story). Meeting the people and trying to understand the culture of Thailand for the short time that I was there, from hill tribes in the north to the striking jungle and beaches of the south, this trip has it all.

I arrived 1 day early to get orientated (which is a joke for me) and to try to get adjusted to the 12 hr time difference. It was a long flight, up early and 1 and Ĺ hr drive from my house to the airport then flight into Chicago, and from there to Tokyo and then on to Bangkok International Airport or also known as Don Muang, arrived around midnight.  Out the door to get a taxi after picking up backpack with no problems getting through customs, (I exchanged 20 US$$ at the airport so I would have taxi money) which cost me 350 Thai Baht (it was normally around 40 Baht to 1 US dollar).  Into the car at 1215 and to my hotel at 1240, the driver was going 120 k/hr most of the way (not sure why we were in such a hurry).
trip map

I arrived 1 day early to get orientated (which is a joke for me) and to try to get adjusted to the 12 hr time difference. It was a long flight, up early and 1 and Ĺ hr drive from my house to the airport then flight into Chicago, and from there to Tokyo and then on to Bangkok International Airport or also known as Don Muang, arrived around midnight. Out the door to get a taxi after picking up backpack with no problems getting through customs, (I exchanged 20 US$$ at the airport so I would have taxi money) which cost me 350 Thai Baht (it was normally around 40 Baht to 1 US dollar). Into the car at 1215 and to my hotel at 1240, the driver was going 120 k/hr most of the way (not sure why we were in such a hurry).

room 713 at New World Lodge Hotel www.newworldlodge.com  on 2 Samsen Road, Banglumphu, Pranakorn Bangkok
room 713 at New World Lodge Hotel www.newworldlodge.com on 2 Samsen Road, Banglumphu, Pranakorn Bangkok
my room
my room
looking out window
looking out window
looking the other way
looking the other way
Rama VIII Bridge
Rama VIII Bridge
New World Lodge Hotel, Day 2 of the trip
New World Lodge Hotel, Day 2 of the trip
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walked to the Grand Palace, cost 250 Baht to get in.
Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace.  Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha,
could not see the emerald buddha when I was there, so I had to go 2 days in a row

Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha,

 Phra Kaew is an architectural wonder of gleaming jehdii (stupas) seemingly buoyed above the ground,

Phra Kaew is an architectural wonder of gleaming jehdii (stupas) seemingly buoyed above the ground,

with polished orange-and-green roof tiles piercing the humid sky, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments

with polished orange-and-green roof tiles piercing the humid sky, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments

The highly stylized ornamentation is a shrine to the Emerald Buddha,

The highly stylized ornamentation is a shrine to the Emerald Buddha,

and the temple complex adjoins the former residence of the monarch, the Grand Palace.

and the temple complex adjoins the former residence of the monarch, the Grand Palace.

