Friday, January 26, 2007

Thailand Day 1 - Bangkok

After a 5 hour flight from Shanghai to Bangkok we pulled into the Sheraton Royal Orchid Hotel about 2pm.  It's a gorgeous hotel right on the edge of the river. 
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The weather here is tropical, about 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lots of flowers and greenery. What a nice change it was from the freezing temperatures of Hangzhou and Shanghai!
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After dropping our bags, we took to the streets to get our first taste of Bangkok!  I love the interesting Thai script!
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Peter, Jack and Randy - it is sure nice to see Randy and Linda again!  The kids were in 7th heaven to see their grandparents again!
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Sophie in front of some flowers next to the hotel, and Peter stuffing his mouth with watermelon in January!
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Sue also enjoyed some tropical fruit!
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Linda and Peter exploring the streets - Linda protected Peter from the traffic so he could keep his attention focused on that watermelon!
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A woman bargaining for a ride in a tuk-tuk taxi.
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We wandered into a neighborhood that was all about recycled auto parts, and auto parts stores.  I don't think this truck is going anywhere soon!
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Peter, marvelling at all of the sights...
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We stopped at a little Buddhist shrine and this man was dancing and jumping all over to entertain Sophie.  She loved it!Thailand 041
Amazing how high he could jump - he was something of an acrobat!
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More of that interesting Thai script on a street sign.Thailand 051

We jumped into a little tuk-tuk taxi ourselves and asked the driver to take us for a little spin.  Here are some shots from the street.  If you want to get the full effect, breathe in some diesel fumes as you look at this picture!
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At this little Buddhist shrine, Sue stopped to pay her respects.  Sophie is kneeling in front of her.
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We sat by the river and watched the sunset, having a drink in the 80+ degree weather.  Wonderful!
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Randy took Jack to a foot massage that they both really enjoyed. 
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We see them here completely relaxed after their massages and ready to take on Bangkok!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. I am really enjoying following your travels. It must be so nice to be somewhere warm. I was in Thailand about 20 years ago (yikes, that makes me feel old). Any way, I remember all the wonderful fruit. But there is one fruit you must be warned about. It is Dorian (I am not sure of the spelling). I am told it tastes ok, but boy the smell. I could never get past the smell to try it! Also, at Thamasat University, in the student cafeteria, they had the best green papaya salad I have ever had (that is actually where I was turned on to green papaya salad). And I remember the James Bond water taxis - the boys will love those! There is also a summer palace that you can take a boat to, and then take a bus back. At the palace there were lots of wild monkeys (they were a little scary, but still fun to see). Again, this was all 20 years ago, but it sure is fun to think of it all again. I really liked Thailand. There is also Phat Pong - I will send an email about that place! Enjoy. Merrylee