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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) from Chao Phraya River

Sunday, September 16, 2007 9:05:52 AM

Sawasdee ka from Bangkok! I am having a GREAT time. My friend, Arty & her GF, Veronica are my guide and making sure that I get the best of my short vacation.

Before Thailand, I was on a 6 hrs stop-over in Hong Kong. Went to to Ngong Ping Village to see the biggest sitting bronze buddha on top of a mountain, Tian Tan Buddha. Great site see! I need to climb 1,000 steps to the top to reach the zenith.

Arty picked me up in the airport and my Thailand part 2 experience on the way. After I checked in the D&D Inn at Khaosan Road (the backpacker's Times Square area), I immediate went to my fist Thai Massage at TIP Massage  http://www.

tip-thai-massage.com/english/  The owner & the worker remembered me from 4 yrs ago! Yes, I took pictures with them. This time the establishment was expanded to the 2nd floor. I gotta talk to them about having music during the session for the foreigners. The cost is about $7 per hour now. 

Arty & I did the local boat river tour of Bangkok in the Chao Phraya River. I got to see the city in the river perspective. It was great to see Monks wearing the Oranges robes riding the boat. I saw the Grand Palace from the river this time.

Plus, Arty & I went to ride the Skytrain. It was very clean! It reminded me of the Japan subways. Bangkok only have 30 stations currently and it is expanding soon.

We are heading for Angkor Wat, Cambodia tomorrow. Bummer, we have to leave the hotel at 5 am to avoid the crazy Bangkok traffic.

With my host Arty + her gf, Veronica at an outdoor restaurant(King Rama VIII Bridge is in the background)
We haven't booked a hotel in Siem Reap but I have my list that was
recommended from Lonely Planet. Probably a long ass day bec when we arrive there, I have to go through a Visa process pplication. Arty doesn't need it bec she a Thai citizen. I decided to just fly to Angkor bec it would only take 3 hours in get there compare to 12 hours via mini bus.

Note to self: When travelling international, make sure to take off 14 solid days. This is crazy doing 2 countries in 10 days.  best, Arlene

Postcript: My Hong Kong photos are all gone because my digital camera got pick-pocketed in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  I was really bummed out because it was my first venture to Hong Kong and the Tian Tan Buddha was the high-light of my 6 hours airport layover.  Whoever took my camera I hope my memory card craps out.  I've been meaning to see this Buddha sinced it was featured on Globe Trekker tv.  Another reason to stop by this island again - in 3 years I hope.  Most of the pictures from my Thailand & Cambodian blogs are from Arty's camera - kap khun ka pooying.

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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) from Ch…
The monks on the river boat
The monks on the river boat
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My first street food eats. Yummy.
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