The ground was consecrated in 1782,

The ground was consecrated in 1782,

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Monks having a ceremony at the Grand Palace (the part with the Emerald Buddha was closed due to this)
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walking around, went to ATM machine
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went to Khao San Road, looking for breakfast
went to Khao San Road, looking for breakfast
fex ex pic, taken for Adam (nephew) since he works for Fed Ex
fex ex pic, taken for Adam (nephew) since he works for Fed Ex
breakfast at the Lucky Beer & Guest House, 90 Baht for 2 egg omlet, bacon, toast and pineapple juice
breakfast at the Lucky Beer & Guest House, 90 Baht for 2 egg omlet, bacon, toast and pineapple juice
more walking around
more walking around
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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335343.2005ThailandIMG_0099.jpg Phra Sumen Fort, then lunch of fresh fruit with muslies and yougart 80B, Banana smoothie with yougart 70B
Phra Sumen Fort, then lunch of fresh fruit with muslies and yougart 80B, Banana smoothie with yougart 70B
met the Intrepid group members then out to eat (again).  rice with fried chicken 60B and banana yougart shake 65B
met the Intrepid group members then out to eat (again). rice with fried chicken 60B and banana yougart shake 65B
walking down Khao San Road
walking down Khao San Road
Khao San Road
Khao San Road
breakfast Sunday morning @ Tuptim's, Banana Milkshake 45B,2 egg omlet, bacon, OJ, toast butter jam and tea for 120b
breakfast Sunday morning @ Tuptim's, Banana Milkshake 45B,2 egg omlet, bacon, OJ, toast butter jam and tea for 120b
walking down Khao San Road in Bangkok Thailand, on the way to the Grand Palace
walking down Khao San Road in Bangkok Thailand, on the way to the Grand Palace
Khao San Road sign
Khao San Road sign
back to the Grand Palace again today, 250 B again
back to the Grand Palace again today, 250 B again
The Hermit Doctor
The Hermit Doctor
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Pam
Rachel
Rachel
lunch time at Na Pra Lan Restaurant
lunch time at Na Pra Lan Restaurant
had fried rice with vegetables and cashew nuts 45B and lemon ice tea 20B
had fried rice with vegetables and cashew nuts 45B and lemon ice tea 20B
snacks  (no, I didn't have any)
snacks (no, I didn't have any)
walking throug the street stalls / shops
walking throug the street stalls / shops
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traveling by long tail boat
me on the boat
me on the boat
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53476745.DSC00708.jpg the boat
the boat
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getting off at the Oriental Hotel stop
rubbish in the water
rubbish in the water
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Chinese Temple, San Jao Sien Khong in Chinatown
Chinatown temple
Chinatown temple
Wat Samphanthawong Saram Worawhanra
Wat Samphanthawong Saram Worawhanra
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getting on the night train to
getting on the night train to
train
train
inside
inside
bedtime for me (top bunk).....didn't sleep to well, I was cold most of the night
bedtime for me (top bunk).....didn't sleep to well, I was cold most of the night
looking down from my bunk
looking down from my bunk
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getting ready for bed (on the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
getting ready for bed (on the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Jenny on the other side (bottom bunk)
Jenny on the other side (bottom bunk)
this is exciting.....train wreck
this is exciting.....train wreck
oops, train off tracks
oops, train off tracks
I didn't even know we had an accident till someone came back and showed me the pics on their camera, so off the train I went
I didn't even know we had an accident till someone came back and showed me the pics on their camera, so off the train I went
to take a few pics, now if this was in my country, I think the area would be taped off and no one near it
to take a few pics, now if this was in my country, I think the area would be taped off and no one near it
small dirt road near by
small dirt road near by
can we push this back on the track...
can we push this back on the track...
glad we were not on this bridge when it happened
glad we were not on this bridge when it happened
hummm......how do you get a heavy train back on track
hummm......how do you get a heavy train back on track
looks like a delay to Chiang Mai
looks like a delay to Chiang Mai
walked over to the dirt road near the tracks
walked over to the dirt road near the tracks
cows, not paying any attention to us
cows, not paying any attention to us
grab your backpack and hitch a ride to the main road
grab your backpack and hitch a ride to the main road
on the road again
on the road again
me on the back of the truck (getting lots of dust)
me on the back of the truck (getting lots of dust)
on back of truck  (after the train derailment)
on back of truck (after the train derailment)
the road
the road
on the main road now, waiting on a bus to come by
on the main road now, waiting on a bus to come by
across the road
across the road
lunch at the Prince Hotel in Chiang Mai (after a shower to get the dust off), Lunch fried rice with chicken 55, onion soup 60
lunch at the Prince Hotel in Chiang Mai (after a shower to get the dust off), Lunch fried rice with chicken 55, onion soup 60
going to the bank to get money exchanged
going to the bank to get money exchanged
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335429.2005ThailandIMG_0176.jpg 145/1-2 Chiang Mai- Sankampaeng Road, K.M.7,  Sankampaeng, Chiang Mai 50130, THAILAND
www.ShinawatraThaiSilk.co.th
for export www.ShinawatraThaiSilk.com
off to the Shinawatra Thai Silk shop (where I spent way too much money)

145/1-2 Chiang Mai- Sankampaeng Road, K.M.7, Sankampaeng, Chiang Mai 50130, THAILAND
www.ShinawatraThaiSilk.co.th
for export www.ShinawatraThaiSilk.com

Thailand's longest-established factory for hand woven silk built upon a thousand year tradition of fine craftsmanship.
Shinawatra

Thailand's longest-established factory for hand woven silk built upon a thousand year tradition of fine craftsmanship.

The Shinawatra Silk Company leads both in introducing new textile technology and in creating innovative designs while setting the highest standards for consistent quality in this most precious of hand woven cloth.

The Shinawatra Silk Company leads both in introducing new textile technology and in creating innovative designs while setting the highest standards for consistent quality in this most precious of hand woven cloth.

Soley owned and exactingly run by the Shinawatra family.  The company's reputation as a model of excellence has attracted distinguished visitors, royalty and guest of the Thai Government through the years.

Soley owned and exactingly run by the Shinawatra family. The company's reputation as a model of excellence has attracted distinguished visitors, royalty and guest of the Thai Government through the years.

t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335434.2005ThailandIMG_0184.jpg Botanically named broussonetia papyrifera, Sa paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree.  Initially, the bark is soaked in clean water for about 24 hours.
next to the Umbrella Making Centre

Botanically named broussonetia papyrifera, Sa paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree. Initially, the bark is soaked in clean water for about 24 hours.

Then it is boiled iwth several kinds of ashes for about 3-4 hours and rinsed cleaned with water.  Next the material is beaten with mallets until tender and thereafter fibers are put into a water-filled tank and stirred with a paddle until the fibers are suspended in the water.

