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Bangkok Noi

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  • Day106

    Khao San Road - food, food & more food!

    December 14, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    In Thailand there is a road named Khao San Road. It is a road where vendors come and sell food. You can buy food like meat on a stick, fresh fruit and things like pad thai. There was a place that had smoothies which were delicious because there was so much fresh fruit in them. There were a bunch of people selling scorpions and spiders and bugs which I think is disgusting. We did not try any of this type of food. There were a lot of places where you could get your hair braided and a lot of places you could get a massage.

    I had the most delicious mango smoothie on Khao San Road. It was so fresh and refreshing because it was 33 degrees outside. One of the nights we were sampling food, I got ice cream. The ice cream was plain, butit came in a coconut and the guy who I bought it from took a carrot peeler and scraped the side of the coconut to get shavings in it. The fruit was the best I ever had.Iit was juicy and flavorful - it was sososo good. The meat on a stick was also good - my favorite was the chicken. Khao San Road used to be a road that backpackers go to eat because the food was so cheap but then the government cleaned the road up and it became more touristy.

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  • Day12

    The Golden Triangle

    November 28, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We started the day at a tea plantation owned by a Chinese businessman. I mention this because the Chinese have had a big impact on the Thai economy. For example, most of the 7-elevens are owned by Chinese entrepreneurs. The tea plantations pay Thai women 8 Bhatt per kilo to pick the tea leaves or 300 Bhatt per hour to clear old plants (they need to be replaced every four years). 100 Bhatt is equal to about $4 Cdn.

    This area of Thailand is part of the Golden Triangle which includes parts of Laos and Burma. Opium is still an issue as the farmers burn out the forests for opium fields. The farmers do not recognize the authority of the state (i.e. the police); they only recognize the authority of the King.

    Tan, our guide for the rest of the trip talked about the education system. King Rama IX recognized the importance of education and offers loans to students who want to go to university. But after studying in the cities, the young people find it hard to get meaningful work; increasingly they are returning home to start small businesses. Boys also have the option of becoming monks while in school; most return to their community after graduation.

    A sobering stop was the Scorpion temple with its museum of the events of the rescue of the boys from the cave. The Navy seal who died in the rescue is considered a national hero. The museum had thousands of flowers and garlands as well as hundreds of pictures of the events and the main players.
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  • Day12

    Borders and Buddhas

    November 28, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Next we went to Mea Sai the border town with Burma. Thie Main Street is one big market so we browsed for awhile. The vendors seemed content to let us window shop; there was no hard sell like in Bangkok. Burma drives on the right side of the road and Thailand on the left. So there is a dance on the bridge connecting the two countries where the cars switch from one side to the other!

    Lunch was a westernized buffet at The Boarderview Restaurant, overlooking the Mekong River. The village is in poor shape as the Chinese have built a casino in Laos, across the river, and that has bled out much of the traffic. Many of the storefronts were shuttered.

    The Mekong is shallow and silty here. Tan blames dams upriver in China for diverting the water from the river.

    Our last stop for the day was at Wat Cheri Leung, a 12th century temple ruin. The main temple has been restored. We saw many Buddhist monks. The orange robes signified a Thai monk, the rust robes were Burmese and the brown robes were monks who strictly followed the Buddha’s teachings in hopes of reaching enlightenment.

    The property has many teak trees; the temple is trying to get permission to cut them down and sell the timber. Teak is making a comeback here but it takes a long time to reach maturity. We also passed many rice fields, pineapple plantations and the ubiquitous banana trees.
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  • Day13

    Afternoon in the Mountains

    November 29, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Over a horrendous, pot-holed road we visited Burmes refugees famous for their “long necks”. The Karen hill tribe people wear heavy brass necklaces from a very young age. The longer their neck, the more beautiful they are thought to be. These members of this tribe are refugees from the war in Burma and persecution by the Chinese. As refugees, they have few rights and limited opportunities. Brian thought subjecting these children to this practice bordered on child abuse and couldn’t wait to leave.

    Further up the mountain we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Maekok Village Resort. overlooking a tributary of the Mekong River. The resort was started as an international school by a British couple but has been expanded to include a cooking school, and a spa. A short walk through lovely gardens brought us to our “long tail” boat and a 45 minute cruise down the river.

