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Bangkok -> Nelson, and Home!!

Written on: Friday April 1st, 2011

A journal entry from: S/E ASIA March, 2011

On March 30th we flew from Hanoi back to Bangkok so we could get our April 1st flight home from there. This time we took the Airport Skytrain into downtown Bangkok rather than taxi and it was very fast, efficient, and inexpensive. And rather than stay in the same area as before, we got a very nice little guesthouse on a very quiet little "soi" (alley) near the Skytrain, Central Trainstation, and Chinatown area. So on the afternoon and evening of the 30th, and all day on the 31st we were able to explore more around that part of town and had more great food in Chinatown. We finally had to leave there around 9pm on the 31st to get back out to the airport for our 1am, April 1st flight to Beijing (connecting to Vancouver after a 9hr wait in Beijing airport), and ultimately back to Kelowna by 3pm, still on April 1st -we have a very long April 1st, as we cross back over the International Dateline and "get back" the day we "lost" on our flight here. I write this during the 9hr. wait in Beijing Airport where we have lots of time and internet wifi. We plan to drive back to Nelson on Saturday and thus finish this wonderful month-long South-east Asian adventure. We've been hot & cold, sweating & shivering, high in the northern mountains and down on the steamy Mekong river, travelling in the soft comfort of jetliners & luxury buses, driven and been ridden on motor-scooters, and jostled in the jam-packed back of rickety pickup trucks on slippery, bumpy mountain roads, eaten exotic foods in fine restaurants and "exotic" delicacies in street-stalls & markets, and we've taken every moment as a wonderful opportunity to see and learn more about our world and its peoples.  Yes, the gracious and friendly people whom, over this month and in our previous 3 month SE Asia adventure, have not given us ONE bad or unpleasant experience.  What another great adventure. Hope you've enjoyed following us on our Blog.

Debbie & Ben


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