Then it is boiled iwth several kinds of ashes for about 3-4 hours and rinsed cleaned with water. Next the material is beaten with mallets until tender and thereafter fibers are put into a water-filled tank and stirred with a paddle until the fibers are suspended in the water.

The fibers are then sifted with a screen and dired in the sun for about 20 minutes.  Once dried, sheets of paper are formed which can be peeled off easily.  This is the paper used in double layer to cover the umbrella frame and later be painted.

The fibers are then sifted with a screen and dired in the sun for about 20 minutes. Once dried, sheets of paper are formed which can be peeled off easily. This is the paper used in double layer to cover the umbrella frame and later be painted.

The covering material is pasted onto the umbrella frame by a special mixture of paste and persimmon fruit secretion, which helps tense and waterproof the umbrella.

The covering material is pasted onto the umbrella frame by a special mixture of paste and persimmon fruit secretion, which helps tense and waterproof the umbrella.

created to welcome Princess Diana in 1988.
World biggest umbrella 300 inches in diameter

created to welcome Princess Diana in 1988.

cutting the excess paper off the umbrella's
cutting the excess paper off the umbrella's
drying in the sun
drying in the sun
hat made out of the umbrella paper  (no, I didn't buy it)
hat made out of the umbrella paper (no, I didn't buy it)
Wat Phrathat    Doi Suthep   Rajavoravihara    Chiang Mai Thailand
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Rajavoravihara Chiang Mai Thailand
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306 steps lead up to the temple
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over looking the city
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were placed in a howdah on the back of a white elephant, which carried them to Wat Phrathat, then it dropped dead due to fatigue from long journey.
According to legend, holy relics discovered during the reign of King Kuena (1355-1385)

were placed in a howdah on the back of a white elephant, which carried them to Wat Phrathat, then it dropped dead due to fatigue from long journey.

the present complex dates from the 16 century and was expanded or restore several times later.  A flight of 306 steps, bordered by a NAGA balustrade, leads up from the parking area to the temple, wich has beautifully decorrated buildings and a Lanna-style chedi covered with engraved gold plates, flanked by four ornamental umbrellas.

the present complex dates from the 16 century and was expanded or restore several times later. A flight of 306 steps, bordered by a NAGA balustrade, leads up from the parking area to the temple, wich has beautifully decorrated buildings and a Lanna-style chedi covered with engraved gold plates, flanked by four ornamental umbrellas.

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out to eat at Den Dung Restaurant, fried rice with chichen 30B, banana shake 30B, went to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
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in the back of a truck
crossing a bridge
crossing a bridge
put valuables in an envelope and in safe, left most of things at the hotel and packed a small backpack for the 3 day hike
put valuables in an envelope and in safe, left most of things at the hotel and packed a small backpack for the 3 day hike
in truck and on the road at 9:30 am. our first stop (where we start walking from) toilet brake
in truck and on the road at 9:30 am. our first stop (where we start walking from) toilet brake
walking on the trek
walking on the trek
man hunting with his dogs  (he had a very very very long long gun with him)
man hunting with his dogs (he had a very very very long long gun with him)
are we goind the right way and are we there yet?
are we goind the right way and are we there yet?
banana tree
banana tree
beans drying in the sun
beans drying in the sun
oops, pigs in the beans
oops, pigs in the beans
here baby chick
here baby chick
Population: 28,000
Origin: Tibet
Present Location: Thailand, Yunnan
Economy: rice, corn, opium, livestock
some of the people from the Lisu Village

Population: 28,000
Origin: Tibet
Present Location: Thailand, Yunnan
Economy: rice, corn, opium, livestock

Belief System: animism with ancestor worship and spirit possession

Belief System: animism with ancestor worship and spirit possession

woman from the Lisu Village in the north of Thailand

woman from the Lisu Village in the north of Thailand

mosquito net around my sleeping area
mosquito net around my sleeping area
Left building where we slept, Right building where we ate.    (how many stars will this place get)
Left building where we slept, Right building where we ate. (how many stars will this place get)
kitchen
kitchen
cooking our meal
cooking our meal
Sammy one of our trekking guides cooking our meal
Sammy one of our trekking guides cooking our meal
Sin making spring rolls
Sin making spring rolls
fridge, what shall we drink
fridge, what shall we drink
spite for me
spite for me
game time
game time
Iron Buffalo
Iron Buffalo
The woman wear long multicoloured tunics over trousers and sometimes black turbans with tassels.  Men wear baggy green or blue pants pegged in at the ankles
Lisu woman cooking a meal

The woman wear long multicoloured tunics over trousers and sometimes black turbans with tassels. Men wear baggy green or blue pants pegged in at the ankles

chili's drying in the sun
chili's drying in the sun
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335484.2005ThailandIMG_0239.jpg Patrilineal clans have pan-tribal jurisdiction, which makes the Lisu unique among hill-tribe groups (most of which have power centred with either a shaman or a village headman).  Lisu villages are usually in the mountains at about 1000m.

