Craig and Jeane from Bangkok 2007

Mar 4th, 2007, 01:18 PM
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Here are some preliminary photos from Myanmar:
http://craigandjeane.photosite.com/Album3/
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Mar 4th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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Kathie, a clarification. The person who said Myanmar was "hot" was an Asian art collector who was comparing it to Bhutan, Sri Lanka, remote parts of India, Mongolia, etc. He said that Myanmar is once again in the radar and that his Vietnam travel agent had said bookings were up. Don't think it will ever be a destination with mass appeal.

P.S. He also said that Sri Lanka is the new Bali.
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Mar 4th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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pics are fantastic, but i would expect that....

i have tried to find that market near to the sh-la without success...finally i was told that it was closed....i will now look again!!

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Mar 4th, 2007, 07:52 PM
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Craig - the photos are so wonderful ... we'll be sure to add the balloon ride to our "must do" list for the trip that we are planning for the end of the year. Can't wait to see more!
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Mar 4th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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Hi Craig, really enjoying your report. Those suites at the Pen are really nice aren't they. Over the years we have been lucky to stay in them - they do a really good deal in Oz through Qantas so when you stay at the Pen for 5 or more nights you get a free upgrade to the suite. Needless to say we somehow have to schedule a 5 day stay each time! Any less and we compromise and stay over the way and do a cheap place to save up for the Pen bit. Just too spoilt now to stay in an ordinary room - it wouldn't feel like home!
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Mar 4th, 2007, 11:43 PM
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As I was working my Myanmar report (posted on another thread) this morning, I noticed that I had not reported on our last day in Bangkok prior to leaving for Myanmar. For the sake of completeness, I will report here:

For the first time we were actually in Bangkok on a weekend so we were glad that we finally had a chance to spend a couple of hours at the Weekend Market. We left the hotel on the skytrain at about 9 and arrived at the market around 9:30. This turned out to be perfect. Things were just getting going when we arrived and it was neither hot nor crowded. We spent about an hour and a half there just wandering up and down the rows and rows of stalls. Jeane’s major purchase turned out to be a couple of mounted collections of bugs and butterflies – we have a 10-year old nephew who is fascinated by big ugly bugs and Jeane wanted to use the butterflies for a photography project. As we headed back to the skytrain, the sun was starting to beat down on us and hordes of people were filing into the market – we were glad were not sticking around.

After dropping off our purchases the hotel, we got back on the skytrain and headed to Taksin pier where we booked a 1-1/2 hour klong tour for 1250 Baht. It was the same route we did one morning last year but since it was a Sunday afternoon, this time there was lots of activity. We enjoyed photographing the young Thai boys who were more than willing to show off for us by jumping into the water as we passed by.

Later that afternoon, we met Lori Carlson in the IC lobby bar and invited her up to the Club Floor Lounge for a drink. She shared lots of new information with us about Ponheary and her accomplishments at the schools around Siem Reap. It was great seeing her and we wished her well as she was heading to Cambodia with Tong the next day.

Our day concluded with a wonderful Italian meal at Matteo which is not part of the Intercontinental but located on the ground floor of the building – highly recommended if your time is limited and you can not leave the central shopping area.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 03:19 AM
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Craig I took the liberty of browsing your photos and found one that contain a picture of my condo(the place I had offered Bob and Kathie to view the Loy Kratong from) in Bangkok!

http://craigandjeane.photosite.com/Album1/a96.html

White building on the left.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 04:18 AM
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Very nice pictures...
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Mar 5th, 2007, 07:12 AM
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Craig - How did the Intercon compare to the Pen? We have been very loyal to the Pen on all of our trips through Bangkok, but always wonder if we should try something else on our next go....
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Mar 5th, 2007, 07:19 AM
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Winter - stick with the Penn unless you truly need to be in the central shopping area or be close to the sky train. We stayed at the Plaza Athenee and the Penn last year. Neither the Athenee or the IC are in the same league as the Penn and neither has the fabulous river and skyline view.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 10:05 PM
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Thanks Craig -- good to know that our loyalty to the Pen is for good reason. Per your advice, we will keep our reservations there for later in the year.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 06:33 AM
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hard to beat the penn quite honestly....being on the "other side of the river" is not an issue at all...in fact my two favorite hotels are there: marriott and penn....
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Mar 10th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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craig..you never said how Jean's purches from her tailoring projects came out. Did she have something made from the burman fabric?

Loved both of your reports. Makes me want to go back. k
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Mar 10th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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Karen, I'll have to admit that my Bangkok report is pretty scattered...

Jeane's two purchases from T Silk turned out great.

Since she didn't have a definite style in mind, Jeane brought the Burmese fabric home with her and will have something made here in Connecticut.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 08:05 AM
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I thought both your reports were very informative.

Closer to the time that Iris and I want to go to Burma I will be bending your ear with requests for advice.

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Mar 10th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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PS Where are all the other photographs??
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Mar 10th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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Rob, I am going to start working on the other photos later this weekend.
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