|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|
|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!|
|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.
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