Patrilineal clans have pan-tribal jurisdiction, which makes the Lisu unique among hill-tribe groups (most of which have power centred with either a shaman or a village headman). Lisu villages are usually in the mountains at about 1000m.

Homes are built on the ground, and consist mostly of bamboo and grass.

Homes are built on the ground, and consist mostly of bamboo and grass.

bath time
bath time
bath time
bath time
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time to eat what was cooked and it was great food
Ethnic minorities in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand are often called hill tribes, or in Thai vernacular, chao khao (mountain people).  Each hill tribe has its own language, customs, mode of dress and spiritual beliefs.
Lisu dance

Ethnic minorities in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand are often called "hill tribes", or in Thai vernacular, chao khao (mountain people). Each hill tribe has its own language, customs, mode of dress and spiritual beliefs.

Most are of seminomadic origin, having from Tibet, Myanmar, China and Laos during the past 200 years or so.  They are fourth world people in that they belong neither to the main aligned powers nor to the developing nations.

Most are of seminomadic origin, having from Tibet, Myanmar, China and Laos during the past 200 years or so. They are "fourth world" people in that they belong neither to the main aligned powers nor to the developing nations.

Rather, they have crossed and continue to cross national borders, often fleeing opression by other cultures, without regard for recent nationhood.

Rather, they have crossed and continue to cross national borders, often fleeing opression by other cultures, without regard for recent nationhood.

more info
www.hilltribe.org
music man playing a flute

more info
www.hilltribe.org

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people standing on the side line waiting to dance
people standing on the side line waiting to dance
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inside my net/bed (I almost froze it was so cold)
I will not drink another spirte before going to bed, I had to get up in the middle of the night and go to this toilet
I will not drink another spirte before going to bed, I had to get up in the middle of the night and go to this toilet
breakfast
breakfast
we are all too cold to eat
we are all too cold to eat
time to go shopping
time to go shopping
back on the trail for more hiking
back on the trail for more hiking
people working in the rice fields
people working in the rice fields
streams to cross
streams to cross
the bridge is just a log across the stream
the bridge is just a log across the stream
hills to climb  (one of many very steep hills)
hills to climb (one of many very steep hills)
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53476752.otherspicsthatIwillputonmywebpageDSCF1259.jpg the group
the group
taking a 5 minute break after walking up a very large mountain
taking a 5 minute break after walking up a very large mountain
wonderful views from the top
wonderful views from the top
river
river
crossing the river (and getting wet)
crossing the river (and getting wet)
and we had to cross it
and we had to cross it
river
river
was this on the program?
was this on the program?
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old tree
sin on bamboo raft going down river
sin on bamboo raft going down river
we cross the river again to get to this elephant camp and for some lunch
we cross the river again to get to this elephant camp and for some lunch
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using the raft as a ferry to take us back and forth across the river
cat at the elephant camp
cat at the elephant camp
one of the many cats at the elephant camp
one of the many cats at the elephant camp
Sammy one of our trekking guides cooking our meal
Sammy one of our trekking guides cooking our meal
elephants coming into the camp
elephants coming into the camp
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well, I had to take the picture
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335522.2005ThailandIMG_0281.jpg my ride out from one village to another
my ride out from one village to another
time for an elephant ride
time for an elephant ride
note, some pics will be blurry due to I'm on an elephant moving and the other elephants are moving also
note, some pics will be blurry due to I'm on an elephant moving and the other elephants are moving also
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elephant ride
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dismount
welcome to the Karen Hilltribe Village
welcome to the Karen Hilltribe Village
Karen Hilltribe
Origin: Myanmar
Present Location: Thailand, Myanmar
Economy: rice, vegetables, livestock
Belief System: animism, Buddhism, Christianity, depending on the group
school kids

Karen Hilltribe
Origin: Myanmar
Present Location: Thailand, Myanmar
Economy: rice, vegetables, livestock
Belief System: animism, Buddhism, Christianity, depending on the group

Clutural Characteristics:  Thickly woven V-neck tunics of various colours.  Kinship is matrilineal and marriage is monogamous.

Clutural Characteristics: Thickly woven V-neck tunics of various colours. Kinship is matrilineal and marriage is monogamous.

They tend to live in lowland valleys and practise crop rotation rather than swidden agriculture.  Karen homes are built on low stilts or posts, with the roofs swooping quite low.

