Thailand in Photos

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Thailand has been good to us. We’ve always enjoyed the tropics – warm weather, beaches, fresh food, and Thailand fits the bill. We were also fortunate enough to have family here to visit – a cousin who speaks Thai – and to show us around. Travel through an “insiders” perspective is so much more rewarding.

We landed in Bangkok where we jet lagged for a couple of days and Jeff and Max rested with colds. Then we flew to Krabi and traveled to the island of Koh Lanta for a two-week beach hang where we “recovered” from the confined space of motorhome travel around Europe. Health restored, we headed back to Bangkok for a day then off to one of Thailand’s ancient cities, Ayutthaya. Here we explored the city and enjoyed our roof-top hotel room and some cooler air than we had experienced on Koh Lanta. The next day we traveled by train north across the country to Chiang Mai. Here we met up with my cousin, Christina and took a big hike up the mountain to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Christina told us that you can’t say you’ve been to Chiang Mai without a visit to this temple! So, we can say we were here, tired legs and all!

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We have seen cats all along our trip.
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Lotus flower – from the dark murky mud to pure beauty.
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Serenity Buddha
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Lotus seed is edible as a crunchy snack or in soups.
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A little lane with Thai homes.
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Collecting rubber sap.
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Eating breakfast before work.
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A beach on Koh Lanta – great for body surfing!
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Max riding a Scoopi.
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Rubber comes out white and feels like a soft foam.
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Elephant as royal symbol of Thailand
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One of the tables at Earl’s in Ayutthaya.
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The ancient city of Ayutthya, Thailand.
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Calling the Earth to Witness
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Let sleeping dogs lie.
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Green tea ice cream and a little bike ride!
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Plum trees filled the ancient city.
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A table set like this got added to my “Honey Do” list!
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Double Sag Swag!
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Ancient ruins once covered in stucco and ornately carved. Little of that remains.
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White lotus to greet the morning.
Train Station at Ayutthaya
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Max “Double Bagged!”
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Panorama Tricks – Max X 2
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Goodies at the market – no idea what this is…bettlenut and stuff for the temple?
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Jeff and Christina at the coffee shop
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Learning to be narcissistic taking selfies
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Christina can take a mean selfie!
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Moses and Max both tall and skinny!
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Trying to get a picture of the cute boys behind us for Christina!
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Greeters at the temple
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Part of travel fun is photography with smart phones!
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Max and his cousin once removed, Christina!
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Ancient buddhas
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After six miles straight up, this was a refreshing treat!

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Tiled dragons guarding the temple stairs
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I’ve got 100 steps to go and a pounding migraine!
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We made it to the top!
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Rode a “Red Truck” down the mountain and Jeff and Max hung off the back. Cool!
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Tourists for a day: Sarah, Christina, Max, Jeff and Moses.
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This cheery spirit can make 100 more steps seem easy-peasy!
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And, back down we go.
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The Chiang Mai smog gave me a migraine, sad to say. But a wonderful city!
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After hearing of our hike, the restaurant cook made us double sized portions! We ate it all – Thai food is SO delicious!

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4 thoughts on “Thailand in Photos

  1. Beyond all! I have not visited Thailand. Ron has several times when he recruited for SCSU. Well, he’s seen many more nations, continents, cities than I have. He rode the space and rails on the University’s coin. You all seem quite at peace with the world and each other. Christina is YOUR Coz through David? Who is the Asian fellow?

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    1. Hi Auntie Rachel! Yes, Christina is Marcia and Al’s daughter (David’s younger sister). The boy is Moses, a “brother” from Christina’s adopted family here. He and Max are both the same age.

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