Cambodia & Thailand

    Day 1

    DAY 1 - November 27, 2003 - Monument, CO to Narita, Japan

    Our long day started at 5 AM when Gennie awoke me to tell me that it had snowed overnight and we had to think about clearing the driveway before leaving. Together, we went out and in 20 minutes...

    Day 2

    DAY 2 - November 28, 2003 - Narita, Japan to Bangkok, Thailand

    We arrived at Narita Airport just outside of Tokyo and after landing, had the longest taxi to the terminal we have ever had and then parked on the tarmac.

    The shuttle bus took us back into the terminal...

    Day 3

    DAY 3 - November 28, 2003 - Bangkok to Angkor Watt/Siem Reap

    We were up long before the wake-up call came. At 6:30 we were up and showering. We went down for breakfast and the Thai menu is really different. They had the regular western breakfast but also the Oriental...

    Day 4

    DAY 4 - November 29, 2003 - Angkor Watt

    We got our wake-up call at 6 AM and we had showered and dressed and were going to breakfast at 6:45. We had the traditional buffet with lots of fruits, omelet bar, sweat breads, cereals and traditional Cambodian meals.

    After breakfast...

    Day 5

    DAY 5 - November 30, 2003 - Siem Reap and Bangkok

    Our alarm went off at 7 AM so we had a lot of time for breakfast. By 8:30 we were out of town driving along the river through a residential area and markets busy with Monday morning shoppers.

    In...

    Day 6

    DAY 6 - December 1, 2003 - Bangkok

    As we flew in from Cambodia last night, Gennie looked out the window of our turbo prop ART 72 and saw an aircraft with its company name on the side. PHUKET Airlines. She turned to me and said “Can you imagine telling...

    Day 7

    DAY 7 - December 2, 2003 - Bangkok

    Our biological clocks are still a little off. We both were up before 6 AM, long before the alarm. We showered and went down for breakfast.

    We had an early start at breakfast and sat with David and Sharon from Atlanta. Sharon...

    Day 8

    DAY 8 - December 3, 2003 - Bangkok to Kanchanaburi/River Kwai

    We were up at 5:30 AM to have an early start and try to beat the traffic our of Bangkok. Breakfast at the Impala has been very good and the bacon the best I have ever savored. Thick, salty...

    Day 9

    DAY 9 - December 4, 2003 - Kanchanaburi/River Kwai

    Once again we were up at 5:30, long before dawn . Our schedule called for us to be on the River Kwai by 6:30 to see the sunrise. What a surprise to find out that this morning, the breakfast was to...

    Day 10

    DAY 10 - December 5, 2003 - Kanchanaburi to Phitsanulok

    We were able to sleep in a bit, the alarm went off at 6 AM. We finished packing and had our bags out on the porch and we were on our way to breakfast at the main lodge by 6:45....

    Day 11

    DAY 11 - December 6, 2003 - Phitsanulok to Phrae

    Both Gennie and I did not sleep well as we thought about Eduardo and RPI’s football game with Ithaca during the night. So at 5:45 we decide to get up, shower and be out of our room to go to...

    Day 12

    DAY 12 - December 7, 2003 - Phrae to Chiang Rai

    Early Monday morning - we were off to Chiang Rai and all the local people were off to work and the school. After a long weekend the traffic was heavy. It is overcast and the air is very polluted...

    Day 13

    DAY 13 - December 8, 2003 - Chiang Rai

    Due to the internet connection, I am having trouble sending the pictures. When I have a decent one I will send them. Sorry.

    Breakfast this morning was a little different. We got there early, 6:40, and as we sat down they...

    Day 14

    DAY 14 - December 9, 2003 - Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

    Even though we did not have to be out until 8:00 this morning, we still got up at 6:00. It was cool, but the sun was coming up over the golden rice fields and it was beautiful. We...

    Day 15

    DAY 15 - December 10, 2003 - Chiang Mai

    We had an early morning to see the elephants just after day break. We slept well and comfortably on the 9th floor of this very good hotel. Lots of hot water and a shower that showers!

    Breakfast was quite good with...

    Day 16

    DAY 16 - December 11, 2003 - Chiang Mai

    We started a little later this morning as we chose not to go at 6 AM to give the Buddhist monks their morning meal. After breakfast, at 8 AM, we left the hotel to take a short city tour on our...

    Day 17

    DAY 17 - December 12, 2003 - Chiang Mai - Train to Bangkok

    We got up at 6:30 to get our day going. We took our time getting ready and then went down to the buffet breakfast. We sat with Leonard and Nancy and we shared our home visit experiences....

    Day 18

    DAY 18 - December 13, 2003 - Bangkok

    We got to the hotel at 7 AM and Anya asked us to go to have breakfast as the rooms would not be ready until 8:30 or so. As usual, a good breakfast with the group.

    After checking to see if there...

    Day 19

    Day 19 - December 14, 2003 - Bangkok to Home

    The alarm went off at 2:45 and the wake-up call came at 3 AM. We were packed and out of the room by 3:15 and to our great surprise the buffet restaurant was already for us. Most of us were...

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