They tend to live in lowland valleys and practise crop rotation rather than swidden agriculture. Karen homes are built on low stilts or posts, with the roofs swooping quite low.

chickens and pigs
chickens and pigs
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cat on the steps
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cows and laundry
big knives for little kids
big knives for little kids
solar power for lights only in the village
solar power for lights only in the village
water
water
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I think this is a water buffalo
I think this is a water buffalo
the village
the village
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our sleeping place for the night (I think it was only 4 stars)
my bed
my bed
buying from the locals
buying from the locals
time to eat
time to eat
after eating, we did some games
group in a circle

after eating, we did some games

circle of faces
circle of faces
breakfast
breakfast
packing to go on the rafting trip
packing to go on the rafting trip
building the raft
building the raft
adding a few extra bamboo poles
adding a few extra bamboo poles
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getting on the raft (had to add 2 extra bamboo poles
and we are off
and we are off
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all backpacks put on a raised platform
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Sin our group leader
walking bridge across the river
walking bridge across the river
before you go any further, copy and past the web site on the next pic and listen to the music while your looking at the pictures
before you go any further, copy and past the web site on the next pic and listen to the music while your looking at the pictures
http://www.topeuro.co.uk/blagger/the_duel.html
http://www.topeuro.co.uk/blagger/the_duel.html
elephant in the river
elephant in the river
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rafting down the river
Pam and Rachel   (Pam from England)
Pam and Rachel (Pam from England)
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standing on the raft
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53476730.otherspicsthatIwillputonmywebpage09760022.jpg rafting down the Mae Taeng River
rafting down the Mae Taeng River
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stopped at a village along the river
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Keiko dressed as a local person
riverside property
riverside property
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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335602.2005ThailandIMG_0373.jpg at the end of the rafting trip, the bamboo rafts are taken apart and the bamboo is sold
at the end of the rafting trip, the bamboo rafts are taken apart and the bamboo is sold
sprite  coke
sprite coke
lunch
lunch
lunch
lunch
in a back of a truck leaving the mountain area
in a back of a truck leaving the mountain area
dirt road mos of the wya
dirt road mos of the wya
smelly feet in the back of the truck
smelly feet in the back of the truck
crossing water
crossing water
elephants on the road
elephants on the road
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pigs in the truck
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335623.2005ThailandIMG_0389.jpg back to Chiang Mai for shower, dropped off laundry and out to eat, O.K. Guest House and Restaurant
back to Chiang Mai for shower, dropped off laundry and out to eat, O.K. Guest House and Restaurant
Friday morning I left at 8am to go to the Maesa Elephant Camp  (120B to get in, and well worth it)
Friday morning I left at 8am to go to the Maesa Elephant Camp (120B to get in, and well worth it)
met the new born baby boy  (elephant)
met the new born baby boy (elephant)
www.maesaelephantcamp.com  (a great website)
www.maesaelephantcamp.com (a great website)
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Maesa Elephant Camp
Maesa Elephant Camp
bath time for the elephants
bath time for the elephants
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bath time for the elephants
bath time for the elephants
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let the show begin
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laying down
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soccer time
soccer time
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painting time
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back to Chiang Mai to eat (didn't eat before I went)
I had the Aussie Breakfast at the Aussie Cafe and it was delicious
I had the Aussie Breakfast at the Aussie Cafe and it was delicious
off to the train station for an overnight train ride back to Bangkok
off to the train station for an overnight train ride back to Bangkok
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the train
the train
will we make this trip without a wreck?
will we make this trip without a wreck?
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me hanging out the window and looking back at our train
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lunch in a newspaper
lunch in a newspaper
was cold but good
was cold but good
my bunk (on the bottom this time)  off the train at 6:30 am, got a taxi to the hotel
my bunk (on the bottom this time) off the train at 6:30 am, got a taxi to the hotel
back to the New World Lodge in Bangkok, room 423
back to the New World Lodge in Bangkok, room 423
these were the best donuts cooking on the side of the road at the street stalls, 1 B each
these were the best donuts cooking on the side of the road at the street stalls, 1 B each
walked to Khao San Road for breakfast @ D Cafe with Banana Lassie
walked to Khao San Road for breakfast @ D Cafe with Banana Lassie
Democracy Monument
Democracy Monument
McDonald's
McDonald's
walked around then got a taxi to The Computer City
walked around then got a taxi to The Computer City
IT City
IT City
traffic (looking down from the walk way bridge
traffic (looking down from the walk way bridge
several floors of electronic stuff
several floors of electronic stuff
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MBK buiding, 8 floors of shopping
Hard Rock Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand
Hard Rock Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand
inside
inside
late lunch
late lunch
ordered 2 appitizers
ordered 2 appitizers
ok, we were at the Hard Rock Cafe, this guy was there with the weird hair, he walked out with others and was mobbed with people
ok, we were at the Hard Rock Cafe, this guy was there with the weird hair, he walked out with others and was mobbed with people
and signing autographs, he came back in and I stopped him and ask.....are you famous....real smooth don't you think
and signing autographs, he came back in and I stopped him and ask....."are you famous"....real smooth don't you think
from the people that worked in the Hard Rock Cafe in Bangkok that he is in a band  called Titanium
from the people that worked in the Hard Rock Cafe in Bangkok that he is in a band called Titanium
this is a seventeen magazine sponsered event with a Thai movie star being intervied
this is a seventeen magazine sponsered event with a Thai movie star being intervied
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lets go to the movies....well, we got the Gold Pass which was 500B (the 600B massage chairs were sold out)

