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Trip Report Who says you can't travel all the way to Bangkok for just five days? Trip report by mr/ms_go.

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Preface: we are saddened to hear about the increase in political unrest this week and hope for a quick and peaceful resolution.


Not everyone would choose to celebrate their 20th anniversary by venturing nearly 10,000 miles to a place they’d never been. Still fewer would want to celebrate such an occasion by throwing fresh produce at wild primates. With that in mind, it is so fortunate (for both of us) that we found each other and decided to spend our lives together...because that’s exactly the kind of people we both are!

About a year ago, we began considering what to do for our 20th anniversary. Being the travel-obsessed folks that we are, we knew we wanted to celebrate with an interesting trip and to visit somewhere that we hadn’t been before. Given that this would be during the school year and we’d be arranging “coverage” for the teenager at home, we knew it wouldn’t be a long trip—-probably a week at the most. We wanted to go someplace relatively warm, although we certainly weren’t looking for a beach vacation.

Eventually, we narrowed our options to two: Buenos Aires and Bangkok. Although it seemed a long way to go with only one week or so—-including travel days-—we chose Bangkok. If not now, then when? we asked. It was the right time of year. We typically have to travel in the summer due to school schedules, and we weren’t sure this was a destination we wanted to visit in July. We weren’t terribly concerned about jet lag. We’ve traveled enough that we’ve learned to adjust. So, we booked our air and set off on a long process of planning so as to make the best use of our time.

We read the Fodors Top 25 book on Bangkok, and bought and studied the Nancy Chandler map (plus a laminated map for navigating). Mostly, we searched and researched this forum. Our primary planning thread is here:
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=27&tid=35152526

A collective thank you to all who post re: Bangkok here—-there are too many to try to name without forgetting someone. Your experiences and input were invaluable. A special thanks, too, to Mrs. Bobthenavigator for flying in to spend a week with her granddaughter so that we could get away (and, of course, to Bob for giving up his “girlfriend” for more than a week).

Before I go on with the report, a bit about us for context. We are 45, fairly fit, from the Midwest U.S., love to explore and see new things, not necessarily foodies, not shoppers, and not particularly fussy travelers, more the easygoing adventurer types, and we love to take pictures. We’ve traveled extensively in Europe, but this was mr_go’s first trip to Asia and just my second (I’ve previously been to Japan, and we will visit there as a family next March/April).

Apologies for the delay in posting this trip report; I almost immediately turned around and headed out of town for a week that certainly won’t fall into the category of “fun.” In fact, if I ever get around to writing a trip report about that one, it will be entitled, Highway to Hell, after the AC/DC song that so appropriately played on the radio as I was driving out of Blythe, California, and into the darkness of the Arizona desert. Assess penalties if you must...

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