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bedbugs or mosquitos

i dunno, but ive got the red marks to prove it

sunny 29 °C

Ha-its not that bad - just woke up with an arm fulla red marks. They don't itch, so I'm not bothered.

Yesterday, Amy and I did manage to find a room for Friday night at a place that is not nearly as nice as where we are staying, but its not bad. Not on the beach, but we can still hang out by the water, so it will be just fine.

After a sweaty day yesterday, Amy decided pizza sounded awesome, so we went to an "Italian restaurant" and got some little pizzas and drinks - Amy had rum and coke and I had gin & tonic. The food was NOT delicious, but the drinks were and we had a nice time. We walked home in a rainstorm and when we got to our room we laid down to dry off. Well, that was at 7:30pm and we didn't end up getting out of bed until 6 this morning! It was wonderful. We didn't put the mosquito nets down (until the middle of the night) like we shoulda, since we had the windows open to listen to the rain. So we both have a number of bites. Amy started taking her malaria medicine today! I didn't bring any. So, we'll see what happens there...

This morning we rode an elephant for 2 hours. A thunderstorm approached as we boarded the topless truck that took us to the elephant place, so we got wet. But it wasn't all that unpleasant - at least we weren't sweating. The elephant's name was Rambo - we prefer to think his name is pronounced Rahm boh and means something stately in Thai as opposed to thinking of Sly Stallone. You should too.
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Today will be a relaxing day. It is the first day we don't have to wonder about what's next or bothered by figuring out some detail. Amy is getting a massage now, and I'm off to find a hammock.
Here's a link with some pictures of the bungalows we are staying in. Just scroll down to the Bungalows section. But, imagine them looking not quite as nice...

I'm pretty sure Amy mentioned the peafowl in a different post. Since I can't get to her posts to put pictures, here's a picture of that stately guy either trying to scare us or get us to go back to his place..
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I think that's it for now. And, thank you for commenting.

Posted by radish 22:19 Archived in Thailand Tagged lodging Comments (11)

Paradise Hots

Playing Thai Travel Roulette

sunny 54 °C

At 6:30 am, Christina and I found our way to the airport for an impromptu plane ride to Trat, the gateway to Koh Chang. We arrived without a place to stay and within a few minutes of getting off the plane, had found a beautiful bungalow just off the beach for three nights. One more night accomodation missing, but we'd worry about that later.

Lagoons, poolside bars, little bridges and pea fowl pepper the resort. Our bungalow is sparse but cute and comes with AC which is REALLY necessary since it is hotter than all get out right now. It feels about 110 and is sticky and we are tired but happy to have found a place. Sorry doggies! Oh, tank tops allowed here just fine. Although locals do not wear them either.

Christina has just about mastered the language. Her inflection is excellent. Mine on the other hand, has something to be desired. I still try though.

Tomorrow we are taking a two hour elephant ride into the mountains. We may be able to bathe them. No monkeys to be seen yet, although Christina has spotted the sign for the Orchid place.

Too hot to continue. And Thank you Sherman for being the only one who comments. We check this daily and appreciate your support. Hint hint.

Posted by Antonogurl 00:56 Archived in Thailand Tagged luxury_travel Comments (11)

Living on the edge

Here's hoping for the best

28 °C

Its way too early to be up - but like Amy yesterday, I can't sleep. Now it is just after 5am, and here I am - awake. We have to be up and ready to go early, and whenever I have to get up early, I can't sleep because I am afraid I won't wake up on time. Today will be an adventure for us.

As we've already mentioned, we are here during the Thai New Year - Songkran. This makes booking hotel rooms and travel nearly impossible, especially on the 11th - 13th. We had to be creative with our travel plans, and after consulting a couple of people (thank you Cee, Jett, and travel agent lady), we came up with something a little scary, risky, and exciting.

We booked a flight last night (it leaves in 3 hours) to Trat, which is a town on the Gulf of Thailand. From Trat, we will travel by taxi, ferry, and songthaew to an island called Ko Chang. When we get there, we hope to be able to find a room, and will walk up and down the beaches looking for one. Booking anything over the phone is nearly impossible, and, well, we just don't have time or knowledge to do it any other way. We talked to a travel agent yesterday who told us she'd try to find us a room for Thursday, but since then we've changed our plans. Originally, we had planned to go to the island on Thursday. But our new, nice aquaintances Cee and Jett told us that Wednesday is probably the last working day for Thais and that we'd have better chances (still slim) of finding a room if we left earlier. So, last night we booked a ticket and are planning to just wing it. We can always sleep on the beach, say Cee and Jett - and if we do, the local stray dogs will sleep with us and protect us. Jett has done this before, so we believe it.
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--as you can see, they were ready to accomodate us!

We chose Ko Chang because it has everything we both wanted - beautiful, clear water to snorkel and swim in for Amy, and elephants, monkeys, kayaking, and bicycles for me. Cee tells us that there's a woman who owns an orchid farm who will even let me hold her monkey. Jett says the place may not be so easy for us to find, but I feel pretty determined!

We plan on coming back To Bangkok on Saturday night. We hope to find a place to stay - it seems that most people leave Bangkok for the holiday, so I am not completely worried about that. We have reserved another room (204 - the haute couture room) at the Reflections Hotel for Sunday, our last night in Thailand.