each seat was assigned and you had an attendent walk you to your seat, the pillows and blankets and socks were all in a neat cloth bag

we got relaxed into our seats watching the previews and all of a sudden pictures with the king came on with music and you had to stand, we didn't have time to get out of the chairs with the remote on the chairs so we all just kinda fell out of the chairs to stand up
we got the leather recliners, blanket, pillow and socks with free welcome drink (red fanta in a wine glass) and bakery snacks

we got relaxed into our seats watching the previews and all of a sudden pictures with the king came on with music and you had to stand, we didn't have time to get out of the chairs with the remote on the chairs so we all just kinda fell out of the chairs to stand up

Ronald McDonald in Bangkok Thailand
Ronald McDonald in Bangkok Thailand
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who could run in this heat and humidity
The modest hero of Bangkok's holy temples, Wat Pho features a host of superlatives: the largest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand.
Wat Pho www.watpho.com 20B to get in

The modest hero of Bangkok's holy temples, Wat Pho features a host of superlatives: the largest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand.

The Vihara of the Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas (Viharn Phranorn), the building is constructed for containing the important Buddha image, the Reclining Buddha.

The Vihara of the Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas (Viharn Phranorn), the building is constructed for containing the important Buddha image, the Reclining Buddha.

King Rama III told his nobleman, Krom Muen Pumintarapakdi (Prince Laddawan), the head of department of the Ten Crafts as a construction team leader.

King Rama III told his nobleman, Krom Muen Pumintarapakdi (Prince Laddawan), the head of department of the Ten Crafts as a construction team leader.

After having noulded the image of the Reclining Buddha, the team continued with the hall.The image was made of stuccoed bricks gilded with gold leaves.

After having noulded the image of the Reclining Buddha, the team continued with the hall.The image was made of stuccoed bricks gilded with gold leaves.

This statue is 46 metres long, with the dimensions at the face of 15 metres high and at each foot of 3 metres high and 5 metres long.

This statue is 46 metres long, with the dimensions at the face of 15 metres high and at each foot of 3 metres high and 5 metres long.

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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335746.2005ThailandIMG_0492.jpg The soles of the statue's feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl showing the 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha. This is the largest and most beautiful piece of fine arts of the Buddha image in a reclining position found in Thailand.

The soles of the statue's feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl showing the 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha. This is the largest and most beautiful piece of fine arts of the Buddha image in a reclining position found in Thailand.

The mother of pearl inlay at the feet of the image is of Thai-Chinese style, as indicated by 108 auspicious signs portraying natural scenes of both Indian and Chinese influences.

The mother of pearl inlay at the feet of the image is of Thai-Chinese style, as indicated by 108 auspicious signs portraying natural scenes of both Indian and Chinese influences.

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do I need a shoe upgrade
where are my shoes?
where are my shoes?
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335752.2005ThailandIMG_0503.jpg t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335753.2005ThailandIMG_0504.jpg The towering prang with its four smaller siblings was started by Rama II in the early part of the 19th century, and completed by his successor Rama III. The temple in which the prang sits is actually much older. It dates from the Ayuthaya period. During King Taksin's reign, just before the founding of Bangkok, the temple served as his palace.
Wat Arun 20B to get in after paying 3 B to ride the ferry across to it

The towering prang with its four smaller siblings was started by Rama II in the early part of the 19th century, and completed by his successor Rama III. The temple in which the prang sits is actually much older. It dates from the Ayuthaya period. During King Taksin's reign, just before the founding of Bangkok, the temple served as his palace.

The prang is not only in its design, which is a blend of Khmer and Thai styles, but also in decoration. Over the brick core, a layer of plaster was applied and then decorated with bits of Chinese porcelain and glazed ceramic tiles.

The prang is not only in its design, which is a blend of Khmer and Thai styles, but also in decoration. Over the brick core, a layer of plaster was applied and then decorated with bits of Chinese porcelain and glazed ceramic tiles.

3B to cross the river
3B to cross the river
don't I look lovely  (40B to have this pic done)
don't I look lovely (40B to have this pic done)
t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335758.2005ThailandIMG_0509.jpg Using porcelain from China isn't as extravagant as it might sound. In the early days of Bangkok, Chinese trading ships calling on the Siamese capital used tons of porcelain as ballast. The temple is just an early example of the Thai approach to recycling.

Using porcelain from China isn't as extravagant as it might sound. In the early days of Bangkok, Chinese trading ships calling on the Siamese capital used tons of porcelain as ballast. The temple is just an early example of the Thai approach to "recycling."

