Doug & Janice's World Tour Thailand Journal


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    On the train to Bangkok
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    Beachside bungalow on Ko Phan Ngan

    November 26, 2008
    Greetings from Bangkok Thailand. We've been here a couple of days after finishing up riding the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam, then a boat ride up river to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. One of the more rustic cities we've been to. We were there for the water and moon festival, which was a blast.

    This is also home to some of the worst attrocities commited during the Khmer Rouge 'genocide' of the mid 1970's. More about that I think later, it requires a more somber mood. I'll just note that Cambodia is overall a very poor country, with real problems. 1 in 300 is an amputee from land mines, still said to claim 30 per month. One third of the people earn less than 50 cents a day.

    Now, in Bangkok, a very tame city full of drunken frat boys on holiday. More soon.


    November 30, 2008
    Amazing place here now. Airports closed, many people stranded, so the beer is a-flowin' while everyone tries to find a way home, and no new visiters arriving, and, I'll try to get photos to you tomorrow of the street party that is the protesters camp. except for the grenades the government supporters toss in there every night or so.


    November 30, 2008
    Crazy Bangkok. There is currently a civil insurrection going on here, mixed with stranded tourists with nothing else to do but drink cheap beer and flirt with 4 foot women. It's a very interesting party! This city is very touristy and the "frat boys" have invaded the old "hippie area". Now that the airport is closed everyone is scrambling trying to figure out what to do. We went over to the Parliament Building the other day (this is where most of the protesters were camped prior to the airport takeover, now only a few holding down the fort) and it is a big festival! Vendors selling food and t-shirts for sale. Janice got a great political t-shirt, calling for change! Tire barriers, kids with clubs, and razor wire, with cool music, bar-b-ques and free water. Piles of construction helmets in case you might need one in a hurry...way fun.
    The police were sent to the airport to block the road so that supplies couldn't get to the protesters (called PAD or Yellow Shirts) but when the protesters approached the police, they RAN! They dropped their clubs and riot shields and took off. Now the PAD guys are using the police trucks! What a place. And they all, no matter what side, love their King. They just want a new government and prime minister...and of course, others don't.

    We have just been relaxing and decided to take the bikes in for professional service (after almost 1 year and 7000! miles). They feel like new bikes and we plan to head south on Tuesday. We're keeping to the east coast to Koh Tao island that is suppose to have world class diving. The good thing is that the dollar is stronger than when we left home, and now with the protesters and the airport being closed, I think tourism will drop like a stone for a while...and that translates into - great deals for us!
    Life is good. We are safe and happy and still pedaling!

    Janice and Doug


    January 4, 2009
    Janice was just riding her bike in Thailand ( walking it up a very steep hill on the way to our beach budget bungalow) on Phanga Island, East coast of Thailand and she nearly stepped on this thing. It had just eaten, based on the quivering ground hog sized bulge, seen a bit in the far edge of weeds here. It was the longest animal I've ever seen. Janice said I couldn't bring it home unless I fed it 'myself'

    Life is good. We are safe and happy and still pedaling!

    Janice and Doug