Thailand Journals

Two Weeks in Thailand

A January 2003 trip to Thailand by NiceGinna

Quote: For our 15th anniversary we went on a trip to Thailand on our own, with a tour to the north.

Two Weeks in Thailand

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In Thailand we found that we could travel in so many different ways. In Bangkok we rode in taxis and on the new elevated train line which is convenient and fast in this city suffering from too much traffic. But we also rode on long-tail boats on the rivers and canals around the city and we enjoyed a dinner cruise on a teak boat. We also rode on the local tuk-tuks, a sort of motorized rickshaw, as well as the traditional rickshaw. And we even rode on an elephant!

Lemon Grass

Restaurant | "Gourmet Restaurant in Bangkok"

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Our favorite restaurant in Bangkok, which we went to twice, was the Lemongrass. It is housed in a charming converted teak residence (we're great suckers for ambience!), worth a visit just to see the interior and furnishings with many antiques displayed. The food is "nouvelle cuisine", with temperatures adjusted to more western tastes, perhaps a disappointment to some visitors, but welcome to us. We had the lemongrass chicken and a crispy duck dish, both of which pleased us. Coconut ice cream, a serving large enough for two, was the refreshing finale. The restaurant is rather expensive according to Thai standards.

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Lemon Grass
5/1 Soi 24, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 258 8637

Jim Thompson House

Attraction | "The Jim Thompson House is One of the Highlights"

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Jim Thompson, born in Delaware in 1906, was an American OSS operative in WWII who settled in Thailand following the war. He was an architect with an interest in all art. He promoted hand woven Thai silk and gave the craft a world-wide market. He was a designer and textile colorist, and with these talents he enhanced the growth of this cottage industry. His simple house and landscaped gardens are a must-see for visitors. Traditionally Thai houses are single rooms built of teak. He took six of these houses, most of them over 2 centuries old, and had them joined together into a large and beautiful home with fabulous furnishings. A Buddhist monk determined auspicious dates for commencing t...Read More

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Jim Thompson House
6 Soi Kasem San 2
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 216 7368

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion)

Attraction | "Vimanmek Mansion, Built in 1900, Home of King of Siam"

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Another teak residence we visited is the Vimanmek Mansion, the world’s largest golden teak building built in 1900 as the home of the King of Siam, King Rama V. In 1982 it became a museum. The bedrooms, throne room, and bathrooms may be visited, all filled with elaborate furnishings and art. On the grounds of the Mansion we viewed demonstrations of Thai dancing and Thai kick-boxing. Thai people’s hands must be jointed differently than ours – they extend them gracefully with fingers curving backwards for a very elegant look.

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Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion)
Thanon Ratchawithi
Bangkok, Thailand 10300
+66 2 628 6300-9

A 6 day Trip to the North

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Attraction | "Guided Trip to the North, an Eye-opening Experience"

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We had signed up for a 6-day group tour of the North, but the usual tourists (the Aussies and Kiwis) weren’t traveling at the moment so we had a private tour. Just Tim (female), our fabulous guide; David and I; and Mr. Jamnian, our driver, in his big fat E-type Mercedes. We were spoiled. Driving north we saw flocks of storks, herds of water buffalo, beautiful frangipane trees, buttercup trees, raintrees, rice fields, pomelo groves. And we talked with Tim about everything – Buddhism, daily life, the language,the friendly Thais, trees crops, even "The King and I" which is banned in Thailand.The tour included Ayuthaya, the Thai capital from 1350 to 1767 and Sukhothai, the original capit...Read More

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