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dishes to make the temple
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this looks like my cat Carl, what is he reading?
chestnuts roasting on an open fire  (or in a pot with coal)
chestnuts roasting on an open fire (or in a pot with coal)
is museum-quality preservation of Thai residential architecture and South-east Asian art.  Another hook is the home's former owner, Jim Thompson, a compelling character who created an international appetite for Thai silk.
Jim Thompson House 100B to get in (for tour)

is museum-quality preservation of Thai residential architecture and South-east Asian art. Another hook is the home's former owner, Jim Thompson, a compelling character who created an international appetite for Thai silk.

Born in Delaware in 1906, Thompson was a New York architect who briefly served in the Office of Stategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) in Thailand during WWII.  Following the war he found NY to tame and so returned to Bangkok.

Born in Delaware in 1906, Thompson was a New York architect who briefly served in the Office of Stategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) in Thailand during WWII. Following the war he found NY to tame and so returned to Bangkok.

Thai silk caught his connoisseur's eye, he sent samples to fashion houses in Milian, London and Paris, gradually building a steady worldwide clientele.

Thai silk caught his connoisseur's eye, he sent samples to fashion houses in Milian, London and Paris, gradually building a steady worldwide clientele.

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orchids
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fish
www.jimthompsonhouse.com
www.jimthompsonhouse.com
french fries
french fries
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27 Nov 2005 on train from Bangkok to Surat Thani for over night sleep car train ride

off to train station at 6pm, train to leave at 7:15 pm and supposed to arrive at 6:40am next day (but always late).

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after arriving into Surat Thani

2 hr truck ride to Khao Sok National Park

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house # 7 for 2 nights and a long walk to the room, especially at night with no lights up and down trails
stayed at Khaosok Rainforest Resort

house # 7 for 2 nights and a long walk to the room, especially at night with no lights up and down trails