    The river reminded Brian and I of our Viking Cruise up the Mekong. We saw men fishing with poles from boats and from the shore and a family fishing with nets. We also saw people working in the corn fields and orange groves. No wildlife except egrets. But the main activity seemed to be dredging sand from the river. Although the river banks looked lush and green we also saw signs of environmental stress. There were floating plastic bottles, plastic bags stuck in bushes, and large areas where the forest had been completely cleared. Most disressing was seeing the significant presence of the same invasive species that we see taking over the wetlands in Ontario. Tall fronds with feathery tops which can grow to 8 feet and push out all the native plants. Tragic.

    We disembarked at a Lasu village, cut through a family's backyard, said hello to their pig and 3 piglets and then met up with our driver. We bounced over another terrible road to get back to the main highway.
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  • Day47

    Bangkok

    January 30 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Entspannt höcklemer wiedermal i de Lobby und wartet uf euses Taxi für an Flughafe.
    S Ireise uf Thailand isch alles anderi als entspannend gsi. Nachem Nachtbus mit sehr wenig Schlaf simmer am Zoll ines riese Gedränge cho. Tuusigi lüüt hend welle ihreise und die Agstellte sind komplett überforderet gsi. Au de bestechigsversuech für de „VIP“ Zoll hett nüt gnützt. Nach 3.5h, mit über 30 grad im Gedränge, hend denn doch no alli Europäer dörfe bimene seperate Schalter ihreise. Die letste 6h fahrt im Minivan sind defür wie im fluug vergange ->😴!

    Z‘Bangkok hemmer chöne abefahre und die viele Ihdrück vo de letste 1.5 Mönet verdaue. Mir hend usgschlafe, im pool badet und sind dur d Stadt gschlenderet. Fascht wie es Wucheend dihei ih de CH.

    Richtig erholt freuemer eus riesig uf d Philippine und sind gspannt uf die viele schöne Plätz womer bsuechet. D Warnstufe wegem Vulkan isch au bizli zrug gange, mir sind positiv ihgstellt und parat zum flüge ✈️ 😁.

    De erst Stop -> d’Trauminsle Siargao 🏝
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  • Day3

    Bangkok

    July 23, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Giornata intensa oggi a Bangkok. Per goderci al meglio la città abbiamo deciso di usufruire del tour Bangkok Starter consigliato dall'hotel. Partenza quindi verso le 9.30 questa mattina alla scoperta della città. La nostra guida si chiamava Phi Phi, una thailandese molto simpatica e chiacchierona, che ha vissuto tanti anni a Stoccarda. Insieme a noi c'era Mari An, una ragazza coreana, ma che vive da sempre a New York. Il tour è stato interessantissimo, siamo partiti visitando il flower market, dove abbiamo potuto capire tutta la cultura dei fiori ed assaporare il cibo di strada. Dopodiché abbiamo visitato il tempio del Buddha sdraiato, templio enorme e bellissimo e con appunto un enorme Buddha sdraiato. La posizione del Buddha sdraiato tra le altre cose rappresenta Umbi, perché è nato di martedì ed è quindi una persona votata al relax. Finito il tour del Buddha, abbiamo assaggiato il gelato al cocco e pranzato piatti tipici thailandesi in un ristorante conosciuto da Phi Phi. Piatti molto piccanti, ma molto buoni. Nel pomeriggio abbiamo effettuato il tour dei canali in una barca privata. Ci sono tantissimi canali a Bangkok e sono anche sporchissimi, ma vale la pena visitarli, perché rappresentano una parte molto interessante della città. Terminato il tour dei canali, abbiamo visitato China Town, sempre immergendosi in mercati e bancarelle e con una Ferries ci siamo quindi inoltrati nel centro città. Qui lo stacco è ecclatante: grattacieli e Sky walks fanno qui da padroni. Il tour si è concluso con una bellissima vista panoramica su un roof top bar e tornando in albergo in autobus, come i veri abitanti di Bangkok. Molti dicono che Bangkok la prima volta non piaccia. A noi sta piacendo molto, generi e stili diversi convivono a Bangkok e come dice Phi Phi non esiste un quartiere veramente ricco e uno veramente povero. La povertà così come la ricchezza sono molto accentuate qui, ma poveri e ricchi convivono senza alcun muro o alcuna differenza. Forse questa è la cosa che mi è piaciuta di più di questa città.Read more

  • Day9

    "hangover run/walk"

    November 17, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Hangover run for the last day of Mekong Indochina. Had a great time mingling and breaking a sweat! Got the Full moon run tomorrow and a rest day and off to Taiwan! Stay posted friends! On on

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