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My backpack has found me in Bangkok! It was a joyous reunion. I was very relieved when it arrived. I was able to go for my first Thailand run yesterday morning. I only went out for about a half an hour at 5:30 a.m. Running around the city is actually a great way to see things. I ran past the Teacher's Federation of Thailand, an army place, a big police headquarters and down a boulavard that was fairly quiet from traffic. I took along some baht in case I needed to take a tuk-tuk back to the hotel. It's VERY easy to get lost in this city! Bangkok is hands down the most difficult city I have ever had to navigate throughout all of my travels. It's definitely worth the baht to take tuk-tuks and cabs.

Our plan to go north and into Laos is no longer. We found out that we had to book our train ticket 3 days in advance, and we don't have the time to wait since we leave for Phuket on the 3rd. Instead we booked a one day tour yesterday to the floating market, rose garden and an elephant/crocodile place It was an interesting day. We got bumped around to 4 different tour vans and groups throughout the day. It is interesting how all the tour people work together. Oh yes, we ate a really yummy thai buffet for lunch: panang chicken and black pepper chicken were my favorites! We also visited a gem factory. That was crazy! The people in Thailand are highly aggressive with sales. I did end up buying a couple gems (mom...I thought of you while I was there. I think you will be happy!).

Today we are leaving for a 3 day tour to Tiger Temple, the River Kwai, bamboo rafting, a waterfall, and a stay on a floating hotel. We will get back to Bangkok for one more day and then we'll leave for Phuket.

I'm off to eat our delicious hotel breakfast. Until next time!

Posted by Kristinh 16:00

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Sooooo Cool!

by cabingirl

That's great that your backpack found you again! I was watching the travel channel last night and there was a show on called Bizzare Foods and it was located, of all places in Thailand! Have you eaten any bugs, worms or funky seafood yet? I think the floating market was one of the places the guy visited to eat exotic foods. Be sure to taste a scorpion for me!! He said they taste "nutty".

by tbarlow


Just a bit of news from the US as you come back from a 3 day tour. Earthquake in California, haven't heard much for details, but not bad.

Also, gas is down to $3.65 in Burnsville! Woo hoo. No I can afford to travel back "into town."

Can't wait to hear more.

by cabingirl

I love hearing of your adventures. Glad you can run again now that you have your belongings.

Can't wait to hear about the floating hotel and the Tiger Temple. Be safe!

Mary Boren

by mjb79

It has been a blast reading the news of your trip so far. Keep safe, and I look forward to your awesome pictures.

My prayers are with you.

by cbj73

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