www.krabidir.com/khaosokrainforest/index.htm
www.krabidir.com/khaosokrainforest/index.htm
our room for 2 nights
our room for 2 nights
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lots of flowers around the resort
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eating something wraped up with a banana leaf
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part of the group went tubbing
part of the group went tubbing
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Monkeys at a temple
Monkeys at a temple
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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335800.2005ThailandIMG_0563.jpg Mae Yai Waterfall
Mae Yai Waterfall
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lookout
lookout
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IMG_0571.JPG
neighbors room at the Khao Sok Rainforest Resort
neighbors room at the Khao Sok Rainforest Resort
moth on a banana eating
moth on a banana eating
and eating
and eating
still eating
still eating
ok, I think this thing needs to stop eating
ok, I think this thing needs to stop eating
up at 6am then off at 7am to Rajjaprabha Dam
up at 6am then off at 7am to Rajjaprabha Dam
boat ride on Chiaw Lan Lake   165km at its longest point
boat ride on Chiaw Lan Lake 165km at its longest point
the lake was created in 1982 by the 95m-high, 700m-long dam
the lake was created in 1982 by the 95m-high, 700m-long dam
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my feet
my feet
captain of the boat
captain of the boat
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IMG_0599.JPG
Limestome outcrops protruding from the lake reach a hight of 960m, over 3 times higher than the formations in the Phang-Nga area
Limestome outcrops protruding from the lake reach a hight of 960m, over 3 times higher than the formations in the Phang-Nga area
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the pics don't do it justice, but when I was there, it looks like something that you only see in a movie
the pics don't do it justice, but when I was there, it looks like something that you only see in a movie
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there is a buddah temple on top of this big rock
there is a buddah temple on top of this big rock
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there was or is a colorful bird in the trees and lots of monkeys but you cant't see them in the picture
there was or is a colorful bird in the trees and lots of monkeys but you cant't see them in the picture
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floating raft houses
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floating trail that leads to the toilets
looking from the toilet down to the floating raft houses
looking from the toilet down to the floating raft houses
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chili bush
trail on one of the many treks that we did
trail on one of the many treks that we did
fighting bug
fighting bug
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Simon on a tree limb/root made into a swing
crossing one of the many streams that we had to walk through
crossing one of the many streams that we had to walk through
very old tree   600+ years old
very old tree 600+ years old
yikes, it is dark in this cave
yikes, it is dark in this cave
one of my 2 leech bites  (that took forever to stop bleeding)
one of my 2 leech bites (that took forever to stop bleeding)
bats in the cave
bats in the cave
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This cave, which houses numerous stalactite and stalagmite formations
back to the opening finally  (what a joy to see) after crossing many streams and deep water in the cave in the dark
back to the opening finally (what a joy to see) after crossing many streams and deep water in the cave in the dark
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back to the floating raft houses
the water was so still and clear here
the water was so still and clear here
fish outside the kitchen at the floating raft houses
fish outside the kitchen at the floating raft houses
they loved the boiled rice
they loved the boiled rice
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the kitchen at the floating raft houses
our lunch
our lunch
where it was cooked
where it was cooked
it was delicious
it was delicious
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snake skin hanging down from our house
snake skin hanging down from our house
breakfast, the hungry tiger meal
breakfast, the hungry tiger meal
getting ready to leave the Rainforest Resort  (actually left in the back of a truck)
getting ready to leave the Rainforest Resort (actually left in the back of a truck)
waiting at the bus station on the side of the road then to Surat Thani, 100 km ride
waiting at the bus station on the side of the road then to Surat Thani, 100 km ride
then got another bus from Surat Thani to the ferry station
then got another bus from Surat Thani to the ferry station
off the bus then walk onto the ferry
off the bus then walk onto the ferry
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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335894.2005ThailandIMG_0680.jpg Koh Samui ahead
Koh Samui ahead
fishing boats
fishing boats
welcome to Koh Samui sign
welcome to Koh Samui sign
walking off the ferry
walking off the ferry
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stayed at Sandy Resort   www.sandysamui.com
stayed at Sandy Resort www.sandysamui.com
Bophut Beach     Suratthani, Thailand
Bophut Beach Suratthani, Thailand
our pool
our pool
mixed fruit juice shake 70B
mixed fruit juice shake 70B
fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce with rice  110B
fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce with rice 110B
water lily flower
water lily flower
out for a walk and walked past this dog resting
out for a walk and walked past this dog resting
walking the flooded streets
walking the flooded streets
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construction at it's finest
construction at it's finest
40 B meals  (ate here alot)
40 B meals (ate here alot)
menu where I ate often  (cheap good food)
menu where I ate often (cheap good food)
truck stuck on the road and some from the group trying to help get it unstuck
truck stuck on the road and some from the group trying to help get it unstuck
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fisherman's village
pool
pool
where is the beach, the tide is really high
where is the beach, the tide is really high
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The Big Buddha, Wat Phra Yai
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looking at Hat Rin Island
lookout
lookout
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Hin Ta Hin Yai
Hin Ta Hin Yai
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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335948.2005ThailandIMG_0729.jpg Na Muang Waterfall
Na Muang Waterfall
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Hat Chaweng Beach (raining but we went to the beach)
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out to eat at Eat Sense  peaches 'n' dream drink
out to eat at "Eat Sense" peaches 'n' dream drink
spaghetti with meat sauce @ the Eat Sense Restaurant on the beach
spaghetti with meat sauce @ the Eat Sense Restaurant on the beach
Eat Sense Restaurant on Koh Samui
Eat Sense Restaurant on Koh Samui
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if you order a scoop of ice cream, this is what you get....kinda fancy don't you think?
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flooded streets and raining hard
flooded streets and raining hard
another 40B meal
another 40B meal
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streets with water flooding in Koh Samui
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electric wires
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nacho's at Billabong Surf Club
nacho's at Billabong Surf Club
raining outside........again.....so rack'em
raining outside........again.....so rack'em
and lets play pool
and lets play pool
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the group I traveled with to Koh Samui
hummm..........and then thought.......why did I travel with this group
hummm..........and then thought.......why did I travel with this group
no really, it was a great group of people
no really, it was a great group of people
standing around watching the pool table  (better than watching it rain)
standing around watching the pool table (better than watching it rain)
out to eat at   On The Beach bar and grill
out to eat at "On The Beach" bar and grill
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what shall I have (I bet it will be something with some kind of fruit shake)
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me by candlelight
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penne pasta with alfredo sauce and fruit shake
penne pasta with alfredo sauce and fruit shake
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getting off the ferry after leaving Koh Samui
getting off the ferry after leaving Koh Samui
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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53335993.2005ThailandIMG_0790.jpg cake for Mike
cake for Mike
Happy Birthday Mike
Happy Birthday Mike
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my lunch, fruit plate
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getting on the train for an overnight trip back to Bangkok
getting on the train for an overnight trip back to Bangkok
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in a tuk tuk getting back to the hotel after getting off the train
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neighbors across the river from the New World Lodge
neighbors across the river from the New World Lodge
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t1%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f53336011.2005ThailandIMG_0812.jpg sign to tell you to be careful of pick pocket
sign to tell you to be careful of pick pocket
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this is the ceiling
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the King of Thailand
Wat Arun
Wat Arun
Wat Arun
Wat Arun
Democracy Monument
Democracy Monument
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tuk tuk   (transportation that went around curves really fast)
tuk tuk (transportation that went around curves really fast)
fuel prices per liter in Baht   (exchange was 40B to 1 US$$)
fuel prices per liter in Baht (exchange was 40B to 1 US$$)
out to eat at Ton Pho Restaurant on the river, Chicken Cashew with rice and lemon juice 170B
out to eat at Ton Pho Restaurant on the river, Chicken Cashew with rice and lemon juice 170B