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Thailand - Our First Week

Now I know many of you are anxiously waiting to find out what my next milkshake flavor was, so I don't want to keep you in anymore suspense. I went with the Pineapple and was NOT disappointed.

Our first week here in Thailand is sadly over but we've done a lot so far.

In Bangkok, on the first day we were able to meet up with a friend of a friend from back in the states. Val had contacted us to introduce himelf and let us know he'd be in Thailand the same time as us. He asked if we'd like to meet up for dinner. We were delighted and of course said yes. From his emails, and stories of his past visits to Thailand, he'd sounded funny. And that was very much the case in person as well. We had a great time and a great meal. Thanks Val!

We took a boat tour on the river through Bangkok. Got to see the floating market (or at least one of them.)

We went to see a Broadway style cultural show for an elaborate stage depiction of Thailand's history, religion and festivals. It was pretty spectacular. Especially the hell scene!

We visited several sites around Bangkok including The Grand Palace. Below are a few photos. We were overwhelmed by all the gold and elaborate detail.

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The Sofie Star goes well with all the colors and ornamentation of the palace artistry:
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Dave posing like statue with accidental inappropriate hand placement:
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One day we spent walking the Chatuchak market which is HUGE! We walked and walked and probably only ended up seeing about a third of it. Some of it is outdoor and some is indoor. They sell just about everything there including furniture, clothes, jewelry, birds, dogs, fish, toys, art, and all sorts of doodads. We of course bought a few things including some of those doodads.

Bangkok is a big city and they have a lot of big malls and movie theaters. We decided to head downtown one evening to see a movie, which was a bit of a different experience. After doing some browsing at the mall we arrived at the theater. We purchased our tickets for "Vantage Point" and proceeded to the door labeled 1, as stated on our ticket, and found ourselves in a large swanky lounge area. We were the first to arrive. We went to the counter to order popcorn and soda and the attendant asked us to sit down at one of the small tables and brought us a menu. We ordered the popcorn and soda. He brought us two wine glasses filled with soda and ice, and after Lynette and I looked confusedly at eachother he told us they were free and that our snacks would be up shortly. Our movie was to start in about 20 minutes and after about 15 minutes of waiting I went up and asked if it would be much longer because we'd like to enter the theater. We'd actually been given assigned seats on our tickets, which we found unusual, but we just wanted to get in and settled. They told us that it would be a few more minutes and not to worry because the movie was a bit delayed. After about 10 more minutes we still hadn't gotten our food and a few other couples had wandered in and started through the same process we had. Finally after the attendants noticed I was getting a bit more figdedy one of them politely came and got us and lead us into the theater. He said he'd bring the snacks in shortly. I thought, "How long does it take to make popcorn and pour a soda?!" Anyway, he lead us into the theater as the movie trailers were already in progress and I was very annoyed to find out I'd just missed the Indiana Jones Trailer. In my frustration I failed to miss what Lynette was "ooh-ing" and "aah-ing" about. I looked around and saw all these huge red cooshy leather recliners. And on the seat were bags with a pillow and blanket inside. Because of the size of the chairs there was probably only about half the number (or maybe even less) found in a typical American theater. We settled into the extremely comfortable chairs with our warm blankets and pillows. Let me tell you this is a nice way to see a movie. It was so comfortable I didn't move an inch through the entire thing, which is unusual because I'm usually adjusting position about every 5 minutes. I don't know if it was because it was a good movie or because of the great seats but we really enjoyed the flick. After about 5 minutes into the show they finally brought us our popcorn and soda which we were surprised to find came in a kids toy cup and which partially blocked the screen because it was so big.

Here's Lynette and her "Horton Hears a Who" cup.
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The Thai people hold their hands together like in prayer position when greeting. We thought it interesting to even see their Ronald McDonald doing it.

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We took the train to Ayuthaya yesterday which is about one and a half hours north of Bangkok. There's tons of old Buddhist temples and ruins here which we spent the day seeing. We booked a tuk-tuk tour and were on our way. Check out Lynette in our fancy airbrushed tuk-tuk.

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Here's some of the temple ruins we saw today in Ayuthaya:
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Reclining Budda. Nice that they gave him a blanket to keep him warm:
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We found the story of this buddha head interesting. Supposedly an invading enemy cut off the heads of all the buddha statues and placed this one head beneath this tree, and over the many years the tree has grown up around it.
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A couple beauty shots. Can't get over the flowers we see.
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We loved the texture of this tree's roots with the fallen flowers:
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Posted by schuckley 03:51

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What an amazing adventure! I am continually in awe of the incredible sites y'all are able to witness first-hand!! The opulence of the temples is astounding even in photos. ...and what a way to see a movie!! I'm liable to have nodded off!

Anxiously awaiting your next update...
Happy Trails
Melissa

by sthrngrace

Aren't you two tired yet of seeing all these spectacular sites? Don't you wish you were back at work every day sitting at a desk, driving in traffic and looking at the sights in your backyard? I didn't think so! Beautiful pictures! Keep up the good "work". Safe Travels. Love ya, Angie

by aprochaz

By the way,Lynette...your hair looks like it's getting really long! K...that's it. :o)

by aprochaz

HELLO FROM LYKENS TO THAILAND. THANKS FOR THE UPDATE. THE PICTURES ARE COMING THROUGH GREAT IN COLOR. YOU BOTH LOOK GOOD AND LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE FINDING PLENTY TO EAT. I HOPE YOUR SHOES LAST THE WHOLE TRIP. I'M SURE YOU ARE PUTTING LOTS OF MILES ON THEM. I LOVE DAVES FLOWER PICTURES ALSO. TAKE CARE! GODS BLESSINGS AND SAFE TRAVEL. LOVE, DAD & MOM

by jwrossrd

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