If you’ve been reading along…you know that in 2009 I did a lot of travel. It began with Egypt and Jordan in March–followed by Peru for three weeks in May, and now in December, another G Adventures trip to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
So…for the story–
After checking into my hotel in Bangkok, Thailand…having just traveled 33 hours from the Midwest, I needed a massage. Although it was 3:30am in the morning, I was able to get a massage in my room for $5.00 (from a girl). It was the first of four massages I would enjoy while in Southeast Asia. After sleeping for a few hours I briefly explored Bangkok prior to attending a “get acquainted” meeting with the other tour attendees, who turned out to be a married couple from England on their honeymoon and four women from Germany, California, England, and Canada.
The following day we took a boat ride on the famous canals aka Klongs of Bangkok and visited a Buddhist Temple…one of many to come!
I took some video footage from my trip and made a few movies (for the first time) with my Mac…so if you’d like to see some very aggressive catfish, watch this.
I loved taking photos of the monks…
I didn’t partake of any fried bugs…but if I hosted a travel show like Andrew Zimmern…I would!
We went to the Wat Pho temple where the largest “reclining buddha” is housed!
Riding in a “tuk-tuk” is a fun experience!
Later that evening we took a night train to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I rode an elephant the next day…
And took a half-day cooking class…
For Sale: Painting by an Elephant…
more of the World’s beautiful children…
I have a treat for tomorrow…the dazzling White Temple!
- Northern Thailand: Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai & Elephant Nature Park (infinitesatori.org)
- Carol Stevenson: Photographing Elephants in Thailand (nikonusa.com)
- Wildlife Group Wants Thailand to Ban Ivory Trade (abcnews.go.com)
- Wildlife Group Wants Thailand to Ban Ivory Trade (irrawaddy.org)
- Wildlife Group Pressures Thailand To Ban Ivory Trade (huffingtonpost.com)
- Anything Goes In Chiang Mai – Bangkok, Thailand (travelpod.com)