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Bangkok, Thailand

Written on: Monday December 24th, 2007

A journal entry from: South-East Asia, 2007

After a very comfortable, scenic, 12 hour ride on the Sprinter Express train from Chiang Mai, we arrived in Bangkok at 8:20pm and took a tuk-tuk to the Khao San road area of Banglamphu District.  We had pre-booked the "KC Guesthouse" on Lonely Planet so thankfully we had a destination to head for in this huge city of near 9 million, and this turned out to be a very good choice and location.  Here we were glad to feel 35 degree heat again and a few sweaty days before having to return to snowy Canada.

Here we learned to ride the boat-taxis on the Chao Phraya river and the sky-train all through the city to the huge, sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market, and of course, we walked, walked, and walked around the Royal Palace, the dozens of Wats, the Khao San street market, and on and on.  We enjoyed the Christmas full moon, the last great Thai food and shared time with friends we had met along our travels.  We were also here for the National Elections -a whole weekend without any beer or liquor sales!  The election results were revealed , (thankfully peacefully) with fireworks and celebrations, and the prohibition ended.

Finally, we flew from the Bangkok airport to Shenzhen, China en route home.  Thailand deserves another whole trip of its own, and we wish we had another month to spend here and explore more of its many wonders.