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Trip Report S E Asia part of our Round the World Trip

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Want to thank all who gave such great help planning our trip and share the results . As I have said, I have some mobility issues (walk with the aid if canes) and we are in our early seventies. This is proving to be a bigger problem on this trip than in the past. Not sure if it is just age or a combination of things....but we are moving more slowly and more affected by the humidity than in the past. This is our fifth trip to this part of the world in the last 11 years.

We started with a cruise on QE from SF to SYD (cheaper and more fun than the long haul flight) then flew on to Tasmania and drove around for a week. Back to Melbourne for a couple of nights on the GOR, then on to SEAsia.

We are currently in Bangkok, the first of two stays book ending our trip to Burma. We got to Bangkok yesterday evening after our four days in Bali. We are in the KW of the Shangri-La. I got a great deal including all transfers, club features and laundry and dry cleaning almost a year ago. It sure was nice to be met at the air port and driven to the hotel in a new Mercedes Benz...beautiful car. The room is very nice and big and the food..breakfast, tea and cocktails in the river Lounge has been excellent and plentiful variety so far. This is our fifth time in the city..we are using it as a place to rest more than ant thing. But I do have a couple of places we want to visit when we come back for the second stay.

In Bali, we took advantage of the Alila's Two Faces of Bali package for that part of our trip and it was perfect for a taste. The resorts are beautiful and we thought very reasonable for what we got. Also really liked the Manggis area. It is beautiful and much calmer than other parts of the island as far as we are concerned and we found there was lots to do that interest us. Wish we could have stayed there longer. The food was excellent at both hotels. Both chefs went out of their way to make adjustments to the traditional Balinese food that interest me, so I could enjoy it. (I am allergic to all Soy products!)

We used Putu for a full day of touring on the transfer day between Manggis and Ubud, He is as good as Bob says. otherwise we used the hotel car and driver or the shuttles. Shuttles were free and the car and driver were $18/hr and the driver acted as our guide also. More than Putu, but for short impromptu trips...a good deal...new comfortable cars...so much easier for me to get in and out.

We leave for our week in Burma on the 21st.

As we have done before, we are doing a daily Blog with pictures. If you are interested in what we are doing click on the link..it is in order starting with the latest post...there is an archive at the bottom by date and place.

www.rtw50thanniversary.blogspot.com

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