Well we arrived in Thailand.
Here we go with a brief description of thailand and have also included some photo's to wet your appetite during our brief stay of four days before our return from Vietnam in late March.
Bangkok is a very new, very busy city and in our brief time there looks to be a nice place to visit. As usual we just happened to walk into the right place at the right time. So a big hello to Boney and Kat. Who just happened to be in the same hotel we went to by pure chance. Having saved a day looking for them it enabled us to immediately indulge in the age old tradition of greeting old friends in the bar!
Unfortunately for me, (Roy) India gave me a leaving present and so for the first night had to change my name to Ralph!! As a remedy I do recommend a real professional Thai massage, though I'm not sure the bone cracking and constant pounding is for everyone it certainly worked for me. I also found that deep fried grasshopper is actually quite ok if a bit on the crunchy side! the wings also tend to get stuck between your teeth.
You can see from the pictures that they have a wonderful royal palace which is simply stunning, and a love for the royal family, who are adored by the people, anti monarchists beware!
We booked our flight to Vietnam for four days after our arrival and were unfortunately delayed long enough to be put up overnight in a convenient 5 star hotel. Obviously we were very disappointed at this setback of a day in our holiday, and the sheer indignity of such lavish acommodation. But we were forced to endure the luxury of a hot bath, soft beds, complimentry meals and separate rooms for the first time since leaving home. We kept a stiff upper lip, and served our time with a minimum of fuss.
The very next afternoon we departed and so it's goodbye for now to thailand until part 2.
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Well we finally returned to Thailand and found it to be extremely hot after Vietnam. A reconnaisance mission was necessary as we needed somewhere to take our lovely girlfriends, Abi and Thanh.
Koh Chang was the choice as it is Thailands second largest Island and also one of the least travelled by tourists. It is a protected nature reserve, with beautiful beaches and wonderful scenery. The island is mostly untouched forest which reaches right up to the beaches. Accomodation is of the beach hut variety; very romantic.
A few days were passed by reluctantly testing the water, beach and atmosphere. Of course, we didn't enjoy doing this, but it was necessary to ensure that the place would meet the exacting standards of our ladies. It did.
Unpleasant mission completed, we then returned to Bangkok to await the arrival of the said girlies at the airport. After a couple of days returned to Koh Chang and busied ourselves with the arduous task of holiday-making. Which was nice.
We saw no elephants. In fact, we saw very little apart from the beach, the insides of restaurants and bars and much sunburnt flesh.
We were surprised, but delighted to meet our travelling guru from India, Swann, completely by chance when he wandered into the village in which we were staying along with his radiant girlfriend Susha and her sister.
I guess these are our holiday snaps......
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While awaiting permission for Vietnam from the visa office i found time to indulge in generally chilling out and talking to some Thai friends. I ended up selling jewelery & stuff with them for a couple of day's. The pay was non existent, but the drinking seemed to compensate somewhat so i passed my time eating and drinking whilst sleeping the days away.
You will see some friends and sellers i met on the road. Nice people and some excellent hair styles.
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