Saturday, January 5, 2013


 Thailand in December:  4 hour flight from Shanghai, $500 per person round trip. So many places to visit, so little time.
Water taxi to many tourist sights

First Stop:  Bangkok for two nights 

Stayed for two nights at The Shangri La Hotel

Chao Praya River, view from hotel room

Ornate facade of the Grand Palace

Fairy-tale like compound of the Grand Palace,
 includes the former residence of the Thai monarch

Wat Phra Kaew, temple of the Emerald Buddha
Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn

Second Stop:  Island of Koh Samet, 3 hour bus ride from Bangkok ($5.00 per person round trip) and 30 minute ferry ride away ($3.00 round trip), three nights

Warm evening on Koh Samet

Koh Samet is surprisingly underdeveloped.  Thick jungles, wooded trails, warm, clear aquamarine water, ideal place to relax.
Ken reaches the second highest point on island
Jeanie barely reaches high point

We could never do this in America...
restaurants move their tables right onto the sand
Grand View Resort Cabin, $128 per night
Fun place to sit and relax!
Amazing December Sunset

Thai and foreigners gather on the beach to eat seafood and watch fire shows
Third Stop:  Back to Bangkok for two more nights
Jeanie celebrates her 53rd birthday, December 31, in Bangkok
Hotel Restaurant, Ramada Inn on the River, $104 per night

Night View from Banyan Tree Hotel
Sunset at the roof top bar, Banyan Tree Hotel 

  We enjoyed a canal Long-Tail Boat ride past the floating weekend market.

What we loved about Thailand:  the people, the smiles, the food, the warmth. Come visit us in Shanghai, and take a trip to Thailand. 

Up Next:  Learning Mandarin...

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  1. Thanks for sharing so pretty photos, you couple look very great and relaxed, I must plan trip to Thailand someday...

    Best Regards,

  2. Ken and Jeanie,
    You've taken some beautiful pictures. It looks like your time in Thailand was wonderful. Thanks for sharing the experience. It's 27 degrees here tonight and I would love to be there soaking up the sun. I'm so glad you're traveling and seeing so much.
    Miss you!