Category Archives: Thailand

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12th Month – June video Blogs

Below is my video blog on our travels round the world on you tube from June – there are two this month.

This first centres around Cambodia and Thailand:

The second is our first two weeks in India:

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Week 50 – One Week in Bangkok

‘Love like you have never been hurt.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

John's new friend

2 Kindred Spirits

Now if you all didn’t know it already – seeing as my writing paper for these letters features ‘cats’ on them, you will know it now – I love cats!  So when we found a ‘cat cafe‘ near out hotel, I had to go.  These guys are just beautiful and very friendly.

Hello

Hello

A real joy to someone who misses all the fuzzy friends I’ve been able to adopt over our year away.  Really looking forward to starting our next fuzzy family – still would love to have a dog!

beautiful

A real beauty

We are now in Bangkok, Thailand.  John and I have been here a few times, so we aren’t seeing the main sights, but others we’ve not been to.  We started with the National Museum.  It’s under huge renovation, but we did get to see some really nice stuff and look forward to going back again once the work is completed on the museum (more photos at the bottom of the blog).

Buddha

2nd most important Buddha statue in Thailand is housed at this museum

We made it to the movies to watch, ‘Spy‘, which is a great comedy film, I can highly recommend if you need a laugh!

Nanta

Nanta

Then we went to a show called, ‘Nanta‘.  It’s very popular in Asia and accessible to anyone as its mainly about physical comedy and drumming rather than dialogue.

For some more live entertainment, we’ve been out to some live music nights at local restaurants and a jazz club.

duo

Local restaurant duo

The performers are excellent and face all the same problems as any jobbing musician in the world.  Still, we’ve really enjoyed it and I even sang a few songs at the jazz club.

Jazz Club

Jazz Club

In a few days, we’ll be off to India, which is really where this trip began.  I had a desire, many years ago, to travel around the world and, specifically, go to India – well that part is soon to come true.

I have loved South East Asia and have seen and done things I never knew about.  My biggest hope is it will not be long before we can return again and discover even more of what there is here.  What part of the world would you like to travel and know more about?  Have you had the dream to take a year off and go round the world?

Love Debx

More photos from the National Museum:

Mural

10th month – April Video Blog on You Tube

Below is my video blog on our travels round the world on you tube from April:

Kata Beach

Week 43 – Sunsets, Beaches and Sails – Thailand and Vietnam

‘What’s stopping you?’ (That’s right – nothing!)’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Nai Yang

Nai Yang Beach, Thailand

This week has afforded me to see some lovely beaches, gorgeous sunsets and join in on a really nice cruise through Halong Bay.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, Vietnam

We’ve covered a fair distance as we had quite a few early mornings with short-haul flights to get us from Thailand to Vietnam.

So, we started at a lovely beach – Nai Yang, Thailand which was 5 minutes from the airport, but you would never know it!  Highly recommend staying here, if you ever needed to do an early morning flight from Phuket Island, Thailand.

Then one night at a comfy hotel in Bangkok which had a gym and nice pool, but attached to the airport.  Once again, great for that early morning flight, as it was quiet, good food and made for easy travel over a sky walk to enter the airport 5 minutes later.

Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam – pineapple seller

Then it was another quick, early morning flight to Hanoi, Vietnam.  Now this is a city which is a real feast for the senses.  It’s hard for me to describe, but my first impressions have been full of excitement and anticipation.  We, only stayed one night.  Then it was a cruise for 3 days in Halong Bay.  This is a beautiful area where we saw a small portion of over 1000 limestone islands. (extra photos of the cruise at end of blog)

Limestone

Limestone Islands, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Our first day was in the very tourist area of Surprise Cave

Surpise Cave

Surprise Cave, Halong Bay, Vietnam

and a hike up one of the islands to a look out.

lookout

View from Lookout Halong Bay, Vietnam

The second day was the jewel and hardly any tourists.  We saw a fishing (floating) village, Fairy Lake Cave,

Fairy Lake

Fairy Lake, Halong Bay, Vietnam

did kayaking,

Halong Bay

Kayaking, Halong Bay, Vietnam

swam in the ocean and then saw a pearl farm.

Pearl Farm

Nursery of Pearl Farm, Halong Bay, Vietnam

The food was all banquet style

Fish in a net

Fish in a net, Viola Cruise, Halong Bay, Vietnam

with evening squid fishing, karaoke and socializing with other travelers.

Needless to say, back in Hanoi and having a few days rest while we wait for our India visa.

Love Debx

Photos of Halong Bay Cruise:

Week 42 – The land of Siam – Phuket Island, Thailand

‘7 Steps to Happiness – 1.Think less, feel more 2.Frown Less, smile more 3.Talk less, listen more 4.Judge less, accept more 5.Watch less, do more 6.Complain less, appreciate more 7.Fear less, love more’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

float

John floating in pool

Well, all I can say for this week is a big – Ahhhhh! of comfort and relaxation.  We decided to have an extended stay on Phuket Island in the Kata Beach area.

Kata Beach

Kata Beach

One thing I would suggest for anyone traveling to this island – do your homework, as this is such a popular area with the worst of what tourism offers to the best.

We got lucky and found a gorgeous little boutique hotel – the Melody – really suited me to a tea with musical keys on the stairs and sheet music above the bed.

Stairs

Piano stairs at the Melody Hotel

Just now, they rang through and are giving us a free upgrade to a direct access pool room – awesome!  We’ve been very lucky with this sort of thing happening on our travels.

The beach is beautiful,

Kata Beach

Kata Beach

but the town around it is quite touristy and, at times, unpleasant, but we didn’t do our homework on this part and we are slowly finding some real treasures.  Last night, we found an awesome Italian Restaurant that is under new management, as well as, trying street hawker stalls which can have better food than the restaurants.

Street Hawker

Fish street hawker stall – people walk by, drive in or they have a few tables to sit and eat the food

What we’ve found is our hotel has given us a lot of what we hoped for – excellent lunches, fresh breakfast, great service and a lovely pool to swim in and relax around.

Pool

Pool and lounges

Within minutes, there are some good restaurants, cheap laundry services and yoga classes.

Yoga

View from yoga class

The beautiful beach is about 15 minutes walk, but past a gauntlet of ugly restaurants, massage parlours and shops.

Still love Thailand, but it has changed in many ways.  Despite its recent political problems, I’ve felt very safe, so that is still the same.

Hotel cat

Every hotel needs one hotel cat, like ours has!

Love

Debx