This reminds me of another potential problem. We have applied for our Vietnamese Visa - which means that we are without our passports right now. We have been told that a copy of our passport will work as ID, and we are hoping it is true when we try to fly and/or book rooms!

Oh - and we had a fun day yesterday - we travelled by boat up and down the river, and went to the Museums of Forensic Science, Parasitology, and Thai Medical History at Siriraj Hospital. That was really quite interesting - we were most interested in the Forensic Science part - there were displays of things nobody should see like decapitated heads, blown-off arms, and mummified rapists. We loved it! We weren't allowed to take pictures, although we seriously considered it (there were too many people around!)

We also went to China Town. We ate dim sum at a tiny little hidden restaurant that was divine. China Town, especially where we went is not very touristy so Amy and I felt a bit odd.
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All in all it was a good day. Saw the biggest reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Which started off a brief snowball of Abbot & Costello jokes.
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It is unfortunate that we have this stress of having to find a place to stay. We take the blame, a bit, for not planning everything ahead of time, but our travel agent should have told us how difficult it would be for us to find lodging too! We will make the best of it, and keep you all informed. I have to go wake Amy up now - its going to take us longer to get to the airport than we thought... Love to all of you! Write some comments! We are missing all of you like the dickens. COMMUNICATE WITH US!!!!

Posted by radish 15:14 Archived in Thailand Tagged disabilities Comments (8)

Bangkok Day Three

Finding Your Inner Patience

semi-overcast 31 °C

Amy Says:

Sawat dee ka everyone! Yesterday was our first full day in Bangkok and while exciting and fun, after sweating and being somewhat short on temper - I went to bed exhausted at about 10pm. It's now 4:30 in the morning I snuck out to find the one computer in the hotel being used by an employee. Luckily, he caught on that I was waiting and left. Some of the white letters have been rubbed off of the black keys on this keyboard so forgive me if I miss a letter or two. I was never a very good typist. So, I going to make these blogs hurmorous and I'll still try - but hey now, it is 4:30 in the morning. Not sure about this one.

I should be doing some research so I'll have to keep it short. We leave tomorrow from here and at this point have no idea where we are going. The Thai New Year is this weekend and we had no idea it would be an issue for us finding a place to stay. Because of timing, we may be forgoing Chnag Mai and Ko Samui all together. There is an island called Ko Chang we ay try and get to if we can. It has elephants, monkeys, waterfalls AND beaches.

Briefly, our first full day here was fascinating. We found our way around quite nicely though it being Sunday, found many places like the Grand Palace close early. We left the hotel about 11 am and made our way by Skytrain (very clean and easy) straight to Shangri La hotel for a cocktail. I know you've all been chomping at the bit to find out about this, so I must say, the locals do NOT wear tank tops - at all. Sleeves are the way to go. Which is too bad, since at the last minute, I packed about five.

Anyway, we walked around a bit in a no so nice area before we made it it to the Shangri-La. So we got the culture shock part of i t over (or so we thought. ) Crossing the street is no problem. Yeah - you just go for it. Sometimes there might be some one crossing with you (like a monk) and its no problem. After our way too expensive cocktails, we took a 65 cent river boat up the Chao Phraya River to the see the Largest Reclining Buddha, I'd always seen pictures of it and actually have a foot long reclining buddha somewhere in my things. After that, we just walked, and walked and walked. Evnetually making it to a food market and past what looked like but was probably not, an impromptu flea market.

Found Khao San rd which was awful. and the our first Taxi home (30 cents). You get used to feeling sweat slide down your skin here and you have to not pee as much (a blessing really). The food so far has been top notch. It all reminds me so far of Chinatowns - New York, San Fran, Hawai'i. Loud, dirty, fascinating, old, beautiful. Chris has been fearless with her camera and has got some excellent shots. Me - more timid. I need to get over that.

Well, the line for the computer has started !!! so off I'll go. Here's hoping today will be calm and easy. We try for our Vietnam Visas today. Miss you all. Love love...A

Posted by Antonogurl 14:30 Archived in Thailand Tagged women Comments (1)

So...

We are in Bangkok!

overcast 34 °C

We totally made it. This morning we had some pad thai & bacon, sunny-side-up eggs, fresh OJ and the richest, most delicious coffee ever for breakfast. Chris has already made the mistake of drinking water with ice in it. Yikes, maybe.

The weather here is pretty warm to say the least. 110 degrees heat index. Amy has seen many people wearing tank tops so far, but we have yet to leave the hotel. Last night a nice little man who stood out amongst a crowd of 100 taxi drivers who held a big sign with "Amy Antonio" on it. He took us outside to wait for his disco van - and while he retrieved it from the parking garage, we were exposed our first olfactory impression of Bangkok - a smell that resembled hot muggy fritos and fried rice.

Our hotel is awesomely great. Seriously. Check it out at www.reflections-thai.com. We are in room 210. You can look at each room. Kitch is the name of the game here. And we are happy as can be. Our room came with robes and slippers and thai TV that we watched into the wee hours of the morning.

We are off to explore wherever we are now. Going to try to take the skytrain somewhere and maybe a boat to the Grand Palace.

More soon - love to all...

Chris & Amy

Posted by radish 08:30 Archived in Thailand Tagged lodging Comments (2)

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